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.



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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  • 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?

    • 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 !

  • Jeff Brandt

    I am bummed but on vacation.

  • CW

    Truly, FTW

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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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    Nicely Done! I need one now ;-P

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  • Justin Robinson

    Jeeeeeezzz….. I am soooooo jealous . . .

  • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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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  • Gardenwife

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

    • 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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  • Mobilni

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

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