Google Nexus One review

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

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Google has made some dramatic improvements to the camera features in Android, and the Nexus One takes full advantage of them with its 5MP camera. For starters, shots just looked clean and clear, matching the results of an entry-level digital cam.

The Motorola Milestone, being a heavier and more rugged device, might work better for photography as you can keep the device steady during a photo. The Nexus One is lighter and thinner, so it is a bit harder to get a firm grasp on the phone for a photo. Having said that, pictures were not fuzzy or distorted.

The Nexus One offers some interesting new camera features. Like the Nokia N95 and Nokia N97, you can set white balance either as automated or by lighting conditions - such as sunlight or indoors.

There is a zoom, and the flash can be set for automatic. Oddly, the camera stopped working after using the phone for a few hours. We rebooted the phone and the camera app started working again just fine.

The camera app also lets you select a colour effect (part of the Android 2.0 upgrade), such as solarised or sepia, to add some flare to images, but it is more of a gimmicky feature you might use once or twice. Once you snap photos, you can upload them to services like Facebook or Picasa, or send by email. You can also upload videos to YouTube.

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PICTURE OPTIONS: Pictures on the 5-megapixel camera looked sharp and colourful, with plenty of options for white balance and zoom

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IN FOCUS: Close up shots on the Google Nexus One show clearly, although some detail is lost

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SOLARISE: This option in the camera is a nice touch, although may be a little redundant for day-to-day photography

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NICE CONTRAST: The Google Nexus One handles contrast well, picking out the light and detail here against the bleak background


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