Google Nexus One Announcement More Fizzle than Pop

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Google’s announcement last night of the nitty gritty of its upcoming phone, the android-based Nexus One, has been one that’s more of a quiet fizz than the bang that many had expected.

Surely by now we can do away with the trackball, guys...

Still, many were pleased to learn more about the device that’s been a hot topic for the last few weeks, despite the relative lack of hard information until now. Many of the leaked details of the phone’s specifications have now been confirmed, so we’re curious to see just what Google intends to do with its impressive horsepower.

Of course, the biggest problem with yesterday’s Nexus One announcement is that the device has a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display, 5 megapixel camera (though with an LED flash that should help shame the cameras on some of HTC’s other recent devices, Hero, we’re looking at you here), and the usual array of sensors to be found on most Android phones, including compass, GPS, accelerometer and of course, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The big disappointment, for many, has been the news that the internal device memory is still just 512MB, which doesn’t leave quite as much room as many had hoped for when it comes to apps downloaded from the increasingly popular Android Market. Still, we’ve been informed that an upcoming update to Android should boast the ability to install apps directly to an SD card, which would help considerably.

Still, the fact is that beyond the hardware the Nexus One announcement hasn’t had quite as many surprises as some had hoped, leading to a position where Google is launching a device that is, by all accounts, very attractive indeed, but not quite the “game changer” that many had expected.

Anyone interested can check out the Nexus One in more detail at Google’s page for it.

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3 Responses to “Google Nexus One Announcement More Fizzle than Pop”

  1. DamoElDiablo Says:

    It seems to be a slightly altered version of the Hero to be honest!
    (Which isn’t altogether surprising, given that HTC built this phone for Google)

    I have to say I’m using the trackball on my Hero a lot more at the minute, as the capacitive touchscreen doesn’t like gloves, so I’m glad it’s there!

    • komplettie Says:

      As a glove-wearing man who owns a HTC Hero, I’m more than a little disappointed that I hadn’t thought of this :/

      As for the Nexus One being essentially a Hero in Google clothing, I believe the Hero and the Droid Eris are practically the same underneath the skin. The Nexus One boasts that nicer processor, but I can’t imagine they’re too different beyond that.

  2. Calum Says:

    It still reminds me of a beige Ford Cortina my dad owned in the 80’s, I’m afraid.

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