Archive for May, 2009

New Skin

by on May.19, 2009, under Personal

Just in case you are wondering what has happened to the site, I decided to give it a fresh of new life by altering the theme to this one.

If you have any comments regarding the change then feel free to post a comment.

As for what’s next, I will be writing a few more articles review the individual aspects of the HTC Magic along with a basic “Developing with Andriod” guide which will allow you to start building your own applications. I also have a few other PHP related guides and tutorials planned which will appear as soon as possible.

in the meantime feel free to check out the previous articles and make any comments you feel are relevant :)

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HTC Magic Phone Review

by on May.16, 2009, under technology

In today’s technology market there is surely one phone everyone thinks of when you consider Smartphone’s, which is of course the iPhone (or possibly the Blackberry Storm). However for the past week I have been using the latest Smartphone from HTC … the HTC Magic. Recent reviews all over the internet report that this phone will soon become iPhone’s biggest competitor and I can see why.
Looking at the specification for the phone, this weighs in at 116g with the dimensions 4.45 x 2.19 x 0.54 inches. To me this is a very nice size for a phone and while the screen may not be as large as some of the other Smartphone’s available at the moment the user interface makes up for this.
The first thing I noticed about the HTC Magic is that there is no physical keyboard interface of any kind, the phone actually utilises a software QWERTY keyboard which adapts to the orientation of the phone. At first it took a couple of minutes to get used to as does the predictive text because if words are not found within the dictionary the phone defaults to the nearest match. Whilst this was a little annoying at first now all my typical words have been added, I now find using this interface to be a lot quicker than it was on my old phone which used a slide out QWERTY keyboard.


Ok now down to the feature list, the basic features of this phone that come with this phone are simply what you would expect from a smart phone. By default it comes with the following:

  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / mini USB / GPS
  • Touch screen
  • Email clients (x2)
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture support
  • Integrated web browser
  • Multiple Desktops (3)
  • Media centre
  • Calendar / multiple alarms
  • Google Application Integration including Maps, Email, Talk, Search
  • YouTube video player
  • Desktop widgets – default widgets include calendar, music, search, analogue clock and a picture frame

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