The Google Nexus One raised expectations for Android smartphones significantly and set the benchmark by which all mainstream to high end models based on this platform will be judged in 2010.
Yet, even before it reaches our shores, it is likely to be beaten by its twin brother (or sister), the HTC Desire with which it shares almost all the specifications. We've even rounded up seven reasons why HTC's version will be the better one.
(1) After Sales Support
HTC has a better experience of handling after sales issues that might arise. After all, they've been in the business for eight years with half of that being in the public eye.
(2) Sense UI
Although this is a personal choice, we believe that many will prefer to the Sense User Interface simply because they are upgrading from HTC phones that share the same visual appeal.
Google has some significant experience in user interface design but HTC is likely to best them when it comes to designing mobile UI.
(3) Longer autonomy on standby
HTC quotes 360 hours worth of battery life on standby, that's 12 days while Google's smartphone only stretches to 290 hours, which is shorter by three days. Yet, they are using the same removable battery and have the same components (almost).
(4) Available sooner
Google has already said that the phone will be available in Europe (and in the UK) via Vodafone as from "early" Spring 2010 - which is in exactly 32 days from now - but strangely enough you cannot register your interest or even preorder the phone.
It is not even available on their coming soon page although Sony Ericsson's Vivaz and the X10 (which is launching in April) are. The HTC Desire is already available for preorder in the UK via Expansys and will be launched on the 12th of April.
(5) More memory
The HTC Desire has 12.5 percent more onboard memory compared to the Nexus One (576MB vs 512MB). Why this slight increase? We don't have a clue but we know that it might come handy under some circumstances.
Also, the HTC model has a 8GB card thrown in the bag compared to a 4GB vesion for the Nexus One.
(6) No trackball
Again a very subjective point of view, but an optical tracking device is better than a ball one - which is why optical mice have all but killed ball ones.
Trackballs are notoriously susceptible to dirt and have higher levels of failure because of their mechanical parts. They can also become less precise over time due to their accumulated dirt.
The Nexus One costs £400 when shipped from the UK, complete with the VAT but expect it to be significantly more expensive when it reaches our shores, especially given that there is a 20 percent increase in price on average (check Microsoft and Apple products) when a product crosses the Atlantic.
We expect the Nexus One to cost around £499, which would make it £50 more expensive than the HTC Desire. Furthermore, because the Desire will be available on a number of networks at launch, contract prices are likely to be less as well.