HTC Desire versus Google NexusOne

Posted on July 13, 2010

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This is from my old blog posted on 10 April. Updated info as of now – the Msian retail price of the Desire is about RM2100 ( AP set RM1700 to RM1800 ). Flash 10.1 is now available to the Nexus , released about 2 weeks ago by Google. My impressions of  Froyo build FRF72 is posted here.  Since then final build Froyo FRF91 was released last week for the Nexus. Official version of Android ver 2.2 Froyo should be available for the Desire by August/September. The htc Desire has been rooted by Paul of Modaco. Check it up there if you are interested in rooting the Desire and have a custom rom installed.

htc DESIRE versus Google Nexus ONE : Which should I buy ??

This is a commonly asked question on many forums. I list below my personal observations. I owe a Nexus One and has not any hands on experience with the htc Desire yet. My comparison is based on the several reviews/comments abound on the web

The HTC Desire internally bears a strong resemblance to the Nexus One. The differences are:

A different body shell
An optical trackpad in place of the trackball
A row of tactile rather than touch-sensitive buttons
FM radio included
No second microphone for noise cancellation
576 MB DRAM in place of 512 MB DRAM
Dualband 900/2100 instead of Tri band HSDPA/WCDMA
HTC Sense user interface
Bundled with Adobe Flash 10.1
Support and updates through HTC rather than Google
Sold through carriers and not the Google store

Personally I feel that this htc Desire is a better buy vs Nexus , mainly :

1. Local SIS warranty if released in Msia

2. htc Sense is very much better interface vs Nexus default ; I find the Nexus default builtin programs are very poor with many features lacking. So I decided to root it and I replace quite a number of the default programs with 3rd party solutions

3. The hard key buttons I believe will be much better than the Nexus soft keys ( many users already complaining about it ). On the nexus the screen along the sides are very touch sensitive an=d you have to learn how to hiold your unit properly so that any contacts with the bottom keys are not affected

4. Higher ram 576 MB vs 512MB : might not be a crucial issue but more ram is always better, right?

5. Flash builtin though Nexus support will come soon

6. FM radio included

7. Based on web feedback – bluetooth is working well unlike Nexus ( lousy bluetooth features )

The cons of the htc Desire I can see is need some time before it is hack and can be rooted to expand its possibilities. It also lacks the noise cancelling features of the Nexus One

Price I figure should be around RM2300- RM2500 ; rumour said availability after May. As of 7 Apr, there are already sellers at forum lowyat, however is AP set at RM2000

This link is a very good PROFESSIONAL review between the 2 gadgets:

http://www.slashgear.com/htc-desire-vs-google-nexus-one-2074966/

Others :
http://www.tested.com/news/nexus-one-vs-htc-desire-vs-htc-incredible-whats-the-difference/147/
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/31522/buy-nexus-one-wait-for-htc-desire