HTC Need early assessment: Low-cost Nexus One[video]


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HTC has had to ditch the Nexus One's voice-cancellation feature to
keep the price down, and you can't type using voice control, but there
are some tasty treats to make it up to us. HTC's new optical trackpad,
also seen on the HTC Legend, is a slick-looking replacement for the trackball we've come to expect on phones running Google's Android operating system.

There's also all the goodness of the HTC Sense user interface that we loved on the HTC Hero,
which skins Android with a plethora of sexy home-screen widgets,
including a new one that brings together a live stream of your tweets
and social-networking updates in one place.

The Desire also
ditches the fiddly touch-sensitive buttons that we didn't fancy on the
Nexus One and replaced them with low-profile physical buttons that
offer more satisfying feedback.

Like the Nexus One, the
Desire has a 5-megapixel camera with an LED photo light, a standard
3.5mm headphone jack, and so much power under the hood that you can
push your apps to the limit without feeling the burn. It also sports
the same version of Android, 2.1, as the Nexus One.


Desire looks slightly different to its Google-branded sibling, with a
subtly altered bottom half and no metal racing stripe around the back
of the case. Although the plastic body doesn't inspire us like the
Legend's aluminium case, its stunningly big screen will inspire plenty
of envy.[via cnet]

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