The much-awaited Nexus One or “Google phone” is here and looking like a real challenge to the other smart phones of the world. Taking a short look at this phone will give you the low-down on what you need to know.
What does the Nexus One look like? It looks good. It looks a little like an iPhone but with a trackball. The screen takes up 95 percent of the front of the phone. There is no manual keyboard and the phone is 4.68 inches tall and .45 inches thick. It will go into a large pocket. It is 2.35 inches wide. In millimeters that is 119 tall by 59.8 wide by 11.5. It also resembles the HTC phone ( no surprise there ) called the “Hero”. You can only get it from Google.
On the inside you have the extremely popular Android platform. It just did come out with multi touch ability but this phone came out last month without it. If you buy this phone you will need to make the update to get the multi touch feature. The Nexus One comes with version 2.1 so it should be an easy upgrade. The Android app idea has taken off like a rocket. There are new apps being made as if this were the last smart phone to be made in the world. iPhone and Apple have more apps by virtue of being in the game longer, but you usually have to pay more for them. That is a great downer in a recession ( depression ?) climate. The android system allows video and remote wipes. What is a remote wipe? It is the ability to eliminate all your personal and other information from the Nexus One from a distance. If you’re smart phone is lost or stolen this can keep you safe.
This smart phone comes with a great screen. It uses the new technology called AMOLED. This is no longer using LCDs to make it work. It is brighter but also uses less energy. Your battery will last longer, thanks to this AMOLED screen. It is a glorious 480 by 800 pixels for resolution. This beats many screens out there for clarity and quality. You could call this “high definition” viewing. When you touch the screen for navigation it is easy to get around. Buy this phone just for the screen and you will probably be happy.
The guts of the Nexus One are top notch. You have a 1000 megahertz processor made by Snapdragon. This allows you to sail through your programs with speed. There is 512 megabytes of RAM and the same amount of ROM. The Google phone comes with a four gigabyte MicroSD card pre-installed. You can boost that card up to 32 gigabytes for truckloads of memory space for anything, including videos. The battery is of an average size at 1400 mAh.
The camera can pump out five megapixel shots. It has auto focus, LED flash, geo tagging and smile detection. Yes, it knows when you are smiling or not. The video part of the camera is just average. It can take video at twenty frames per second.
At the moment the Nexus One is supported by the T-Mobile network. It is having a bit of a problem with tech support, but that should go away. It is rumored to also be coming to Verizon where it will no doubt bloom rapidly. This phone is available in one color, bronze. Let´s hope that changes too. If you like Android, this is a good phone. If you do not like Android, the Nexus One is still a good phone, but not much is different.