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Nexus One Review

 

It’s been the talk of the internet for weeks on end, and the day is almost here…or so every phone geek wishes. Google just invited a group of reporters to an “Android Press Gathering” on January 5th, and the word on the street is that they’ll be unveiling what I would like to call “The Messiah”. Maybe you’ve heard of it? The  official street name is The Nexus One.

Rumors started running wild as soon as Google decided to hand out the sexy phone to their employees. As soon as the news hit the blogs, Google tried to get in front of the rumors by stating that they were simply testing new mobile technologies. 

“We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a phone that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this phone with Google employees across the globe,” Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management wrote on Dec. 12. Really Mario? 

I was one of thousands and possibly millions of individuals searching the web to find what this phone looked like, and then we all ran into it’s first unofficial picture. At a glance, I wasn’t really that satisfied. It looked simple….plain…..bland. What made me excited though, was the rumors of it’s speed and new firmware. 

I spent weeks on end drooling over the anticipation of getting my grubby little finger tips on the phone, and my day came early. Oh yes, I was a good boy this year and Santa were nice enough to drop a late X-Mas gift under my malnourished tree.

Ladies and Gentleman, say hello to the Nexus One. 

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Design

The Nexus One is a very slick and beautiful phone that almost makes other devices look out dated. Rather than going the direction of the Motorola Droid with it’s hard edged corners, it took on the characteristics of the iPhone head-on by creating a more curvy device. Where the iPhone flattens out on the top and bottom, the Nexus One takes on subtle curves that make the phone feel less boxy. The face of the phone even curves down slightly at the very bottom. There are four buttons and a trackball at the bottom of the phone which are very similar to the Droid, you know the regular features: Back, Menu, Home, and Search. Below is HTC’s all so familiar tracking ball. Rather than adjusting the earpiece down a bit, you’ll see that they decided to place it almost at the very top of the phone. Another very noticeable feature is the amount of space the screen takes up. It’s HUGE! A whopping 3.7” to be exact. 

 

Physical Dimensions Vs iPhone and Motorola Droid

So we all can agree that the phone looks sexy as hell, but how can I explain the way it feels in your hands in three words or less? How about, “Pretty f*cking incredible”. As soon as you pick it up, the first thing you’ll notice is how slim it feels. Although it’s only slightly thinner then the iPhone (11.5mm vs. 12.3mm), it truly feels like it’s half the size.  It’s amazing to know that it’s really not, but it may have a lot to do with the coating of the phone. The back and sides of the phone are coated in Teflon, and feels almost rubbery. It’s very difficult to explain, but whatever it is they nailed it. It’s hard, but almost feels soft to the touch. 

Additional buttons on the external portion of the phone is the volume rocker on the top left side of the phone, and a power button on the top of the phone above the volume rocker.

 

Display


The display screen on this phone is simply incredible. There has yet to be any device out on the market to date that looks as crisp and clear as the Nexus One. The difference is like taking a look at a 30” television and trying to compare it with a brand new 46” Sony LCD. The Nexus One boasts a 3.7” (diagonal) widescreen, WVGA AMOLED screen, delivering at 720x480. Picture quality is very impressive.  

Responsiveness to touch on the screen is definitely on par with the iPhone. There are no delays when touching apps and moving from screen to screen. Users have the ability to navigate left and right for a total of 5 screens. Thanks to the updated firmware, Android 2.1, the phone flies. While most phones will tend to lag a bit when opening, closing, and moving from page to page with touch and gestures, this phone moves with ease. 

The sad part here is that there is no multi-touch on this device.  So forget about pinching to zoom in and out, however if you MUST insist on using these gestures you can download an application called Dolphin. This app is a browser that allows you to do anything on an iPiPhonehone, within your browser on your Nexus One. It actually works very well.

 

Home Screen Background Images


One of the most blogged features on the Nexus One is the background images. When pictures first appear online, everyone noticed that the background image of the phone seemed to be animating. Well it does….they do….all 10 of them do, and they are called Live Wallpapers. 

You can chose from the following:

Galaxy, Grass, Magic Smoke, Many, Nexus, Plar clock, Spectrum, VU meter, Water, Waveform, 

Click here to view them all.

