Calling Slim, calling Slim!
I'm loyal to T-mobile and I have no problem getting a subsidized price phone with a 2 year contract.
I currently have a G1 and I love the Android OS, but I've pretty much outgrown the G1 phone itself.
When the Nexus was announced, I was all set to pull the trigger for the $179, 2 year contract price, here in Houston.
I saw a Nexus at my local T-mobile store where the manager had bought one. The screen resolution and build quality were very impressive. I only handled it briefly though. It got my attention that the phone vibrated when you were making an outgoing call and the manager didn't know how to change this. Obviously, the phone will require a learning curve and there is 0 support from HTC and T-mobile as far as questions and "how to" issues.
Then I read about the problems with Edge-3G switching and Google customer service ( or lack of it ). So I held off on buying a Nexus. I think by now they've solved the 3G dropping problem and Google has a Nexus help line ( though I doubt it's anywhere as helpful as T-mobiles support for my G1 has been ). Finally, I've heard that there might be a Nexus2 within a year so if I can live with my G1 for 10 more months or so, I could go with a Nexus2 ( when hopefully, most bugs will be worked out ).
I still think there is a distinct difference between buying a phone through T-mobile and getting their telephone and store support versus buying an "unlocked" phone directly from Google ( albeit also at the subsidized price ).
Then yesterday I called T-mobile on an unrelated matter. The rep told me about the HTC HD2 which comes out next week. Stories here.
. It would be available directly from T-mobile at roughly the same price as a subsidized Nexus. It's an impressive piece of hardware but at first I was turned off by the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. But then today, I read on the web that the version that will be sold in T-mobile stores next week will be equipped to receive a free ROM upgrade to Windows 7 Mobile OS ( when it is available ) which has gotten good reviews.
I'm still leery of getting away from Android, which I like a lot. But I see a lot of value in buying a phone directly from T-mobile and getting the same type of support I've gotten with my G1 ( which has been great ).
Questions! Is anyone familiar with the HTC HD2? How do you feel about the Nexus versus the HTC HD2? I would have to get assurances from T-mobile about the upgrade from Windows 6.5 to Windows Mobile 7, but how do you users feel about going from a an Android phone ( and with the Nexus it would be an up to date Android 3.5 OS ), to a Windows Mobile phone? At first the HTC HD2 would be a Windows 6.5, and then later this year, hopefully a Windows Mobile 7 OS.
Opinions. Would you rather have the Nexus with a 2 year contract or the HTC HD2 and why. Does anyone else like me ( I'm not a techie ), see the value in buying a phone directly from T-mobile with their support rather than buying a phone directly from Google with their support. How do you feel about going from Android ( 3.5 with the Nexus ), to Windows Mobile OS ( 6.5 and then 7 with the HTC HD2 ).
Who would rather have a new Nexus and who would go with the HTC HD2?