Google Nexus One review round-up


Here are two Google Nexus One review for you own reading pleasure. The first one is from Tracy & Matt who found that the iPhone 3GS is still a superior product because of its extensive use of iTunes (!?):

So what are my overall thoughts about the Nexus one? It’s a great handset that has a few kinks to iron out. There are some irritating omissions from the Nexus, multitouch and corporate calendar being the ones to annoy me most. Good for beginners and enthusiasts alike this is a fun handset. Simple enough for a new user, customisable and hackable enough for the power user.
From a pure handset point of view alone I do prefer it to the iPhone. Am I swapping it for the iPhone? No. The reason is simply that Apple have their claws in to me with iTunes. That’s where all my music and video is stored, that’s where I download and sync my podcasts from. I plug the iPhone in and it just works! There are a few desktop apps that work with Android to provide a similar experience but they’re not quite the same and not quite as simple as just plugging in and forgetting about it. Were I not and iPod/iPhone user then the Nexus would be my choice for sure or of the Nexus worked properly with iTunes then for me it would be a no-brainer. But for now I will be sticking with my 32GB iPhone that has enough space for music and video and enough battery power to last me through the day.

It should be noted that Google France has also announced several days ago that the Nexus One won’t have multi-touch enabled in native applications in France (just like the US version).

The second review is from Pocketnow who concluded:

Overall, despite the Nexus One not being revolutionary as many thought it would be, it’s safe to say that the it is the best Android phone on the market right now. It has a fantastic combination of speed, screen quality and software that makes it a true joy to use. While many are disappointed by its inability to do 3G on AT&T (hint: me), we have a feeling that if we don’t see the Nexus One in an AT&T flavor, it’s only a matter of time before we see some sort of Nexus device (Nexus Two?) hit each and every major carrier in the US and around the world.

According to this FCC filling the Nexus One may be headed to AT&T soon.

Motorola working on a “Google” phone


Motorola’s CEO announced yesterday during the company’s earnings call that work is being done with Google to build an Android handset with similar to what HTC did with the Nexus One. The device will be sold directly to consumer on Google’s Phone store and bypass telcos. Motorola is alsao planning to launch 20 smartphones this year and according to what was said earlier they will probabbly all be powered by Google’s Android OS.

Source: TheStreet

Google Nexus One vs Samsung Omnia II: Camera quality

Here’s an interesting comparizon between the Google Nexus One and the Samung Omnia II. CareAce compared the camera on the two devices. In the first video below you will how the Camera software works on the Omnia II and the Nexus One:

They also posted a couple of pictures taken with the two handset and 2 video samples. Just head over here to check them all out.

In general, the Omnia II produces a brighter and warmer color scheme, while the Nexus One’s image are relatively clearer and sharper.

Source: CareAce

Google Nexus One software tour videos

Here are two software walkthrough videos of the Google Nexus One done by my man Brandon at Pocketnow. As you can see Android 2.1 is on par with Windows Mobile in terms of functionalities (and sometimes better thanks to the Voice Command features) but has that little polished UI touch that Microsoft‘s OS is still lacking.

Homescreen tour:

Applications tour:

Source: Pocketnow

Google Nexus One vs iPhone 3GS video comparison

Wonder how the mighty Google Nexus One fairs against the iPhone 3GS? Well here are two comparison videos of the two devices in action done by the boys at TechnoBuffalo. The Nexus One is in my opinion superior to the in everything other than web browsing where the iPhone 3GS is still the best.
Round 1:

Round 2:

Source: YouTube

Google Nexus One vs Motorola Droid video

Here’s quick video comparison of the Google Nexus one and the Motorola Droid. Obviously there’s nothing really exciting other than the fact that the Nexus one is a bit faster than the Droid thanks to the faster processor (and the 512Mb of RAM). Remember that the Droid will receive an upgrade to Android 2.1pretty soon so all you Moto fans should be happy.

