CNET First Look
Google Nexus OneThe Google Nexus One phone comes with a dedicated headphone jack, enhanced voice recognition, a fast processor, and will be sold as an unlocked phone through Google.
[ Background music ] >> Kent German: Hi I'm Kent German Senior Editor here at CNET.com. I'm here at CES 2010 and I want to show you the Google Nexus One. Of course Google did not introduce this phone at CES they actually got a jump the day before the show started and introduced it at their Mountain View headquarters but the phone is so important we had to get it here, we have to do a full review and I want to show you all about it in a first look. It offers a lot of features that we haven't seen before. It is very cool, it has a great processor, wouldn't say it's a real revolution as far as Android goes but it is a very nice phone. From the design you will see that it doesn't look a whole lot different from other Android phones we've seen. It looks a little like the HTC Droid Eris, looks a little like the HTC Hero so it's a little different than both of those but a nice combination of them both. It is about the same size as both the Hero and the Droid Eris it's about the same size as the iPhone, a little lighter than both but it has a nice feeling in the hands, just a very big touch screen that's really the biggest thing about this phone when you see it. It is a AMOLED display, 16.7 million colors, great pixel resolution it really stands out. Everything I saw on this display whether it was photos, graphics and a game even just the bare basic menus, text all looks really really nice I was impressed with it. It has an accelerometer, a proximity sensor so when you remove it o when you put it close to your ear starting to get on a call the display will turn off so you don't press anything accidentally. Actually has an ambient light sensor as well so when you're outside it will adjust. The phone also has noise cancelation so that means that there's a microphone here at the bottom here on the back and when you're on the phone the volume that you hear will adjust as the background noise is around you so if it's louder you'll get a little louder and if it's in a quiet space then the phone will go a little quieter as well. There is a volume rocker and on the back you'll find the 5 mega pixel camera lens and the flash. Nice to see a flash on the Android phones, not too many of those. Also you have a space down here where you can actually engrave the phone. Google says when you order it you can put in I don't know a name, a message whatever you want. Up on the op there is a 3.5 mm headset jack great to see that. Early HTC Android phones had a proprietary jack which meant you couldn't use your own headphones so it's nice to see that his phone actually allows you to do a lot of things just with your voice. It's not completely hands free so that's important to know it but you can get your Facebook status, you can send a text, you can add the recipient's name to the text, you can search the Android market. To buy it you'll need to go to Google. They set up a store front. You can either buy the phone unlocked. You could also buy the phone with T-Mobile service so it's a 2-year contract and it's 179 but the great thing is is that phone is also unlocked. Normally when you buy a phone with a carrier with service it is locked so once the contract is up you have to get the carrier to unlock the phone for you or you have to find the unlock code. In this case once you get out of your contract or you end it early and pay the early termination fee you can use it whatever carrier you want of course that is GSM only. That also means when you take the phone overseas you can pop in a pre-paid SIM card you don't have to worry about roaming charges so that's a great feature it really marks how differently this phone is being sold. Most phones are sold in this country so a great thing to know. Overall though I think it's a very promising phone, it doesn't have that many ground breaking features, it's really just how that phone is sold which I think is the most important about it but we will see more Google phones like this. It will come to Verizon that's what we've heard and while you can use this phone with AT&T right now it is not compatible with AT&Ts 3G so that means you use AT&Ts Edge. [ Background music ] >> You'd be able to make calls as normal but any web browsing will be a little slower than on T-Mobiles 3G network. So that's another important to note. I'm Kent German and this is the Google Nexus One.