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Nexus One Looks The “Real Deal” According to Many Reviews

by on Jan.07, 2010, under Technology

Well, if you done any Googling lately (pardon the expression) on new phones at CES, it seems the biggest thing since the iPhone 3GS, is the new Google Nexus One made by HTC. As you may have seen from my previous posts, many Android OS phones have hit the market all viding for that coveted top spot currently held by the venerable iPhone. Unfortunately none have truly come close including the new Motorola Droid. But enter the new kid on the block, Nexus One that has sites like CNET, Egadget, TechCrunch and Telegraph all touting its virtues.

nexus-one-specs-shotWhat make Nexus One so good? Start with a Qualcomm Snapdragon (QSD 8250)  1 GHz Processor, ad a 3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution and 100,000:1 typical contrast ratio!

Then throw in a 5 megapixle camera with LED flash, 802.00 a/g/n wifi (Yes that is right N!), Bluetooth 2.1, AGPS, Compass, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB SD (supports 32GB), accelerometer and 720 x 480 video at 20fps for good measure! Then top it off with Android 2.1 (Codename=Eclair) and pack it up in a slick slim case. Yea, this kinda gives me that “nice toy” envy big time!

Reviews seem to like the performance of the Nexus One over the previous Android based phones currently out, pointing out that HTC may finally have got it right. Of course the billion dollar question is: “Will this finally give the iPhone something to worry about?” Well, Google has done a good job in building a development environment that fosters open source coding and thousands of apps are now available. Even though it lacks the polished precision of the Apple Appstore, Android Market does seem to have a broad range of apps. The one big thing the previous Android phones did seem to lack was smooth, consistent performance. Let’s see if 1GHz Snapdragon in the Nexus One changes that. I guess we will see pretty soon if it does.

The Nexus One is available through T-Mobile for $179 or for $549 for an unlocked phone. NOTE: Even though the Nexus One is GSM, it WILL NOT support AT&T 3G networks! A Verizon/Vodafone version will be available in the spring.


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