Is this the iPhone Killer we all have been waiting for or is Google’s first attempt merely one more pretender to the throne?
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.
Full review and pics @Engadget
If I had to walk in to a store today with endless funds to purchase a phone, I would have to go with the Nexus One. The main reasons I chose this phone is simply because of it’s hires display, speed, and it’s extremely attractive UI. On a 3G network, there is no reason to stray to any other device. Yes the iPhone shoots pictures and video a bit better, but if I REALLY want to shoot crisp photos I’ll do that with my real digital camera. At this point iPhone has the better gaming applications, but again the android Market is growing at a rapid pace. We’re likely to soon see some amazing stuff when developers get their hands on the Nexus One. I’m more concerned with the fact that I can actually MAKE phone calls from the Nexus One, and the fact that it makes browsing the web a truly unique and visually stimulating experience.
Currently, my main phone that I’m using is my Nexus One, and my iPhone is now my iPod. Hats off to Google and HTC on an amazing device!
Full review and pics @NexusOneBlog
In summary, it seems the Nexus One is one great phone and has the potential to rival the iPhone in many aspects but what the Nexus One lacks is the AppStore which has added a huge amount of value to the iPhone and has proven to be a great source of revenue for Apple. While the Android has a similar store, it is still in its infancy but does show a lot of promise and potential. This phone indeed has the opportunity to knock the iPhone off its high perch but from what we have gathered from the reviews, it is not all that different from the iPhone nor is it that much different to the other Android phones out there. Lots of praise has gone out to the amazing screen and the great responsiveness of the touchscreen itself and some of that has to do with the 1Ghz Snapdragon CPU which has made a rare appearance and a very welcomed one. The speakers are said to be better than the iPhone and Google have even added a noise-canceling function which will definitely come in handy when making/receiving calls but the lack of internal memory means people will have to purchase or use their own microSD cards which just adds to the overall cost of the unit. However, it also helps reduce the price of said unit and makes the notion of storage capacity an option, rather than having to arbitrarily throw a fixed amount at the consumer. Overall I think the Nexus One will do well for itself and should add more pressure Apple’s way. The iPhone may still be popular but it is getting old and showing its age with so many rival phones currently out and more on their way; you have to wonder what and how Apple will respond and if their next offering will merely be evolutionary like the 3G and 3GS or revolutionary like the original iPhone was. I suppose we do owe the iPhone some gratitude for shaking up what was a complacent phone market that rarely released anything worth noticing. The Nexus One does indeed owe Apple something, how different would it have been had the iPhone never been launched? In fact would we even have such a device without the iPhone? Only time and rumours will tell what’s in store in the months to come. We do live in interesting times don’t we (phone-wise that is!)?
Update: For all those people who hoped to be able to purchase this device directly from Google, there is some bad news. If you don’t live in the US, UK, Hong Kong or Singapore then you cannot buy the Nexus One, at least not yet. In fact just accessing the phone’s page from anywhere but those four countries will give you a dissappointing message stating the Nexus One is not available in your country. However there are ways around that but in order to receive this gem, you still need an address in one of those countries.