What is the best Android phone to be buying now? (and by now, I mean right now - i.e.
I was supposed to buy one late last year to test some stuff out, but the whole thing went on the back burner.
I'm now looking to get back into Android. Given the difficulty in getting a legit SIM-free WinPho7 here that I actually want, I'm going to let that stew on the burner for a while - and perhaps wait for the HTC 7 Pro to finally make its way to our shores.
I like physical keyboards, which brings the Milestone 2 into contention. The Galaxy S seems very popular and still perfectly viable, and while I'm not the worlds greatest fan of HTC the Desire HD seems to be as good a choice as any.
Which should I pick?
Looking at SIM free type phones via the gdgt finder there are a lot of non-htc options. There is that company Synapse that lets you customize your own Android phone if you want to check that out, which might actually save you some money since you can cut out certain "higher" end options that you may not need for testing.
In terms of a keyboard, I can still be more productive (as far as mobile phones can be productive) in text-heavy tasks on the N900 than the iP4 for example - so I am still in favour of a keyboard.
I had a build and possibly radio-related issue on the HD2, my last HTC - sadly it didn't get that fair a shake after it came back from warranty, as it suffered a watery death.
I know they have a good rep these days - but I find that quite often, and not just in mobile phones but in tech in general, your regular joe's (aka the 'engadget take') impressions of build quality and mine often diverge - I look at things more from an engineering perspective, whereas most tend to go on look & feel - I know HTC has that down quite well these days.
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I don't like the Galaxy S because they put a terrible skin over Android that also drains battery life. The Desire HD would probably be a better bet since HTC did a decent job with Sense and the Desire HD is also much more solidly built than the Galaxy series.
If you really care about the feel/build quality of the phone, then I'd suggest the Desire HD. It's general performance is said to be pretty good and it has a solid GPU with the newer Qualcomm chipset.
Has either party been particularly tardy with OS updates? That would be an issue as well.
IMO, the positives Sense has over unskinned android (at least as of 2.2) are certainly worth waiting an extra two week. Better keyboard and txt messaging interface more specifically.
HTC is the true leader IMO. Evo being the "best" Android phone out... I have the Droid Incredible with VZW and absolutely love it. Still on the stock rom, I for one really like Sense UI. My wife has the original Droid, and to me the UI seems outdated. ...don't take that too far though, the few Moto droid phones with motoblur look awful to me. Motorola looks great with the Droid2.
I know you said you don't want to wait for CES release phones, but you should seriously consider the very soon to be released LTE phones... HTC Thunderbolt (and other variants depending on carrier). ...front facing camera, LTE "4g", 4.3" screen, snapdragon... I've been drooling over the Thunderbolt, wishing there was a way to get it before my new every 2... 18 month limit with vzw.
EDIT: I just realized the author of this post added below that it's a European needed Android phone... Obviously the CDMA Thunderbolt will not work for that... HTC is releasing a GSM version for AT&T with a different name.