Hands on with the Nexus One

Hands on with the Nexus One
After years of speculation, last week the rumors came true and the Google Phone was announced, officially known as the Nexus One.  The device is heavy on specs with the 3.7" AMOLED display immediately stealing our hearts.  As always, what really counts is brains and the Nexus One's 1GHz Snapdragon processor is what really sets this device apart. Other important points of interest are a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash and the Android 2.1 operating system. There are other phones with similar specs - the Droid also has a 3.7" display and runs on Android 2.0.1, the Moment has an AMOLED screen and 800MHz processor and the Hero/Droid Eris both have 5 megapixel camera - so what makes this phone so special? Well first off is that it will be sold exclusively through Google, though carrier subsidies will be available to new and qualifying customers.

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


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10 Comments

1. arash84v

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 18, 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!!!!

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

that would be interesting

3. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Nexus one kind of looks like crap put next to the hero...

8. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

the Sprint Hero is one of the ugliest phones I've ever seen...

9. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 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: Oct 09, 2009

i love my hero but id trade it in for that scren res. and the snapdragon

5. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Yeah spec wise, the nexus is bad ass but aesthetically... this phone was not put into consideration.

6. madesina

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 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: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 34; Member since: Jan 10, 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!

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