Tuesday morning Google unveiled it’s highly anticipated SmartPhone, the Nexus One. It was just a matter of time before Google entered into the cell phone hardware domain if you consider all of their core mobile software development. In a technical sense the hardware is manufactured by HTC but Google is the brains of the operation (obviously).
The phone runs on the Android mobile operating system, and is launching as a $529.00 GSM unlocked phone, or a $179.00 (2 year contract required) T-Mobile GSM phone.
When we first heard that the phone was official and handed out to employees back in December it came as a surprise as Google recently launched the Droid with Verizon and this is seemingly a huge slap in the face towards that effort. The Nexus One will be available for Verizon customers in spring 2010 but in the mean time, Google is making amends by advertising the Droid phone to those who “can’t wait” for spring. However now that the phone is released and the official technical specifications are out it is astounding. Not only does the Nexus have all of the features of Droid, it has more, and it’s faster.
The guys over at BillShrink put together a visually appealing comparison chart between the different smart phones. This is a great find for those who are interested in purchasing a new phone but aren’t sure which one to go for. As is customary for Billshrink the prerogative of this chart is to point out the difference in price over other phone services, and I agree that it is note-worthy the Nexus One costs less than all previous competitors with similar features.
Many news sites have already begun dubbing this new device as the “iPhone killer,” Google spokesman has responded defensively when asked “Is this an ‘iPhone Killer’:
I think this isn’t to the iPhone specifically, this is for consumers. This is our “super phone” – choice is a good thing.
iPhone killer or not, you can bet all the new features Service Google is releasing on the Nexus such as updated Google Maps with Turn by Turn Nav and FULL Google Voice Integration won’t be seen on the iPhone anytime soon. Ouch… Granted, I don’t think Google can ignore the 20-30+ million iPhone users but I’ll bet the innovation coming from Google for the iPhone will always be 1-6 months behind that of the phones running the Google Mobile OS.
Back to the phone… The phone itself is 119mm high and 60mm wide with a depth of 11.5mm, or in other words it’s about the same size as a 2g/3g iPod Touch (the iPhone is still a bit thicker). It offers a color changing uni-ball at the base of the face which features alert functions and can be assigned a different color for different alert events. Unlike the Droid, the Nexus One has built-in noise canceling using a dual microphone system which will detect background noise and automatically adjust input volume… nice
The rear of the phone is great for cooking, it features a Teflon non-stick surface, which will make it great for skin applications but also adds durability. With similarity to the Droid the Nexus One is able to run multiple apps, even while taking calls, and the data storage capacity can be upgraded to 32GB using a microSD card. In summary, this phone has everything you love about the iPhone and none of the things you hate (no iTunes hooray!). Google has even built a groovy site to give you a hands-on preview of their phone, after testing it out it’s safe to say you will feel like you you’ve seen a real Nexus One up close.
The Nexus One is sure to be a success, and to guarantee that Google is now advertising it EVERYWHERE with a simple Tag line here and there on what can easily be considered “the most valuable advertising space on the entire internet.” Granted this space has become less obvious than it previously was due to the new fade-in homepage style that Google has adopted but it’s still exorbitantly the single most visited web page in the world. I chuckled to myself this morning when I saw the same link while checking our Google Maps in Safari on my iPhone… Ouch, that’s gotta hurt Apple. 🙂
Want to learn more about the Nexus One Google SmartPhone? Check out the official Google preview site: http://www.google.com/phone!
If you’ve used the Nexus One, or a similar phone we’d love to hear your feedback!