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Google Nexus One review

Another HTC Android phone, but this one's direct from the search giant

Our Verdict

A decent effort for the first Googlephone - but we can't help but feel there's more to come from the search giant

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 10 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Great camera
  • Thin and light
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Haptics for the main buttons
  • Runs fast

Against

  • Tilt function problematic
  • Gets slippery
  • Not every finger press registers
  • No dedicated phone button
  • No real keypad

Making calls on the Nexus One works the same as the HTC Magic and Motorola Milestone with a few slight differences.

Since there is no call button on the Nexus One, to dial a number you have to start the Phone app and use the keypad, click on a phone number and dial, or open a contact and place a call that way.

We're not big fans of a dedicated call button because phone conversations have become just one of the functions we do on smartphones - in addition to browsing the web, running apps, listening to music and taking photos.

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CALLING: Phone dialing on the Nexus One is easy, although selecting the audio source can be a bit confusing at times

This means it's a four-step process to make a phone call on the Nexus One: press the power button, slide to unlock, start the Phone app, and dial the number or select a contact.

This is a bit cumbersome, but advanced users will find a work-around - such as using a BlueAnt Bluetooth adaptor with voice-controlled calling. In tests, the Nexus One worked well with both BlueAnt and Plantronics headsets.

Calls were not quite as clear as they were on the Motorola Milestone and HTC Hero, however.

Like every other Android phone, managing calls is extremely easy. There are obvious buttons for putting a call on speakerphone, muting and even adding another caller.

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The only minor complaint here is that the iPhone does a better job of making it easy to select the audio source (say, speaker or Bluetooth headset). This is where the geeky nature of Android phones comes into play - you usually find advanced functions in a sub-menu.

Being that this is a Google branded phone, the Nexus One has no restrictions about which apps come pre-installed, so the company had no problems including the Google Voice app, which is still conspicuously missing from the iPhone.

In truth, this app is not exactly indispensable. It shows you which voicemails you have available, and you can use Google Voice to make your phone calls. (This still uses your carrier minutes, it just means that you have access to Google Voice commands and use your Google Voice phone number.)

We'd prefer an app that worked a lot more like Skype and features in-service calling between Google Voice users and at least had a rudimentary calling keypad.

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VOICE APP: Google includes the Voice app by default, but it is a bit clunky to use

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver Black
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time10 Hour
Product ModelNexus One
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID
Height119 mm
Width59.8 mm
Depth11.5 mm
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameNexus One Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberNEXUS ONE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

HTC is excited to have worked with Google in the development of the Nexus One. Through our collaborative efforts we have delivered the ground breaking Nexus One to market quickly, and accelerated the rate of design innovation across our full portfolio of Android phones.

Our industrial designers and engineers reached deep to come up with a design that would fully take advantage of all the latest advances that the Android platform has to offer. The Nexus One is sleek, light, and extremely thin without sacrificing on power or the vivid visual experience brought forth by the phone's display.

Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory512 MB