Google's Nexus One smartphone: Is it worthy of all the hype?
By Joni Blecher Follow me on Twitter | Tuesday, January 05, 2010 (permalink)
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Google announced the Nexus One today at a press conference at the company's headquarters. Unlike rumors suggested, the hardware for the Nexus One was not built by Google. Instead it was built by HTC and as such it sports a similar form factor found on the HTC DROID Eris: slim design, 4 touch sensitive navigation keys, and clean spines on the cell phone. However there are a couple of noteworthy differences. First, the trackball has a multicolor LED under it so it will light up when there's an incoming message and if you get an incoming call and are connected to Bluetooth the trackball will illuminate blue so you can take the call with a Bluetooth-enabled headset. Additionally, the back of the smartphone has a metal bar on the back that can be engraved (up to 50 characters) - a nice personalization touch. Here's a list of the technical specs:
- Display: 3.7" AMOLED 480x800 WVGA display - This means it can be viewed in direct sunlight and is designed to conserve battery life.
- Thinness: 11.5mm; Weight: 130g - The thickness of a number 2 pencil and the weight of a small swiss army knife.
- Processor/Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon 3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz -This is a super fast processor that is great for running multiple applications (including GPS-intensive programs) without experiencing any slow down in performance
- Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus with flash and geo tagging - It is also a video camera
- Onboard memory: 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM/Expandable memory: 4GB removable microSD Card (expandable to 32GB) - This is not a ton of memory, however, the inclusion of a 4GB microSD card means you can store a fair share of songs and pictures.
- Noise Suppression: Dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc. - There are two microphones on the Nexus One (at the bottom of the smarphone and one on the back of the smartphone)
- Ports: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with four contacts for inline voice and remote control
- Battery: Removable 1400 mAh
The Nexus One is also running the latest version of the Android OS, v2.1. There are a few noteworthy updates found here as well:
All and all, I'd say that Android OS 2.1 looks interesting, but it's far from revolutionary. The inclusion of 3D-esque features is nice, but we'll see what that really means when we see more apps developed for it. The first model announced is unlocked or available with T-Mobile, while a version for Verizon Wireless is expected this Spring. In the meantime, you can get more information about the Nexus One a this LetsTalk.com page so be sure to bookmark it and check back for more details.
- Enter text without typing - Use a voice-enabled keyboard for all text fields: speak a text message, instant message, tweet, Facebook update, or complete an email.
- More home screens (now 5 instead of 3) and can be customized with dynamic interactive wall papers. For example, you can see leaves falling onto a wet landscape or touch the wet landscape multiple times to create the illusion of rain drops.
- View pictures and Picasa Web Albums in a 3D Gallery that can organize pictures by location and date.
- Upload videos you record with the Nexus One to YouTube with one click.