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Google Nexus One Review

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Google Nexus One Review
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Voice quality was very hit and miss; at times callers said we sounded very clear and were impressed but just a few moments later, with no environmental changes, they would complain that we were cutting in and out.  On our end it left a little to be desired.  There is an annoying sweet spot for the speaker relative to the ear, and straying just a touch can make a drastic difference to the point that you cannot hear the caller.  Even when in the sweet spot they didn’t sound all that great. There was some static on both ends, but noticeably more on ours, and callers cut in and out.  Callers were also very faint even at the highest settings, and in a quiet room we had to concentrate to understand what they were saying.  We tested with and without Google Voice and found results to be similar.

Battery life is listed at a very respectable 10 hours of talk time and 290 hours of standby on 2G.  Those numbers drop to 7 and 250, respectively, on 3G.  It has enough juice to get through 5 hours of 3G web browsing and 6.5 hours of Wi-Fi surfing, and 7 hours of video playback and 20 hours of audio.  We were able to drain ours in a day and a half of use, but to be fair we had just about every battery draining feature on.  It can stand up to a day of heavy use, which is enough for us.


Conclusion:

Google makes no bones about their intentions with the Nexus One, saying it is more than a smartphone; it is a “superphone.”  We have to disagree.  It’s a pretty amazing phone, don’t get us wrong, but with some now basic smartphone features like multitouch and Bluetooth voice dialing missing we’re not ready to elevate it to superphone just yet.  Is it the best Android device to date?  Absolutely.  Is it better than the iPhone?  Probably.  Are we excited about it?  Without a doubt.  The HTC Nexus One may not be perfect, but is definitely a high-class smartphone that’s worth your attention.

Looks like Google listened to us and has addressed one of our major issues with the Nexus One.  We'd still like to see a UI overlay like Sense, but HTC probably has some plans for a device like that.  With the addition of multitouch the Nexus One is immediately a more compelling device and competes better with devices like the iPhone and Pre Plus.

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Pros

  • World-beating 3.7” AMOLED display
  • Lightning quick 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • The most visually pleasing Android build yet
  • Speech to text
  • Seamless Google integration

Cons

  • The top-heavy design makes the Nexus One slippery
  • No multitouch
  • No Bluetooth voice dialing
  • The enhanced UI is nice, but we still want Sense
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. barmalei (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


Certainly a very decent smartphone, but I can't get past the uninspiring design of both exterieor and the UI (I totally agree with this conclusion: "The enhanced UI is nice, but we still want Sense"). When I am paying 530 dollars plus tax for a phone that I am planning to be using daily for the next 3 years, I want something more aesthetically pleasing like HD2 or Xperia X10 - even though it takes both forever to reach U.S. markets, and they will also be more expensive than N1. I also prefer to have some physical buttons on the phone (programmable if possible), and the trackball sort of looks useless. In any case, the more competition - the better.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 08:21

2. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 827; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


How is it that you guys have never once mentioned the fact that Android phones do not truly go full screen in the web browser, since that status bar is always there?

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 08:59

3. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


i'd rather keep the notification panel that way im not inturrupted while web browsing

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 10:01

4. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


The Dolphin browser on android has that option

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 12:43

5. rishibawa (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


agreed, love the notification bar, I'll sacrifice a few pixels of browsing for that

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 15:41

8. uk786 (Posts: 47; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)


I've got an Android phone [HTC HERO] and the browser definitely goes full screen!

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 15:13

6. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


Nexus 1 sucks!!! DROOOOOID

posted on 15 Jan 2010, 06:16

18. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


nope, you suck

posted on 16 Jan 2010, 20:05

21. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Haha. The Droid is done already. If I was to go Android, the Nexus One would be the one.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 15:25

7. runner4life928 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jun 2009)


This reviewer is def in Columbus, OH haha

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 16:24

9. DNA (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


Why doens't phonearea know this? The only reason multitouch isn't enabled, is because Apple has a software patent on it. In Europe software patents aren't allowed, so companies can use it. Blame it on Apple...

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 21:30

13. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)


thats not true, look at the hero and the pre/pixi. it may very well be true that google doesnt want to get into it with apple, but there are two htc devices currently available in the us (pre and eris) with a third one coming (hd2) that have multitouch.

posted on 14 Jan 2010, 06:18

15. Hlorri (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 May 2008)


Apple has U.S. Patents on specific interactions (e.g. pinch to zoom etc), not on multi-touch technology itself. That predates Apple's interest. Even though software patents are not (yet) honored in the E.U., companies that manufacture cell phones for the US market must honor US patents. Conversely, it is also true that U.S. companies doing business in other places (e.g. Europe) must honor patents in markets they are present. This often leads to cross-licensing agreements between several patent holders, or alternatively, court battles.

posted on 16 Jan 2010, 20:06

22. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


But what about other phones that have multitouch like the Palm Pre and G1 (I believe). How come they don't have to pay any attention to the patent?

