I got my hands on a Nexus One!

April 12, 2010 / Reviews, Technology / 15 Comments

There are Apple fanboys and Microsoft MVPs. I’m not poseur enough to be the previous and not geek enough to be the latter. But I’m an equivalent for Google. I rely on Google for just about everything, so getting my hands on a Nexus One review set is just effin’ awesome! Big thanks to Justin for lending me his Nexus One! 😀

Google Phone Nexus One

What I Like

Auto-correct – One of the few gripes I have with the iPhone is its egotistic auto-correct feature. Without adding words, I can’t swear or type in foreign languages without being corrected. Not the Nexus One though! I could write whatever I want without having to battle the phone for dominion over my linguistic choices. It has even recognized my address book’s and Google Contacts friends’ names.

Performance – It’s the fastest Android-powered phone I’ve tried so far. No lag whatsoever! Not sure how it performs in comparison with the iPhone 3G S. But I’m guessing it should be at least comparable.

Auto-syncing with Google accounts – I was a bit shocked when I first played with the phone. After logging in with my Google account, I found all my contacts, photos and even web search history on the phone. It was quite scary at first, but I have to say it’s now quite handy since I’m now only one touch away from everything.

Camera – For a phone, it has quite a good camera. It has 5MP with flash. Here are two shots. One of yummy waffles and a low-light shot of a souvenir Kirin got me when she visited Singapore. I did not edit the pictures except to watermark and re-size them.

Shot from Nexus One - Waffles
Shot from Nexus One - Japanese Souvenir

What can be improved

Scrolling – It takes a little bit more effort to scroll on the Nexus One than on the iPhone but it’s better than all other touchscreen phones I’ve tried so far.

Touch buttons – I think this is a matter of personal preference. If you’ve read my gadget reviews before, you’d know that I don’t like touch buttons. They are no match for real buttons. Touch buttons fail miserably at usability – even with tactile feedback.

Accelerometer – There’s a bit of a lag when I turn the phone sideways for the larger keyboard. I feel like I have to shake it for the screen to change. Definitely not as smooth as the iPhone.

Design – The Nexus One is not the type of phone where you whip out of your pocket and everyone in the vicinity will go “whoa!”. Here’s a photo of the Nexus One next to the ultra sexy Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. There’s just no comparison in terms of looks.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and Google Nexus One Comparison

So tempted to buy it but….I. must. resist!

I am this close to clicking “buy” at google.com/phone. It’s one of the very few phones that I very happy with. And the iPhone HD (or whatever it’s gonna be called) and HTC Desire are coming out, so I shouldn’t be hasty.

More importantly, I’ve actually been resisting a smartphone for the longest time because:

  1. I don’t want to be that accessible.
  2. I would really like to experience life outside of rectangular screens.
  3. And I don’t want to be that rude person who whips out her smartphone to check some unimportant email / tweet, while leaving her dinner companions feeling dejected.

We’ll see how long my resistance can last before I cave in. Vive la Résistance! 😀

  • I couldn’t agree more with point number 3. I get very ticked off whenever someone uses their phone extensively at the dining table. I understand if it’s an important call/text, but if you’re going to ignore your friends to read tweets/play games, then don’t bother coming out in the first place.

    Coming back to the post, thanks for the review! I’ve been meaning to get a smartphone eventually. I’m still lugging about an analog Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. Haven’t been extremely compelled to get a new phone, so I’ll wait along with you. We’ve got very similar reasons why we don’t want one.

    • Ivy

      Glad to know I’m not the only resisting smartphones. I find #3 quite annoying too but I think I’ll fall into the same trap if I were to own a smartphone. There are philosophical reasons for my resistance too but I don’t want to inundate people with it. I briefly alluded to it in #2 though.

      Good luck with your resistance. I’m not sure how long more mine will last. Haha.

  • I just haven’t gotten one because I’d have to pay for a data plan. I get 50% off, but it’s still extra money every month.
    I’ll probably cave next year when I get a new phone.

    • Ivy

      You should! Are data plans still very expensive over there? I thought the US telcos had a price war recently and that helped dramatically cut down the price. 😛

  • I was the last of my peers to buy a cellphone. Before that I was either available or not, often caught calling from piss-smelling phone booths. That was until I realized that some individuals of my small circle just couldn’t be bothered with me (this was especially after one appointment that went wrong because I couldn’t let her know that I wasn’t coming on time and she left). It’s sad but true.

    So when I was finally GOING TO buy a cellphone I wanted the cheapest, most simple cellphone available at the time, the Siemens MC60.
    I found myself using a lot of the “extra” features, especially note-taking.

