As we approach the release of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic from Rogers Wireless on June 2, we have received the sell sheet for the HTC Dream and the Rogers training guide for both HTC devices.
Below you will find the HTC Dream sell sheet detailing the specifications of the device.
Some of the notable features include Expandable Memory up to 16GB (2GB free in the box!), Push Gmail and up to 5 IMAP/POP3 accounts, and 3.2MP camera with Auto-Focus. The Dream also includes WiFi with B/G supprt, as most of you know, but I would have preferred Wireless-N instead of the b/g compliant.
Here are some choice nuggets from the training guide for the HTC Dream:
The Dream is similar to the G1 that launched in the US last fall. It comes in both Slate Black, and a Pearl White. It features a slide out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard has many of the smart keys that are on the iPhones virtual keyboard, with the @ symbol having a key all to itself! The Dream & Magic also have Microsoft Exchange.
HTC refers to the Dream as having a “Triple Threat” control scheme. What this means is that there are 3 different ways to use your Android phone. These are the TouchScreen, the Keypad, and the TrackBall. These 3 input methods allow the user to use the Dream any way they prefer!
The Dream has a 3.2 Megapixel Camera, the same quality as the BlackBerry 8900, and better than the 2.0 MP iPhone.
It can currently support up to 16GB of data on a MicroSD memory card.
The TouchScreen is a 3.2 inch Half VGA screen (320×480). It’s the same resolution as the Blackberry Bold, but larger.
The Dream is also one of the Rogers smartphones that run on Rogers 3.5G network of 7.2 Megabits per second.
13 day standby time and a 7 hour Talk time.
And some choice nuggets from the training guide for the HTC Magic:
Lighter weight – at 116 grams
More RAM (512MB) and ROM (192MB) than the Dream
On Screen Keyboard
17 day Standby, and 7.5 Hour Talk time
Both the Dream and the Magic will come with a 2GB Micro SD Card,USB cable, Home Charger, Stereo Headphones and the Quick Start Guide
The Home Screen is divided into 3 separate screens that you can configure in different ways. You just swipe left or right to go from one Home Screen to another. The benefit here is that you can have a homepage for Work, one for Home, and another for Games or applications.
Another very cool feature in Android is the pattern based phone lock. Just move your finger from dot to dot in whatever pattern you choose to set the code tothe phone. Unlike numbers or letters, this pattern based code is far harder to guess!
The phones come preloaded with pretty much every web based Google application out there, so you can access Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Street View(soon to launch in Canada), and Google Latitude.
Google Latitude uses your phones GPS and internet connection to let your friends know where you are, and vice versa.
One of the most vital elements of Android though is the Android Market. Like the App Store for iPhone, and BlackBerry App World, you can download over 3200 applications to your phone. Unlike those other two services…..2/3rds of the applications are free! Again this is a great feature to mention to your customers who may not want to move to a Smartphone. The Android Market is divided up into different sections for Games, Tools, Business Application, and so on.
Between the Dream and Magic, I have to say I am much more interested in the Magic. HTC is definitely going for the jugular of the iPhone but could it dethrone the iPhone? Time will tell!