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The Google Nexus One phone

by on Jan.05, 2010, under Gadgets, Tech

All the hype has been going on about Google creating its own branded phone since 2006.

And now it’s definitely here. The Google Nexus Phone.

Google Nexus One

Currently being offered in the US for $529 (Php 25,000) contract-free, or $179 (Php 8,500) with 2 year contract with T-mobile. (only one plan is available – $79.99 (Php 4,000) per month rate, which includes unlimited texting/MMS, web data and 500 talk minutes with unlimited nights and weekends) ^

Technical Specifications:

Size and weight
Height: 119mm
Width:  59.8mm
Depth:  11.5mm
Weight: 130 grams w/ battery, 100g w/o battery

Display
3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
1ms typical response rate

Power and battery
Removable 1400 mAH battery
Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G, Up to 7 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G, Up to 250 hours on 3G
Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G, Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 7 hours
Audio playback: Up to 20 hours

Processor
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

Camera & Flash
5 megapixels
Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
2X digital zoom
LED flash
User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Operating system
Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)

Capacity
512MB Flash
512MB RAM
bundled 4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Wireless Connectivity
UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
HSDPA 7.2Mbps
HSUPA 2Mbps
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Location Service
Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
Digital compass
Accelerometer

The screen size is definitely a plus. And it’s AMOLED! Another pluses here are digital compass, 802.11n, bundled 4GB, Android 2.1, and the 1GHz processor. (This processor is faster than my netbook lol)

Take note though that this doesn’t have a front-facing camera (like the iPhone) unlike other smartphones. Although who uses them anyway? I have had 3G phones with front facing camera since 2007 (k800i, k600i, w980i, Omnia II) and just used it once (k600i) back in 2007.

And the OS is really fast and responsive. Have a look at these first videos:

I had contacted Globe about this but they haven’t replied to me. But come to think of it they are offering the iPhone so its competitor maybe out of the picture. Smart? Probably.

This could be the iPhone killer some of us had been waiting for. Or maybe not.

My reason why the iPhone could not have a real competitor is the responsiveness of the OS. I own an iPod touch and have used the iPhone. And currently owning an Omnia II. Even though the Omnia II has a faster processor and a bigger ram than my iPod touch, it’s sluggish. Takes me 2-3 seconds to open the 3-page home page. Than the 1-2 seconds 4-pager iPod touch. And it’s not just the home page, just about everywhere you are to open an app.

Currently the Nexus One is not available in the Philippines but I hope it would be anytime sooner. I’ll definitely buy one (or two) of these. And ditch my Omnia II.

Nexus One not available in the Philippines yet

I should have waited for this! But back then when I bought my Omnia II (a month ago!) this was just a rumor.

I really do hope this becomes available here in the Philippines before my birthday! (Mar 22) hahaha

Btw, I could seem to make work the GPS function of my Omnia II for geo tagging (without the using assistance of cell towers and connectivity via 2g/3g).


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