The past few weeks the entire internet has been going bonkers over the Google phone, yet another in a long line of Android phones that has everyone’s knickers in twists. Up until now we had to go by small photos and Twitter messages from Google employees, but now we have full specifications, a hands-on, and video.
The specifications for the Google phone, the Nexus One, sound pretty good. It supposedly has a powerful Qualcomm QSD 8250 (Snapdragon) 1Ghz processor, 512MB RAM, 512MB Flash memory (expandable to 32GB with Micro SD card), a 5MP mechanical autofocus camera with LED flash, and of course a boatload of network-related stuff that I don’t understand.
All this power leads to a very smooth, fast, and responsive phone, according to Gizmodo, who published a hands-on with the Nexus One. “Google just gave Motorola (and Verizon) a swift shot to the TSTS, because the Nexus One is astonishingly faster than the Droid,” they write, “The speed dominance was most evident when we compared the loading of webpages, but even when you’re just scrolling around, launching apps and moving about the OS, you could tell that there’s a beefier brain inside the N1.”
The screen is apparently another bright spot (ba-dum-tish), as Gizmodo claims it is even better than the Droid’s, which was already considered to be the best in the business. It has the same resolution as the Droid’s, but the brightness is even better. The phone does not do multitouch in the maps or browser application, but that’s most likely a legal issue and not a hard or software one.
In any case, Gizmodo concludes that this is the Android phone to get – assuming Google brings it to market. “If you want Android phones, this is the one to get, provided Google goes ahead with the rumored plans of either selling it themselves or partnering with T-Mobile in a more traditional role. Droid, shmoid; Nexus is the one you’re looking for,” Gizmodo states.
So, will Google sell this phone? Well, rumour currently has it that it will be invitation-only starting January 5, most likely to Android developers. Another rumour adds that T-Mobile will, at some point, start selling the phone later on next year.
Last but not least, here’s a video walkthrough of the Droid and its UI.
I have to hand it to Google: they know how to build hype.