posted on 20 Feb 2010, 12:33

31. supermarioshirt (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2010)


that's not it at all... they just came out with a software update supporting multitouch and it works just fine.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 17:19 1

10. Sufcc (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2008)


Yep, what DNA said. Multitouch works fine in third party apps, like Dolphin Browser and Picsay Photo editor.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 19:24

11. rigo (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


totally agree, HTC can do a lot better than this, of course google is paying for what they want (options) just got it a week ago and my hero (chin) still beats the N1 when it comes to fun, also quality of calls and even power buttom, my phone sometimes it goes on while in my pocket when I have just turned it off, no bueno...I mean how expensive is to have some cool animations, apps security, and original design.. notice how most android phones have several options that are all the same, not sure if this has something to do with the OS but come on these phones are not cheap, google could not even afford to have a different clock widget than the o.g. android phone, give me a break Xperia x10 that's a step up, hopefully it will have some privacy settings in general, and hopefully it will be withing the Tmobile USA frequency for 3g. sorry guys get emotional about phones looking alike in models, just like the cars, after 5 years they only change head lights and tail lights haaaaaaaaa haaa

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 21:22

12. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


you're way off, your hero is WEAK. Nexus One BLows it out of the water in EVERY respect.

posted on 13 Jan 2010, 21:32

14. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)


ive got both. the nexus one is way faster and the screen is amazing, but ill be keeping my hero at the end of the day.

posted on 14 Jan 2010, 11:01

16. BeBoo (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Apr 2009)


What is everyone's obsession with SenseUI? Just because it's made by HTC doesn't mean it _needs_ SenseUI. Not to mention, this is a Google Experience phone, like the Droid...

posted on 17 Jan 2010, 09:08

24. Hytch (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


Being completely impartial to the various camps here (i.e. I just don't care), I really do think the UI looks a bit 'meh' and clunky, compared to Sense. It's reminiscent of the Symbian OS, and doesn't seem as visually rich or streamlined as a phone with a 1GHz CPU in could have. Thoughts?

posted on 14 Jan 2010, 20:53

17. dandv (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)


WTF "top heavy" and "slips out of our hands"!? I've had the Nexus Once since the day after it was launched, and never have I felt that it slipped or jumped anywhere.

posted on 20 Jan 2010, 22:23

26. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


because the spokesman has fat hands with sausage fingers.

posted on 15 Jan 2010, 06:17

19. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


I love how jealous people have to hate lol TOo funny!

posted on 15 Jan 2010, 23:38

20. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


ok, just throwing this out there: voice recognition that works THAT well is obviously extremely awesome. however, if you are going to talk to your phone to text, MAKE THE PHONE CALL.

posted on 16 Jan 2010, 20:07

23. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


True

posted on 17 Jan 2010, 21:30

25. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


i'm kind of considering replacing my iPhone with the Nexus One. and i'm a die-hard iPhone user... so that's really saying something. lol.

posted on 20 Jan 2010, 22:24

27. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


I cant wait to get this on verizon! my first smartphone.. ready to get rid of my lg dare. Love it but ready for a new adventure.

posted on 21 Jan 2010, 11:51

28. bigfoots (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


I got this phone but it was locked to tmobile. after searching forever I finally found a thread in the forum saying you could get unlock codes for it herehttp://www.unlockcellphonecode.com/product_info.php/code-unlocking-mobile-cell-phone-p-72 got my code and am now using an att 3g sim card! thank you. I love this phone!

posted on 14 Feb 2010, 21:46

30. diz1211 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2010)


Hey there!! I also have att! I see you got the NEXUS....am I hearing you right that you whent to the web page and are able to use the phone now on the att 3g system?? Please respond to my e-mail cdm1161@yahoo.com if you can share this with me. Thanks coz this is the phone I want but not if it is stuck on 2g for att. Thanks in advance

posted on 03 Feb 2010, 14:25

29. Frodoarg (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)


I'm trying to decide between Nexus 1 (Don't like the camera and no office edit app from scratch) Omnia II (not as fast?) and HTC HD2 (not the best camera and more expensive). So which of the three would you people buy/recommend. Looking for a good camera and edit documents mostly Thanks in advance for the replies

posted on 08 Mar 2010, 15:11

32. roskilde (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


Com´onnnn.. wait for the HTC desire!! should do it ;-) incl. the SENSE UI

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 05:05

33. newnex (unregistered)


when i got my phone i did not right away import my contacts from my sim...now with the gingerbread 2.3.4 upgrade i cannot access the option to do so coz the options touch button (one with 3 hotizontal lines on the screen) only pops up the key board to type.....
surely on all open pages, all that the touch button does is open the key pad!....
can someone please tell me how correct this...coz i think my phone will be useless if i do not have options to access the applications to edit to my own specifications.

should i return the phone..or is a reboot available for this phone to revamp its system?...

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HTC Nexus One US

HTC Nexus One US

OS: Android 2.3.4 2.2 2.1
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.35 x 0.45 inches
(119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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