Nexus One

I've been talking about this phone since I first heard about it and Google finally announced it today. Some of the roomers were true, and some weren't...

This phone is fast! This is one of the most notable points from many of the reviewers who have been able to get their hands on it. It is much faster than the Droid, hands down. It has a 1 GHz mobile processor (this laptop I'm using is only 2.5 GHz). It boasts a brilliant 3.7 inch OLED screen, a technology that has yet to make it to the iPhone. It also posesses a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, compared to the iPhone's 3 megapixel camera - with no flash. This beefier camera will be great for use with Google Goggles... something that has yet to make it's way to the iPhone (weather it ever will being questionable at best). No tactile keyboard, though the number of tactile keyboards winning rave reviews is dwindling. Software keyboards are in and the terrible inconstancies of qwerty keyboard design and layout have left the general consumer's fingers in a state of utter confusion.

Though the Nexus One IS an unlocked GSM phone, and has the capability to accept SIM cards of any type, it does not possess the required frequency to operate on AT&T's 3G network though... So you can use it on both T-Mobile and AT&T, however it wont work on AT&T's 3G network (which has VERY limited availability compared to Verison and Sprint's 3G networks), only on EDGE. Also of interest, is that Google's planning to release a CDMA version of the Nexus One this Spring that will be available on Version's network.

So the real question is why is the Nexus One significant, if at all?

Well, the honest answer is that it's significance really is not yet that apparent. However, subtlties like Google selling the phone themselves, and T-Mobile having such a loose affiliation with the entire project may prove more significant later in the game. Android does offer a few things that the iPhone does not though... Google Goggles, as previously mentioned, is a prime example... the ability to take pictures of anything with your phone and have Google anticipate what you're attempting to find or figure out. Google Voice works swimmingly with Android and is only available on jail broken iPhones. The Google Maps app on the Android platform is far and away better than that of the iPhone's. Even though this was one of the core apps on the original iPhone, Google has added turn-by-turn, voice guided directions to it's Android app. It's obvious that Google would have no incentive really to add these capabilities to the iPhone, when they can use it to enhance their own platform. Understandable.

What's keeping me from getting the Nexus One? The lack of 3G on AT&T's network, which I'm currently attached too via contract, and the inability to play protected iTunes music. For those that do not have the intention of using their phone as their iPod as well (and I said iPod not MP3 player, because if you were looking for an MP3 player, the Android OS can do that...), there is nothing keeping you from switching to Android and the "Google Experience". I did fail to mention the large difference in apps for Android vs. iPhone, but really the apps are there, it's just a matter of a smaller selection, and that will change with time, especially with the Android platform being open source, and Apple's restrictions on the app store being so restrictive.

I'm excited.