    When the time arrived and the MC60 stopped applying its programming logic at all and went into a digital craze, I had learned that my work place would pay my new phone entirely. So then I spent 2 weeks (!) reading articles and considering the pros and cons before going for the only sensible ALL-IN-ONE option at the time; the Nokia N95 (2GB).

    It still is the best phone I have tried, and I have tried a lot of them. It combines Telephone, Camera and Entertainment (music/vid/blogging/photologging/reading slashdot) excellently, unlike most phones who do 1 thing good and the other 2-3 shoddy.

    But I still like going to my cabin in the woods, without electricity and water, and shut out everything:)

    Read more about it @ My Digital Life Part 1 of 2: The Nokia N95 (2GB)

    • Ivy

      So you’ve only owned two models of cellphones? Whoa! Definitely very different from us, gadget-crazed Asians. Hahaha! The Nokia N95 is a really good phone. One of the best of its time and one of the earliest smartphones aside from the Blackberry. Good choice! I still see people using the N95 here too. 🙂

      Unfortunately, in my current country of residence, there’s no cabin in the woods to run to. The entire country is just one big city so moments away from rectangular screens are scarce and far between. 😛

  • I love smart phones! Once you use one, you can never use a regular cellphone again. Almost everyone I know (except my parents) have a smart phone (mostly Blackberries) so I think it’s weird when I see a “regular” cellphone now. I want to try the Nexus One too since I love Google. Have you used a Blackberry before? If so, how do you compare?

    • Ivy

      “Once you use one, you can never use a regular cellphone again.” Very true. That’s also why I’m resisting. 😀 Yups, I’ve played with the Curve 8250, 8900 and the latest Bold 9700.

      It’s quite difficult to compare because the experience is very different and they are targeting different audiences. The Blackberry is built to be an email / twitter / blog machine. The battery life is amazing and the QWERTY keyboards are in a league of its own. But it lacks in the user-interface department. Managing the settings is always quite a pain for me and there is not a lot of diversity in the Blackberry App world.

      On the other hand, the iPhone and Android phones are built to be an all-in-one device — MP3 player, handheld game console, bar code scanner, mobile computer, camera, calorie counter, whatever you want it to be thanks to thousands of apps available. So performance becomes very important for these phones (which is what the iPhone 3G S and Nexus One are great at btw). But they’re not ideal for typing long blog entries or emails on since the touchscreen keyboards are not as easy to use. Compared to the Blackberry, their battery lives are also pathetic. I have the charge the Nexus One every day and the iPhone every 1/2 – 3/4 of the day (depending on usage).

      Hope that helps!

  • Nice post! And its looks so cool..!
    I feel every phone has its pros and cons, up to individual’s preferences. However, i like the function of auto-syncing with Google accounts..! =)

    I love my iphone, still…. !! =P

  • I haven’t made the switch to smart phones yet. Mostly because I can’t afford a new phone, and my current one works just fine.

    I’m not a big fan of the touch screen when it comes to texting and having to type words, so for me it would HAVE to have an actual keyboard. Sadly enough, I can’t stand full qwerty keyboards. I’m still quite old school.

  • “1. I don’t want to be that accessible.” is exactly the reason why I refuse to get a smartphone. I don’t want to be bound to technology all the time – and smartphones are extremely binding because it means that I am obliged to respond to every single email (work-related or otherwise), wherever I am, at any time. Presently, my phone doesn’t allow me to check my email (because gmail doesn’t load well on my phone – keeps dishing out error after error), which makes every minute I’m out ‘a good break from the email inbox’. (;

    Although I am gravitating towards getting an iPhone (because the existing phone is almost due for an upgrade – hangs on me ever so often), I am resisting it. It’s gorgeous, extremely functional, and I really want to post twitpics on the go (instead of mere twitter updates), but the above reason (not wanting to be too accessible) is enough to make me stop dead in my tracks.

  • Buy it! I own one and I just love it, and I can assure you you’ll be using this phone for a long time. As for resisting a smartphone, I honestly doubt you’d get addicted to a Nexus One. It’s a hybrid between the iPhone and Blackberry IMO – an entertaining and useful companion, without being in either extreme. (I also believe Nexus One users are a rather sensible type :P) I’d be more concerned about security issues – so much more confidential information is stored in a smartphone.

    • Ivy

      Hey Hazynite! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the Nexus One is very tempting indeed but I shall wait for the new iPhone. I’m interested to see how the larger battery will hold up! 🙂

  • Vive la Résistance!

    I so caved, my nexus one arrived today. This is possibly the sexiest piece of hardware I have ever got my hands on; I am a Google nerd tho. The specs beat the pants off the iPhone, and you can use flash to. double win.

  • Laiza Drulemz

    How much does this Nexus One would cost?

    Laiza Drulemz