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The Google Ion, aka the HTC Magic, is the Android device that we've been waiting for. A few complaints remain, but its eye-catching design and interface, improved features, and satisfying performance make us excited about Android's full potential.

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The Google Ion is truly an eye-catching device. We love its sleek profile, glossy skin, and brilliant touch-screen.
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The Ion has the same customizable and intuitive user interface as the T-Mobile G1.
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The Ion's volume rocker rests on its right spine. It's thinner than we'd like, but you can find it easily when you're on a call.
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We like the Ion's physical navigation controls. There are plenty of them and they have a comfortable feel.
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We maintain that HTC needs to ditch the nonstandard headset jack.
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The Ion's menu interface is simple, attractive, and easy to use.
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In vertical mode the Ion's keybaord is cramped. Unfortunately, it doesn't switch to landscape mode when using the onscreen Google search.
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The Google Ion travels well. It fits easily into a pocket or bag.
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The Ion's camera is not equipped with a flash or self-portrait mirror.

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