Thanks all, I think thats me pretty much sold.
I'm concerened with the negative reports surrounding the iPhone 4, and quite frankly, I'm sick of the attitude of Apple/itunes.
I'm also a huge fan of Google so I shall be going for the Desire
benb, expect loads of daft "how do I..." type questions from me
So what's the best phone OS around now. Is it Android or Symbian or another?
Tough call. iOS4 isn't actually bad, it would be good if Apple would allow it to be used on other handsets but then one of their major plusses from it is that they control the hardware platform (although iphone 4 has been a bit of a mess)
Android is still on a learning curve. The team behind Android need to come up with a way of coping with the diversification of devices although I understand the next major release will be limited to a defined specification of phone (eg above 1Ghz processor).
Windows Mobile is in limbo until the release of Windows Phone 7 which will either rejuvenate the platform or kill it once and for all.
The Blackberry, despite what people may say, is largely a one trick pony. The fact that it does that one trick, corporate email, fantastically well does help.
Symbian seems to have lost it's way. It really needs to come up with a touch screen specific variant rather than just trying to bend S60 to suit its needs.
That's my opinions anyway, hope it helps
I think the android diversification problem in practice is going to be less about the hardware specs (after all, Windows and the apps on it run on a wide variety of hardware specs) and more about the devices that get released tied to a particular Android variant with no upgrade path to later versions. How many Magic and Hero users are there out there still stuck on 1.6, or 1.6+HTC Sense? Though it would be a great help if the Android Market were able to show hardware/software dependencies of the apps before downloading them, so you had a better idea of compatibility upfront than just getting a "force close" with no explanation
I was rather put off HTC by my wife's windows phone, some of the button ergonomics are a bit rubbish. However they do seem to be the most true to the OS. Does anyone know if HTC plan to do an Android phone with a slide out keyboard, any rumours? If they did I might consider one again as I don't like onscreen keyboards.