My favorite happens to be Grass. Depending on what time of day it is, the sky will change colors. If it’s in the afternoon, you’ll see a bright clue sky. If it’s when the sun is setting, you’ll see an orange sky. Right before you go to bed, the sky will be dark. Not only does the sky change on the time of the day, but you’ll see the grass blowing in the wind. Each time you navigate through screens it’s as if you’re brushing your apps through the grass.

You’ll also notice the Force Close window below. When I tried to load 2 of the wallpapers, that’s unfortunately what I came up with tonight. It worked before, but doesn’t seem to want to load right now.

Swipe


There are 2 options on the home screen. One option is on the lower left side of the display, and is used to unlock the phone. If you place your finger on it and swipe to the right, it will unlock everything. Prior to unlocking the phone the second option is on the lower right side.  This option will mute or un-mute the phone. If you place your finger on it and swipe to the left, you can change that setting. 

 

Scrolling

As stated earlier in this post, you have the ability to scroll right and left through the home screen pages by simply swiping the screen left or right.  Google also added the oh so familiar HTC trackball, that allows you to scroll left and right as well. Both are very precise, but the trackball makes it quite easy to play a lot of the  games available in Market.

The trackball has a nice feature similar to other HTC devices in the market, that can be set to flash for all of your notifications. It’s definitely a great reminder to see when the phone is laying down.

 

Connectors and Sensors


Like most devices on the market today the headphone jack is 3.5mm. When testing with several headphones, the sound quality is on par with the iPhone. It’s safe to say that the sound quality here is average.

The battery, sim card, and SD card are all in the same location, behind the phone beneath the back cover.

If you’re making a boat load of calls and frequently find yourself in noisy areas, you’ll be happy to know that there is an on-board noise canceling feature.  I originally thought that they were the gold contacts at the bottom of the phone near the microphone, but folks are saying that’s likely for the dock that’s soon to come.  At this point I’ve run a few test calls with friends while roaming in busy areas and they said the sound is pretty good. I can’t truly confirm as I wasn’t on the other side of that call.

The gold contacts is actually for Nexus One Accessories such as the docking stations.

An additional feature that was a smart move was the proximity sensor. Like the iPhone, when you place the phone to your ear it will automatically dim everything so you can’t press buttons. When you take the phone away from your ear, again the screen will quickly brighten.

 

Speaker


The sound quality of the speaker phone is pretty good. It’s a lot louder then the iPhone, but the sound isn’t totally crisp. It’s likely that they may have tried to cut costs here, and opted for a loud speaker rather then a good quality sound. It beats holding my iphone up to my ear in the car, while it’s on speakerphone. Kind of defeats the purpose of a speaker right?

The speaker is located on the back of the phone, which actually creates a slight problem. If you’re like me and you like to place your phone in your pocket it’s likely you may miss your call. When fabric is placed on top of the speaker it muffles out the sound quite a bit. When laying out on a hard surface it’s fine, because you’ll notice the camera protrudes out of the back a bit, which gives a little breathing room for the speaker.


Camera


The camera on board the Nexus One has 5 megapixels, with mechanical autofocus and LED flash. Physically, the camera protrudes a bit out of the back of the phone. You’ll notice it’s actually not the camera, but just the back cover of the phone that does this. As posted earlier in the Speaker section, this is done to give the speaker breathing room when placed on a hard surface.

As soon as camera mode is prompted, the phone goes in to landscape mode, offering the ability to snap a shot, switch from camera to video camera, or view previously taken photos. On the left side of the screen you’ll notice there is a bar that gives you additional options. If you drag it out (or simply press the menu button and select settings), you’ll see setting for Flash mode, White balance, Color effect, Store location, and Picture size. The camera feature gives you control over the pictures you take with these options. If I was to compare the camera quality with the iPhone I prefer the iphone because of it uses of natural colors while the Nexus One doesn’t. The Nexus One causes you to have to play around with the settings more to get the perfect picture.

Video on the Nexus One shoots at 27FPS, and again I don’t feel it truly matches up with the iPhone for the same reasons as stated above with the camera.

Unfortunately, we can’t give the Nexus One a perfect review when it comes to this area. Photos and video are just average, and very similar to all of the rest of HTC’s devices in the market as well as the Motorola Droid. iPhone definitely kicks but in this area.