Source: YouTube via Solopalmari

HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One Browser comparison Part 2

Brandon just posted a second video comparison of the HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One his time using Skyfire on the HD2 instead of Opera Mobile 9.7 (watch the first video here). So this isn’t really an apple to apple comparison given that Skyfire uses server side rendering to speed up page loading. Even with this advantage SF is slightly faster in loading the page) the Nexus One is IMO the clear winner here (notice the slow page rendering of Skyfire..).

Source: Pocketnow

HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One browser performance

Brandon at Pocketnow just blessed us with a HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One web browsing comparison video. As I’ve poiinted out in the HD2 review, Opera Mobile 9.7 seems to have some problems rendering webpages (you can cleary see it in the video) something the Nexus One doesn’t seem to have a problem with. On the other hand the HD2 seems to have the upper hand when it comes to navigation (zoomin looks painfull on the N1, same for opening a new tab). All in all, Safari Mobile on the iPhone is still the king of the hill…

Source: Pocketnow

Google Nexus One suffering from 3G connectivity problems


Looks like the mighty Nexus One has some spotty 3G connectivity problems according to a whole bunch of T-Mobile users who are flooding Google’s support forums. The problem reported seems to affect the cellular radio/antenna of the device: it doesn’t switch to 3G, or it constantly goes from Edge to 3G for no apparent reason even-though other phones with the same SIM work perfectly in the same spot. Strangely this sounds like one of the problems I’ve talked about in my HTC HD2 review and is one of the 6 main bugs HTC has to fix on the HD2. Are HTC’s SnapDragon devices suffering from some bad cellular radios/antenna (many HD2 users have reported bad cellular reception with their new devices)?

Source: Google Nexus One Forums

Another Google Nexus One review


Look at what we got here, Gizmodo’s review of the Google / HTC Nexus One and it is un-surprisignly positive. Well, given that it’s neither a Windows Mobile or Nokia device you didn’t really expect them to trash it, right?

The camera app loads up a lot faster than on the Droid, and shoots a lot faster than the Droid’s camera—but the image quality is similarly mediocre. Compared to HTC’s earlier Windows Mobile phones, whose cameras were passably bad, the Nexus One’s 5-megapixel camera is quite good, even if it doesn’t have the iPhone’s touch-to-focus.

iPhone’s touch-to-focus? Little reminder folks, the first smartphone to feature touch-to-focus was the Sony Ericssion Xperia X1 (WM6.1) followed by all the WinMo HTC devices (HTC Touch HD, Diamond2, TouchPro2, HD2…)

Don’t forget to check out their so called HTC HD2 “review” for a good laugh.

Source: Gizmodo

Disassembled Google Nexus One

iFix it did it again and disassembled the latest and greatest Android smartphone. Nothing terribly exciting especially since the internals of the Nexus Oneare practically identical to the HTC HD2. Enjoy the photos:

Check out the rest here

Google Nexus One Unboxing and Hardware Tour videos

Brandon at Pocketnow got his hands-on a a Google Nexus One yesterday and didn’t waste no time since then. He already posted an Unboxing video followed by a Hardware Tour:

Unboxing:

Hardware Tour:

Source: Pocketnow

Google Nexus One hitting Vodafone UK in a few weeks, France & Germany later


Vodafone UK just announced that they will have the Google Nexus One on sale in a “a few short weeks”. This is closer than previously expected and can be the reason wy they dropped the HTC HD2 a not long ago. Other European countries like France and Germany will get it later in the year (as previously reported):

“I can confirm that Vodafone is the first operator to partner with Google to offer the Nexus One in Europe, starting soon in the UK, in a few short weeks,” a Vodafone spokeswoman told AFP.

“No detail on pricing and precise timing has yet been made, but that will come in a few weeks.”
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“We’re in early discussions with Google to introduce the offer in France (through SFR) and in Germany and Spain, and more European countries are expected during 2010,” the spokeswoman said.

