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The Nexus One Brings Some Heat To the iPhone 3GS

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Yesterday Google officially announced their latest “Superphone”, the Nexus One. This Android-based phone falls into that category of being a so-called “iPhone killer” (will it join the Palm Pre, Blackberry Storm, and Samsung Instinct and fade away?). What makes this smartphone err, “Superphone” enticing to many is the fully loaded hardware specs. It doesn’t hurt that it also runs the latest Android 2.1 OS (I think it resembles an iPhone on the outside somewhat).

Here are some quick specs of the Nexus One:

Display: 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 800×480 pixels.
Processor: Qualcomm QSD 8250 (Snapdragon) at 1GHz.
Memory: 512 of storage memory (ROM), 512MB of program memory (RAM). Comes with 4GB MicroSD card, expandable to 32GB.
Size: 119mm long, 59.8mm wide, 11.5mm thick.
Battery: 1400mAh; is removable. Up to 10 hours talk time on 2G; 7 hours on 3G. Up to 290 hours of standby time.
Weight: 130 grams with battery.
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n.
Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR and stereo playback.
Radios: GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz); HSDPA (download) up to 7.2Mbps; HSUPA (upload) up to 2Mbps. UMTS 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900).

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Are the Days of the iPhone Numbered? Not So Fast…

Now’s here’s the thing. Most of the time companies will come out with amazing hardware specs on paper that seem to give the iPhone a run for its money. What I would like to see on my “next” iPhone wishlist is a larger and higher resolution screen, 802.11n, and a front facing camera for iChat for starters. How will Apple respond to the Nexus One? With more innovation?

Sure, on paper the iPhone won’t have every single bell and whistle that one can jam into a phone, but it’s not about that. With the iPhone you get something that most competitors cannot match: a user experience that works. iTunes works seamlessly to manage music, movies, apps, and to back up your iPhone.

With Android smartphones, the problem is there are far too many phones in all sorts of different shapes and sizes (think Droid, HTC Magic/Dream/Hero, etc) and an inconsistent implementation of Android OS. For example, did you know early Rogers Android adopters are still stuck on Android OS 1.5 (Canadians still don’t have access to PAID apps from the Android Market!)? They are at the mercy of Rogers that has refused to clarify the situation on when the update will be provided.

With too many middle men caught in the foray of controlling and distributing Android software and hardware, all I see is one giant mess for users and app developers. These devs will have to make various modifications of their apps to accommodate for different screen sizes and people who don’t have the latest versions of Android OS. Can you imagine having a first gen iPhone and not being able to update to iPhone 3.0?

The Nexus One Will Not Work with Rogers, Bell, or Telus–but Will Work with WIND

Canadian iPhone fans, hold your pants because you can’t buy the Nexus One in Canada just yet. The Nexus One will only work on WIND’s AWS 3G spectrum (which is the same as T-Mobile in the USA). WIND has confirmed that the Nexus One will work on their network and that they are in talks with Google.

What can we say about the Nexus One? Personally, I find the phone fascinating because there finally is a real iPhone challenger, not just a big bag of hype. However, history tends to repeat itself and I do see Apple coming out with a wicked iPhone OS 4.0 preview that will put the Nexus One to shame. For me, the seamless and ease of use of the iPhone OS, plus the innovative 100K+ App Store keeps me hooked. How about you?

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  • shnukms

    I find it hard to believe that WIND will be the only company that is compatible with the Nexus …

  • Due to the MHz band available on the nexus one, it's true. WIND only

  • wuju

    iphone is a tough nut to crack and beaten. It's the user experience and apps that iPhone is still the king. However, if Google does it right, it's the best chance against the iPhone on competition.

  • Dusty

    I think google has has done an great job on this phone and the specs seem to be good! Now for applications as the iPhone pwns in that category.
    The only thing that may hurt its sales are how its currently only capable with WIND carrier.
    Lets see how well it puts up a fight 😉

  • ReyT

    What makes Apple more exciting compared
    to its competitors is its excellent track of innovations.
    The tiny bits but exciting features. Who knowa
    what Apple will come up with this time.

  • rorypiper

    The 1Ghz processor and the 512MB RAM sound great. Hopefully iPhone “4G” will get something similar. But, like you say, it's all about the OS and how user friendly it is.

  • roadcarver

    Its expandable storage is a nice feature, and unfortunately it won't work on Roger's 3G network. I'm kind of puzzled at that. If they lower the price for just the hardware only, perhaps they can get more market share…

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  • Personally I'm not worried about the availability of the Nexus One on other canadian networks. Neither Google nor HTC will want to deprive themselves from the market that Rogers', Telus', Bell's and all Quebec customers represent. I think an adapted version of the Nexus One will be sold in Canada.

    Otherwise, too much money to lose. Especially if Google really wants to fight Apple.

  • 0verbord

    “The Nexus One Will Not Work with Rogers, Bell, or Telus” … not completely true. The N1 will work on Rogers network, just not at G3 speeds (G2/EDGE only).

  • kareem

    None of you can really make any definitive statements about the iPhone and Android landscape without having used this phone. Of innovation there is plenty, this phone has far and wide tackled all the problems that I've personally had with iPhones. From multitasking to notifications it is handled beautifully and at a speed where the iPhone simply cannot compete. The device is noticeably smaller and yet the screen is massive with a resolution far surpassing that of the iPhone.

    You are not limited, either. With the iPhone, you have to use iTunes – which can be a fairly unpleasant experience at times (especially if on Windows). This is your only method of management. I've had iTunes act up recently and now I can't even sync with my iPhone anymore. You also have unparalleled app freedoms, without Apple glaring over the shoulder of all its developers and excommunicating apps at will and with no comprehensible reason.

    Is it revolutionary? no, it isn't. Is it a game changer? Yes! All competition is healthy and this phone is really showing up the iPhone for the dinosaur that it is. Your move, Steve.

  • Steve Jobs

    Rumor has it that apple 4.0 will have multi tasking. Is this a good idea since the 3gs only has 256mb of ram and the 3g has a mere 128mb? Aren't things going to get choppy? Also, I hear Apple is going to sue Alexander Graham Bell next. Interesting

  • Steve Jobs

    Rumor has it that apple 4.0 will have multi tasking. Is this a good idea since the 3gs only has 256mb of ram and the 3g has a mere 128mb? Aren't things going to get choppy? Also, I hear Apple is going to sue Alexander Graham Bell next. Interesting

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