The photo below is a picture taken in low light with the Nexus One

Android 2.1, Snapdragon & Processor


It’s safe to say that the paring of android 2.1, snapdragon, and it’s processor (QUALCOMM QSD 8250, 1GHz), it’s a sure shot! The phones speed is simply amazing. Navigating through the phone, installing applications, and surfing the web is blazingly fast. 

My Nexus One is running with an ATT sim card. This means that unfortunately I’m forced to only run on the edge network rather then 3G. However it still runs very fast.

 

Applications


If I had to write about one application, it would be Home Car. Everyone has been going crazy about GPS systems these days, and who needs to go out and buy a Garmin GPS or iPhone app when you have Car Home? Car Home is a default application that comes with the Nexus One. When you open up the application have have 5 different options; Voice Search, Navigation, View Map, Contacts, and Search. The exciting part about this application is the Navigation button. When you select that button, it will take you in to Google Maps and ask for your location and end point address.  When you place it in, you get your full set of directions as you would in your cars navigation system. I’ve used it a couple times and it works great!

The downfall of the Nexus One is that google still has yet to hit the Market with really good gaming applications. Hands down the iPhone is the clear winner, but developers are definitely starting to show promise with some of their latest apps. We all knew before that the android devices really couldn’t handle some of the games, but with the processing speed and snapdragon on the Nexus One, I’m sure we’ll all be pleasantly surprised in the near future.

 

Voice to Text


An addition that I completely fell in love with over the past few days, is the voice to text option. Any place on the phone where you can type, you can now talk. Emails, text message, and even text input boxes on sites while browsing. It’s all made possible by a small button that shows up where your comma would naturally reside on the keyboard. After clicking on it, a box appears and let’s you know when to speak. 

If I had to rate this feature out of 10, it would get an 8. It’s not GREAT, but it works well. It’s definitely a safe bet that this will get a lot of users for those kids out there that are sending thousands of texts a minute. Why type it when you can speak it! 

 

Battery Life

Like any phone that’s pulling all kinds of data, I have yet to see one that can last a long period of time. I’ve pushed it for about 12 hours while out in the wild, using everything on the phone. By the time I got home, it went completely dead. I would say that it’s even with the iPhone. Both aren’t really great, but I’m definitely ok with taking a wire to work to let it charge for 30 minutes or so.

Benchmark Test Vs. Motorola Droid

Nexus One Accessories

You can check our Nexus One Accessories Store for Nexus One Cases, Battery, Charger, Car Kits and more! And be sure to visit or Accessories posts page for the latest updates.

Wrap Up


If I had to walk in to a store today with endless funds to purchase a phone, I would have to go with the Nexus One. The main reasons I chose this phone is simply because of it’s hires display, speed, and it’s extremely attractive UI. On a 3G network, there is no reason to stray to any other device. Yes the iPhone shoots pictures and video a bit better, but if I REALLY want to shoot crisp photos I’ll do that with my real digital camera. At this point iPhone has the better gaming applications, but again the android Market is growing at a rapid pace. We’re likely to soon see some amazing stuff when developers get their hands on the Nexus One. I’m more concerned with the fact that I can actually MAKE phone calls from the Nexus One, and the fact that it makes browsing the web a truly unique and visually stimulating experience.

Currently, my main phone that I’m using is my Nexus One, and my iPhone is now my iPod. Hats off to Google and HTC on an amazing device! 

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Guest post by: 3rd-Geer

 

Nexus One FULL Spec:

Physical Dimensions:

  • Height: 119mm
  • Width: 59.8mm
  • Depth: 11.5mm
  • Weight: 130g with battery; 100g without battery

Storage:

  • Flash: 512MB
  • RAM: 512MB
  • SD card: 4GB Micro SD card included (expandable to 32 GB)

Camera, photos, videos: 

  • 5 MP camera
  • Mechanical autofocus
  • 2x digital zoom
  • LED flash
  • Geotagging capable 

Cellular & wireless:

  • 3G T-Mobile and EDGE on AT&T
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Location:

  • AGPS receiver
  • Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning 
  • Digital compass
  • Accelerometer 

Display: 

  • 3.7 inch (diagonal) widescreen, WVGA AMOLED screen

External buttons & controls:

  • Physical power key
  • Physical volume up/down key
  • Tricolor, clickable trackball
  • 4illuminated softkeys (Back, Menu, Home, Search)
  • Haptic feedback
  • Teflon-coated back cover

