Jan 04 AT 10:03 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

More Nexus One impressions and review

Happy New Years everyone. The holidays are finally over and we are ready to move forward with Android news. This week is slated to be the biggest yet with Google’s Android press event on January 5 and then loads of new gadgets at CES.

All Nexus One details will be revealed tomorrow, but we have another pair of early impressions posted over the weekend.

First we have Engadget, who got their very own Nexus One a little early. Editor-in-chief, Mr. Topolsky has posted his first impressions, video walkthrough, and a nice gallery of high res pics.  Check out the short video below and visit Engadget for the rest of the pics.

The thing that’s struck us most about the Nexus One thus far is the fact that it’s really not very different than the Droid in any substantial way.Joshua TopolskyEngadget

Next up is the overnight site NexusOneBlog, which has posted a short review from someone with early access to the Nexus One. Nothing new is revealed, but it is a nice summary post covering most of the important features of the phone. Head over to their site for images comparing size of the Nexus One to the iPhone.

Via: NexusOneBlog

Source: Engadget

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  • http://Website Brian

    The endgadget review is a little disheartening. I was hoping to see a little excitement but overall I felt disappointed after reading it. Is this all the Nexus One is about; some speed and a smaller footprint? Not offering much more than the Droid? I hope not. Too bad the review is getting quite a bit of press right now. I would have like to have seen a more favorable review get passed around more.

    • http://Website Derek

      Well what would you expect? Its basically the same hardware as the droid, with no physical keyboard. Same 854×480 screen. Pretty much an equal CPU/GPU. One is snapdragon at 1Ghz but thats no better than the A8 @ 600Mhz. Everything else is pretty much standard. 5.0MP cam, 1400-1500mAH battery. Android 2.1 OS. I hope you werent expecting a big leap forward from the Droid. Right now thats the top of the line in hardware. The iphone 3Gs, Palm Pre, Droid, and now this phone all are the cutting edge best mobile hardware you can buy. The 4th gen iphone is coming out June/July, that will be the next biggest leap forward.

      • http://Website Andy

        I think it actually loses some 26 thousand pixels with an 800×480 screen. But it is AMOLED, which should help battery life and the vividness of its colors. We’ll see.

      • http://Website Brian

        You’ve got a good point. This isn’t much of a step up above the droid. For a G1 owner, some of the more attractive things here would be a 3.5mm jack and……well…Android 2.1.

        Looking at it without drinking the google kool-aid:

        The g1 is capable of everything this phone does (currently), plus the g1 has a good hardware keyboard

        I want to believe that Google will stun us all with a major new idea or enhancement. This can’t all be it, can it Google? Say it ain’t so!

  • http://Website Gary

    I’m not sure I understand the expectations–how significantly different were people expecting it to be? Expecting a “paradigm shift” as Engadget refers to it seems a bit unfounded.

    I have no desire to go to Verizon, and I will not use AT&T. So, for me, the availability of a snapdragon on T-Mobile is significant enough. And it’s a “noticeably faster” phone than the Droid.

    • http://Website Brian

      The question would be then, would you pay $530 for “a faster phone”? For me, I would not. I’d rather pocket that $530 and wait for something that is more than just a faster phone. If being faster is all this phone breaks down to then I’m setting my sights on the Xperia launch. Hopefully Sony will bring more to T-Mobile.

  • http://Website TJ

    I get the feeling that Josh doesn’t like android in general. He seemed more enthused about the palm pre than he did about the Droid or the Nexus one.

  • http://Website Not Very Different Than Droid in any Substantial Way?!??

    Well let’s see.

    T-Mobile 3g Bands
    Potential ATT 3G Bands
    Slim Keyboardless Design

    I think anyone one of those is more than substantially different in that it makes an offering to the market that allows a broader audience of consumers to …. uh consume.

  • http://Website Brynthe

    I want to know what it is that everyone was expecting. Eclair is goind to be eclair and you could see from the videos that the os was similar to the droid with speed. they are both great phones. both beat out any other android phone.

  • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    Next to Jesus Diaz from Gizmodo, Joshua T. is one of the biggest iFanboy there is. Getting a un-biased review from him is going to be tough. I’m happy to see the thing in a clearer video and a shit-ton more pics. I’m sold already and the fact it’s got sheeple like them in a tizzy is just a bonus.

