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Rogers Android Revolution Has Arrived: Did You Switch?

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Yesterday was a milestone day for Canadians–they finally got a taste of Android smartphones in Canada. Rogers launched the HTC Dream and Magic yesterday in Canada. In three more days, Bell will launch the Palm Pre in Canada. Next week, Apple’s WWDC begins. The summer smartphone war is finally heating up!

Here are the Android facts from Rogers:

Pricing: The HTC Dream and HTC Magic are available across Canada for $149.99 on a three-year voice and data plan with a minimum combined monthly service fee of $45. Until July 1, 2009, Rogers is offering a $30/6GB data plan for these devices (this apparently is not offered for iPhone 3Gs–which I find VERY strange. Anyone have success adding this on?).

Apps: Powered by the Android operating system, the HTC Dream and HTC Magic offer Canadians the Android Market™ featuring more than 3,200 different apps available for download – with more being added daily. Current apps can do everything helping users find a better deal on a product by scanning a barcode to identifying the name and artist of a song playing on the radio within seconds.

Speed: With Rogers Wireless™ 3.5 HSPA network, coupled with download speeds of 7.2 Mbps, mobile browsing from the HTC Dream and HTC Magic is comparable to a desktop experience, and three times as fast as the competition.

Mobile Services: The HTC Dream and HTC Magic feature built-in integration with many of Google™’s leading mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, and Gmail™.

Here are some pictures of the Dream in white and Magic in black:

htcdream_white

htcmagic_black

Introducing AndroidinCanada.ca–Canada’s Android Blog!

We have a new blog to introduce to everyone now, especially for switchers to Android. The site is www.AndroidinCanada.ca and is what I’d like to call a “brother” site of iPhoneinCanada.ca. Feel free to subscribe to the RSS feed for more Android info for Canadians!

The so called “Rogers Revolution” has not resulted in the excitement and fervor that only Apple can bring. People looking for an alternative to the iPhone now have some viable choices: Android or the Palm Pre. Regarding the Pre, early reports say the OS is magnificent but the keyboard and build quality is suspect. Apple is up to their old tricks so expect some surprises to come on June 8th!

Question of the day: Did you switch from the iPhone to the HTC Dream/Magic?

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  • Andrew

    Personally, these android phones did not “excite” me as my first gen iphone did.
    I watched the video showing the features they have and the only feature I like was the “bar code” scanning feature..^^

    oh well… just waiting for the 8th!!

  • Andrew

    Personally, these android phones did not “excite” me as my first gen iphone did.
    I watched the video showing the features they have and the only feature I like was the “bar code” scanning feature..^^

    oh well… just waiting for the 8th!!

  • Guest

    I always thought the Dream was a cool phone. I wouldn’t mind trying one if I had the opportunity to get my hands on it without contracts 😛

  • Dusty

    I always thought the Dream was a cool phone. I wouldn’t mind trying one if I had the opportunity to get my hands on it without contracts 😛

  • Kai

    I like that they are 7.2 Mbps compatible. I have the 3g and it annoys me how slow the download is sometimes. It’s not only the connection, but the browser rendering speed as well. Even on wifi, I find browsing to be slow. I would be very interested to see the comparison in speed between the browsers. At first I bought into the user interface of the iphone. It seemed like the best browser would be the one with the most intuitive user interface. However, after many months with the phone, I think the best browser is the one that is the fastest. Whatever you’re doing on the browser, you want it to be as fast as possible. The worst is waiting to get the information that you want. The ‘ease of use’ is secondary because I’m intelligent enough to get used to another browser and have it work for me. What do you think?

  • Kai

    I like that they are 7.2 Mbps compatible. I have the 3g and it annoys me how slow the download is sometimes. It’s not only the connection, but the browser rendering speed as well. Even on wifi, I find browsing to be slow. I would be very interested to see the comparison in speed between the browsers. At first I bought into the user interface of the iphone. It seemed like the best browser would be the one with the most intuitive user interface. However, after many months with the phone, I think the best browser is the one that is the fastest. Whatever you’re doing on the browser, you want it to be as fast as possible. The worst is waiting to get the information that you want. The ‘ease of use’ is secondary because I’m intelligent enough to get used to another browser and have it work for me. What do you think?

