Google�s made plenty of noise with their first all touch-screen smartphone and
we�ve put it through the test of everyday use.
I'm Brian Tong from CNET.com and we�ve got the Product Spotlight fixed and
focused on Google�s HTC Nexus One
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The Nexus One has been out for a while, with new software updates and
improvements since we first saw it so we�re here to showcase its excellent
features and some of its flaws.
It�s design is dominated by a sleek design and its 3-point-7 inch touchscreen
AMOLED display. Its silver and metallic accents make this a classy looking
There�s a row of four touch buttons with haptic feedback and a scroll ball to
navigate that some might prefer over the touch screen.
At the moment, its one of the fastest handhelds on the market featuring a 1
Ghz Snapdragon processor, multitouch across several applications and all the
customization you could imagine for apps, widgets and bookmarks on your home
This phone is currently available to purchase online, as an unlocked phone or
with a T-Mobile contract and it will be coming to Verizon this Spring.
And It�s loaded with the hardware you�d expect like 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and
Some of its killer features, include its Google Maps with Turn-by-turn
directions that�s more than capable to replace your standalone GPS device.
It�s integrated voice search and commands are really unmatched by any other
phone we�ve seen so far.(DEMO IT)
If you live in the Google world the integration with your mail, calendars and
contacts is seamless.
It�s also is a multitasking machine and its notifications pull down is one
Throw in an SD card for expanded storage space and a removable battery. This
thing is feature packed.
Multimedia-wise its loaded with a 5 megapixel camera with flash, that shoots
stills and movies. And a welcome 3-point-5 millimeter headphone jack.
It�s web browser is an excellent one, featuring multitouch, bookmarks with
icon previews and support for multiple windows. Flash support is on its way
but its not here yet.
There�s e-mail support for Gmail, POP and IMAP accounts, and landscape
keyboard throughout all functions.
Throw in the Amazon MP3 store and the Android Marketplace for Apps and this
guy is ready to fill up with content.
The Nexus One does so many great things but there are also some shortcomings
We mentioned the row of haptic feedback buttons, but they aren�t always
entirely accurate, and that�s annoying when you have to press a couple times
or more to register a response. Plus the scroll ball is a little curious when
you can just directly touch the screen.
One of the Android 2-point1 operating system, but its biggest drawbacks is
that you can only store apps on the phone�s 512 Megabytes of internal memory.
The Micro SD card slot comes with 4Gigs and can hold up to 32 Gigs for media,
but for apps, you�re limited to JUST 512 Megs. That�s something that NEEDS to
Even though it has a capable media player for music, its nothing special, it
looks a little archaic and it really needs to get with the times with its
interface and features.
A big letdown is that there�s no hands-free Bluetooth dialing and you�d think
that a phone with this many voice commands would include something like this,
but it doesn�t.
Although Google calendar syncing works, there�s no support for Outlook
Calendar and notes, its said to be coming soon, but at the moment, you�re left
with nothing if you�re a more business geared user.
Every phone has some warts, but at the end of the day this is a fantastic
phone that has really pushed what smartphones can do forward.
On the performance side, Call quality on this phone is excellent, and its
noise cancellation technology makes a difference. In our tests we were able to
squeeze out over 5 hours of talk time using 3G and close to 20 hours of audio
I�m Brian Tong for CNET-com and it may be missing some features but, Google�s
Nexus One snappy processor, solid call quality and voice control features make
this a phone that is one of the top in it�s class.
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