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My Google Nexus One Review

Posted on | February 9, 2010 | 7 Comments

I’ve been using my Google Nexus One phone for a good month now and thought it’s about time to write down my thoughts on it.

For background purposes though, I was one of those fanboys that queued for the iPhone when it first came out and moved through the ranks as each and every “new” iPhone was released.

Before that I was a serial mobile phone freak.  Changing mobiles (mostly Nokias) as and when new ones came out (eBay was a very good friend of mine).  There was an itch that I just could not shift every time a new mobile came out, but I have to say, the iPhone helped me out a lot and I didn’t even think about moving away from this god like mobile device until Google launched their Nexus One..

There are lots of reviews on the Nexus One, looking at overall functionality, comparing to other android phones and of course the iPhone..  I’ve listed a few good reviews below because mine is personal.  My review is about the things that I love about the Nexus One, and things that I think need working on following my move away from the iPhone.

·         The Nexus One is thinner

Yup, the guys at HTC managed to slim down the new “superphone” whilst still beefing it up with the latest  1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Nexus One is 11.5 mm deep, slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 12.3 mm. It is also slightly lighter than the iPhone 130 grams v. 135 grams but that’s marginal and not something that I was actually bothered about.  Sometimes, if a mobile feels heavy and solid, it feels like a better phone.

·         Good navigation from the use of home and back buttons.

I love the buttons on the bottom of the Nexus one.  Whereas the iPhone had just the home button, the added functionality of the back button (my favourite), menu and search buttons mean that I can switch and browse through apps or parts of the phone with a lot more ease.  The best touch here..  You can have the phone vibrate when you use these buttons which distinguishes them from other actions such as when you need to use the screen.  With apps taking more and more advantage of these buttons I feel the Nexus One has got the edge over other phones here for functionality.

·         I now have a Trackball

Yeaaa..  I now have a trackball and it’s not even a blackberry..  Why do I need a trackball though?  I find it saves me messing up the screen by having to touch it when reading my daily digest of sites and blogs online.  The added touch here (there always seems to be an added touch) it glows when I receive messages or notifications.  Nice when on silent on the table in front of me and saves battery life instead of having vibration on in my pocket (in my opinion)

·         Run multiple applications

I love the fact that my new mobile can run apps in the background..  It’s great as I flick in and out of email, browser and twitter apps.  I really don’t think I need to say anything more about this.  Come on Apple..  Raise the game here as this was the main reason I left you.  It just slowed everything down for me..

·         Multi Touch

Pinch and zoom is now available and works well for Nexus One users..  Some people were disappointed that the Nexus One didn’t launch with this functionality but it didn’t take long for Google to ping the release out..  A great sign that they are on the ball and can turn things around very quickly..

·         Portrait and Landscape views

I thought this one would be a negative actually (which I will get to soon I promise) as you can only rotate the phone one way (90 degrees) to landscape (as well as the obvious portrait view).I have found that this is actually a good thing as this brings the menu buttons into play with my right thumb when looking at sites and the enlarged keypad is great in this format. Ok, so maybe not the best for left handed people but I’m right handed so it works for me..

·         Voice Recognition

Love it, it works for me (maybe because I am Welsh) and even swear words are handled with the utmost efficiency..  Every time a text field appears — in search, in maps and even in e-mail — you can press a microphone key on the virtual keyboard and just say what you want to put in the field..  A great service and no wonder Google bought into the directory business as I think they have covered off a HUGE range of words that can be spoken into the Nexus One Voice Recognition.

·         Battery Life

You can replace the removable battery on the fly, have a spare, take it out and look at the inside of the phone…  It’s what we are used to and what people want..  The cover over the battery is a great fit and looks seemless.  A big plus for me.

·         Super syncing with Google products (google voice, email, calendar etc…)

I’m a big user of things like Gmail, Google Calanders etc and as soon as the Nexus one was out of the box it was as simple as pushing a few buttons and syncing all of my accounts onto the phone.  Hey presto..  A phone all set up and ready to go that will sync over WIFI or mobile connections if I update on a computer or my mobile.  Great..

