Android emerged as one of the best mobile OS available in the market. It gave birth to the Open Handset Alliance which has outnumbered all its competitors, especially Apple and Blackberry, who were the previous champions. Google was the software provider for all androids, but didn’t have any device of their own, so they developed the HTC Google Nexus One which appeared as the best android of its time. Most members of the Open Handset Alliance used customized versions of Android on their handsets, but the Nexus One came with the raw version, i.e. without any changes in user interface whatsoever.
- 3G support
- 3.7 inches capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with 255 pixels per inch
- Android version 2.1
- Solid built
- 512MB RAM
- 5 mega pixel camera with flash, Geo tagging and autofocus
- MicroUSB port
- MicroSD card slot
- Build Quality
The Nexus One has been built with top quality materials, decent design and attractive colors. The key design feature in this phone is the metal frame that extends to the back of the phone. The back cover gives a rubber like feel, which is nice to hold and provides good grip. Its highly reflective screen is fine to be used indoors, but doesn’t perform well in daylight. AMOLED screens don’t use strong backlighting, making them power efficient, but don’t provide the best outdoor performance. The display is sensitive to the lightest taps due to capacitive technology. The trackball at the bottom isn’t essential; every function of the device can be controlled by touch and the capacitive keys, though it can be handy when wearing gloves.
Android 2.1 comes preloaded in the Nexus One. It brings in a couple of new changes that are sure to enhance user pleasure. Several accounts can be added in the device for email and contact sync. Keyboard structure has been improved to a great extent, making messaging fast and efficient. The web browser provides support for double tap zoom, HTML5, video tag, and geolocation API.
The homesecreen of the Nexus 1 is pretty different from other Android siblings out there. The default space on the screen has been extended to 5 screen panels. The app launcher has changed as the sliding tray has gone, and virtual button at the screen’s bottom brings in a grid of icons to fill the screen. Scrolling gives an attractive 3dimensional touch, the top and bottom icon lines tilt and give an effect as if they were wrapped from the sides. The live wallpapers make the home screen very attractive. These wallpapers react to screen taps or music tracks. The only downside of live wallpapers is that they drain the battery quickly. There are no lags due to the fast 1GHz snapdragon processor and 512MB RAM.
Camera, batter and conclusion
The 5MP camera is not much of a looker. The features are pretty basic, with images not being as vibrant as some competitors. Still, the camera is good enough and enables users to take decent pictures and record D1 quality videos. The 1400mAh battery performs pretty well by providing up to 290hours of standby time, and 7 hours talk time on 3G networks. The Nexus One is of the best mobile devices of its time. Google has been able to outdo the android crowd by delivering this amazing device.