HTC Nexus One and Motorola DROID: side by side
To be honest neither device performed all that well when it came to call quality. Callers rated us a 7.5/10 on the Motorola DROID and said there was a lot of echo and that we sounded nasally. Callers were often asking us to repeat ourselves, and there were times we could tell they missed entire sentences from us. On our end they sounded plenty loud but hollow and we picked up an inordinate amount of background noise, easily hearing conversations going on in the background.
The HTC Nexus One was slightly better for them, and we received a rating of 8.5. We made the calls back-to-back and were told we sounded noticeably brighter and clearer- perhaps thanks to the active noise cancellation system- but that at times we became briefly unintelligible. It didn’t happen often, maybe once in a 10 minute conversation, but enough for them to notice. Our end wasn’t nearly as good; even at the highest volume they were very quiet and there was a constant static. The sweet spot for the earpiece is very small, and moving the handset just slightly on our ear would cause us to lose sound altogether. In our initial review we found that using Google Voice may contribute to these problems, but for this comparison we did not use it and still got the same results.
The Motorola DROID and HTC Nexus One represent the best Android has to offer right now, and both are very similar devices. Still, the Nexus One manages to show its superiority thanks mostly to better hardware. The Snapdragon chipset makes a considerable difference in device performance, and the AMOLED display is a significant upgrade to TFT. We do like the feel of the DROID better, and in a battle of who tried to lose more the DROID came out with a better phone performance. For those that have pulled the trigger on the DROID already don’t feel bad as you have an excellent phone, but if you’re a Verizon customer on the fence right now it’ll probably be worth your while to wait a few months for the Nexus One to hit.
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