We always thought that the I7500 in the Samsung I7500 sounded a little too complicated for regular, consumer usage--it just had to0 many digits, didn't it? Apparently, France's Bouygues Telecom thought the same. They pulled the smart move and re-named the former Samsung I7500 as the new Samsung Galaxy. Don't worry, it still packs the same goodness as the I7500, just with a much catchier name.
And for all you French folks out there, you can expect the Samsung Galaxy to hit your country in early July. This marks the first time we've ever been jealous of the French. We kid, we kid. We like Tony Parker and french fries as much as the next guy.
We know you guys wanted to see the next generation of Android phones go head to head and now you've got it! CNET Asia just got their hands on both the HTC Magic and Samsung I7500 and put them side-by-side under the glaring light of the camera with nothing to protect themselves with. It's a good old fashioned head to head, photo shootout!
After seeing these pictures, we can safely say that whichever device you decide to buy, HTC Magic or Samsung I7500, we're confident that you're going to get a super sexy device with a powerful OS. Personally, we like the HTC Magic just a tick better, but that can change on any given day.
Which one do you guys like better? HTC Magic or Samsung I7500?
hit the jump for the rest of the photos of the HTC Magic vs Samsung I7500!
Our friends at Android Community just took out the HTC Magic's camera for a spin and came back with some pretty darn nice looking images. The 3.2 megapixel camera on the HTC Magic has been a point of emphasis for a lot of readers and it's good to see the photo quality come to light.
The picture above was taken with a HTC Magic with no editing or post production magic. If you ask us, it looks pretty darn good. Granted the picture was taking outside in the daylight, it doesn't look like an especially sunny day (that's London for ya!) and the quality still came out nicely. Overall, we're pretty impressed with the HTC Magic's photo capabilities and can't wait to get our own hands on it.
What do you guys think of the HTC Magic's photo quality?
hit the jump to see a couple more pictures taken with the HTC Magic!
Look, we know that you can't really confirm that an Archos Android MID is going to be released on June 11th but since we've already heard reports of such device, it takes far less of a leap to believe that the Android MID by Archos is forthcoming.
Plus, the shade of green on the invitation should might as well be called Android-green, the similarity is too striking to be a coincidence right? And that faint MID-esque device in the background? We're sold! Our previous report said that the Archos Android MID device will sport a 5-inch touchscreen packaged in an ultra-thin body with hi-def video playing capabilities. It sounded sweet then and it sounds even sweeter now.
Do you guys think the Archos June 11th event is Android-focused? Or could it just be a mere coincidence?
Ugh. According to the leaked schedule, today was supposed to be the first day of the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update roll out. And what do you know? T-Mobile has just announced that they're delaying the release of Android 1.5 once again! That means we'll have to wait another week before we can get our hands on Cupcake.
T-Mobile is saying that they're "finalizing the build this week to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery" and that they "expect all G1 customers will have the update by early June". Sigh. Talk about bungling a good thing.
We know a lot of you guys have hotly anticipated Cupcake since the G1's release--try to wait one more week for all of Cupcake's goodness, yeah?
And my, it looks GOOD. You get the same Android you've learned to love with a fresh interface that is both sleek and intuitive and some newly redesigned apps like the browser, calendar, music player, etc. It even looks a bit snappier to us. In all, we don't know if Cupcake can hold off our anticipation for the next build of Android!
We tried to connect the dots before but it looks like the stars are aligning for the Samsung I7500, Samsung's first Android device, to be released to T-Mobile USA. What makes us believe that? Well, the Samsung I7500 just cleared the FCC (keeper of electronic approval and leaks) with support for T-Mobile's USA 1700 MHz 3G network.
We still don't know when the Samsung I7500 is going to be released stateside but it's nice to know that it's coming. Original reports expected a fall release, hopefully Samsung can speed up the process a bit?
We already knew that Android was finally coming to Canada, in fact, it was so aptly advertised as "The Revolution is Coming". Well, now we know where you can take part in the Android Revolution: Best Buy. Best Buy has announced that they'll be releasing both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream on June 2nd. As the image above says: The Revolution is Here (as in you can pre-order today).
Canada has so far been without the goodness that is Android and we're absolutely certain that our neighbors to the north will enjoy the Android experience. Let us know in the comments if you're from Canada and planning to buy a HTC Magic or HTC Dream!
One of the biggest strikes against Android is the lack of an official, native first-party Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client (third party support isn't quite as nice). We don't personally use Exchange but we know many folks who know of nothing else. So if you're a big Exchange user you'll be happy to know that the HTC Magic is going to offer Exchange ActiveSync support.
But there's a catch. The HTC Magic needs to be a non "with Google" phone in order to offer Exchange support. In this particular case, The HTC Magic that was seen with Exchange lacks the "with Google" branding and was therefore allowed to load whatever custom build of Android that HTC wanted. For example, the HTC-customized Magic includes better contact integration, more responsive and full featured camera app, and additional home screen widgets that won't be found in "with Google" HTC Magics. This particular Magic will be available in Singapore and most of Asia.
So basically, for Android phones that have the "with Google" branding (check the back of your G1 or Vodafone's Magic) will have to fall in line with certain standards that Google is putting out. The "with Google" branding is simply a carrier decision and though it definitely weakens the power of the device, the carriers get the benefit of name recognition.
We wish it wasn't like this and that we could have the best of both worlds, but we think HTC stands correct on this. We want our phones as full featured as possible!
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