Connectors and sensors:

  • Dock pins for the Docking Stations or other Nexus One Accessories 
  • 3.5mm, 40connector, stereo headset jack
  • Earpiece
  • Speaker
  • Microphone
  • Second microphone for active noise cancellation 
  • SIM card slot
  • Micro SD slot
  • Micro USB port
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Tricolor charging and notification indicator LED

Processor:

  • QUALCOMM QSD 8250, 1Ghz

Audio decoders: 

  • AAC LC/LTP, HE-ACCv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced ACC+)
  • Mono/Stereo standard bit rates up to 160kbps and sampling rates from 8kHz to 48kHz
  • AMR-NB 4.75-12.2kpbs sampled @ 8kHz
  • AMR-WB 9 rates from 6.60kbit/s to 23.85kbits/s sampled @ 16kHz
  • MP3 mono/stereo 8-320kbps constant bit rate (CBR) or variable bit-rate (VBR)
  • MIDI SMF (Type 0 and 1), DLS Version 1 and 2, XMF/Mobile
  • XMF, RTTTL/RTX, OTA, iMelody
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • WAVE

Audio encoders:

  • AMR-NB 4.75-2.2kbps sampled @ 8kHz 

Platform:

  • Android mobile technology platform 2.1 (Flan)

Image formats:

  • JPEG (encode and decode)
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • BMP

Video decoders: 

  • H.263
  • MPEG-4 SP
  • H.264 AVC

Video encoders:

  • H.263
  • MPEG-4 SP

Power and battery: 

  • Removable 1400mAh battery

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Reader Comments (437)

It's not a digital zoom, but a numeric one.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAurélien Bombo

I'm kind of sad to hear about the camera. My iPhone 3G takes the worlds crappiest pictures... and this isn't as good? it seems impossible the iPhone is no where near 5 megapixels?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

The brass contacts on the bottom are for the docking station, not the noise cancellation. The noise cancellation is either next to the speaker on the back or is actually the speaker as speakers can be used as microphones. Just FYI.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStitches

Good review.

From what I have read, and it seems complicated to me, this is going to be sold unlocked by Google. This means it will work with any carrier. But the unlocked version will be in the $530 range.

Google will also offer service with T-Mobile. That will be a two year plan and can't recall the subsidized price, but it's around (what I call) the "default price for specified technology," which for subsidized phones is $200.

I have a T-Mobile Touch Pro2. Other then the OS, these two phones are similar in concept, functionality and form factor.

Yes, the Nexus is faster, but on my phones I don't notice speed all that much. Measuring functions in seconds has never been a priority with me, mainly because I don't expect computer speeds from my cell phone (which is what I consider my smartphone, it's a phone not a netbook or notebook).

Significantly, my TP2 has a crisp, nice feeling keyboard. Sidenote: Assuming manufacturers and carriers are NOT going to touchscreen only smartphones as the main device for the masses (I don't know the numbers, are more and more people embracing keyboard-less phones to where that's where the sales will be?) then this will be Google's touchscreen entry, but perhaps we will later see a Nexus with a keyboard?

As to feel, I feel what you feel. My TP2 too has rounded corners and a curved feel on the back. Also, since my TP2 is also an HTC device, the surface feels the same as the Nexus. It is a fantastic "coating," whatever it is. Actually, I think it is simply a texture put on the plastic that ends up feeling like expensive metal. In fact, however, my battery cover (that has that expensive feel) is cheap plastic. An OEM replacement cover is $12 on eBay. That tells you what is what in terms of materials used to make the phone.

The display? I have a 3.6" display, so we might as well say is the same size as the Nexus. Movies, pics, etc. look fantastic on my phone. The TP2 and Nexus (and upcoming HTC HD2, that will have a 4.3" display) are a sign of things to come. I suspect that consumers will desire and eventually demand/expect large displays, the size being limited to a phone that will still fit in a pocket. The 4.3" HD2 might be pushing things to the limit. The Nexus 3.7" (and TP2's 3.6" display) might become the "default" display size for smartphones.

