HTC HD2 & Nexus One Smackdown, Wirefly Style

Still can’t decide between the Nexus One and the upcoming T-Mobile HTC HD2?  Wirefly to the rescue!  The awesome guys over at Wirefly have done another one of their smartphone smackdowns, and this time it’s the HD2 vs the Nexus One.  The smackdown overviews the pros and cons of both handsets, including keyboard, interface, customization, and hardware specs.  Sit back, grab something to drink, and enjoy 15 minutes of snapdragon goodness.  Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts in the comments!  Is it going to be the HD2 or do you fancy the Android OS?

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  • Steven

    Radioshack is selling them for $550 without a contract or $149 for new customer or $249 with an upgrade. I will wait till tomorrow and get one at tmo.

    • Joe Pa

      Thanks for the info…I’ll wait too then.

  • jmts80

    Going on pure looks (hardware and software) the HD2 wins by a mile. But I am still not sure about going back to Winmo. I also don’t know if I can trust the N1 with all the 3G issues it has had… Damn I cant decide!

    • Miguel

      I have had no 3G issues. Performance is identical to my G1. I’ve been using the N1 for a month.

    • Spencer

      I’ve been using the nexus one since it came out and 3g is flawless, I don’t know about all the rumors but I haven’t personally heard of anyone having 3g problems. Also google released an update to fix this for the few ppl that had problems. Nexus one is SSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the HD2!!!!!!! One huge reason for me its the screen, even though the hd2 has a little bit bigger screen, nexus one is SO much cleaner and brighter and more colorful thanks to the amoled display

  • Steven

    go with the HD2 jmts80. I know WM6.5 is nothing to write home about but the phone is so much fun with SenseUI. Even when you get tired of sense you can load just about anything on it from XDA Developers. The Hardware is awesome. The N1 is the best Android phone out there but I have grown tired of the interface real quickly. The HD2 just gives me something unique that no one else has. That’s just me. Either way you WIN.

  • Bdar

    Just got back from my local T-Mo store and confirmed my name on their HD2 reserved list. Also of interest, they showed me a printed out pricing on the HD2 and the unsub price is no longer $450, but $509.99! I’m still going to be purchasing two unsub at full price so my monthly bill is $30 less than with the EM plans. (@ $450×2 it would have still been $20 cheaper over 2 years with EM+ than the EM plans [even W/ BOGO], but now at $510 it equates to $100 more paid overall after 2 years with the EM+ plan)

    As for those saying that this phone won’t sell out, the rep there showed me their list. Their location is only has 8 phones available (2 are mine :P) and they’ve reserved those about 6 days ago, since then they’ve added 14 more names to the list of people who want one. So for those of you that think the lack of advertising will allow you to stroll into a store mid afternoon tomorrow and get one may be very disappointed.

    • Michelle

      What was the 2 year contract price? Do u remember?

      • Bdar

        Still 199.99 +BOGO for 2nd line.

    • Joe Pa

      $509.99?? Where did that number come from? I’ve talked to numerous stores and it has always been 449.99….maybe you are paying for that reserve list. Nah, just kidding.

  • Steven

    I just called the tmo store in my area and they said that they cannot make a reserved list for phones. It’s first come first serve. If I’m first in line and I don’t get one because someone called in and reserved one it could get nasty. They also said the phone is still $449 outright. Worst case I could go down to the Radioshack and get one but it’s a full $100 more outright. Ouch.

  • deeone

    sprints htc supersonic with android 2.1.

    • Michael

      Sprint!%? what’s that? Will never go to that carrier, ever!

    • david

      Sprint?? WTF!! You must be crazy man!!!

    • shawn1224

      It’s now being called the HTC EVO

  • John

    I also question the price increase to $509. The corporate CSR rep I just spoke with didn’t know anything about an increase and told me the unsubsidized price is still $449.99

    In fact the HD2 web page ( has the following pricing information at the bottom of the page: $22.50 down payment, plus 19 monthly payments of $22.50 required. If my math is correct, I believe that totals $450.

    • Bdar

      Yeah, I was more than a little confused when I saw it, but the blue/magenta graphic pricing label seemed legit. I mentioned that everything I’ve heard about it listed it at $450, and not $510. They said that they printed them out when they received them from corporate about a week ago, and that maybe I was right and the price has changed but they just haven’t received the new materials to show that. I’m still crossing my fingers that they’re $450.

  • Megabonix

    Nexus One pwns 411!

  • Steven

    Anybody know what the best thing to do about insurance when you buy a smartphone outright? I had insurance on the MyTouch but never needed it.

