Google Nexus One vs HTC Desire

Android Smartphones

If you’re looking for the best Android smartphone that money can buy, then chances are you were all dead set on the Google Nexus One but then there is the HTC Desire.

Similarities
Let’s get the easy bit out of the way first. Both the Nexus One and the HTC Desire have the same chassis and general insides. They’ve got crystal clear 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED displays, 1GHz Snapdragon CPUs and 5-megapixel cameras with an LED flash to back them up. There are tiny discrepancies in the dimensions and the weight of the two devices – we’re talking down to 0.2mm – but to all intents and purposes each one weighs 135g or so with the 1400mHA battery included and both measure 119 x 60 x 11.9mm.

Again, the RAM in the HTC Desire is quoted at 576MB rather than the 512MB in the Nexus One but there’s a good chance that the last 64MB is just enough to have the Sense UI sitting on top without any noticeable performance difference and, even if it does go beyond that, then good luck noticing a difference between the two. Now to the differences.

User-interface
HTC has trumped Google in one important department – software. Just as with the Hero, the company has added the very popular Sense custom UI to the Android OS background. The interface offers more seamless integration of your contacts from all of your various lists and address books – be they Skype, Twitter, your phone book, Facebook – and knits them together for an apparently more intelligent experience. Some purists may prefer the cleaner experience of straight Android 2.1 Eclair – the main OS on which both of these devices operate – but speak to anyone with a Hero and they’ll sing you arias on Sense.

Noise cancelling
Curious this, but for one reason or another HTC has ditched the double microphone noise cancelling feature found on the Nexus One. So, if you do a lot of calling on the street or in a noisy environment, then you might rather plump for the Nexus One.

Voice text entry
It’s a great feature of of the Nexus One that Google has enabled users to be able to type into any field anywhere on the device by talking to it. It’s obviously particularly important in the States where Google Maps for Navigation is also enabled. Sadly, voice entry is absent on the Desire, so it’s finger work only.

FM Radio
So, it seems that both handsets have a built-in Broadcom BCM4329 Wi-Fi/FM chipset. Although neither seems fully activated, the HTC Desire does at least have FM radio functionality which is missing on the Nexus One – at least until Google decides to fix it with a software update which may or may not happen. The chip also gives capacity for both handsets to transmit FM and support 802.11n Wi Fi for better range of connection. As it stands though, neither has those features enabled

Branding & engraving
One of the cute little services that launched along with the Nexus One was the fact that you can get whatever you like engraved on the metal name plate on the back of the handset. Yes, it’s all about personalisation.

You may not have been able to think of anything particularly witty to put on there, but it’s rather nice to have the option and that’s something that’s withdrawn if you go for a Desire. No nameplate, no engraving. On the other hand, you’d also have to be happy with the Google Android branding on the back of the Nexus One, so be sure you’re okay with that too.

Mouse control
HTC has ditched the trackball cursor control found both in the Neux One and just about all the previous Android handsets made by the Taiwanese smartphone specialists. Whether the switch for an optical pad on the Desire is a good thing or a bad one is probably up to you to decide. The same change has been made by BlackBerry with the most recent version of the ever popular Bold.

Trackballs can sometimes collect bits of foreign matter which get rolled up inside the handset and start to cause annoyance and malfunction. At the same time, there are some really bad optical pads out there and, with such a small area to get your thumb on, you might rather you’d gone for the more tangible mechanical version on the Nexus One. Horses for courses on this one.

Buttons
As well as the optical pad, the four Android soft keys on the bezel of the the Nexus One have moved onto the chassis below on the HTC Desire and become hard, clickable keys instead. Doubtless one could debate the pros on cons of each but, at the end of the day, it’s a style choice rather than anything else.

Special Features
With the dual announcement of the upgrade to HTC Sense, there’s a few extra features on the Desire. First, the ringer volume on the phone automatically lowers once you’ve picked the handset up. Second, the ringer mutes altogether if you flip the phone over and face down and, third, there’s an automatic back up system which stores your bookmarks, MMS/SMS and passwords on your microSD card. What’s more, Sense brings extra widget windows and a rather fun looking “helicopter mode” which allows them to appear and disappear again at the pinch of the screen.

US Version
The Nexus One is going to be a little bit better to you if you live in the US. First, as mentioned earlier, you get access to Google Maps for Navigation. Second, you don’t have to pay any import duty. The real clincher if you live in America though, is that you simply won’t be able to get the HTC Desire over there – not as it stands, anyway. It has no support for US 3G bands.

Conclusions
It’s a close call because, at the end of the day, they’re both very good phones. If you already have a Nexus One, then there’s no need to lose any sleep over the Desire. Likewise, if you’re absolutely busting to buy yourself a top Android smartphone now, then go for a Nexus One.

