HTC HD2 versus Google Nexus One

Posted on April 10, 2010

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http://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=1294834&st=2040&p=32629040&#entry32629040

On March 22, I posted this at forum lowyat ( post # 2051 ). Since then, I have then recieved many questions and so here is a updated and more detailed version:

A brief comparison between the htc HD2 and Nexus One. I decided to post this due to many requests from my friends about this topic. Firstly there is NO best phone between the 2 of them. It all boils down to your needs. Both phones has its pros and cons. Overall I still prefer the htc HD2 due to my needs and this does not mean the Nexus One is a poorer choice.

I have set a rating of 10 ( being the best ) and 1 ( Poorest) as just a guide to the features. Again this is my own opinion – the judgement is based on a month usage of the Nexus One and 6 month usage of the htc HD2.

Question:
— Can the Nexus One replace my htc HD2 ?? : YES if I do not have a better choice

OK now to the comparison:

CPU Specs : Same for both – Qualcomm SnapDragon QSD8250 1 GHz
Overall performance: Nexus ( 9.5 ), HD2 (10)

Screen Display : Nexus – Amoled capacitive 480×800 pixel 3.7 in ( 10) ; HD2 – TFT capacitive 480×800 pixel 4.3″ ( 8). Colors on the Nexus appears sharper, and brighter

3G/HSPDA signals pickup : Nexus ( 7) , HD2 (10)

Alert/Notifications : Nexus ( 10 ), HD2 ( 7 ) due to Nexus trackball features

Soft Keys reliability/performance : Nexus ( 7 ), HD2 ( 10 )

WiFi performance : Comparable not much difference between the 2

Sound : Nexus ( 7 ), HD2 ( 10 )

Scrolling smoothness : Nexus ( 10 ), HD2 ( 8 )

Installation flexibility : Nexus ( 5 ) , HD 2 ( 10 ) : For HD2 you have a choice to install onto internal memory or SD card while Nexus by default all installed onto internal memory unless you have a Apps2SD option in your rom ( to have this you need to root it and install one of the roms having this function )

SMS/MMS speed and reliability : Nexus ( 10 ), HD2 ( 8 )

Browser : Nexus ( 9 ), HD2 ( Opera – 10 ; builtin default Explorer – 5 )

Camera : Nexus ( 10 ), HD2 ( 7 )

GPS pickup : Nexus ( 10 ), HD 2 ( 9 )

Default programs functionality and features : Nexus ( 7 ), HD2 ( 10 ) : So to maximize Nexus functionality and features one MUST root and installed one of the cook roms and replace some of the builtin programs with better alternatives found in Market. However this can be improved if one installed the htc Sense roms as the builtin htc Sense programs are very much better than the Nexus default

Battery Life : Nexus ( 10 ), HD2 ( 8 ) : Nexus however feels warmer with heavy use and it feels hot during charging while HD2 just feels warm

ROMs changing : Nexus ( 10 ), HD 2 ( 5 ) : Changing roms in Nexus is so simple and fast ( matter of only 2 minutes and all done thro SD card ) while HD2 process more tedious ( takes about 15 minutes ). ON HD2 once rom is change all data is completely wipeout and restoration is not 100 % using Sprite Backup/SpB Backup – its reliability also depends on typoe of rom one choose.

Backup Tools: Nexus ( 10 ), HD2 ( 7 )

APPS availabilty and ease of installation: Nexus ( 10 ), HD2 ( 5 ). On the Nexus, one is prompted to autoupdates any apps once a higher version is available

Build quality : Nexus ( 8 ) , HD2 ( 10) – the Nexus has more “plasticky” looks and girls will love the more “feminine” and “slim and sexy” look

Dynamic updates on social networks eg Facebook, RSS, Tweeter : Nexus (10), HD2 ( 7)