Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
Off the top of my head:
1. Not an iPhone
I don't much care for Apple and their policies but other than the non-user-replaceable battery, the iPhone is actually quite a good device IMO. I admit, however, that this is 90% due to the applications available rather than anything specific to the device. It's actually subpar as a phone and there's nothing particularly special about it.
2. Not carrier dependent (to a limited extent)
It's GSM which means T-Mo or AT&T (in the US anyway). It doesn't support AT&T 3G.
I really don't view that as carrier independent. Well unless you live in an area that doesn't have 3G; in which case it doesn't matter.
3. Not contract dependent
I'm with AT&T right now. If the 3G situation were reversed and this thing supported their frequencies, there's no way I'd switch to T-Mobile and be stuck with Edge.
4. You get a phone [supposedly] designed the way Google intended for Android to operate
This is perhaps the biggest plus. Android's multiple versions and various incompatibilities across versions is major suck.
5. Latter hardware than the Droid
Sure, but in the end it just ends up being just another Android device
and not really worthy of all the hoopla and buzz generated about Google "entering the game".
That said, it won't have a keyboard, which is a major disappointment for me (try to text/email on a touchscreen while on a bumpy bus/train ride!).
I was always a big proponent of the hard keyboard. Not that long ago I declared that my next phone absolutely must have one. I have very large hands (I'm 6'2" and my hands are big even for my proportions) and touch screens always sucked. Been using an iPhone 2G the last couple of months (freebie loaner) and it honestly hasn't been too bad. The large screen of the HD2 would be even better and it's made me reconsider.