  • Josh

    Does anyone know if I can use the sim card from my iPhone in the HTC Dream and switch back and forth between phones?

  • Josh

    Does anyone know if I can use the sim card from my iPhone in the HTC Dream and switch back and forth between phones?

  • Jonthan

    that’s an excellent question, i’d also like to know the answer to that!

  • Jonthan

    that’s an excellent question, i’d also like to know the answer to that!

  • Dave

    Yes for sure, you can put your sim in any Rogers or unlocked gsm phone and it will def. work. That’s the beauty of gsm..

  • Dave

    Yes for sure, you can put your sim in any Rogers or unlocked gsm phone and it will def. work. That’s the beauty of gsm..

  • Josh

    Anyone know the price of a non-contract HTC Dream?

  • Josh

    Anyone know the price of a non-contract HTC Dream?

  • Orest

    $599 off contract pricing

  • Orest

    $599 off contract pricing

  • sean

    649.99 is the retail price for HTC Dream!

  • sean

    649.99 is the retail price for HTC Dream!

  • Guest

    I would switch between both phones. Hmmmm the dream is looking worth a try…. But now im checking out N97 lol
    Dream or N97?? Decisions, decisions 😛

  • Dusty

    I would switch between both phones. Hmmmm the dream is looking worth a try…. But now im checking out N97 lol
    Dream or N97?? Decisions, decisions 😛

  • Gabriel

    I bought one (HTC Dream) to replace my iPhone but immediately returned it when I realized the Rogers version disables the virtual keyboard and most of the accelerometer functions.

    To the question about switching SIMs back and forth. I don’t know why but I could not have an iPhone data package on the Dream, they switched me to the WinMobile Data package (exact same package) and switched me back when I returned it.

  • Gabriel

    I bought one (HTC Dream) to replace my iPhone but immediately returned it when I realized the Rogers version disables the virtual keyboard and most of the accelerometer functions.

    To the question about switching SIMs back and forth. I don’t know why but I could not have an iPhone data package on the Dream, they switched me to the WinMobile Data package (exact same package) and switched me back when I returned it.

  • Don

    I was in Costco and the cell counter was dead. The girl opened the Android phone and we stuck in my sim and tried it for over half an hour. Fantastic phone.

    Rogers has a deal with a free Internet stick with a new smartphone on a 3-year contract. Costco has a deal of $100 credit on a 3-year contract. So I can get a Dream and internet stick on the 6g plan for $50 and close to use the iPhone or Android.

    Let me think…

  • Don

    I was in Costco and the cell counter was dead. The girl opened the Android phone and we stuck in my sim and tried it for over half an hour. Fantastic phone.

    Rogers has a deal with a free Internet stick with a new smartphone on a 3-year contract. Costco has a deal of $100 credit on a 3-year contract. So I can get a Dream and internet stick on the 6g plan for $50 and close to use the iPhone or Android.

    Let me think…

  • Phoenix

    I love my iPhone 3G. But out of curiousity I called up Rogers and they allowed me a HUP (early at that). I was on the phone for about 10-12 mins. Getting a Magic and I’ll see what’s up. I still would like the new iPhone. Maybe I’ll get that on my other line. I know I’ll keep my 3G and will have the Magic as well

  • Phoenix

    I love my iPhone 3G. But out of curiousity I called up Rogers and they allowed me a HUP (early at that). I was on the phone for about 10-12 mins. Getting a Magic and I’ll see what’s up. I still would like the new iPhone. Maybe I’ll get that on my other line. I know I’ll keep my 3G and will have the Magic as well

  • CP

    If have the LG TU915 VU, will it work for the HTC Dream/Magic?

  • CP

    If have the LG TU915 VU, will it work for the HTC Dream/Magic?

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