i agree with you trek -
I don't think you can say either phone is better, they both had good points, both had bad points...
but the reason i love android - WE are left with a choice of which one WE prefer !
i happen to prefer better build and feel of htc and sense over touchwiz.
Why geeks like computers: unzip, strip, touch, finger, grep, mount, fsck, more, yes,fsck,fsck,fsck,umount, sleep.
HTC One Silver 32gb 
Nook HD+ 9 [CM10]
HTC Sensation [Vodafone, running cm10]
HTC Desire [T-mobile , Rooted, RCMixHD Rom]
HTC Diamond [Using Android 1.6 and windows 6.1]