Source: Yahoo

Adobe Flash 10.1 demoed on the Google Nexus One

Adobe just uploaded a vdeio showing the upoming Flash 10.1 plugin running on the HTC / Google Nexus One. Scrolling / Panning doesn’t look smooth at all, hopefully this will be improved when the pluging is released later this year (H1 2010):

The Nexus One features Google’s Android software, HTC’s hardware design, and QUALCOMM’s Snapdragon chipset. All of these companies participate in the Open Screen Project and we’ve been working with our partners to bring a high performing Flash Player 10.1 to Android and other devices.

The Flash 10.1 plugin will also be released on Palm’s WebOS and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile at the same time (the beta version was never released).

Source: Adobe

Google Officially announces the Nexus One along with smartphone Webstore


As you probably already know the Google / Nexus One announcement is currently underway in Mountain View and so far nothing terribly exciting has emerged. Thanks to all the leaks and reviews we already knew what the HTC Nexus One specs and frankly after the HTC HD2 and can’t figure out what the hype is all about. It looks worst, has a smaller screen, one LED flash (there are 2 on the HD2) but has an AMOLED screen (sucks when used outdoors compared to TFT) and 64MB ram more the HD2. The main difference between the 2 products is that one runs Android 2.1 and the other Windows Mobile 6.5 with Sense UI. It’s up to you to decide which is better for you. 
Google is doing a phenomenal job with the OS developement right now and the new voice to text functionality is a step in the right direction (now all text fields are voice enabled, just speak and to will fill up the field with text!). The Nexus One is AFAIC the best Android smartphone on the market but all the hype was just ridiculous. Everything you see on it can be done on the Motorola Droid. What I’m most interested in is what all the other OEMs think about this.

UPDATE: Looks like they are also announcing a samrtphone webstore where you can by Android devices unlocked or locked to a carrier. At first only the Nexus One will be available ( $180 on T-Mobile and On Verizon this Spring!) but Google plans to add more devices are carriers in the near futur.

Head over to the official Nexus One website here

Source: Google

HTC Nexus One to be launched in France in Q1 for €199

Here’s the first, and probably not the last, HTC Nexus One news post of the day. According to French paper Le Point ; the Nexus One will be launch in france in Q1 2010 on SFR (Vivendi/Vodafone) for less that €200 (which means €199..) with a 2-year contract:


Les Français désireux de se procurer le Nexus One pourront passer leur commande en ligne. Prix indicatif du téléphone nu, hors abonnement : autour de 450 euros, frais de port compris. Pour le téléphone assorti d’un forfait, il faudra attendre plusieurs semaines.
D’après nos informations SFR sera le premier opérateur à proposer le produit sur le marché français. Avant la fin du 1er trimestre, SFR proposera le Nexus One à moins de 200 euros, dans le cadre d’un engagement de 24 mois et d’un forfait mensuel (avec surf illimité) fixé autour de 50 euros.

Translation:
The French who want to get the Nexus One can place their orders online. Average phone naked off subscription: around 450 euros, including postage. For the phone with a package, it will take several weeks.
According to our information, SFR is the first operator to offer the product on the French market. Before the end of Q1, Vodafone will offer the Nexus One to less than 200 euros, as part of a commitment of 24 months and a monthly plan (with unlimited surfing) set around 50 euros.

Here’s their own blurry video of the device in action:

Source: LePoint.fr

HTC Nexus One Review


The boys at Engadget jumped the gun a decided to post their HTC Nexus One a couple of hours before the official announcement tomorrow. Let’s say that they weren’t really impressed, should come as no surprise especially after all the stupid hype surrounding this device. The hardware is nearly identical to the HTC HD2 (but with a smaller screen, a bit more RAM) in a less sexy shell, nnd as with all AMOLED screens it’s nearly impossible to use outdoors. Android 2.1 doesn’t seem to bring any new features compared to 2.0.X on the Motorola Droid other than the new homescreen we’ve seen before and there’s still no multi-touch support in the browser, keyboard, photo album etc. I suggest you head over there to check it all out.