  • chris

    My local store is getting 7 total… I hope showing up a hour early I will get one…

  • Vision77

    I will stick to my NEXUS ONE for now…..

  • Vic

    The price is $450 so no worries on that note. As far as which phone to choose it is easy for me, I will have both but I will use the HD2 than go from there. The N1 is a great device and I have not had any real issues with it but The extra screen real estate my help the HD2 win out over the N1. but like someone said earlier you win no matter which phone you choose.

  • J510

    for out right insurance options I can think of, 1.inserion through tmobile @ the 4.99 month fee and a 130 dollar deduct. 2.check out com they cover most high end smart phones full replacement for any damage or theft options start at 100 to 150 with them. 3. state farm offers insurance for like 49 dollars no monthly payments the phone must be a value of 400 dollars and up for them to cover it all they need is ur sales ticket and ur serial number on your phone. if u brake it and if warranty is out for basic repairs or theft/lost they cut you a check asap for the value you bought the phone at

  • Steven

    Thanks J510

  • mike

    the insurance for 4.99 doesnt cover theft u need the 5.99 insurance

    • TMoEmployee

      Wrong. The $4.79 insurance covers lost, theft etc. The 5.99 covers the same but, has extended warranty past the first year.

  • Michael

    Called my local t-mobile store and they told me that they will have 20pcs. i think I’m ok. Also be careful guys. They told me that they are doing only new activations and upgrades for customers. that in one week they will be selling 449.00 for non customers. So call your t-mobile and hear what they tell you…

    • Joe Pa

      Yeah, but most of us buying it unlocked are existing customers. So who are these non-customers they are talking about. Are people just buying this device and not using on T-Mobile network? Sounds weird…

  • Steven

    Can you return the smartphone for defect or anything within the first 14 days? Meaning could I add insurance next week so I don’t have to bother with it tomorrow at the store?

  • t-beat

    Both are great phones but the winmo os is already yesterdays model. In Sept Windows 7 Series for mobile will be released. A completely new os … so do you want to purchase a device that is already outdated and will not ever be upgraded?

  • Flgirll

    For me it’s still the HD2 however I want to check it out at the Tmo store before buying just to make sure I’m comfortable typing on the virtual keyboard. Besides that this phone looks awesome and it has all the things that I’ve wanted in a new phone! :-)

  • Jonny Blaze

    I usually never post on here, but that guy’s voice bugs the f**** out of me!

  • jtomm

    just called t-mo to ensure that i was eligible for the bogo. they wouldnt confirm it applied the the hd2 (thanks tmonews) but did confirm and note on my acct that i was eligible for bogo for $199. nine a.m those babies are mine (and the wife’s that is) good times

  • enr08

    Here is the Android equivalent to the HTC HD2 coming to Sprint in the summer. It’s called HTC EVO 4G………

    • waiting4hd2

      Man!!!it looks gorgeous with that 720p recordingm, HDMI, kick stand… I am having second thoughts on HD2

    • Johnny

      yea, but its still sprint… i rather wait for the htc desire to become available!! until then, i will be a proud owner of the HD2 tomorrow morning.

      • DotNetCoderAZ

        You and me both…

        10:00 AM MST: The TMO store doors open
        10:05 AM MST: I have the box in my hands
        10:15 AM MST: I start to get rung up and give them money
        10:30 AM MST: In my car, HD2 in my hands and a small amount of drool coming from my mouth…

        10:45 AM MST: Back at work and the envy of all the other geeks around here!


      • chaoscentral


        Make that 9:00AM EST and I’ll be doing the same thing :)

        9:00AM – Store Opens
        9:05AM – Box in hands
        9:15AM – Pay for phone
        9:30AM – Grab a quick breakfast
        10:00AM – Back at work waiting for 1PM to play with my phone extensively :)

      • DotNetCoderAZ


        Blah, you have to wait until 1:00 PM to play with it? I’ll skip doing any actual work… everyone who knows me has pretty much already agreed that tomorrow will be a very non-productive work day for me. lol

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Aaahhhh it is sooo good to work from home…

        10:00amEST – Store opens
        10:05amEST – At counter with HD2 and money in hand
        10:10amEST – Store Clerk says, “you signed up on that HD2 Site List so the phone is free”
        10:11amEST – Wet Pants
        10:15amEST – Walk out the Store with my HD2, big grin and wet pants
        10:30amEST – Post here from my new HD2 while you’re still in line waiting another 30 minutes for the store to open and while Chaoscentral is waiting until 1:00pmEST.

