Short Review: Rogers HTC Magic

Andrew Duong October 14, 2009 9


Since we did a review on the Rogers HTC Dream, I’ve decided that there really isn’t any point to do a full on review of the Rogers HTC Magic because both are the exact same software wise. That being said, we still like to cover the Magic because of all that can’t decide between the Rogers HTC Magic or the Rogers HTC Dream.

The Rogers HTC Magic prices as followed:

  • $79.99 – 3 year voice+data plan
  • $449.99 – 2 year
  • $524.99 – 1 year
  • $549.99 – no contract


The Rogers HTC Magic features a large 3.2″ high resolution glossy touch screen which enables one touch access to Google Search™ and a fully integrated Gmail™, Maps™ and Latitude™ experience. The Magic is a 7.2mbps 3G phone with built in GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi as well as a built-in accelerometer and 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus. The Rogers HTC Magic includes a 2gb MicroSD card which is expandable up to 16gb.


The differences between the HTC Magic and the HTC Dream is mostly the slide out keyboard that the Dream has. We’ve already played with this phone for quite a bit and noticed that its pretty much the exact same as the Dream. Both battery life seems to last only 5-7 hours depending on how much you use and what you keep running in the background (charging daily is a must for this device) and the interface seems to be the same as it lags a bit when applications are running.

The Rogers HTC Magic comes in a glossy black slim form with a leather case included vs the Rogers HTC Dream which is available in either Matte White or Matte Black. The HTC Magic has a slide-up virtual keyboard, exactly the same as the iPhone. Still no 3.5mm earphone jack for the music player but the package includes a USB earphones which may fit most people, but it didn’t for me.


Essentially, I believe that both phones are the exact same when it comes to battery life, camera, and interface. Neither are better then the other and both seem to fit what I like. Slimness of the HTC Magic and full qwerty keyboard of the HTC Dream. Choice is pretty simple, you either want a phone with a full qwerty keyboard, or a phone which is slim and glossy. In my opinion, I’d shoot for the slim and sexy HTC Magic but my iPhone seems to satisfy me just well.

If you want a full on review on the Rogers HTC Dream, check it out here: Rogers HTC Dream Review


  1. Dave December 20, 2009 at 7:08 AM -

    Great phone but be aware that if you buy it from Rogers you will not get android 1.5 OS upgrades, so the phone will be obsolete before you buy it. Many apps already will not work on the 1.5 OS that this phone ships with.

  2. Basil Fitze January 20, 2010 at 8:51 AM -

    Well I have the Dream and will soon be upgraded to the Magic by Rogers. If you have a Dream and want Android 1.6 or higher its the best way to go, I liked my Dream but I will like my Magic better. Thank you Rogers. Oh from now on Roger’s focus on the customer not your bottom line, without customers you have no bottom line, just allot of red ink. Son’t screw up again or you will loose a customer for life, me and so on and so on…

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