Just one day after its official launch in Googleville, California, we got our mitten-clad hands on the Google Nexus One on the snowy streets of London town.
After our first look at the HTC-built Nexus One, we came away feeling that this could be the best Android phone yet, thanks to its stunning screen and smooth, fast user interface. Despite its size, it feels comfortable to hold and it's very thin.
If you've used an Android phone before, everything will look familiar -- there are no massive changes in version 2.1 of the software. But it runs beautifully on the Nexus One, with menus popping up instantly and transitions sliding smoothly.
The voice-recognition option, which allows you to dictate everything from text messages to Web searches, worked very well in our short test, capturing every word but not capitalising 'I' correctly -- good work for a notoriously difficult feature. The on-screen keyboard was also excellent, prompting us with full words after two or three letters were entered, which made typing quick and accurate.
This wasn't the exact same phone you'll get from Google's Web site -- it's the version given out to Googlers a month ago, so it has some special graphics on the back, for example. But it has the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor, slim 11.5mm body and gorgeous AMOLED screen, so click 'Continue' to read more of our first impressions of the phone Google is calling the 'superphone'.
Other Google Nexus One stories on CNET UK:
Google Nexus One unboxing pictures
Everything you need to know about buying a Google Nexus One from the UK
Google Nexus One vs iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Milestone vs HTC Hero