Google Nexus One Mobile Phone Review

The Google Nexus One was one of the most eagerly awaited devices before the Apple iPad hysteria hit the streets. After the less than amazing performance of the T-Mobile G1 Android smart phone, here was a chance for Google to prove critics wrong and come out with a phone that would be an effective challenger to the highly lauded Apple iPhone and its successor the Apple iPhone 3G. And didn’t the Google Nexus One cellphone do just that!

The Apple iPhone is, as anyone who has used one will agree, a very smooth and well made device both in terms of hardware and software. The interface is intuitive and easy to use and the applications are wide ranging and useful as we have said before in our review of the Apple iPhone 3GS. And as we well know the first offering made by Google as a contribution to the smart-phone market was in the form of the T-Mobile G1 which failed to impress most users despite being universally considered as a device with great potential.

The next big device to be launched with the Google Android platform was the Motorola Droid, considered by most to be a highly competitive offering by Motorola and one that might yet bring them back to the top amongst the big players of the cell phones market as in their glory (read RAZR) days. This device too failed to match up to the simple sleekness and what users define as “well finished” smart-phone offering from Apple, the iPhone.

The Google Nexus One, despite initial slow sales, however is tipped by many to be a serious competitor for the iPhone and give Apple a run for its money. For starters, the Google Nexus One is developed by Google in partnership with HTC. The hardware of this mobile phone is made by HTC and amongst the technical specifications for the Google Nexus One, some of the more interesting ones are: 3.7″ display with 480 x 800 WVGA, 11.5 mm thickness (that is less than the iPhone), 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, camera 5 MP with LED flash, 4 GB SD card expandable memory included with the ability to increase it to 32 GB and a new feature that we fully expect to become standardized throughout the industry soon is dynamic noise suppression.

The Snapdragon processor makes the Google Nexus One capable of the smooth and positively seamless interface that it displays through its amazing 480 x 800 resolution OLED touchscreen display. This compared with the iPhone that features a meagre 480 x 320 touchscreen is a positive marvel. Colors are bright and viewing photos and videos is an enjoyable experience.

Speaking of photos, we found that the Google Nexus One cell phone is very good at capturing image quality using its 5 MP camera. The LED flash also is greatly beneficial in enabling one to capture images that are beyond reproach.

3G capability with both HSDPA and UMTS capability as well as AGPS  (Assisted Global Positioning Service) support, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth capability render the Google Nexus One a highly useful device and not just as a mobile phone.

Other key features promoted include the highly effective speech to text conversion feature that works with any text field that appears in the phone. The noise canceling feature as we mentioned earlier greatly improves the voice quality that people talking to you receive through the use of a secondary microphone (the technology being powered by Audience Inc.) and it has motion-sensing capability as well.
One thing that is missing from the Google Nexus One in our opinion is the multi-touch functionality which despite being available in Google Android 2.1 (code named Eclair) is not fully available for the Nexus one smart phone although we hope to see it so in future updates.

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  1. Brooks says:

    The Google Nexus One was one of the most amazing mobile phone. After the release of highly lauded Apple iPhone and its success, there is challenge for Google to prove and come out with a phone like Google Nexus One. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash.

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