Buying the Google Nexus One: Important Facts
On the 5th of January 2010, Google unveiled the much talked-about Nexus One smartphone with great ceremony. The device is manufactured by Taiwan’s HTC Corporation and uses the Android open source mobile operating system.
Specifications and Features
Power and battery
Removable 1400 mAH battery
Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
Up to 10 hours on 2G
Up to 7 hours on 3G
Up to 290 hours on 2G
Up to 250 hours on 3G
Up to 5 hours on 3G
Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
Up to 7 hours
Up to 20 hours
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz
Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)
4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)
Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
Size and weight
130 grams w/battery
100g w/o battery
3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
100,000:1 typical contrast ratio
1ms typical response rate
Camera & Flash
Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
2X digital zoom
User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
Video captured at 720x480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions
Cellular & Wireless
UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
A2DP stereo Bluetooth
The phone is not locked to any mobile operator and is on sale from the Google website at a cost of $529, or a subsidized $179 when purchased from T-Mobile on a 2-year contract. Plans are underway to manufacture the CDMA(Verizon) version by the second quarter of this year. In the meantime, the Google Nexus One is only on offer in the US, with plans still being made to launch the product into the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong markets. Shipping to these areas is still at a relatively significant cost. The Nexus One will not be shipped outside of these countries for now.
Public excitement over the Nexus One has been ambiguous, with many thrilled by the phone’s elegance and full features but a number still have noising their disappointment with the Nexus One for a number of reasons:
1 “the display is not viewable in direct sunlight.”
2 “the Nexus One has screen calibration issues”
3 “Camera images have a pinkish hue”
4 “Cannot sync with Microsoft (Mail, Contacts, tasks, Calendar)
5 “Poor customer support”
Though many users have made it clear that their Nexus Ones don’t have these issues, these dissatisfied users still maintain that theirs’ have these problems, and except there are individual phone differences (unlikely though they are), it may be probable that these disgruntled reviewers are merely being used to promote competitor products.
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