Google Nexus One Review

All droids are equal but some droids are more equal than others. Google it. You’ll get the Nexus One. There are around 50 smartphones and tablets running Android today. That’s right, out of all the offspring they fathered with the Open Handset Alliance, Google finally have one to proudly call their own.

What does it mean? Well, not that the ones we’ve seen so far are some poor half-blood droids but the Nexus One is supposed to be THE thing. For one, it’s the first Snapdragon-powered Android and it shows. The Nexus One is wickedly fast. The WVGA touchscreen is a treat to look at and it’s only the second AMOLED display to find on an Android handset. D1 video is sure to sweeten the deal too, and perhaps so will the Live Wallpapers.

Awash in rumors well before launch, the Google Nexus One was officially revealed in January 2010 and it became available right after the unveiling event. Of course, the first units were to sell only in a very limited number of countries (UK, Singapore and Hong Kong).

Anyway Google are to start shipping their Nexus One through various carriers across Europe, starting with Vodafone this spring. That’s about the time when Verizon subscribers will be getting a CDMA version of the device. Google have a phone to sell, so it’s a fair guess they’ll be seeing to it that everyone can have it. Now, will everyone want to? Let’s see.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 3.7″ 16M-color capacitive AMOLED touchscreen of WVGA (480x 800 pixel) resolution
  • Android OS v2.1 with kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming
  • Slim profile and some great build quality
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging
  • D1 (720 x 480 pixels) video recording @ 24fps
  • Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD slot, bundled with a 4GB card
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Trackball navigation

Main disadvantages

  • No DivX and XviD video playback
  • No Flash support for the web browser (update is on the way)
  • No smart and voice dialing
  • Somewhat clumsy camera interface and limited camera features
  • No dedicated camera shutter key
  • Non hot-swappable memory card
  • No FM radio
  • The soft keys below the display are somewhat unresponsive

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One Response to “Google Nexus One Review”

  1. Twana Costin Says:

    I use the service a bunch. I just wish there were some way to e-mail someone and tell them that they’re pronouncing the name of my township wrongly! It’s like fingernails on the blackboard!

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