We gave you our thoughts on the Palm Pre and webOS a few days ago detailing why we think Android is still the best smartphone platform in town. We did little to focus on the hardware aspect of Android smartphones because currently there's only one device and well, it's not the flashiest of the bunch.

So when a Telstra (Australian Carrier) Executive speaks up defending upcoming Android hardware designed by HTC, well, we shut up and listen. According to the Telstra Exec, HTC's upcoming Android device is "better and more functional" than the Palm Pre. Also, the new Android device (slated for a 2nd quarter release) is supposed to have custom software designed on top of Android and a screen bigger than any current HTC phone. Sounds amazing already.

If this report is to be believed, 2009 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for smartphones. If this fabled HTC Android Device can hit the market before the Palm Pre..watch out!

[smarthouse via Engadget]