Hands on with the Nexus One
So what about the device itself? What first strikes you is the enormous screen on such a thin device; the Nexus One measures just 11.5mm thin and the 3.7" display dominates the front. It is similar in feel to the iPhone, but the combination of wide and thin, combined with the plastic casing, makes it slipperier than we'd prefer. It is also top-heavy which only adds to the phone's propensity to jump out of your hand. The basic design is very similar to Sprint's Hero, which our normal-sized hands prefer in terms of feel.
Powering the device on quickly made us forget about the awkward feel. The AMOLED display is the best we've encountered, and some of the Live Wallpapers actually introduce depth to the interface (think 3D, but it doesn't move with you). This thing is blazing fast, noticeably more so than the Droid. The 1GHz processor is really felt and it flies through the new 3D animations. Android 2.1 is a nice upgrade from 2.0, but nothing groundbreaking. We do find ourselves missing HTC's Sense UI and multitouch implementation in the browser. The Google Phone looks to be a lock for best Android phone to date, but does it have enough to take on the mighty iPhone? Check back soon for our full review to find out!
HTC Nexus One Specifications
1. arash84v (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)
I just cant wait to see the full review!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you think it will com out to Netherlands???? n can you guys compare NEXUS ONE with XPERIA X10 PLZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they both have the same spec!!!!!! thanks phonezrena!!!!
3. oddmanout (Posts: 439; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Nexus one kind of looks like crap put next to the hero...
8. saneok (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)
the Sprint Hero is one of the ugliest phones I've ever seen...
9. oddmanout (Posts: 439; Member since: 22 May 2009)
yeah i know. and it actually looks better compared to the nexus. just proves how much effort they put into the design
4. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
i love my hero but id trade it in for that scren res. and the snapdragon
5. oddmanout (Posts: 439; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Yeah spec wise, the nexus is bad ass but aesthetically... this phone was not put into consideration.
6. madesina (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)
I really can't see the fuss to be honest. I mean, if the Nexus one had the Hero's Sense UI, then i would say, Game over. Better phone that the iphone on all counts. But it's a slight improvement in the UI from the original Android (G1) - which, let's be honest. Is shite. I would never ever have that, or the magic over any carnation of the iphone, or palm pre, ... or even one of the newer Nokia's. I can only hope, that HTC after 3 months of something, will do their own Nexus carnation!
7. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)
I agree, The HTC Sense UI adds so much asethetics to the phone. The base android system is very bland. I havn't seen or used the Moto Blur UI overlay, is it a nice improvement over the base android OS? However the increase in performance would be a welcome addtion. Also, I prefer to have the send and End buttons of the eris as well. This is a different flash than the Motorola driod correct? The moto flash is a dual LED? Does it make much difference?
10. D3VR04 (Posts: 31; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
Thanks for not seeming or being OVERLY bias in your hands on like BGR. With your hands on i was actually able to get a real sense for the device. I also follow gizmodo and phonescoop, but never became a member of anyone. I really like this site for it's constant fresh and wanting, phone news. After reading BGR's review of the N1, I decided to join your site. Keep up the quality work!