The OS: I have the G1 too. I love (and miss because I passed that phone on to my girlfriend) the Android apps, etc. But WinMo is getting there. I have not used the G1 since August. At the time I rooted it and installed the Hero version of Android. The phone was a hoot. But I don't know anything about the newer versions of Android, but it sounds fantastic. For me, since I like WinMo 6.5 running the HTC Sense user interface (shell), I find that fun and useful. So the choice between Android and WinMo is becoming blurry.

Bottom line, I like the Nexus, but I have to ask myself what would I be getting that is all that different from what I have now with my T-Mobile Touch Pro2. Having used my TP2 since August 13, I can say... not much.

.1" more display real estate, that is not enough to say there's a difference. Android vs. Windows Mobile, WinMo is getting there in terms of fun and function. Speed, I don't care about that, maybe when I tether to a notebook that will matter, but even then, that will depend on my connection not the phone's processing speed. Feel? My TP2 is the best feeling phone I have ever had. It's heavy, compact and has a great feel. It's feels expensive and high tech. From eyeballing your pics and reading your review, I suspect he Nexus would provide the same "feeling experience" I get from my TP2. (Sorry to sound perverted) .

Bonus Bottom Line: We are all winners. Step back and look at where we are with these phones. Finally the consumer/user is the winner. Way back $500 bought you a cell phone whose only "feature" was that it was a small phone. Today $500 buys you a mini computer (oh... and a phone.)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterItsMichaelNotMike

To those who have been "clarifying" his review, I appreciate that this review is from a user, not a techie or geek.

After all it's the consumers who matter here, not those of us able to disassemble the phone to replace the display, for example.

But he should not have said the "charms" at the bottom are for noise canceling, at least not with such authority. LOL.

Looking at those they appear to be brass or copper contacts, typically used to connect to a charging station or a PC connection. If those are for noise canceling that would be big news because I have never seen such on a device. That would be military grade technology, using metal sensors for detecting noise and noise canceling. If those are for noise canceling the I'd like to know something more in the review/description other than calling them "charms."

My T-Mobile Touch Pro2 is also from HTC. One of my phone's main features is the speaker phone, conference room noise canceling functionality. The noise canceling function is built into the phone's speakers and microphones (it has dual mics). Mine is missing those little "charms." I would think that if the Nexus had noise canceling gold charms that my phone would too.

That said, I appreciated this consumer/user review over geek talk.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterItsMichaelNotMike

Locked or unlocked, it will not work with Cricket. This phone is based on GSM, and not CDMA. It will only work on T-Mobile, AT&T and other smaller GSM providers in the US. It will not work on Verizon, Sprint, Alltel or Leap/Cricket.

Personally I think this is a good step for Android, but still not perfect. I'll wait for the Nexus Two as well. I think the problem here is HTC. This phone has many hardware shortcomings commonly seen in the HTC line.

I'll also wait for the next iPhone as it will match if not beat every aspect of this phone plus it has a more robust developer base and apps store behind it.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTyler_v2

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Great review!

Now I wonder, does it has video-out???

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarius_bd

I'm thinking about getting this phone to use on att, so would you say its still worth the 500$ if you can only use it on edge? Like wont it be impossible to do stuff online?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjack

@ ItsMichaelNotMike

Thanks for the comments. Honestly I'm not serious techy, but I tried to state the facts that I thought I knew. After I was doing some research in the community that's what I had heard that they were. I'm just trying to give as much information as I know about the device.

Thanks for the feedback, and keep the questions coming.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@ Darius_bd

I haven't tested if it has video out. I heard that it has a 4 ring head jack which means it should...but I haven't purchased the chord to test this as of yet. As soon as I do, I'll post it.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

and_droid

The tri-color led is located to the left of the earphone. It may be hard to see in the photos.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@-ray

The color of the phone is a dark charcoal. Almost black, as well as a deep grey.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@ nDray

I have yet to test the screens ability to take scratches....lol. I don't think i'll be testing that one lol.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@ray....sorry mistake. The tricolor led is actually at the top of the phone...by the earpiece in the dark part of the glass. It's hard to see unless it's lit up.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

Google is spyware

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterantigoog

Some questions...and thanks for the review

-the silver part of the cover is plastic or metal?
-can you try the "noise cancelling feature" and test if it works well?
-How works the Digital Compass?
-can you confirm that there is NO FM radio

You're lucky man,the Nexus One is one of the best phone i've ever seen(on par with the HD2 that i currently own,despite WM6.5)

Also,in one photo you caught the touch sensitive matrix behind the glass,it seems very noticeable...hope its not as marked as appears

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAttila

Any word of them offering a discount to employees of T-Mobile or none whatsoever?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

The screen resolution is wrong. WVGA = 800x480 (not 720x480). The Droid has a FWVGA screen (854x480).
720x480 doesn't even exist as a display resolution (but does as an encoding res).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_display_standard

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPimp

Thanks for the post. I'm still partial to physical keyboards (and have a Droid) but I'm intrigued that you like the Nexus One so much. Have you tried running Swype on it?

