HTC HD2 vs. Nexus OneThe HTC HD2 challenges the heavyweight champ for smartphone supremacy. Will the HTC HD2 have what it takes to knock out the Nexus One? Let's get it on!
[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> Watch out Prizefight fans, I am Brian Tong and we are here with a new smartphone challenger looking to take down our recently crowned king of the Prizefight ring. This is a heavyweight Prizefight between the unlocked version of HTC's HD2 and Google's Nexus One. We are bringing in the big guns for this fight, Senior Editor Kent German and Senior Editor Bonnie Cha and myself will do the honor. Now we will take all three judges scores and average them out to the nearest tenth each round. The final Prizefight's score will be the average of all rounds using the same decimal system. Who is bringing in the sexy, round one is design. The Nexus One is a sexy machine. It is a slim profile with a solid feel that fits nicely in your hand and at 3.7-inch OLED display makes me drool. Now, HTC's HD2 is a marvel to look at with its high res 4.3-inch display. It is real sturdy and just as slim as the Nexus One, which is pretty impressive, the tradeoff is a wide footprint that is pain to hole and probably more comfortable if you have gorilla sized hands plus its protruding camera lens is sharp around the edges. The Nexus One gets a five and the HD2 gets a four. Next round is navigation. Both phones feature a combination of touch screen and buns. The Nexus One's touch screen is responsive, multi touches here across several apps and it works well. This is still the most customizable phone OS on the market, but we are not the biggest fans of the trackball that you will never use and the haptic feedback touch controls aren't always that responsive. The HD2 has changed how we feel about HTC's Sense UI that covers up the Windows mobile OS. It is snappy. Navigation is straightforward, you can customize your favorite apps and there is a lot of icandy like the weather. Bonnie likes her weather cute. Now, multi touches here, but its performance is more sluggish compared to the Nexus One. The HD2 swings back and takes this round with a four and the Nexus One gets a 3.3. After averaging two rounds, the Nexus One leads by just two tenths of a point. Round Three is Feature. Both phones feature Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth, but since it is the unlocked version we are reviewing, the HD2 only supports Edge networks in the US. There is no free turn by turn direction Apple in the HD 2 and the Mobile Office Suite is included, but it does not work in landscape mode at the moment. The Nexus One is still the king when it comes to features, its voice search and voice commands are still unmatched, had tie. Its turn-by-turn map can stand up to GPS solutions. There is also the Android Store for thousands of apps and we love its multitasking dropped down even if it has some Outlook synching issue. The Nexus One score is a perfect five and HD2 gets a 3.7. Round four is Web browsing and multimedia. The Nexus One 's web browser is solid with multitouch, bookmark, icons and multiple Window support, but we are still waiting for flash light. It is bringing a 5-megapixel camera with flash, but one of Android's biggest work is its media player. Sure, it gets the job done for music and video playback, but it is interface is starting to look prehistoric. The HD2 comes with IE Mobile and Opera as its browser so you have some options, but you'll only find multi-touch support in Opera even it is not as a smooth to use. The big standout is the HD2 media player which takes on a cover flow as presentation. That is fun to use. It is 5-megapixel camera with flash also features a panorama stitch mode, but the screen takes center stage here and media looks great. The HD2 get a 4.7 and the Nexus One gets a four, dropped their average now the four rounds, the Nexus One still leads by two tenths of a point. This one is not over yet, the final round that decides it all is called Poly Ann performance. We were all impressed with the Nexus One's call quality. It is dual mic noise cancellation tech really helps with excellent voice clarity and a natural sound on both sides of the line. The HD2's call quality was tested on T-Mobile and AT and T's network by our judges, call quality was good with just a tad bit more background noise. It is speakerphone was the real disappointment and it was hard to understand both sides of the call. Now, both of these phones features 1- G Snapdragon processors and they are snappy, especially when you think of the HD2 which is the snappiest Windows Mobile experience we have ever used. In the final round, the Nexus One throws a hay maker with the 4.7, the HD2 gets a 3.7. So, let us add out all five rounds and in a battle where Google's Nexus One had only a one round edge over HTC's HD2. It took a small lead early and never let go taking this battle 4.424 and is your Prizefight winner. The HTC's HD2 stands out as one of the best experiences on the Windows Mobile phone, but it was the Nexus One's features and call quality that helped to retained its status as king of the ring. I am Brian Tong, thanks for watching and we will catch you guys next time on another Prizefight. Whoa! ^M00:05:07 [ Music ]