I promised that I would get to some “negative” stuff here..  Maybe negative is a harsh word because I really do think the Nexus One is a great phone but here goes.

·         Power on Button

Funny that the power on button is on the opposite side to the iPhone (the left instead of the right, on top of the mobile) and this keeps on getting me..  I’ve just not mentally adjusted to the power on button (which also leads me to some widget, shortcut and silence mode options) being on the left hand side of the phone..  It’s a minor thing and I’ll get used to this though but others might not like it as they subconsciously reach into their pocket to mute a call during a meeting and can’t fine the button…

·         Not so good computer syncing

Whereas the Nexus One is great syncing wtih Google, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be to sync to general computers.

·         Keyboard

The Nexus One Keyboard is thinner than the iPhone and takes some getting used to.  You can download other keyboards but I’d suggest you get used to it over a few weeks.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the phone..  I completedly satisfied by the phone and I can see myself sticking with this mobile phone until the Nexus Two is released…

Other Nexus One reviews –

p.s.  Bought the Nexus One already?  Want to know the o2 settings for WAP and INTERNET?  Check out all the settings for Pay as You Go and Sim Only Nexus One Mobile phones here


7 Responses to “My Google Nexus One Review”

  1. Carl Stankowski
    February 11th, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    I have also recently migrated to a Nexus One from an iPhone 3GS and like you switched phones more times than was healthy (e.g. I have had 7 iPhones). When something new came out I would get it and soon realise it was nowhere near as good as the iPhone so I would get another. Now I have had my Nexus One for only 2 days but I am really impressed with it. It has one or two very minor niggles but overall it is the best handset I have had outside of the iPhone. I would like more quality apps available for Android especially Sky Mobile which I loved on the iPhone. Thanks for the review.

  2. Paul Lewis
    February 11th, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    Thanks Carl,

    Agree with you on the Sky Sports app, I do miss that one..

    Android is ripe for the taking in terms of the App market and the sooner developers (and more so big businesses) recognise this the better for us.

    In my mind though, even with the apps needing to be bulked up a bit, the Nexus One is the best phone I have had, better than the iPhone.

    Paul Lewis

  3. Nick G
    February 11th, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    I think thats a vwery good assesment – its more less exactly how i feel about my nexus. The virtual keyboard keyboard really annoys me.

    i dont understand they the screen wasnt made wider…10mm would have done it. I find my accuracy is baout 1/2 of that of the iphone.

    So im now looking for an external keyboard for when the nexus has to douple up as a work machine. the other thing im curious about is the new nexus one (2) – i can see myself flogging my one and giong for hte keyboarded version

  4. Rupert
    February 12th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    Great article.
    Think I’ll buy the Nexus One when it comes out to Vodafone then?

  5. John Semones
    June 4th, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a brand new initiative in a community. Your blog supplied us valuable information to work on. You’ve done a marvellous job!

  6. RayanMX
    June 23rd, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Great review!

    I’ve been using my N1 for about three weeks now and I feel very pleased with it.

    I too have had my fair share of smartphones, all brands, all Operating Systems, including the iPhone, and the N1 is by far the best of all (in my opinion).

    So far the only negative I’ve find is the lack of front facing camera since in Mexico we’ve been using video calls since 2008 and I do miss that part.

    For those who don’t like the N1 keyboard, I really suggest you to try Swipe. It’s really amazing! I’m typing at nearly 50 wpm with this thing!

    N1, truly a winner for me!


  7. zehro
    October 9th, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

    Really nice review. I also own a Nexus One and agree with most things you have said.

    The power button on the left suits me fine since my previous phones were made by HTC.

    Its a great phone and I still haven’t found a good replacement for it. Its even better now that it is the official developer phone, it will keep being updated first.

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