The guys at Gizmodo got their hands on the Nexus One aka the Googlephone and have come away with some impressions that have been surprisingly hard to come by. We'll give you the highlights but it seems like they've concluded that the Nexus One (or the N1?) will be the Android phone to get when released. Yep, better than the Droid, the Hero, and whatever else Android phone you want right now.

Here's their thoughts:

  • The Nexus One is slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS, and slightly lighter.
  • The back is definitely not cheap and plasticky, like the iPhone's backing, and feels like some sort of rubbery material.
  • It feels long and silky and natural in your hand—even more so than the iPhone 3GS.
  • Even though the screen is the same size and same resolution as the Droid, it's noticeably better.
  • This is probably the best screen we've seen on a smartphone so far. Probably.
  • The Nexus One is astonishingly faster than the Droid.
  • [For webpage loading]...the Nexus One loaded first, the iPhone 3GS came in a few seconds later, and the Droid came in a little while after that.

Head over to Gizmodo for their take but this is getting us more excited about the Nexus One than ever before. We love our Droids here at Android Central, something definitively better than the Droid will have to be eye-poppingly good.


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Nexus One Gets A Hands On Impression


I want my next phone to make fuller use of the existing internal chips for better local connectivity (the hardware already present in most recent designs, eg iPhone, N900) by:

1) Enable WiFi-N Router capability to allow the phone to easily connect to other personal gadgets about the house and save carrying a separate Wireless Router gadget. It should be to the current 'n' standard, to allow streaming of HD Video to TV's etc. The 3GS has WiFi-N internally but its not supported by the software: result is any 802.11n WiFi networks are dragged down to the v. slow speed of the older WiFi-g

2) Retain the FM Radio - it costs so little, yet so useful for local news when visting foreign cities or when no 3G signal. I see in Digitimes you are going to use a Broadcom Wifi-N chip that includes FM Radio - so keep that as core functionality.

3) Like on the new Nokia N900, use the integral radio chip to be able to stream music over to your car-radio or house system. (probably the Broadcomm BCM4329, which does 802.11n, BlueTooth, FM Radio receive and transmit)

4) Make full use of the USB socket - implement USB OTG, allow easy backup/import of media/other data to external USB drives

5) Use corning 'Gorrila' or similar screen protection like on the Droid.

Umm, despite the fact that my "daily driver" is an HTC Hero, I've used an iphone 3g for the past year and a half. The back is not "plasticky" nor "cheap". IMO, it's by far the best feel of any phone on the market and I wish the Hero felt so solid.

You know, isn't it premature to completely compare the Droid and Nexus One on speed until both are running the same official OS (2.1)?

From what I've seen, the reports are the Droid's a lot faster on 2.1 as well

I agree.

It seems a bit unfair to compare the speed of the two OS' when one of them is running an UPDATED version of the Android OS. From all accounts, 2.1 runs even faster than 2.0.1 on the Droid. That part of the review has basically lost all credibility for me just because of that. Otherwise, good stuff.

Yeah... surely, it seems like a OS comparison rather than the phone itself being compared for speeds

Google should just produce one world phone version locked for t-mobile and unlocked for all other carriers GSM and CDMA like the BB Storm for verizon. If google is trying to sell a phone independent of carrier plans then why not release a phone that is universally compatible. Which you could then buy from google for $530 (google profits) then go to your quality carrier AT&T/Verizon and say i would like to get a smartphone plan and use a phone that i already own (carriers profit). All of the corporations win as usual and consumers are then screwed into paying loads of money with a service contact as usual. it makes everyone happy and we get what we want.

Google should probably lower Unlocked price to $499 so its got that under $500 appeal

anyone agree?

Don't worry about the 512Mb memory, the nexus one has already been rooted like the DROID, so you can just add a 32GB MicroSD and put your apps on that.

Why does the Nexus One ship with a 4GB MicroSD?