June 19, 2010

Difference between HTC Desire and Nexus One

Desire vs Nexus One

Desire vs Nexus One

I’m pretty sure this topic has been extensively covered over the web and like many I was rather curious to see what are the main difference between these two phones running on Eclair which comes from the same manufacturer HTC. So what set’s them apart ? I’ll be trying to focus more on the hardware and software factor since the look and feel of each devices can be very personal.


The most obvious thing setting the two almost identical phones apart is the physical buttons and optical tracker found on the Desire, the Nexus One comes with touch buttons and trackball. I’m obviously a fan of physical buttons as it’s more reassuring feeling the “click” when pressing a button and knowing it should do what you want it to do.

The physical dimensions are also rather similiar, the Nexus One measuring at 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm where else the Desire is 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm. With such a small difference between the physical size it’s really hard to tell the difference. Both of the units comes with a 1400 mAH but it’s pretty hard to gauge the battery life as it all depends on the type of usage of the device. The Nexus One strangely comes with only Bluetooth v2 compared and Desire runs on Bluetooth 2.1, not like it makes that big of a difference anyway. The Desire also comes with FM radio but lacks the active noise cancellation and the triband HSDPA/WCDMA of the Nexus One.

Both devices comes with a 5MP camera with autofocus and flash. The only difference here is the effective pixel resolution with the Nexus One offering 2592 x 1944 while the Desire offers 2560 x 1920 effective pixel resolution. You can barely see the difference anyway on most pictures. The other difference is the video capture capabilities; the Nexus One captures at 20fps while the Desire is at 30fps.

The insides of the phone are rather identical as well. Both comes with a 1Ghz Snapdragon Processor (Qualcomm QSD 8250), a 3.7″ AMOLED screen at 480×800 pixels. Both comes with 512MB of ROM, however the Nexus One comes with 512MB RAM while the Desire comes with 576MB instead. Wonder if the extra RAM is in place to help ensure the smoothness of the Sense UI.

Official Nexus One Specs at HTC

Official Desire  Specs at HTC


As soon as you switch both the phones on you’ll immediately see the difference on the Desire which comes with HTC Sense UI (2.1). This makes the Desire look and feel so much sexier, honestly. Okay I might be slightly biased since I’ve been using the HTC Tattoo for quite some time but friends who have seen both the user interface side by side definitely liked having Sense UI as well.

Apart from just being pretty, HTC has added their own widgets to further customise the home screen. Sense gets updates from Facebook,Twitter and Flickr and updates each Contact record plus combines all that into a single Friend Stream feed that you can put onto your home screen. That’s just one of the widgets they have on the Desire; HTC has an awesome animated weather widget, integration with the SMS client and their own Twitter client called Peep. There’s even a pinch zoom gesture on the home screen that allows you to minimse all seven panes and displays it all with the so called “helicopter view”. A more in depth review on the available software on the Desire at a later time 🙂

With such heavy customisation from HTC, there a price to pay, HTC has to play catch-up when it comes to the core Android updates. HTC has to rework their custom UI to suit the changes deployed on a new revision. One classic example is HTC Hero owners who have been waiting for Android 2.1 on their devices despite being promised numerous time on a release date. Desire is currently their flagship model so it would be happening anytime soon but bear in mind Hero was also HTC’s flagship model few years back.


At the end of the day both devices sport the latest technology to run on Android 2.1 (Eclair) and neither will leave the user disappointed. The Desire being officially distributed by SiS locally will definitely be a better choice for those who are want to have the peace of mind when it comes to warranty claims. Many would chose the HTC Desire over the Nexus One simply because of the Sense UI, it just makes the Android so much sexier and not forgetting the fact that Maxis is currently heavily subsidising the Desire just makes it even more desirable 🙂

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