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5.0 out of 5 stars Reference Platform Quality, 12 Feb 2010
This review is from: GOOGLE Nexus One
The Nexus One is currently the most sophisticated available Android-powered smart phone. Some would argue that it's the most sophisticated smart phone available today from any manufacturer.

Google's Android operating system is designed to enable hardware manufacturers to quickly and easily(with very little cost to them) to get a good suite of software for their devices.

There are many Android-based phones available, but this was designed by Google(in partnership with HTC, who have built many Android devices) to show off what the platform can do.
Because it was partly designed by Google, there's no extra 'junk' put on there by the network and all Google services are included that the company thinks is relevant.

Google have thousands of capable software-engineers, so it makes sense to have one phone(likely the first of many, in the coming years) to demonstrate just what the best technology at the time can do.
They've included many impressive applications on the phone, such as their speech-to-text engine, allowing you to dictate emails, searches and more.
Another interesting Google product is Goggles, an application that allows you to use the phone's camera to search the web. Taking a picture of a monument will bring up the relevant wikipedia page, for example.

One of the most noteworthy features is the Google Maps Navigation system, which gives free turn-by-turn navigation to users of the phone and integrates Google's Street View(photos of what your route should look like)
Unfortunately this feature isn't currently available in the UK(to the best of my knowledge)

Because this is essentially a reference-platform, the best hardware has been used. A 1GHz processor may not sound so speedy, but on a mobile phone it's very fast indeed.
That kind of speed puts Apple's latest iPhone to shame(the iPhone 3Gs sports a 600MHz processor, though their own site doesn't make that clear)

There are less applications available for Android devices than for the iPhone, but 130,000(and counting) is a big number and as more and more phones become available, more and more application developers will build their software to work on Android.

All-in-all I think the device works very well and is a good experience, both for the geek and the average user alike.

Finally, a note about price. The price quoted here may seem very high, but it represents the cost of the phone without a contract.

Time has passed since I originally wrote this review and it is no longer the best Android phone available. However, it is still a very good choice(as of December 2010) and, at the time of writing is one of two Google reference phones, the other being the Nexus S. Android as a whole has improved too, with recent additions including some off-line support for Google's free turn-by-turn navigation component of maps.
Whilst no one outside of Google can know how long this phone will receive updates to the newest versions of Android, it is still getting them and recent updates(Froyo - version 2.2 and Gingerbread/2.3 due soon for the Nexus One) have increased the overall speed of the phone. This is still a great choice and will likely remain so for another year.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2010 18:09:57 GMT
Ankita says:
thanks for the review. However, I have a question, among all the useful information no one ever mentions the audio or the sound quality of the media player. How rich and close-to-the original is the Nexus One compared to iPhone or iPod. Am basically a music enthusiast, and my love for smartphones is in the fact that i want a good phone with internet capability which produces good music. I have tried Iphone and ipod and they are pretty ordinary on these terms as compared to Creative Xfi or CowonS9.

thanks in advance,

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2010 09:54:44 GMT
I've honestly never used an iPod. I don't hate Apple, but I'm no fan of iTunes, so have always avoided it.
That said, I have used it to watch youtube and the audio quality(on something like a film trailer, which is better source quality than a typical youtube video) is pretty good.

I've also used it with Spotify(which requires the premium membership) and the audio really is very good, both streamed over wifi(and almost as good on 3G) and with the offline(downloaded) version. I'm not an audiophile, but to me it sounds as good as the Creative Zen Xfi(which I used up until I got this device)

Posted on 10 Mar 2010 09:05:47 GMT
Mr. P. HAIGH says:
If you order direct from Google in the US the total cost (including VAT paid later, shipping and import duty) comes out at around £450.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2010 16:42:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2010 16:43:50 GMT
Actually, £420.
I paid an initial £358(or so) and then £60.16 VAT a couple of weeks later to DHL. There's no import duty on phones, it seems.
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