Maxis10Reviews – Google Nexus One vs the HTC Desire

These 2 are always being compared. And supposedly the same. Of course there are sight differences here and there, mostly on the outlook, and some technical specs.
As with my previous post, the camera function is vastly different in terms of controls & obviously the images’ outcome too.

Here, I got some pictures to show of the aesthetic differences.


Left: Nexus One – (L x W x T) 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm ( 4.69 x 2.35 x 0.45 inches)

Right: HTC Desire – (L x W x T) 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm ( 4.69 x 2.35 x 0.45 inches)

Both – 3.7” AMOLED Touch Screen, 480×800 WVGA resolution, with pinch & zoom capcabilities. 1GHz Processor speed. 576 MB RAM (N1 is 512MB only) and 512 MB ROM.

HTC Desire n Google Nexus ONE

Left: Nexus One, Right: HTC Desire. Power button & headphone jack on top.


Left: HTC Desire, Right: Google Nexus One. Almost the same thinness.

HTC thinness

Google Nexus One.


Google Nexus One – 135 grams.

N1 - 135 grams

HTC Desire – 137 grams.

HTC Desire - 137g

Packaging is minimal. User Guide? What User Guide?!? You got to try it out yourself and surf around online.

Standard package that I got when ordered from Google.

Google Nexus 1

What you can expect (from Maxis) in your HTC Desire box.

HTC Desire

HTC Desire & Nexus One

The speakers. Left: HTC Desire. Right: Google Nexus One.

HTC Desire n Nexus 1 speaker

The functional buttons: Left HTC Desire – BUTTONS – Home. Menu. Back. Quick Search. Right: Google Nexus One – TOUCH SCREEN- Back.Menu. Home. Quick search.

htc Desire n Nexus One 2

The power buttons. Works to quickly lock and unlock the phone. Left: Nexus One. Right: HTC Desire.

Htc Desire n Nexus One 4

Left: HTC Desire – Optical Trackpad which tracks your finger movement. The trackpad is also clicks in as an enter key.

Right: Google Nexus One – Trackball. Pressing it also works as an enter key.

HTC Desire n Nexus one trackball

The casings. Left: HTC Desire – opens up by prying the cover from the top (check images HERE ) . Right: Google Nexus One – Slides up the top cover to open. (I prefer this!)

HTC Desire: The chassis is made of rubber, it is not slippery as compared to the Nexus One.

There is also a microSD card slot for extra memory. The microSD card is beside the SIM card, kind of hidden below the battery. The microSD and SIM card can’t be taken out without turning off the phone.

HTC Desire n Nexus One

My previous phone. Yup, took me a long long while to change cos neither the iPhone nor Blackberry interest me. I, however, fell in love with the Nexus One immediately. And now, I’m obsessed with the HTC Desire.

sony ericsson

Both – The microUSB slot is at the bottom.

The camera. Left: Google Nexus One. Right: HTC Desire. In depth review HERE.

  • Both 5 megapixel color camera, has flash & zoom capabilities.

camera Android

Most important factor? The PRICE right?

I bought my Nexus One ordered from the Google site. It was subsequently sent to a Singaporean address & I had to go to Sg to pick it up.
Price: USD529 (conversion at USD1 = RM3.3 then). Not calculating the time, hotel and transportation cost to Sg and back.
Nexus One - order

Comparatively, Maxis price for the HTC Desire is at only RM1499 (with with data and voice plan), quite a substantial subsidy from it’s retail price of RM2199.

Conclusion after 2 weeks of use?
The Desire has a “prettier” user interface  and hence delivers a much more satisfying experience (especially so for an asthetic – crazy person like me). Likewise, the applications are “smarter” too; auto completes, auto save, etc. While all tech geeks have been telling me that the Nexus One is more “powerful”, the Desire is still wins on it’s user interface.

So, will your next handphone be an Android? 😉

PS: You want more?

Maxis10Reviews: The camera – Nexus One vs HTC Desire
Maxis10Reviews: The video of a village house – taken with the HTC Desire camera
Maxis10Reviews: Sharp clear pics at the Premier Screening of Toy Story 3
Maxis10Reviews: My first video! The Unboxing video of the HTC Desire 
Maxis10Reviews: HTC Desire vs Blackberry HERE .
Maxis10Reviews:: HTC Desire vs an older Android. What improvements were there? Read HERE.
Maxis10Reviews:: HTC Desire vs iPhone 3GS. Who WINS?
Maxis10Reviews:: HTC Desire handy for travels. Great pics and videos. See HERE.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Calvin

    With the prices offered by Maxis, it is undeniable that the bolt-ons are the ons that are most likely going to be chosen.

    Recalling from an old experience where they wouldn’t sell iPhones without a package as stocks were limited, it’s another thing.

    Down to the point, what they’re saying is: subscribe to a plan and we’ll give you a medium discount. Wanna get a phone outright without any bolt-on, no, kthxbai.

    So, yes, my next phone will be an Android, but sadly, not going to purchase it from Maxis (:

  2. feicipet

    Personally, I find Sense UI lacking in the longetivity department. Sure, it looks prettier on first glance, but I’ve seen quite a few conclusions like this after a few months of usage. The widgets take up too much space and show too little information and the additional overhead on top of stock Android is just not worth it, IMO.

  3. FeeQ

    OMG!!!! <3 I cant wait for next review…please please…

    Muahaha yesterday father day…i ask him buy 1 for me liao XD

  4. unkaleong

    You are forgetting the GST 🙂 Battery life aside, I’m in live with the Desire as well. Speaking of which, I will need to get me a new battery for my nokia. A fully charged battery only lasts for a day now! Sacre bleu!

  5. Thalia Trillo

    Your blog is so informative ¡­ keep up the good work!!!!

  6. Steven Goh

    Wao, from food to phone. You are good. Can cook and cool 🙂

  7. ciki

    wallau.. u making it hard for me to choose.. but maybe the 4G ifone? 😛

  8. Leo

    You should have put an iPhone to compare too 🙂
    I’ll stick to the conventional slider, clamshell or even candybar phone anytime.. after using HTC Touch for a while and currently still using iPhone. My nature of work permits only making phone calls or SMS-ing.

  9. Robo

    Thanks for sharing your new phone. I’m just wondering will Garmin develop the Android base Mobile XT? That’s the reason to stop me change from Symbian to other platform. 🙂
    Let’s wait…

    1. feicipet

      Hard to say whether Garmin would make a long term effort to run their software on Android. For all intents and purposes, Google is a competitor. Google Maps on Android with Navigation enabled may not be perfect right now, but they’re catching up fast:

      1) Instant updates for your maps as soon as Google updates them.
      2) Very easy to search; just key in a partial address and you’ll probably at least find something approximate.
      3) Live traffic updates in a supported country (sorry, Malaysia not one of ’em)
      4) Very low data usage; I can use Navigation pretty effectively over a GPRS connection.
      5) Users can submit POI and route information of their own through Google Map Maker. I wrote an intro to Map Maker here:

      1) Map Maker community way smaller than MalSingMaps and MalFreeMaps, hence the maps are definitely not as updated, which can cause some problems sometimes.
      2) If you don’t have a data subscription, you’re out of luck (but what are you doing with an Android device then?)
      3) I doubt we Malaysians will be able to get the benefits of live data such as traffic anytime soon.
      4) Officially, the Navigation feature is not enabled for Google Maps in Malaysia. You need to install a modified version of Maps to use it, which kinda sucks ‘cos it works very well already as it is.

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