Google Nexus one is the Flagship Android phone by Google released on the 5th of Jan 2010. This review is going to look at the hardware, Android 2.1, updated browser and the camera. The nexus one comes with a lovely 3.7 WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera with flash and video recording. HSDPA 7.2mbps, wifi, AGPS, snapdragon 1gh processor , 512 flash and 512 rom built in and comes with a 4GB sd microsd card ( expandable to 32gb).
HARDWARE & OS(Android 2.1)
The Nexus one hardware it self is solid. The phone as a smooth feel to it. the hardware is robust and sturdy. A slim slick design gives it a clean finished look. I must say Google and HTC did a good job on the phones design. The physical button lay out is very accessible and the front face hepatic buttons are very easy to use. Now the WVGA AMOLED touchscreen is just a beauty, giving a very clear crispy image once powered on. It gives the phone the very stylish finish it deserves.
The OS, the nexus one runs Android 2.1 and it shows. I have a G1 and using the Nexus one is the difference between night and day. The OS is much much smoother. getting in and out of apps feel comfortable and without an stress. The new additions and upgrades are also welcome. For starters the integration of Facebook more into the contacts is a big plus as well as the revised contact listing, makes it easy to access different communication points for a single contact. The new picture gallery with geo-tagging of pictures add a new dimension to when and where i took those pics. Also the live-wall paper adds a feature that still can be hard to replicate on a desktop experience.
Camera & Video Recording
The Nexus one’s 5 megapixel camera does a fantastic job in taking pictures. The pics came out pretty clear and clear. Also the video recording quality was very very good and clean. Though I don’t have video and pics from night time.
Native Video Recording
The updated browser on the Nexus one, almost makes me want to dumb my beloved G1. its very fast and responsive. The addition of pinch to zoom is also a nice feature. But i do like the addition of preview windows for bookmarks. Enough talk see the vid for yourself.
In all the Nexus on is a solid phone and true to point the stage at with Android OS true breaks into its own. the ease of the OS is outstanding, the physical nature of the devices is also remarkable. But what shines is the idea of Google setting this phone as the standard bearer for Android and hope for other Android hardware manufacturers to follows suit. My one key draw back, and this maybe more personal than critical, is the lack of a full physical qwerty keyboard. This is the one reason I still use a G1, here’s hoping the Nexus 2 or Nexus one plus comes with one.
Power and battery
Removable 1400 mAH battery
Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
- Talk time
- Up to 10 hours on 2G
Up to 7 hours on 3G
- Standby time
- Up to 290 hours on 2G
Up to 250 hours on 3G
- Internet use
- Up to 5 hours on 3G
Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
- Video playback
- Up to 7 hours
- Audio playback
- Up to 20 hours
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz
Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)
4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)
Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
Size and weight
- 130 grams w/battery
100g w/o battery
3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
100,000:1 typical contrast ratio
1ms typical response rate
Camera & Flash
Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
2X digital zoom
User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions
Cellular & Wireless
UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
A2DP stereo Bluetooth
Buttons, connectors and controls