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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. 

Full Gallery of the Review

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! 

For or up-to-date news and info on the Nexus One, be sure to Follow us on Twitter or Subscribe to our RSS. Our online Accessories Store is also launching very soon.

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)

thanks for responding! i'm just always interested to see how incoming texts are delivered to the phone. It captivates me for some reason, lmao. so when you find out let me know!! =)

P.S.-
Can't WAIT to get this!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

I would like to see a video comparing edge internet speeds on att on the nexus one to speeds on the iphone.

That is the only way I can even consider buying the phone for $530.

Thanks.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenny

http://htcnexusone.net

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNexus One

Do you think that they will Make a backcover that can replace it without a hump if someone made that it would be a hot item for sure. Also I sure this will compete with the iPhone better the. Anyother from what I see the camera are good and I think it will be better then the iPhone because the open platform

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterajackson2046

@Atila: I think you're mistaking background design.

@3rd Geer: I can't think of anything to ask. You covered what I was wondering as far as RAM and ROM. I've got the Bold 9700, but I'm ready to send it back for this phone. I wonder if an InvisibleShield would hinder the touch screen performance at all. I'm a stickler for protecting the scratchable surfaces.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeddy

Why would you use your iphone as a media player? There's plenty of good media player. If you want one similar to the iphone, go with tune wiki. If you want something different that makes use of the touch screen go with music queue.
The iphone player isn't innovative that at all and the "cool" factor from cover flow, well who really uses that? Some android players give you karaoke style lyrics and they can run in the background, so you can truly replace the default player.

Of course, you can now talk about the iTunes integration (I hope you don't have DRM music for your own sake), but nearly every music program except iTunes can do a sync with a USB storage device if you really need that...

It always strikes me how people grasp to that apple == music mem

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjerren

Great review, thanks. Nobody else seems to have mentioned the Voice to Text in the comments. This is the first time I've seen this on a mobile device. Am I the only one who thinks this is HUGE?
As smartphones get more and more like computers, one of the biggest obstacles is a lack of fast text entry. You can type text messages and short emails reasonably fast on a slideout/soft keyboard, but for anything longer, you need to revert to a full-size keyboard. Using voice to text on my computer, I can 'speak' documents as fast as I can type them. I don't use this feature that often when I have a computer keyboard in front of me, but if you could enter text on a phone just as fast as on a computer by speaking, then you wouldn't need a keyboard.

Already smartphones are keeping people connected at all times to many computer functions - browsing the web, reading emails and documents etc. Having the additional ability to respond in-depth to all your emails and compose documents and blog posts anywhere at any time could really close the loop on mobile computing.

I'll be interested to see how this plays out... whether Voice to Text becomes a must-have feature that replaces keyboards or something no one really uses. Partly it will depend on how usably the feature is implemented (Does it work in noisy environments? How accurate is it? Does it 'train' itself to become progressively more accurate? How close to the mic do you need to speak?), but from what you've said here, it sounds really exciting.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I like Nexus One, love it's fast and sleek UI although the camera is not satisfying, no flash support in browser (this is a $500 device), design looks a bit dull... But main thing keeping me away from "smartphones" is still the weight of the device and incredibly poor battery life. For someone who's always on the road that's a dealbreaker, but I'm sure gadget gurus won't mind that and this phone will sell well.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermitja

At the 1st comment...you can't be serious man. Its so late in the game now to "Pray" for anything. We know EXACTLY how the phone looks like and thats the way it will stay for release. I mean I can understand maybe adding a button or 2 on the side or slight change to the UI, you know small stuff. but look, I promise you that nothing major like adding a keyboard is going to happen. So stop praying and better start believing.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDUH!!!

What are the languages that the phone support.
Does it support Arabic ?

January 3, 2010 | Mohammad Nabil
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why....do you and your friends have "plans" for using this phone???

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGGGreen

@ItsMichaelNotMike
"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."
Are you joking or working for Microsoft? I've been using WinMo for the past 3 years at work and it sucks, even 6.5 sucks! I can't name
one good thing about that lousy operating system. It's not even worth comparing to Android or IPhone.

