Google Nexus One Review

So the first significant mobile event of the new decade: the launch of the Google Nexus One. The only way you will not have heard of this handset, is if you have been living on the moon for the past few months. This is undoubtedly a superb piece of engineering and is making big waves in the mobile phone world. The bar gets raised yet again and we’re hardly out of the starting blocks for the year so far, with so much more likely to follow.

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Ergonomically, the Google Phone as it is also known as, just slips very easily into the palm of your hand, with its all-round soft curves rather than the hard edges of, say the Motorola Milestone. At only 130g the Google Nexus One is lighter than an iPhone (136g) and Milestone (170g) as well as being narrower and thinner (at 11.5mm) than these two most striking competitors.

All the boxes of a futuristic smartphone are ticked -- albeit with a few compromises and zigs where some people would prefer to zag. Not least is the fantastic 3.7 inch widescreen, AMOLED screen, delivering 720×480 pixels resolution. Arguably crisper and clearer than any other display on the market, it delivers touchscreen responsiveness definitely in the ballpark of the iPhone and, moreover, it is fast.

The combination of Android 2.1 sitting above a Snapdragon CPU clocked at 1GHz with 512Mb RAM and ROM really does enable you to zap through opening up applications and then moving between them, even on EDGE, where 3G is unavailable.

Google Nexus One Review

Its multimedia credentials, are quietly competent rather than superb -- such as the 5 megapixel, autofocus camera with LED flash and its 32GB memory card capacity. Among the bells and whistles is an interesting Android application called Google Goggles: it tries to recognize what is in photos then generates search results about them for you. The Goggles application can currently recognize landmarks, books, contact information, artwork, places, wine and logos at the moment. We have heard that Google is apparently aiming to add other types of objects, such as plants in the future and we are sure even more will follow.

A lively little feature that has certainly captured the blogosphere’s attention is what are called “live wallpapers”, already featured on Motorola’s Droid. The Google Nexus One mobile phone comes with a choice of 10 such animated images that can evolve throughout the day on your handset, for example. Probably more significantly, the Google Phone offers fantastic and excellent noise cancelling, a proximity sensor (so you don’t accidentally press buttons when touching your ear) and a highly effective speaker phone, so you can hear your conversations clearly.

Where the Nexus One really impresses, though, is in what could be called its charisma – if it could walk into a crowded room, heads would most definitely turn. Its Teflon-coated back and sides are simultaneously rubbery and tough yet soft and almost sensuous – a strangely compelling tactile experience. Take a look and compare Google Nexus One Deals -- which will be updated as soon as this mobile phone is available in the UK.


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