This is classic Prince posting at its worst: waffly, overlong, inaccurate, and failing to actually get to the point.
Just a few of the bits which made me roll my eyes:
"It's therefore nothing out of the ordinary that the newly released Nexus One running Android 2.1 is also being sold under other HTC names in other markets."
- HTC isn't currently selling the Nexus One under any other name in any other market. Passion was its codename, and it's also known as the Bravo.
"With Android 2.1 however, Google seems to be signaling the intention to fold in many of HTC's Sense improvements into the standard OS, which should help streamline the platform at the expense of HTC's differentiation."
- This is just incorrect. The interface on Nexus One is stock 2.1, with nothing from Sense UI. Even a glance at something like an HTC Hero next to a Nexus One would show this.
"That indicates that despite its shift from Windows Mobile, HTC isn't betting its future on Android. Additionally, it shows that Android itself doesn't do enough to allow phone makers to hit low price points. Successful Android phones require a fast processor and significant RAM and other system resources to be taken seriously."
- This is a non sequitur. Android doesn't need a "fast" processor, any more than iPhone OS X does. You can see this from looking at the performance of the aforementioned HTC Hero, which is slick (unless you bog it down running a dozen apps at the same time, of course - but even a "fast" processor will bog down then.)
"Finding one operating system to span from the bargain bin to the high end has similarly been a challenge for Nokia, which uses its own simple Nokia OS..."
- There is no such thing as "Nokia OS". You must mean Series 40 (or S40 for short).
"The company has also announced a clear intention to turn its hardware partners into commodity manufacturers, leaving Google with control of all the value across their products, much as Microsoft did to PC makers in the 90s. This is all a precarious balancing act challenge Apple doesn't face."
- Where has it announced this? Don't bother looking - the answer is "nowhere". You might mean that one way to interpret the existence of Nexus One is that it's reducing its reliance on hardware partners, but it hasn't "announced" anything.
"One would expect that the very latest Android phone using the most advanced ARM processor available would perform significantly better than last summer's iPhone 3GS and just narrowly better than the Droid... This indicates that Apple's software provides significant performance optimization, something that last year's Palm Pre also demonstrated."
- No, it could equally well indicate that other parts of the Nexus' hardware hold its performance back. Unless you have a Droid running 2.1 (which I doubt) you don't know enough to conclude what the performance problem (if there is one) is.
I kind-of stopped reading in detail at that point, but from what I read it just deteriorated into a jumbled list of "reasons why the iPhone is better" (because a proprietary dock connector is better than USB? WTF?).
EDIT: There are plenty of good reasons why the iPhone is currently superior to anthing running Android, but you won't find them in Prince's article. Have a look at Danny Sullivan's piece, for one, on why the rough edges of Android make it harder to use