@Tyler_v2
"Locked or unlocked, it will not work with Cricket. This phone is based on GSM, and not CDMA."
Today, the battle between CDMA and GSM is muddled. Where at one point Europe clearly favored GSM and North America, CDMA, the distinct advantage of one over the other has blurred as major carriers like AT&T Wireless begin to support GSM, and recent trials even showed compatibility between the two technologies.
GSM still holds the upper hand however. There's the numerical advantage for one thing: 456 million GSM users versus CDMA's 82 million.
http://www.m-indya.com/gsm/CDMA-vs-GSM.htm

That is, both CDMA and GSM are old technologies. You should be able to use 3G (WCDMA) in the US?
It will be nice when LTE (4G) comes which is a 100% IP-based technology (ie. 100% packing switching, no more curcuit swithing) and will be the world standard for the
next generation of mobile networks.

@Pimp
"The screen resolution is wrong. WVGA = 800x480 (not 720x480). The Droid has a FWVGA screen (854x480)."
True, but if you quickly had searched the comments you would have noticed that several people already
answered this. No biggie, just a tip for next time! :)

@Chris
"Battery life.."
I agree Chris. To people complaining: Charging every night isn't such a big problem is it?
If yes, just buy another battery...yes iphone-users, this actually is an option
on an android-mobile (and on almost all other mobiles too btw)

@mitja
"no flash support in browser"
This is supported in other browsers so can just use them instead.

@3rd-Geer
Don't know what power you have over this site but since you posted maybe you could ask
the owner of this site to change the comment system. It would be nice if the replies
were threaded so it's easy to follow the answers.

Thanks for a great review! Very good work! :D

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterriper

@ ajackson2046

You definitely need that little hump on the cam though, because without it the speaker will be muffled when you lay the phone down.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

Great review. I find it amusing how some of these people posting responses want you to jump over the moon lol. Like the one guy that wanted you to root the phone just to see if it can be rooted. It is not even yours, you were just lucky to get one to play with. It is also funny how some people are whining about the price. Some people want the world in a phone and only want to pay $200 with no contract! Yeah...that's gonna happen lol. The price is not bad for what it is. Look what people are selling their USED iphones for! Way moe than $530! I think it will run fast on t-mobiles 3G. The battery is one of the highest. I have seen (1400mah) and as we all know, people are going to complain about it! Some people expect the battery to last 24 hours with CONSTANT use of the phone and that is just beyond realistic. Being a G1 owner I have become accustomed to carrying a charger to work with me. I plan on getting this device. Thanks for the review.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

@chris

Sorry to let you know but this is not the first voice to text phone on the market. I have the Sprint Hero and I use voice to text all the time. Maybe its not much of a "shocker" to alot of people, but its been out for a while.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterswaze

What did you use to benchmark both the droid and the nexus?

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

I'll gladly answer any questions and please feel free to shoot me a donation through paypal :)

http://www.3rd-geer.com/test/N1/N1-Donations.html

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@ Christopher

I used 'Benchmark' by Softweg.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

Wow...looks sensational...

Once it's available, I'm gonna ditch my G1 :)

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJobin Basani

I was a HUGE fan of this phone until T-Mobile decided not to carry it. Now they are taking money away from their reps by only having their t-Mobile activations go thru Google but they have now fallen complete out of the game as far as Android goes. No 2.0 devices for T-Mobile anytime soon. It breaks my heart. Who will step up and take the crown from Tmo??? right now its the Droid. Soon the ultra rich or unltra-in-debt will be buying this from Google.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandroidfan

Why would the phone only use AT&T's EDGE network and not their 3G if the phone is capable of 3G? If the phone works on T-Moble's 3G netowork, it should also work on AT&T. What about the 3G networks outside of the US?

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKurt

This may be a stupid question - but will the Nexus One also work on the T-Mobile EDGE network? I have an old plan/SIM card (no 3G) with T-Mobile. Thanks for a great review!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjim

Why would the phone only use AT&T's EDGE network and not their 3G if the phone is capable of 3G? If the phone works on T-Moble's 3G netowork, it should also work on AT&T. What about the 3G networks outside of the US?

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKurt

Why would the phone only use AT&T's EDGE network and not their 3G if the phone is capable of 3G? If the phone works on T-Moble's 3G netowork, it should also work on AT&T. What about the 3G networks outside of the US?

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKurt

@ Kurt

ATT's and Tmobiles 3g is on different frequencies. It can only work on what ever 3g network it was made for

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlair

It will come with Android 2.1 - does anybody know if they have fixed any of the MANY show-stopping bugs in the email client? Check the Google Code site - there are quite a few serious problems with the email client, but I ditched Android at 1.6.

