Google Nexus One is the latest smartphone to come out of the Google stable. Well, technically speaking, it is the first ever phone to be introduced by Google. Wait, but there are a number of phone models doing the rounds in market which are called ‘”Google Phones”, isn’t it? Yes, that is right, these phones have been around since 2007-2008. Yet, there is probably some confusion about the nomenclature of these phones. Though all these phones use Android, a software stack developed by Android, Inc, a Google owned company (till 2007), Nexus One is the first ever phone that is truly developed and branded by Google. The Nexus One devices are actually manufactured by HTC, a China based company.
The rumors of Google stepping into the mobile telephone market started doing the rounds around 5 years back, when in 2005, Google acquired Android, a Silicon Valley based startup, about which little was known, except that it developed mobile phone software. These rumors gradually gained ground, and since they were never denied by Google, fuel was added to fire. Around the later half of 2007, there were reports that Google had filed a slew of patent applications related to mobile telephony applications. Ultimately, Google introduced the device early this year in USA, and later in Canada. As of now, Nexus One is available only online, from Google stores.
Google Nexus One
The name ‘Nexus’ for a phone is a bit puzzling, yet it can be understood when a Google executives declared that the ‘”superphone” is “the meeting place (Nexus?) of Web and Phone”. The most notable features of Google Nexus One are as follows -
119 x 60 x 11.5 ( Height x Width x Depth – in millimeters), and weighing 100g without battery, 130g with battery.
Screen / Display
The Nexus features a 3.7 inches AMOLED touch screen, with resolutions of 800×480 px, and a contrast ratio of 100,000:1.
Overall, a lightweight and compact phone. The design is fairly ordinary for the phones of this ilk, and the two-tone color scheme is also fairly typical of smartphones.
Power and Battery Usage
The 1400 mAh battery provides about 10 hrs of talktime, 290 hrs of standby time and 6.5 hrs of internet usage on Wi-Fi (these figures assume a 2G network – with 3G, these figures will dip slightly). In addition, Nexus provides a video playback capability of up to 7 hrs, and an audio playback time of up to 20 hrs.
5 megapixels, infinity focus, 2X digital zoom and a LED flash.
Snapdragon (Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz)
Other main features include an Android Eclair OS, flash memory of 512 MB, RAM 512 and 4GB Micro SD Card, which can be expanded to 32 GB, AGPS receiver, digital compass, accelerometer and A2DP stereo Bluetooth.
Nexus One Desktop Dock
Nexus One Car Dock
Nexus One vs iPhone vs Blackberry
It is natural to compare the newest kid on the block, Google Nexus One, with the entrenched players like iPhone and Blackberry. The following chart compares the three smartphones – Google Nexus One, Apple iPhone and Blackberry, on various parameters -
|Nexus One||iPhone||Blackberry (Bold 9700)|
|Storage Capacity||4 GB (expandable to 32 GB)||16 GB||256 MB Flash Memory, expandable by Micro SD Cards|
|Battery Life||7 hrs (3G), Standby 250 hrs||7 hrs (3G), Standby 300 hrs||6 Hrs,
Standby 450 hrs
|Camera||5 MPx||3 MPx||3.2 MPx|
|Voice Command Feature||Yes||Yes||No|
|Navigation||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||QWERTY + Trackpad|
|OS||Android||iPhone OS (Proprietary)||Blackberry OS|
|Available in India (Officially)||No||Yes||Yes|
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