Originally Posted by Shikar
The HTC magic is similar to the HTC Touch which is what i used prior to the G1, which is also an HTC phone. On the touch windows mobile and lack of keyboard killed it but i loved the phone....very sleek and unobstrusive in pocket.
The OI is identical on all android phones, its the v. 1.5 currently, which allows similar funtionality across the board. The Magic and G1 have an awesome touchscreen, like the iphone, sad that multitouch is licenced to Apple!!
The Magic is slimmer, but doesnt have a slideout keyboard. I am pretty spoilt by the hard keyboard of the G1, its especially useful for emails.
I had the HTC Touch too, loved the form factor, hated the sluggishness of WM. You could try the Epix, the form factor isn't too far off and the keyboard on that is excellent, reminds me of the good keyboards on the older Treos.
I am still debating if I miss the hard keyboard, but the wide keyboard in landscape mode on the Magic is definitely workable even for longer messages. What is ridiculous is how little space they give you to type your SMS messages.
Epix will be followed by a new model later this year, Palm Pre looks kinda neat too.