Thursday, January 21

Nexus One - My switch seems permanent

After a week of using Google's Nexus One, I am not missing my iPhone and looks like my switch to Android is for ever. This didn't happen when I tried the Nokia E series and SE K series phones earlier nor did the previous androids impress me for more than an hour. 

Hits and Misses
Minus the huge list of accessories, apps and the awesome iTunes media management system, Nexus One beats Apple iPhone in every other respect. 

Best of Nexus:
  • Speed almost double of 3GS
  • Screen is Just awesome - brilliant images and video
  • Good Phone: call handling and signal strength (3G networks not used)
  • Excellent handling of notifications (calls, sms, email, gmail, FB, you name it)
  • Seamless integration to Google service (gmail, talk, picasa, calendar,etc)
  • Customization options
  • GPS and navigation app is far superior
  • Browser is faster and better in most cases, though grossly missing in multitouch
  • Camera better than iPhone in most lighting situations including video

Sour part
  • No multi touch
  • Poor media handling - No itunes like service
  • Poor third party app support - even FB app doesnt do much ( it took 2 yrs for FB to come up to mark in iPhone too)
  • Accessories and addons - Nil (poor adoption by third party accessories developers) 


Nexus One looks more like a benchmarking effort by Google to drive its partners to developing even better devices to strengthen Android platform. A showcase device which can attract developers as well as catch the attention of mainstream media and content delivery companies which are looking at Mobile as a new viable content delivery model. 

Nexus One may be Google's "testing the waters" edition but it indeed is a step in the right direction. To a future of better and much more versatile Android based phones, from Google or its Partners, Apple does have a tough time ahead. 

Apple tablet - itab/islate/whatever

Meanwhile, all eyes are now trained to Jan 27 Steve Job's event, when Apple showcases its new tablet baby. Will it change the world like iPhone? 99.9% sure, unless Mr. Job's screws it up big time. Afterall, we expect him to give us something to replace our Notebook, Net book, Smart phone, PMP, Kindle, PSP, Garmin and many more.... 


Saturday, January 9

Nexus One vs Competition

Here is a nice comparision chart listing the "Super phones" - Apple iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, Motorola Droid and the Google Nexus One.

Palm pre didn't excite me while Iphone 3GS remained elusive for Indian customers with Apple shying away from launching it in India and Grey market rates for unlocked 3GS remains prohibitively expensive. Motorola Droid was awesome but sadly it won't work on GSM and is locked to Verizon.

Then came the Nexus One, right price, great hardware, works on any GSM network and bundled with Apps from Google. It's worth a buy at around Rs 25000.

Check the below chart via Mashable

Nexus One - the next iPhone?

Without much thought, I have ordered mine through my Collegue and Good Friend Venky in US, who has been more than willing to order and ship my N1 to Mumbai, the very same way I got my iPhone around 2.5yrs back.

Venky as turned Santa for me yet again and wants to see whether the gorgeous NexusOne can create a rift in my love for my gen1 iPhone which is still going strong.

Nexus One

Google says,
"Manufactured by HTC, the Nexus One features dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc., a large 3.7" OLED display for deep contrast and brilliant colors and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ chipset for blazing speeds. Running on Android 2.1, the newest version of Eclair, the software includes innovations like a voice-enabled keyboard so you can speak into any text field, fun Live Wallpapers, a 3D photo gallery for richer media experiences and lots more. Of course, it also comes with a host of popular Google applications, including Gmail, Google Voice and Google Maps Navigation."

Bye bye Apple, atleast for the time being. But I love you guys for changing the way mobile phones are used, for keeping firmware compatible with earlier models and keeping things simple and elegant.


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A Google nexus?

The Nexus One is here and thousands including me have ordered the new toy from Google without any hesitation. After all what to doubt when it's Google.

But as I wait for delivery, I am having afterthoughts that Google has evil intentions and Nexus One indeed is a Nexus. Havnt they betrayed Motorola and others who spend millions promoting Android for Google. Motorola must be bitter with Nexus One being launched within 2 months of Droid campaign which made Android a familiar name among the masses.

Havnt Google betrayed it's partners by going back on their intial statement that they will work on the OS only.

Google does have a perfect justification that Android needs a bigger push and the outcome would be beneficial to all partnering in the Android platform. Good thing is that Nexus One is not locked to any particular network.

As gadget lovers and consumer, what can be better than Google themselves taking up the challenge to beat Apple iPhone.

I still have wait till thursday for my Nexus One to reach Mumbai.


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