Jan 05 AT 11:39 AM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Engadget prefers Droid over Nexus One

The official press gathering is still an hour away, but Engadget has posted their full review of the Nexus One. I suggest you visit the source link and read the full article, but keep in mind they reviewed the Google employee version of the phone and not the consumer version.

We have heard several reports that the software shipping on the official Nexus One will be slightly different than what was included in the dogfood version handed out to employees.

Overall, Engadget thinks the Nexus One is a great device and gives it a general positive review. However, they also the device is “just another Android smartphone” and offers nothing substantial over the Motorola Droid. In fact, they went as far to say that they would actually prefer the Droid if they had to pick today.

In fact, if we had to choose between this phone or the Droid right now, we would lean towards the latter.Joshua TopolskyEngadget

Somehow, I think Google is still hiding some details that will be revealed today.

Source: Engadget

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  • http://Website ryan

    I believe Google defintely will be releasing all their tricks from their sleeves today. Hopefully it’s stuff that will make Apple cry themselves to sleep tonight.

  • http://Website Todd

    Fail to recognize what’s important – Nexus One is without carrier interference, treats T-Mo as a “dumb pipe”.

    DROID ownership is subject to whims ( read: misery ) of Verizon.

    Nexus One is not “just another smartphone” since it is an unprecedented new Consumer/carrier dynamic.

    • mvv_hyd

      Can’t agree with you on “T-Mo as dumb pipe”. Many people are failing to understand that Nexus One is primarily an unlocked phone solely being sold by Google. Similar to Nokia N900 or many unlocked phones that you want to import.

      However, in order to expand the user base, Google is taking “T-Mobile’s Help” in offering a single discounted price-plan. That’s it.

      It’s just that our mindset is set in such a way that we need subsidized phones for cheap and get locked in 2-year contract.

      Note that Nexus One is primarily an unlocked phone that sells for $530.

      • http://Website Todd

        You’re forgetting Google Voice, and all the implications therein for the new Consumer/carrier paradigm I am trying to stress.

        Multiply that by an order of a magnitude once number portability is available for your GV number.

    • http://Website ari-free

      yeah but you’re stuck with t-mobile. Truly groundbreaking would be an unlocked phone that works on ALL carriers.

      • http://Website Todd

        “…There are two other major operators wanting to join the program.” – Mario Queiroz, during Nexus One Q&A session

  • http://Website lordhong

    Verizon’s superior network says it all.

    BTW, why do we need dynamic background on the phone?
    Is battery life no longer an issue???

  • http://Website WIlliam

    I would love to get this phone. it is at least double my G1′s power in every aspect. Hopefully, I can get a job this summer and buy it :D. the only downfall of this phone would be the internal storage space. maybe they will have fixed that for the consumer model. we can only hope, I guess.

  • J.

    @Ari-Free-
    That would be groundbreaking, because it would defy the laws of physics.
    CDMA and GSM are incompatible, would require two different baseband cards, and would cause enough interference with each other so as to render the phone useless.
    Now, by contrast- the data connection is all on the same protocol regardless of carrier…so a simple soft or firmware tuner could make a data comm chip that would work on any carriers data network. But you won’t see that in the states as long as we allow subsidised phones with contract extention.

  • http://Website air jockey

    @ J. -
    I think you might want to double check your phone engineering. There are phones today that are shipped with both CDMA and GSM chipsets in the device – usually sold through CDMA carriers as a “world phone”. You can’t use both CDMA and GSM at the same time, but it would meet Ari-Free’s requirement for an unlocked phone that would work on either protocol. Lots of other issues like carrier specific software, cost, etc – but the chipsets aren’t the problem.
    The data connections do not use the same protocols for the air interface. At least 6 that I can think of (1xRTT, EVDO, GPRS, HSPDA, WiFi, WiMax). So the data interop is an issued just like the voice interop is.

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