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Nexus One

Nexus One

The Nexus One is a smartphone from Google which is powered by the latest version of the Android Mobile Technology Platform (2.1). It represents Google's first branded phone.

The Nexus One has a gorgeous capacitive touch screen display which supports multi-touch gestures and is incredibly vivid. It also has an extremely fast processor clocking at 1 GHz, making the phone very fast in general use. The phone sports a well round feature set. The enhanced Google Voice worked flawlessly, and the phone delivers good performance with superb call quality predominately because of noise cancellation.

The Nexus one has four functional touch buttons at the bottom of the screen (back, menu, home, search) and a navigation trackball pointing device.

The integrated Media Gallery, developed by Cooliris, offers new features including browsing, editing and shares of media on the phone.

The 2.1 firmware version of the Android operating system adds some candy floss such as live wallpapers which are interactive animated backgrounds that react to different user inputs. There is also support for pinch-to-zoom functionality to the web browser, gallery, and maps applications.

Nexus One is also proficient in the multimedia department. It has built in hardware decoding for H.263, H.264 and MPEG-4 video, and plays MP3, AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and MIDI audio, and displays the JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP image formats.

The Nexus One does not have a slide-out physical keyboard, as all input is made using the virtual keyboard. Whilst the decision to omit a physical keyboard is a little disappointing it does mean that the phone has a slimmer design.

 Nexus One

$529 with your own sim card
$179 on T-Mobile 2 year contract

HTC (branded by Google)


Support Sites:
GoogleNexusOne's Channel, Support

Selected Reviews:
Engadget, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, NexusOneBlog, Richard Leggett, AllThingsD, O'Reilly Radar, GigaOM, New York Times


  • Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon ARM 1GHz processor
  • 3.7" TFT AMOLED touchscreen with 480x800 pixels, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 512MB Flash ROM
  • 512MB DRAM
  • Network:
    • Quad band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz
    • GPRS/Edge
    • Tri band UMTS 900 1700 2100 MHz 
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
  • 5.0 megapixel camera
    • Autofocus
    • 2x digital zoom
    • LED flash
    • Geotagging
    • Capture video at 720x480 pixels at 20 frames per second
  • microSD slot (up to 32GB)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 2 microphones (for optimium noise cancellation)
  • Speaker
  • Battery life:
    • Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G, 250 hours on 3G
    • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G, 7 hours on 3G
    • Internet: Up to 5 hours on 3G, Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-FI
    • Video: Up to 7 hours
    • Audio: Up to 20 hours
  • Weighs 130g

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