        HAAA!!!! I couldn’t resist DotNetCoderAZ and ChaosCentral.

      • Inuyasha

        @Wilma Flintstone

        My local store open at 9:00am central, so I’ll be getting mine at the same time you are getting yours :D

    • Bdar

      Shame the HD2 doesn’t get the 8.0mp camera, bigger battery, or HDMI out, but only 8GB SD support on a device that can record 720p seems to me to be at least one downside. I also like the red peaking out from behind the body. It seems a tiny bit thicker than the HD2, but with out seeing them together who can really tell? I’m still a WinMo guy though and like not having my every thought tracked by google. At least this might quiet the ones clamoring for an HD2 with android.

      • DotNetCoderAZ

        Uh, did you miss the part where the HD2 comes with a 16GB SD card? It will support up to 32GB with WinMo 6.5.x and should support up to 64GB by end of year.

      • Bdar


        I was referring to the Sprint EVO (supersonic) that was the beginning of this thread. It only comes with a 2GB card and is only expandable to 8GB according to the one video I watched on the topic. (In retrospect it likely also supports up to 32GB like the HD2 since most of the hardware is the same. Maybe the video was wrong.) Also, the HD2 only records in 480p, not 720p like its Sprint cousin.

      • DotNetCoderAZ

        @Bdar: Doh… sorry!

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I’ll never go back to Sprint even if they gave me this phone for free. (Because I would still be paying them for the plans.)

      I said that back in 2004 to the smartazz, condescending supervisor who bilked us out of $550 in ETF fees and I won’t ever forget it. The guy acted like “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

      I have a solid record of boycotting anyone who gives bad service, cheats me or acts like they are doing me a favor by letting me do business with them.

      • Jess

        It was $300 for us with Nextel, but that’s the same reason why we will never use Sprint either. Farking supervisor said that our lines must have been signed up on different days (3 line family plan, all started same day), when I called to cancel the day after the contract expired. Turns out their system showed the other two lines as having another 4 months left! All because of stupid billing errors that we had month after month, that were finally resolved. The resolved date showed as the contract start date. Ugh. I hate Nextel so much!

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Jess on mine same thing, the CSR correctly said we had 11 days left on contract. On 12th day canceled. Then a supervisor later said “No, you are on a two year contract.” I said “No, I am not” but had no proof since all the stuff was oral over the telephone and they never sent me confirmation of the plans.

        I did sign up to get some of the money back on a class action settlement. But have yet to see it. Supposed to be this summer:

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Although I will never go back to Sprint I have to say that is one sweet phone. Fantastic form factor, excellent specs. And I like the recessed kickstand in the back. A needed feature on the HD2.

      Like I said a month ago, 2010 is going to be a GREAT YEAR for we who love these new superphones. IMHO, this holiday season we will see superphones that match or exceed the EVO.

      One thing, for example, I expect to see is an HDMI port and “TV Out” capability where faster and dedicated graphics chips can export HD quality streamed movies on to a 42″ flat panel TV.

      Also coming out (and maybe it’s on the EVO since Qualcomm intimated at MWC that what I call the “superphone processor” would show up on devices in June) is Qualcomm’s dual core Snapdragon processor.

      I am still getting the HD2 since 1) it’s with T-Mobile; 2) it’s out now; and 3) it’s a sweet phone.

      • Bdar

        I heard it will no longer be the Snapdragon processor, but Dual 1.5Ghz “Scorpion” processors.


        Can’t wait to stalk those phones from the browser on my HD2.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        I don’t know if Qualcomm will change the name to Scorpion, but the Snapdragon application processor core is called “Scorpion.” At MWC when Qualcomm was talking about its Snapdragon dual core coming out he did say they contained the Scorpion processor core.

        No matter, in tests and confirmed specs each core was clocked at 1.5 GHz; capable of decoding 1080p! (Current Snapdragon processors decode 720p.) People think video looks good now on the HD2 and Supersonic. Wait until the holidays. As you say… DROOL!

  • Steven

    Looks nice. Too bad it’s for Sprint.

  • Johnny

    yea, but its still Sprint! i rather wait for the HTC Desire when it becomes available, until then, i will be a proud of owner of an HD2 tomorrow morning! =]

  • Oce

    Just talked to a buddy of mine that works @ RadioShack. 3 things. 1. The HD2 will be $249 with upgrade, and he said it was in the system if I wanted to purchase it now! But I will wait till tommorow and save a few. 2. He confirmed that they will be getting the supersonic for Sprint, but it will be called “Evotem” , or something like that he said. 3. Called my local Tmo, and he said HD2 will be $229 w/upgrade but will come with a car charger. So tempted to go to the Shack but I’m trying to resist!!!!!! The wait is killing me! Arghhh!!!!!

