May 27 AT 2:55 PM Clark Wimberly 40 Comments

Unboxing the Google Ion (Free HTC Magic Phone from Google I/O)

After the big announcement this morning that all attendees would be getting free phones, we ran to the booth, collected our goodies, then hustled to the press box and promptly took a ton of photos of the unboxing. It was like Christmas. Except better.

We all got a free HTC Magic, newly rebranded as the Google Ion. It came complete in a custom box, has a custom boot screen, and have a Google I/O logo on the back. Also, the thing is tiny. I’m sure that’s been reported over and over, but man this thing feels awesome in my hand.

Head to Flickr and see ALL the pictures in high res goodness.

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Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • TheLogik

    Drool…

  • Jonno.N

    #jealousy

  • http://profiles.google.com/michaelhaydel Michael

    I dunno, sure, I’m a tad jealous I didn’t get a free phone, but I just don’t want a phone that doesn’t have a QWERTY keyboard on it.

    Maybe it’s just me.

    What are the benefits of the Ion over the G1? Longer battery life, larger screen, stuff like that?

    • http://www.twitter.com/tdh004 tdh

      I agree. HTC G1 was my first cell phone in years, and I’m pretty sure that any phone from this point forward will have to have a full keyboard for me. It’s just how it’s going to have to be.

      Is it more “powerful?” RAM? CPU? PWN iPhone button included?

      G1 itself makes me happy. Android does the trick. G1 battery makes me cry. Barely lasts a work day.

  • Loco

    this is truely amazing !

  • http://www.mymedbox.com Jeff Brandt

    I am bummed but on vacation.

    http://www.mymedbox.info

  • CW

    Truly, FTW

    This type of goodie is like those back in the dot-com boom days.

  • http://nitenren.blogspot.com Renarudo

    If I wanted a Touch-Screen Only Phone, I would have got an iPhone.

    However, a Touch-Screen Only Phone that runs Android is STILL better than an iPhone.

    Oh sheesh, it’s shiny…. Someone get InvisibleShield over here ASAP.

  • !=CW

    @CW, truly a defeatist attitude, mister. Pish, what a shame!

  • http://www.adoleo.com Brandon Konkle

    Fantastic! We’re all totally jealous!

  • prmd142

    Google ROCKS!!!!!

  • John

    And here I am Ion-less. Hmm, I work 4 blocks away from the convention center.

    Maybe i will sit on the street and beg for phones instead of money.

  • Nick

    I am so jealous.I wish I could have gone, but alas, I couldn’t afford the travel/accommodations/etc. Google gives out the most amazing goodies.

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  • Nick

    You should do a contest to win one!

  • http://twitter.com/rickyrescue Ricky

    Wow, you guys are so lucky! :O
    That thing looks really nice.

  • William

    I wish i could have gone… although im getting my G1 today or tomorrow and i kinda like the hardware keyboard better

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  • http://www.androidtapp.com AndroidTapp.com

    Nicely Done! I need one now ;-P

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  • http://YoLookAtDat.wordpress.com Justin Robinson

    Jeeeeeezzz….. I am soooooo jealous . . .

  • http://YoLookAtDat.wordpress.com Justin Robinson

    SOOOOOOOO. . . what is the memory capacity on that … and can you just stick ya sim card in it and be ready to go?

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

      As for memory, I’ve installed a few things on mine and am reporting 279 MB left on the internal memory. It came with a 2GB SD.

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

      I haven’t tried sticking in my SIM yet. They gave us a month of free service along with it so I figure I’ll use that first.

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    It came with a 2GB SD? Does it have any special tweakage for using that, or do you have to use Apps2sd?

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

      There is nothing in this build to facilitate Apps2SD.

  • Calldrop

    I heard that all developer models cannot run apps that are ‘bought’ from the android market … is that true?

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    We hope that will be faster then iPhone 3GS and Sony Ericsson Xperia 10?

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    let’s me see I love new androidandme website because it’s show me a new technology.

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  1. TheLogikGuest 6 years ago

    Drool…

  2. Jonno.NGuest 6 years ago

    #jealousy

  3. MichaelGuest 6 years ago

    I dunno, sure, I’m a tad jealous I didn’t get a free phone, but I just don’t want a phone that doesn’t have a QWERTY keyboard on it.

    Maybe it’s just me.

    What are the benefits of the Ion over the G1? Longer battery life, larger screen, stuff like that?

    • tdhGuest 6 years ago

      I agree. HTC G1 was my first cell phone in years, and I’m pretty sure that any phone from this point forward will have to have a full keyboard for me. It’s just how it’s going to have to be.

      Is it more “powerful?” RAM? CPU? PWN iPhone button included?

      G1 itself makes me happy. Android does the trick. G1 battery makes me cry. Barely lasts a work day.

  4. LocoGuest 6 years ago

    this is truely amazing !

  5. Jeff BrandtGuest 6 years ago

    I am bummed but on vacation.

    http://www.mymedbox.info

  6. CWGuest 6 years ago

    Truly, FTW

    This type of goodie is like those back in the dot-com boom days.

  7. RenarudoGuest 6 years ago

    If I wanted a Touch-Screen Only Phone, I would have got an iPhone.