Also - cute dog. My pit/boxer mix looks just him/her. Where'd you get that rawhide??

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

That review was awesome!! i mean i can't believe whats in that phone. Look could someone please help me out. i live in a dead area and if it wasn't for my 8900 i would get this phone A.S.A.P.! if there is anyone out there that can show me how i can make internet calls with something other than uma cause i dont think this would have uma. please email me or comment on this cause i want to upgrade to this.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabe

this phone suck
iphone tulz

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternexus hater

Does anyone know if all the apps will be stored to the SD card like the Motorolla Droid? My g1 is rooted and I've got all my apps on my SD, I'd really just like to plug in my SD card if I get this phone and be ready to go.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaskonzo

What did you use for the benchmark tests?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKoukiFC3S

Can someone please tell me if this has a glass or plastic screen?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

amazing device and great review, once complaint: you are killing me and making me drooling all over my desk, I can't wait till t-mobile officially carries this phone so I can buy from them with the t-mobile payment plan

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterindony

Great test and phone. Grat HTC

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLali

Do you even know what a benchmark test is?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWow...

Out running around folks. As soon as I get home ill start answering some more questions.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-geer

My Acer Liquid would give this phone a run for its money in terms of speed and screen quality so why is there so much fuss about this phone, I have a hero as well and its a good phone but the liquid is so fast it makes the difference, maybe it the processor that's blows you away so its position as top android phone will be short lived as other manufacturers use the snap dragon processor.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdsb

When you get a new text message, will there be a scrolling notification at the top of the screen like the mytouch?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

I would love to see some more multimedia reviews.
Any chance of side by side video and photo comparisons with the iphone (or droid)? Or showing the process of uploading to youtube?
Droid's apparent fault is the 5 MP camera being bad in low light and indoors. I would like to see how the Nexus compares. Also some how does the virutual keyboard fair compared to the iphone in landscape and portrait?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercm40

does android have the ability to have uma like qualities

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabe

To those that are complaining about the battery life vs. the iPhone, I say this. With the HTC phones, at least you have the option to CHANGE the battery on the go.

I don't know where this notion came from that the batteries in the phones have to last forever and a day. Think about digital cameras for a second... for the good cameras (and I'm talkin' dSLR's), you have removeable batteries. When your camera runs out, simply pop in another charged one and away you go. Photographers never even give it a second thought...

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBatteryLIfe

You said in the droid comparison image that there was only 322MB available on the N1, vs. 320MB on the Droid. Huh? The Droid has 320MB total, and the N1 is supposed to have 512MB total.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

BatteryLife.. good point to remind people, battery life on these devices is NEVER going to be satisfactory (meaning that with heavy use it lasts more than about 10 hours).

I keep posting on the Net various reminders that pretty much tell people the same thing, it does not who makes the phone, if the smartphone has a big display, WiFi, multi-media playback, BlueTooth, Data, Net access, and I almost forgot, the ability to talk on the phone, there's no phone on the planet that is going to give good battery life, as defined about. Why?

It's simply folks, the technology does not exist to give you all the services and features you expect and demand, while still keeping the phone small enough that you don't complain about that too.

Think about it. If a phone could do all the things you demand and expect, plus give you great battery life, don't you think that by now a manufacturer would have made that phone by now. But no one can, which is why you see these great phones with horrible battery life.

For now the only workaround is to make phones slightly larger (in width and height) and engineer the battery compartment as big as possible so the phone's form factor (overall size) is not compromised.

In this bigger compartment the manufacturer can use bigger batteries that will obviously give more life while still causing people to remark that the phone is small. (What people are really saying is the phone is thin. Height and width wise the phones are huge.)