Additionally, you can probably root the Google handset and add on Sense and the FM radio as well, which together probably make up much of the ground. On the other hand, if you can wait and just hold on a few months more, then the HTC Desire is definitely a contender for the top Smartphone slot.

Nexus One Phone Support Hotline

Google have opened their telephone support hotline for technical queries and issues with the Nexus One.

Please contact Nexus One support from Google at 888-48-NEXUS (63987). Open daily from 7:00 am EST to 10:00 pm EST.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be asked to provide your Google order number to speak to a customer support representative. Your Google order number is a 15 digit number which is sometimes preceded by a “G”. You can locate your order number in the following two locations:

On your Google Checkout order receipt:
On your packing slip:
It’s good that Google have added the phone support hot-line to their support portfolio.

How to Setup Email on Your Nexus One

Easy to follow instructions on setting up email (POP3 / IMAP) to work with your Google Nexus One phone.

Google Nexus One – In Depth Review

The Google Nexus One.

In the modern climate of hyped (and over-hyped) smartphone launches, Google’s official entry into the phone-sales game has excelled in a department where many find difficulty: generating legitimate excitement. Of course, long before the name Nexus One or the recent bounty of pictures and details existed, the very concept of a “Google Phone” had been ingrained in the public conscience, predating even the Android itself; the company dabbled in the concept of direct sales through its offering of the Android Dev Phones 1 and 2 (alias Ion), but this time, it’s a public retail ordeal, not a couple of one-off developer specials. The genuine-article Google Phone is finally here — for better or worse.

The device, a Snapdragon-powered, HTC-built phone looks — on paper, at least — like the ultimate Android handset, combining a newly tweaked and tightened user interface with killer industrial design. A sleek, streamlined phone that can easily go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 3GSs, Pres, and Droids of the world, powered by the latest version of Android (2.1 “Flan,” if you’re counting), and hand-retooled by Google. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Can the Nexus One possibly live up to the hype ascribed to it? And more importantly, is the appearance of the phone the death knell for the OHA and a sign of the coming Android autocracy? In our exclusive review of the Nexus One, we’ll answer all those pressing questions and more… so read on for the full scoop!

Hardware

As we said in the intro —

Fixes for Nexus One 3G issues & Touchscreen

An update on some temporary fixes for the first version of the Nexus One.

How to force a 3G Connection

Step 1

Go to phone dialer. Dial *#*#4636#*#* You might not actually see the final asterisk appear, because as soon as you hit it, your phone’s going into testing mode.

Don’t worry, this isn’t anything as serious as rooting, and you’re not going to brick your phone. Promise.

Step 2


OK, now you’re in testing mode, and you should see four options. Tap on “Phone information”

Step 3


Scroll all the way to the bottom of the “Phone information” screen.

Win a Google Nexus One Phone!

For the chance to win a brand new Google Nexus One Phone all you have to do is write a review of the PPC provider Infolinks.

Publish an original review about Infolinks, that includes this video embedded and a link to Infolinks, and then send

Google Nexus One Support – 3G, HTC, SDK, T-Mobile, Country Support

Some key Google Nexus One Support Questions:-

Q: T-Mobile Upgrade Eligibility: Can current T-Mobile customers buy the Google Nexus One Phone for $179?

A: At this time, only new T-mobile customers are eligible to purchase Nexus One at the discounted price of $179

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Q: 3G coverage on the Google Nexus One is poor even in areas where T-Mobile coverage is

Google Nexus One Support Issues – Telephone Support Hotline Soon?

With the high profile launch of the Nexus One followed by the teething issues around 3G coverage by T-Mobile, Wi-Fi Wireless issues, inadequate delivery information and lack of “real” customer support Google have released a statement promising improved support levels.

Google has tried to reassure

Google Nexus One – Weak Sales?

Reports from Market research firm Flurry have indicated that sales of the Google Nexus One were around 20,000 in its first week.

Given the hype that the launch generated this is below what might have been expected given previous launches of handsets.

Next to the weak first week sales figure, the Nexus One has also seen mounting complaints over the 3G wireless connectivity of the Nexus One and the lack of development toolsets for the Android platform.

Google Nexus One Phone Complaints / Support – T-Mobile / HTC

After the US launch of the Google Nexus One Phone on 5th January Google has apparently been inundated with complaints from Nexus One phone users.

The Nexus One phone can only be purchased directly from Google and support is only available direct from Google via their usual email medium. This has led to a number of frustrated phone users who are waiting days for response to some of their queries.

The official Google Nexus One Support pages list the top queries as: