It was only a matter of time, but it seems that Google’s entry to the smartphone market has already been summarily dismantled and the various bits and pieces subjected to some scrutiny.
iFixit, whose name should be familiar to people who follow the news of new releases in mobile hardware closely enough to want to see hardware stripped down, managed to get its hands on Google’s Nexus One, and promptly strip it down to its component parts.
Once inside though, the folks from iFixit were very impressed indeed by what they found, saying of the HTC device that the manner in which it had been assembled was impressive, and was similar to that of other smartphones, though the hardware is a little stronger. They were particularly impressed by the removable battery.
It’s a very interesting point to make, considering the comparisons between the Nexus One and the iPhone that have been floating around, that despite being thinner than Apple’s offering the battery is user replacable. It’s a small enough point to boast, but it does mean that the Nexus One has one little edge over the iPhone in the hardware department that people will almost certainly be talking about… to say nothing of the 1GHz SnapDragon.
Still, it seems that most people have been a little disappointed with the so-called “Google phone” and, without it housing any more big surprises under the hood, it’s not hard to see why. The general impression seems to be, “Very impressive, and…?”