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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