A good review of the phone itself, but what about Android 2.1? We can see that it doesn't handle wallpapers very well. (I got sick of crashes with 1.6)

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaney

@ Kurt - Different settings and frequency. Apparantly an ATT version MAY be coming...just rumors I heard on the net though.


@ jim - I'm sure it definitely will.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

@ Janey

So far so good. As for the crashes I got that force close that day when trying to load 2 of the animated wallpapers. Beyond that, the only other problem I notice every now and then is when in the photo gallery, sometimes the phone wont actually turn the picture when I turn the device in to landscape mode.

Definite bug.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

Doesn't anyone understand this? T-MOBILE NO LONGER OFFERS SUBSIDIZED PHONES OR CONTRACTS. That will be the true Ace in the Hole for the Nexus one. TMO WILL FINANCE THIS PHONE FOR ITS CUSTOMERS.... INTEREST FREE!!!! NO CONTRACTS. Just like every other phone it sells. TMO knew this was coming and COMPLETELY changed their finance and contract policies to accomodate it.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

@Kurt The sim from a T-Mobile phone is not 3G or EDGE. Its the service and phone that decides that. I have a SIM from before there was a 3G network in my MyTouch and get 3G voice and data without problem. You will need to have data services on your account to use 3G data, but you would need data to use EDGE data also.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDriften

@Adam... T-Mobile does still offer SUBSIDIZED phones but it costs more per month then plans where you play for the phone (or use the payment plan for the phone). The best deals are if you own the phone....

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDriften

Great review and pics! Thanks!

Does Android 2.1 support an email signature in exchange email? Android 2.0 does not.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimkie

@ Simkie


Sadly it doesn't. Only sig can be put in Google email. They are seriously trying to lock down that phone. Sucks because I can't even sync my entourage cal to this either.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3rd-Geer

http://www.droiddog.com/android-blog/2010/01/google-not-wanting-to-sell-the-nexus-one/

Check out this article....

Seems like some believe this phone is not even gonna be sold to the public, but more like a concept car to show what they are capable of. We'll see, but its much to do about nothing IMO. Its a driod with a better look. Not alot to WOW about. Definately not a CHANGE THE GAME type of phone.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterswaze

Doesn't seem unreasonable to not release the phone publicly though? Why would Google and HTC put so much time, effort, and money into the phone to use it as a preview?

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLolz

That is the phone that I want. But don't know it will be sell in Canada or not. Anyways, this is the most attractive phone to me this year.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

@3rd-Geer...

Thanks for the info! And also: ARGGGGHHHHH. I'm fine with running my personal email through gmail, but cannot run corporate email that way. Was really hoping google saw that as an oversight in 2.0. Guess not. Sigh. Suppose I can always run Touchdown or Roadsync, but I resent purchasing a 3rd party program to handle a function that should be native.

Maybe I need to make due with my Cliq (sigh...what a disappointment) a little longer...

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimkie

dose it have a mullty toutch

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdd

this phone is too expensive. If prices will not be below 530$ then this is not revolution to the market...

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteriron

noooooooooooooo

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternexonone101

Hi

I want to compare this to my Acer Liquid (which also has an underclocked Snapdragon processor) - which benchmark application did you use ?

Thanks.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaquib

Thank you for the review.....

Just got one question for you....


Does the Nexus one support one of the most basic ancient features....Gif animations
Ok let me specify cuz I know it has animated wallpapers But! If I have a Nexus one and
Someone sends me an animated mms will this phone support it? I know most if not all
Android phones don't. I know this is probably not a biggie for most but it is for me.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbadgirly

My Q.? is ,will it support T-mobiles 7.2Mbs

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermike

Man, I can't believe you are still soliciting donations!

Whta a fraud

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpunki

Thanks for your review, it seems indeed a pretty good toy, I suppose it's gonna sell a lot.
Too bad it doesn't have a physical keyboard :|

What about 3D performance? WIll it be able to cope with a "tegra" device?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

was there any comment from google yet if they intend to add multitouch with a later update? i mean for games or even fast writing it's a must and the hardware seems to be capable of it.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Does anyone know what carriers can be used with the Nexus One in Canada ?

Rogers and Fido ?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Check your speed on T-mobile,I just got 1089Kbs,niceknow i defenetly wont nexus(i have a G1)

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermike

Hi,
a question regarding speech to text feature: does it work with an embedded speech recognition or does it use a server? In other word, does it work when there is no network connection? Thanks.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIfig

I just order mine,free overnight shipping, http://www.google.com/phone

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermike

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