Google Nexus One review

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

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Once again, Google has tied the Nexus One into the Gmail service rather efficiently - you are prompted to add your email address right when you turn on the phone (or add a Gmail account).

The Gmail client is very easy to use and refreshes quickly with new messages when they arrive. You can also configure the more generic email app for POP mail messages and benefit from the same ease-of-use features.

Like the Motorola Milestone, you can also add Facebook contacts to the Nexus One, which you will see either en masse in the contacts list or only when they are tied to a Gmail contact (based on a selection you make during the contacts import process).

The Nexus One is not quite as powerful as the Palm webOS range when it comes to messaging contacts, however - the Pixi, for example, supports Yahoo contacts. For text messages, the Nexus One is also powerful enough but does not stray from the basic Android formula.

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There is one simple screen that shows text messages, and you can venture into the settings screen to configured advanced functions - such as how many messages are shown. The iPhone uses a more colourful interface for text messaging, however.

One clever way to use messaging: Google has added a microphone in the keypad that you can use to dictate text. It works for searches, web URLs and so on as well, but it is only about as accurate as the Google Voice transcription, which is to say: not that accurate.

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MESSAGING: The Nexus One does not add any new twists to messaging, but sticks to the basic Android dogma


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height119 mm
Width59.8 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Battery Standby Time290 Hour
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 Address
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