Smart brings G2 Android phone to RP

By David Dizon/ abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Jun 11 2009 08:42 PM | Updated as of Jun 13 2009 04:23 AM

Smartphone lovers, take note. Smart Communications, the country's leading wireless service provider, and Taiwanese firm HTC are bringing the first Android-powered smartphone to the Philippines.

In an exclusive interview, HTC Philippines country manager Mark Sergio said Smart Communications will start shipping units of the Android-powered HTC Magic to the local market by the end of the month. Dubbed G2 or the Google Ion, the HTC Magic will be offered in two variants - black and white - and will be locked to the Smart network for two years. Actual price of the HTC Magic for Philippine subscribers has yet to be announced.

"We've received a lot of interest for this phone. I believe consumers are willing to pay a premium for this phone because using it is highly addictive. Mobile surfing is so much easier and it is backed up by Smart's HSPA network, which is the widest in the country," Sergio told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

The HTC Magic runs the Android Operating System and comes pre-installed with a WebKit based browser. Standard Google applications are included in the phone such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Talk and YouTube.

It features a 3.2-inch half-size video graphics array touch screen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, a trackball for navigation, a 3.2 mega-pixel camera and global positioning system. Other HTC goodies are the Smart Dialer and a versatile on-screen keyboard. Smart Dialer lets you call people in whatever way you think, by either dialing their phone number or by dialing the first few letters of their name. The versatile keyboard lets you choose your favorite way to type and the predictive text completion helps you write faster than you can finish your thoughts.

Other HTC handsets available in the Philippine market are the Touch Pro, Touch Pro 2, Touch Diamond, Touch Diamond 2 and the Touch Viva.