    • Oce

      Wow! Just saw the Evo @ Engadget. Now I’m feeling a little jaded about my HD2. Anybody else? Maybe there will b a gsm version.

      • twitch110

        I’m not gonna lie, i am. It kind of put me in a bad mood. The HD2 is the first phone i’ve been obsessed over, and i’m afraid that once i buy the HD2 i will continue to be obsessive over other phones and never be happy. The EVO is making me feel that way and it’s pissing me off. Ugh. I’m sick of this obsessive feeling and want to just be happy. I just feel like the EVO is everything and more of what the HD2 is. Damn, i’m trying to stay positive. And there’s no way i’m going to sprint just for a phone. I would appreciate some feel good posts to help me realize i’m making a good choice tomorrow. I AM RIGHT??!?!

  • TopOfNewYork

    I wish it had the crisp screen of the Nexus One. That’s its only drawback right now. I dont care about WM7 upgrade.

    Im considering sprints supersonic bc its basically the same phone but with a amoled screen that really is looking so much better in this video on Nexus. oh and android.

  • CaptNes

    Any ideas on how long it should take to sign up for a new family plan with two lines and number transfer from AT&T? My lunch hour is just about the only time I’ve got available to stop by during business hours.

  • Codester

    Here is another one for the Schmack Down! Check out this link (for iphone fans).
    As of TODAY you no longer have to have an ATT contract to buy iphones! You DO have to pay full price for them though. I also know that the Tmo stores in my area are unlocking them and porgramming them to work with T-MO account for free.

  • deeone


  • DavidB

    I just called the main T-Mo stores in my area – within a 50 mile radius – and they ALL received 8 HD2s. Seems that’s the maximum initial allotment allowed for any phone in this district. And the 5 Wal-Marts I called either got 3 or none (some stores will NOT be carrying it, too pricey). And they all expect to be sold out within the first 1/2 hour. Lines are expected.

    There’s gonna be a LOT of disappointed HD2 buyers tomorrow across the nation.

  • TMoEmployee

    You will all be overjoyed and disappointed at the same time. I’ve had the HD2 for a month now. Yes, the U.S. version. Other than the beautiful outer shell and Sense UI, the phone is still Windows from every angle. It freezes, has horrible signal strength, always disconnects my bluetooth, I’m constantly having to remove my battery to reset the damn thing to get on the web and the Windows Market is weak for right now. I’m jealous of this new Evo for Sprint that coming out. I can’t wait to get rid of this phone or at least get some updates to fix it’s issues. It’s a gorgeous device, mos def! But beyond the beauty, practicality isn’t present. Logic is absent. And stress will be imminent. Sorry folks. It’s my truth for my device. Maybe I got the test lot. Good luck.

    • DavidB

      Seeing as how the phone comes with a 1-yr warranty from T-mobile, return it! Call it in on warranty replacement. And you’re supposedly an employee? Geez…

      • deeone

        what does returning it have to do with the freezing and stuff, it is a window, i am with him on this and personally, i can not wait for the sprint evo with android 2.1, haven’t u noticed that tmobile never get the best phones, imagine tmobile settling for windows instead of android, i’m disappointed.

      • TMoEmployee

        Hey!! Dumb Ass!! Know the business first!! It’s not that easy for an employee. I’m just giving my experience. If you don’t like it. Shut what I’d like to call…… THE **** UP!

      • TMoEmployee

        The was towards DavidB. @deeone: thanks for not drinking the HTC Sense KoolAid. Cause without it, the HD2 is nothing.

      • DavidB

        @TMoEmp…I’m the dumb ass? I returned 2 G1 for not reliably connecting to my WiFi in my house through warranty (turns out the G1 has serious issues with WiFi by nature). And you’re saying you have to remove the battery due to lock-ups? Are you saying you cannot obtain warranty service because you are an employee…or just saying “o well, that’s WM for ya”?

  • NotGiddyAnymore

    My T-Mobile store just called to tell me that the phone will be first come, first serve. She said it’s about 30 people on the sign up list, but they’ve only gotten 12 phones. I’m not fooling with that mess. I’m really upset that for a powerhouse phone the company is literally sending out only a handful of phones. Why have a stacked phone if you don’t anticipate selling it? I’ll just call in and use my seniority to have it shipped next day. :-(

    Good Luck to those who will wait outside the doors. I’m not.