    • davynoto

      I agree. Josh is one of the most annoying people to read a review from. No one will ever be good as an iPhone to him.

      • http://web.mac.com/barrywoods barry99705

        At least Josh isn’t a dick.

    • http://Website Andrew

      Joshua T’s prejudices aside, this still looks like a rough equivalent of the Droid to me. That’s not a bad thing, since all I really want is a Droid that’s slimmed down by the removal of the keyboard (personal preference, I know, but I prefer the slimmer and lighter to all the moving parts just waiting to break or work loose). But despite all the pre-announcement hype, the Nexus looks like the next incremental improvement: a little faster, a little smaller, a little bit nicer OS. (Pending a full review) It’s still the nicest Android device (almost) out there, even if it doesn’t make all the Droid owners kick themselves. Now if only some other carrier would pick it or one of its sure-to-appear HTC clones up, I’d bite.

  • http://Website chewtoy

    What were we expecting? Simple — make a phone that’s a better platform than the iphone 3gs.

    How? Well there are simple things that every HTC phone gets wrong — fixing those would be a necessity. I’m thinking specifically of the camera lag and ‘shutter speed’.

    Then there are obvious hardware improvements waiting:
    * Rotating camera or two cameras, so the phone can be used as a picture taking device and as a video chat device.

    * FM tuner. C’mon — this is obvious.

    And then there are the obvious failings of Android phones in general:

    * No multi-touch in the browser. Google really needs to be make a full statement of why they aren’t doing that — and then they need to change their minds. Good grief — it makes them look stupid not to have it.

    * No storing app content on the sdhc card. This means everything has to fit in the ridiculously tiny onboard memory. Again, this is something that just makes the phone immediately seem stupidly outdated the second you learn about it.

    It really seems like no one has even *tried* to make anything nearing the iphone’s capabilities as a platform. It’s like Google and the rest of the manufacturers actually don’t *want* to lead the market by producing phones consumers prefer.

    That’s really disappointing.

    • http://Website Joe

      wow, you see what you did there?

      you tore down all of google’s accomplishments and improvements they’ve made in 1 freaking YEAR!…in a few phrases

      The ONLY thing holding other companies back right now is haters like those on this blog and others. Who in the hell would want to try their best when the only thing stupid consumers see is “I dont have a front camera so i can video chat this is stupid”. Then when the front camera comes out you say “why is it so laggy this is stupid; BAM there goes MILLIONS of dollars of trying to make idiots like you happy. Pretty soon you will be complaining “I want an hd screen on my 4 in phone wahhh” yea bc you need that?…Stupid

      And to you Derek who seems to lack the knowledge of a two year old. A 1 GHZ PROCESSOR RUNS FASTER THAN A 600 MHZ ONE YOU FREAKING NIMROD!!…i think by far that is
      one of the dumbest things I have ever read on this blog.

      Everyone who hates on android just because they’re mad that the iphone is losing it’s glory days can leave and go ask steve jobs what’s going to be the next big thing for iphone . . . here i’ll tell ya ONE STUPID FRONT FACING CAMERA AND THATS IT!!! EVERYTHING ELSE IS GOING TO BE THE SAME JUST LIKE THE FREAKING 3GS! They change one tiny thing at a time because they know they can get hype about it and make money off of idiots. All Apple wants is money and they do not care one bit about the consumers (look at app store rejections), or making their product as good as it could be (the stupid “we make a new iproduct every year and then out date the old ones scheme)

      You make me sick Apple and all you android haters . . . step off and go suck Mr. Jobs

  • http://Website Andrew

    I just want some good games and an easy way to get TV shows and movies onto the device. Maybe the iPhone is more for me, but I really like the HD screens these things have.

    • http://Website Brian

      Yeah, go get an iphone.

  • Jorge

    I still can’t see what’s so great about multitouch, I’ve used it on my friend’s 3Gs and I have it on my G1, what’s the big deal? I use my phone with one hand almost all of the time so having to “pinch” is actually a hastle to me.

    • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

      I have it on my G1 and NEVER use it. I don’t think it’s really that important and wouldn’t miss it much if it was gone. I think it’s just a “HAHA OUR phone has it and yours doesn’t!” game they like to play.

  • http://Website mustafa

    Speakrs not good and face camera no have. In memory very small just 512 mb. I don’t. Understand. This Google., very pity