Where I see this being done nowadays is on the latest HTC smartphones. My T-Mobile Touch Pro2 has a larger battery than those on my other phones (my Curve, Pearl and G1 had smaller batteries by comparison). The HD2 has a large, thin battery. And I assume the Nexus has a large thin battery too.

And on the horizon I can see all cell phones with the new technology that's being used on one or two phones out there, where the phone housing is the battery material. Of course using that technology requires that parts of the phone housing (case) be easily replaced by the user (unless you are Apple. LOL.)

Bottom Line: If you are a heavy smartphone user, defined as one going on the Net, talking a lot, texting, e-mailing, using aspects of multimedia, use WiFi, BlueTooth and now GPS, and you like a large brightly lit display, remember, each of those features is a battery operated device or is a drain on the battery.

The technology is not there yet folks. Quit complaining about battery life.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterItsMichaelNotMike

@ Anthony

I haven't been able to test txting yet. Unfortunatly, I found out my text was pulled off my account due to some update through work. So I have to wait until tomorrow to have the folks at my office reset my account with ATT. Annoying...sorry.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@Tim

Thanks man, she's a lab/pit mix. Rawhide at Petco, lmao. It's HUGE!

As for Swipe, I tried to install it but it was giving me some problems. Another person I know with the phone was having the same issues. I don't know if I'd be too comfortable with typing in that fashion though. Seems a bit weird....any other folks have success with it?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@3rd-Geer

Swype is pretty damn cool. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I've had it on my Droid for several days now and can definitely text faster than I could when I was pecking at the screen. It's especially useful for those quick messages in portrait-mode since the Droid's screen is a more narrow than the iPhone's screen and the portrait-mode keyboard is crammed together tightly horizontally.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScottAllyn

@ ScottAllyn

Interesting. Well if I get it installed I'll let you know.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

I'm curious - how well does the keyboard work? That's the only reason I'm not 100% sold on this phone is because I'm used to the keyboard on the G1.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterManacit

@ Manacit

I've never used the G1 so I can't really confirm if they are the same. I can however confirm that it works just as smoothly as the iphone. I also have the UK HTC Hero, and the biggest issue was the typing was not accurate at all. The N1 is surprisingly accurate. I haven't had any issues yet.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

will this have uma qualities like the blackberry 8900

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabe

This is crap. I am offended by this man's blatant lack of mathematical skills. On the Droid Comparison test, none of the percentages were even remotely correct. The Nexus One was about 40 percent faster, not 60. 17/28.7 and 415/695.65 are approimately 59 and 60 percent. Subtract that from your 100 percent, and that's your performance difference. 40 - 41 percent. Jeez. It's not even that great, since android keyboard sucks, and there's no Sense UI keyboard, and there's no physical keyboard. There, rant finished.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Does this phone support flash to see all of the websites which run flash

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Doe

@ John Doe

No flash support.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

It apears to be a great phone, speed etc.. but does it have true Voice activated dialing via Bluetooth head set.The car dock m,aybe good but you know your not always in a car or at home when you want to call someone. Haveing to touch the screen after you talk ans the look up finds them really is backwards and anticawted.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

@ Jeff

Unfortunately, I have yet to test this with a blue tooth device because I don't have one. I've gotten a ton of questions about this, so I'll definitely make sure I try to find someone with one to test with.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

To everyone asking about UMA - There will not be any UMA on this device and afaik there are no plans for UMA on any Android HTC device in the U.S.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheMan42

Good review! Most detailed I have seen yet!! I should have stopped reading after that and not wasted time with the comments.. There are some good ones but man.. Some of you are ignorant f#*ks!! All the negativity "I am offended" blah blah blah... Shut the F up!! The guy gave his honest opinion about the phone.. That's it. If you don't like it.. Don't get one. Pretty easy there.

I am REALLY sad to hear that there is no uma on this phone.. I have been drooling to get one for a while, but really with tmobile and their poor network.. I HAVE to have uma. :(

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbb-man

Great Review!

It's cool that you respond to questions man!

My contract is ending next week and SOO wish that this phone would come to Verizon! it would be a total buy for me, but i think im going to end up with the Moto Droid.

And im pretty sure this phone is probably capable of multitouch. Have you tried any of the multi touch apps? Just a question!

Thanks!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNigel A.

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