As my T-Mobile G1 (Dream) contract finally comes to an end at the end of this month, I have to decide what handset I should upgrade to. There are two main smartphones that I am interested in, the HTC Desire and the Google Nexus One. Choosing is tough.

From a technical standpoint, the Desire and N1 are almost identical. They are probably the most powerful and feature rich handsets available on the market in the UK at present. Both being made by HTC, what is different?

Perks of the Nexus One

  • Noise cancelling microphone
  • Voice to text functions

Perks of the Desire

  • HTC Sense UI
  • Improved battery performance
  • Working FM radio
  • Slightly more memory
  • Optical trackball

For most users looking at this, it becomes clear that the HTC Desire is probably best.

However… I am a two year old HTC Dream user being accustomed to Android 1.6 UI. Perhaps I am a Android purest, but I really don’t like HTC Sense. So I am not sure I would like using the phone with such.

As for the Battery, seeing as both handsets have exactly the same CPU, Screen and Battery it has to just be optimisations that HTC did, which I can probably do myself. Regarding the memory of the Desire… I can only guess it has a little extra for the HTC Sense UI?

Both are great handsets to be honest, but I am learning towards the Nexus One. Not the right choice for many, but probably best for me. Just have to wait until the end of the month until I can get my new toy… :(