Browser Speed test (Motorola Droid vs iPhone 3GS vs HTC Nexus One):

UI Walkthrough:

Voice To Text:

Here’s Josh’s conclusion with which I totally agree:

Never mind the Nexus One itself for a moment — there’s a bigger picture here, and it might spell a fundamental change for the direction of Android as a platform. Whereas Google had originally positioned itself as a sort of patron saint for Android — sending it off into the cold world to be nourished and advanced in a totally transparent way by the widely-supported Open Handset Alliance — it has instead taken a deeply active role and has elected to maintain some semblance of secrecy as it moves from pastry-themed version to version. In general, that approach isn’t necessarily a bad thing for device variety, functionality, and availability, but the way Android’s evolution in particular has gone down certainly seems like a bait-and-switch from an outsider’s view. Take Motorola and Verizon, for example: what had seemed like a deep, tight partnership literally just weeks ago with the announcement of Eclair and the selection of the Droid / Milestone as 2.0′s launch platform has taken a distant back seat just as quickly as it rose to the top. In a word, Google is plunging head-first into the dangerous game Microsoft has adamantly sought to avoid all these years on WinMo: competing head-to-head with its valued (well, supposedly valued) partners. Whether Android risks losing support over manufacturers and carriers being treated like pieces of meat remains to be seen, but realistically, Motorola (which has very publicly gone all-in with Mountain View over the past year) and others are likely to grin and bear it as long as the platform pays the bills — no matter how awkward competing with the company that writes your kernel and huge swaths of your shell might be.

Industry politics aside, though, the Nexus One is at its core just another Android smartphone. It’s a particularly good one, don’t get us wrong — certainly up there with the best of its breed — but it’s not in any way the Earth-shattering, paradigm-skewing device the media and community cheerleaders have built it up to be. It’s a good Android phone, but not the last word — in fact, if we had to choose between this phone or the Droid right now, we would lean towards the latter. Of course, if Google’s goal is to spread Android more wide than deep, maybe this is precisely the right phone at the right time: class-leading processor, vibrant display, sexy shell, and just a sprinkling of geekiness that only Google could pull off this effortlessly.

Then again, we suspect Motorola, Samsung, Verizon, and countless other partners might disagree.

The hype was unnecessary even if the Nexus One is the best Android phone out.

Source: Engadget

HTC Nexus One first-impressions


The boys at Engadget just posted their first-hand impressions after handling the HTC Nexus One for a little while. I must admit that the device looks quite a lot better than I thought (now that we have non-blurry pictures) but still not I nice as the HTC HD2 and the Android 2.1 UI is just miles ahead of Windows Mobile 6.5. Check out the hands on video to the some of the new changes made to the OS and how snappy the device is. Other than that there isn’t really anything to be excited about:

Now, of course everyone seems to have one question about the device — is this the be-all-end-all Android phone / iPhone eviscerator? In two words: not really. The thing that’s struck us most (so far) about the Nexus One thus far is the fact that it’s really not very different than the Droid in any substantial way. Yes, we’d say the design and feel of the phone is better (much better, in fact), and it’s definitely noticeably faster than Motorola’s offering, but it’s not so much faster that we felt like the doors were being blown off. It is very smooth, though we still noticed a little stuttery behavior (very slight, mind you) when moving between home pages. Still, opening applications and moving between them was super speedy, as was Google maps, and any area of the phone where you’ve got to get through long lists. Don’t get us wrong, the phone cooks — but it’s not some paradigmatic shift for Android.

Check the whole thing here

Source: Engadget

10 Minutes long HTC Nexus One video walkthrough

Here comes the best HTC Nexus One hands-on video availalbe on the net:

The UI may not be as sexy as HTC‘s Sense but it’s damn fast and Android 2.1 looks a heck of a lot better than WM6.5 (the camera app looks a little bit too much like the iPhone’s though..).

This second video shows the old Qualcomm Neocore OpenGL ES 1.0 techdemo (originaly developed for the MSM72XX SOC back in 2007). The final score isn’t impressible at all though….

The Acer Liquid running a SnapDragon clocked @768Mhz compared to 1Ghz on the Nexus One scores 34.7fps!

Source: Beheller