Vodafone launches Google Nexus One… but you’ll save £240 with the HTC Desire

April 26th, 2010

Vodafone has launched the Nexus One in the UK on contracts from £35/month. However, you’ll get the almost identical HTC Desire for £5/month less and shop around the networks and you’ll save £10/month.

In January, we reported Vodafone’s plan to launch Google’s Nexus One phone in the UK. Vodafone have now announced the Nexus One will launch on Friday, but they’re starting to take pre-orders now.

The Nexus One is Google’s own Android 2.1 smartphone manufactured by HTC. It’s the phone that the much-hyped HTC Desire is based off. In fact, they are both manufactured by HTC but have slightly different hardware designs. The HTC Desire also has HTC’s additional Sense UI as opposed to the standard user interface of Android.

There are some small differences between the Nexus One contracts and HTC Desire contracts being offered by Vodafone. The key finding is that the Desire is £5/month cheaper (although the fair usage cap is lower). However, by shopping around the networks you can get the HTC Desire with the same number of minutes a 3GB fair usage limit for up to £10/month less.

For comparison, here’s a Nexus One (left) and a HTC Desire (right):

What are the differences between Nexus One and HTC Desire?

The phones have much more in common than differences. They both have 1GHz Snapdragon processors, a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, Android 2.1, GPS, bluetooth, etc.

The differences:

  • Nexus One has two microphones and performs noise cancellation; the HTC Desire does not
  • The Nexus One has a physical trackball whereas the HTC Desire has an optical trackpad (in reality, neither of them are used very much)
  • The Nexus One has the default Android 2.1 interface; the HTC Desire has HTC’s “Sense UI” which adds social networking features, etc.
  • The HTC Desire does not support voice search and voice keyboard by default. However these can be installed manually through a download.
  • The HTC Desire has 576MB RAM whereas the Nexus One has 512MB RAM

See the article over at Slashgear for more information.

How much is the Nexus One & HTC Desire on Vodafone?

Our key finding from comparing the Vodafone Nexus One tariffs with theVodafone HTC Desire tariffs are that the Nexus One tariffs are £5/month dearer for the same number of minutes. This means you’ll save £120 over the length of your contract by opting for the Desire. However, the Nexus One comes with an increased fair usage limit (1GB instead of the 500MB with the Desire) and access to BT Openzone hotspots.

600 minutes

Phone Minutes Texts Data Monthly Cost
Google Nexus One 600 Unlimited 1GB & Wi-fi £35
HTC Desire 600 & unlimited landlines Unlimited 500MB £30

Other Networks: T-Mobile offer a HTC Desire tariff with 600 minutes, unlimited texts (with free booster), 3GB internet for £191 and £20/month (an effective cost of £27.96/month). This is a saving of £169 on the Nexus One tariff.

900 minutes

Phone Minutes Texts Data Monthly Cost
Google Nexus One 900 Unlimited 1GB & Wi-fi £40
HTC Desire 900 & unlimited landlines Unlimited 500MB £35

Other Networks: T-Mobile offer a HTC Desire tariff with 900 minutes, unlimited texts (with free booster), 3GB internet for £157 and £25/month (an effective cost of £31.54/month). This is a saving of £203 on the Nexus One tariff.

1,200 minutes

Phone Minutes Texts Data Monthly Cost
Google Nexus One 1200 Unlimited 1GB & Wi-fi £45
HTC Desire 1200 & unlimited landlines Unlimited 500MB £40

Other Networks: T-Mobile offer a HTC Desire tariff with 1200 minutes, unlimited texts (with booster), 3GB internet for £35/month (an effective cost of £35/month). This is a saving of £240 on the Nexus One tariff.

3,000 minutes

Phone Minutes Texts Data Monthly Cost
Google Nexus One 3000 Unlimited 1GB & Wi-fi £75
HTC Desire No comparable tariff.

Other networks: Orange have a HTC Desire tariff with 3000 minutes, unlimited texts, 750MB for £75/month. This provides no saving on the Nexus One tariff.

How do I get the Nexus One on Vodafone?

You can order the Nexus One from the Vodafone website.

If you want to find out about the HTC Desire as an alternative phone, check out our guide and our price comparison page.

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