Take the Google Nexus One, remove the Google branding and put the HTC logo and then slap on the Sense UI, and what you get is the HTC Desire. Beneath the slightly modified design both the phones run identical hardware. Google never thought of launching the Nexus One in India for reasons best known to them. Till now if you wanted a Nexus One the only way to get it was in the gray market. But now, thanks to the launch of the HTC Desire in India, you can get what is virtually the same handset through official channels.
The launch of the Desire is also quite timely; Google recently announced that it will no longer sell the Nexus One to consumers. We have already reviewed the Nexus One a few months back when we got a chance to use the handset. Now we will see how good the new Desire is, and more importantly, how it stacks up against the fierce competition for the title of the best Android phone.
The bundle of the HTC Desire lacks one key element that I believe every high-end mobile phone must come with: a carry case. The Nexus One did and it was pretty nice with an Android logo on it. I wonder why HTC did not see fit to include one with the Desire.