Mobile phone: HTC Magic with Google smartphone
Online deal: Free pre-paid mobile broadband starter kit (must activate by 31 December)
HTC's Magic with Google smartphone was the second Google Android mobile phone to be released in Australia. A significant improvement over the HTC Dream
, the Magic benefits from Android's Cupcake software update and a far more pleasant design and interface. The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack is disappointing but the Android Market has a range of mobile applications and the Android OS has massive potential.Vodafone is currently offering
the HTC Magic with Google free on a $59 cap over 24 months. This plan gives you $350 worth of talk and text as well as 500MB of data per month. Purchasers will also receive a free bonus mobile broadband starter kit from Vodafone. Valued at $99, the pre-paid starter kit includes 1GB of data as long as you activate the service before 31 December.