  • Lebron1189

    Hey can anyone answer this?? Can I walk into walmart tonight at 12:00 and get the Hd2 for the $150 upgrade?

    • DavidB

      Chances are, no. At least at all the Wal-Marts in my area, the “connections” area of electronics is only open from 9am to 9pm, and they are the only ones that can do contracts and calling in to T-Mobile for upgrade verification, discount eligibility, etc.

    • dm

      No, their connection center, is not open at that time, I believe 8am-8pm or was it 9-9pm..

  • tmotmo

    Are there any “catches” when ordering a phone through wirefly?

    Say I have a family plan and am upgrading my phone for the $150 price.

  • lebron1189

    Thanks Guys! Damn man I got class in the a.m nd by the time I get out I hope it isn’t sold out. Hmm maybe I will miss a class or 2 =)

  • steve

    Has anyone confirmed the $149 price at walmart?

    • gargoyle999

      I stopped by my local wallyworld after work. They didn’t have any. :(

  • gargoyle999

    Called my local store to verify it was still first come first served like they told me last week. It is. Asked how many they have he said “we have a lot, but everyone and their mom has been calling about this phone”.

    Was going to leave the house at 7am for 9am opening (about 5 minutes away). Maybe I’ll leave earlier and do a little reconnaissance. Hmmm…..

  • lebron1189

    Lol so I jus called my Tmo store and asked when they opened the guy said at 10. Then I asked how many Hd2 phones do they have he said plenty. Then I asked him does he think they will sell out fast 2marrow at the store he was like I highly doubt it lol he said I can probably come in there before they close and it’ll still be phones left because they don’t get a lot of traffic and plus not to many people know about the phone. This is jus the perfect news I wanted to hear so I can go on about my day in school 2marrow with no worries =)

  • k.d.

    Jus left the tmo store n its gunna be 449 first come first serve

  • John

    Just a general question…Does the video shoot in 720p or just standard video? Kinda confused. Reguardless I’m getting mine after work. 1 more day!!

    • Bdar

      640×480 vid capture on HD2

  • abe

    alas i can not bask in the HD2 goodness or for the nexus one goodness either. Live in a dead area.time to say good night to my 8900 till tomorrow. UMA is the only thing keeping me from getting one of these phones. i just hope these reps at tmo(which rock) can pull a gibs on these big wigs and get a tower in my area. GREAT SITE GREAT REVIEW

  • Anthony

    I say nice phone would have been serious comp for the N1 if it was android.The phone not nearly as sexy as the N1. The screen is not as crisp check you tube the N1 beats it out in web browsing test.I think its a nice phone and sense adds to the beauty but under the Hood its windows sad but true.

  • gargoyle999

    The only thing I really wish the HD2 had is the google turn by turn maps. That’s one thing I really like on the N1.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    You know that sign-up page where we gave our e-mail address?

    Well I just got an e-mail saying the HD2 is available tomorrow. LOL.
    So much for a special deal or preorder.

  • steve

    I got the same email….what a waste!

  • justsomedude

    I got mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then I smashed it cause this damn phone sucks it was messing up really bad I guess I will have to wait for the HTC EVO. Android is better anyways sorry guys I probably could have just given it away. NOT

  • Ms. Matrix

    The phone is nice, I’m not going to lie, but for the lack of sounding nasty it’s too big lol (I have a dirty mind sorry) Tomorrow when I go and pay my bill, I’ll go to the Tmo shop where I’m cool with the reps and ask them if I could play with it. When I was in there looking for the Cliq xt, they was trying to get me to wait to get the HD2, but because I had the Dash and hated Windows 6.5, I stuck to my guns and got my new cliq which i love.

  • Lori

    Bought two Htc HD2 on line yesterday for 99.00 each, will arrive today.

  • Anthony44

    Check out cnet smackdown hd2 vs N1. Good thing hd2 has sense otherwise it would’ve been embarrassing. I think hd2 and I phone would be a good fight but not ready for n1 Android rocks all day

  • rambo6

    I’ve been using an HD2 for one month now on another network. I bought one of my employees a Nexus 1. I’ve had lots of opportunity test then both.

    I absolutely love the HD2s screen. Yes, the Nexus has the AMOLED screen. However, there are some articles that show the amoled resolution is not truly as high as they claim.

    I came from using the HTC Rhodium with a full QWERTY keyboard. It took me two weeks to be able to type quickly on it. I am typing this post on my HD2.

    I would never ever buy a Verizon or Sprint phone again. The reason is that they are both CDMA networks which cause excessive