Google Nexus One Review
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.
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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