    However, a Touch-Screen Only Phone that runs Android is STILL better than an iPhone.

    Oh sheesh, it’s shiny…. Someone get InvisibleShield over here ASAP.

  8. !=CWGuest 6 years ago

    @CW, truly a defeatist attitude, mister. Pish, what a shame!

  9. Brandon KonkleGuest 6 years ago

    Fantastic! We’re all totally jealous!

  10. prmd142Guest 6 years ago

    Google ROCKS!!!!!

  11. JohnGuest 6 years ago

    And here I am Ion-less. Hmm, I work 4 blocks away from the convention center.

    Maybe i will sit on the street and beg for phones instead of money.

  12. NickGuest 6 years ago

    I am so jealous.I wish I could have gone, but alas, I couldn’t afford the travel/accommodations/etc. Google gives out the most amazing goodies.

  13. Google I/O : HTC Magic gratuits pour tous !Guest 6 years ago

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  14. NickGuest 6 years ago

    You should do a contest to win one!

  15. RickyGuest 6 years ago

    Wow, you guys are so lucky! :O
    That thing looks really nice.

  16. WilliamGuest 6 years ago

    I wish i could have gone… although im getting my G1 today or tomorrow and i kinda like the hardware keyboard better

  17. [图片+视频]Google I/O大会的礼品:黑色限量版HTC Magic! | 深度GPHONEGuest 6 years ago

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  18. AndroidTapp.comGuest 6 years ago

    Nicely Done! I need one now ;-P

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  20. Justin RobinsonGuest 6 years ago

    Jeeeeeezzz….. I am soooooo jealous . . .

  21. Justin RobinsonGuest 6 years ago

    SOOOOOOOO. . . what is the memory capacity on that … and can you just stick ya sim card in it and be ready to go?

    • nEx.SoftwareGuest 6 years ago

      As for memory, I’ve installed a few things on mine and am reporting 279 MB left on the internal memory. It came with a 2GB SD.

    • nEx.SoftwareGuest 6 years ago

      I haven’t tried sticking in my SIM yet. They gave us a month of free service along with it so I figure I’ll use that first.

  22. androfun - Google I/O Opening Keynote Highlights (HTML 5 and FREE PHONES)Guest 6 years ago

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  23. ARTICLE: Free Android phones for all at Google I/O | Cell Phone ReviewsGuest 6 years ago

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  24. GardenwifeGuest 6 years ago

    It came with a 2GB SD? Does it have any special tweakage for using that, or do you have to use Apps2sd?

    • nEx.SoftwareGuest 6 years ago

      There is nothing in this build to facilitate Apps2SD.

  25. CalldropGuest 6 years ago

    I heard that all developer models cannot run apps that are ‘bought’ from the android market … is that true?

  26. Off Beat Michael » New Android Phone To Be Announced Next WeekGuest 6 years ago

    [...] next week. Suspicions are that the handset to be announced will be the Google Ion, which was already given away free to attendees of Google’s I/O conference. The Ion (also known as the Magic, the G2, and the [...]

  27. New Android Phone To Be Announced Next Week | TechgeistGuest 6 years ago

    [...] next week. Suspicions are that the handset to be announced will be the Google Ion, which was already given away free to attendees of Google's I/O conference. The Ion (also known as the Magic, the G2, and the MyTouch) [...]

  28. T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google | Android Tapp. Android App ReviewsGuest 6 years ago

    [...] their second Android Phone called myTouch 3G with Google. Dubbed the “HTC Ion” and given away to developers at Google I/O 2009 annual conference earlier this year. The phone is staged to be the device users [...]

  29. Android and MeGuest 6 years ago

    [...] to discuss Android development and Sprint will be giving away 500 free Hero phones to developers (free phones are awesome). The registration fee is $350 and I would suggest signing up soon before the event fills [...]

  30. Android and MeGuest 6 years ago

    [...] months of waiting, Google has now officially released the ADP2 phone. The device is essentially the Google Ion phone (HTC Magic/myTouch 3G) that we received at last years Google I/O. Developers can now choose between [...]

  31. Android and MeGuest 5 years ago

    [...] from Google. We were lucky enough to be invited to Google I/O 2009 where we received the Google Ion phone so I’m crossing my fingers we get a special invite to review the Nexus [...]

  32. MobilniGuest 5 years ago

    We hope that will be faster then iPhone 3GS and Sony Ericsson Xperia 10?

  33. amzGuest 5 years ago

    let’s me see I love new androidandme website because it’s show me a new technology.

  34. Google continues to give out free Nexii (Nexus One phones) – Android and MeGuest 5 years ago

    [...] Google started the practice at last year’s Google I/O when they handed out several thousand Google Ion phones. This was followed by the Sprint Developer conference where Google and Sprint provided 500 HTC [...]

  35. Game scopeGuest 5 years ago

    [...] We attended the event last year and had an absolute blast. The keynote speeches by Vic Gundotra were filled with excitement and I hope he takes the stage again this year. We were spoiled treated like Google employees the entire time and even received free phones. [...]

  36. Game scopeGuest 5 years ago

    [...] from Google. We were lucky enough to be invited to Google I/O 2009 where we received the Google Ion phone so I’m crossing my fingers we get a special invite to review the Nexus [...]