Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Google's Nexus One Smartphone Announcement Set for Today

Joshua Topolsky has written an excellent, in-depth review on Engadget of Google's new Android-based smartphone, the Nexus One. The "Google Phone" has been eagerly awaited by those who look forward to its official announcement today at an "Android Press Gathering" in California.  

Key points, a la Topolsky: 
- A 'lustworthy" design
- Solid layout.
- 5 megapixel camera with flash takes sharp, detailed photos. 
- Runs atop the Snapdragon CPU
- Speedy, but not much speedier than the Droid
- Excellent touch sensitivity
- Problems with the screen's color balance, especially reds and oranges
- Hard to read the screen or take photos in bright sunlight
- Loud, clear sound quality through the earpiece; the loudspeaker, however, sounds tinny
- Reviewer's phone, connected through T-Mobile, couldn't always get a signal as well as a Droid connected through Verizon
- Download time 559Kbps
- Operating system very similar to the Droid with a few helpful improvements
- Underwhelming music player
- No multitouch. One finger only.
- No physical keyboard like the Droid has. Bummer.
- Battery performs admirably
- Pricing: $529.99 unchained, or $179.99 with a two-year agreement with T-Mobile (this is based on leaked documents and may change). 

Read the full review -- slathered with photos -- here.

According to TMO News, the Nexus One can be ordered through Google only as of Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. UPDATE: The Nexus One website is HERE.

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