Twins, separated at birth, the HTC Desire is the sister smartphone to the Google Nexus One. And while both devices are running Android 2.1/Eclair and sporting a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, there are some smaller differences. For instance the Desire supports the EMEA- and APAC-compatible quadband GSM/GPRS/EDE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA bands at 900/2100 MHz. And while both smartphones support WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash LED, the 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and a micro USB port, the HTC Desire features HTC's Sense UI on top of Android while the Google Nexus One comes with a vanilla version of Android 2.1.
While again both smartphones sport a 3.7" AMOLED touchscreen, the HTC Desire supports multitouch and pinch-to-zoom out of the box. Also different to the Nexus One are the Desire's hardware keys. While the Nexus One features touch-sensitive keys and a trackball, the Desire comes with real hardware buttons and an optical trackball (like the HTC Legend). However, unlike the HTC Legend, which comes with a unibody aluminum housing, the HTC Desire features a more conventional design, with a kind of aluminum frame and soft-touch battery cover.
The HTC Desire is now available or soon to be available from carriers and retailers around the world (except North America) for around 489 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne