We will be reviewing a variety of cellular phones on this web site. We are started with the Apple I-Phone, which is the current leader of the pack and in this post Google Nexus phonewe will review the Google Nexus One Phone.

What follows is an excerpt from TechCrunch Reviews written by Michael Arrington on Jan 5th, 2010.  We have added the detailed specs as provided by Google following the summary. Your comments are welcome.

The phone looks more like the iPhone than any other phone on the market. There is no physical keyboard like the Android-powered Motorola Droid, and the trade off is a much slimmer design. The phone is 11.5 mm deep, slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 12.3 mm. It is also slightly lighter than the iPhone 130 grams v. 135 grams). The package comes with the phone, a removable battery, 4 GB Micro SD storage card (expandable to 32 GB), USB charger and microphone headset.

The Nexus one has four functional touch buttons at the bottom of the screen (back, menu, home, search) and a navigation trackball pointing device. It also has physical power and volume controls. But most of your interaction with the phone will be through the gorgeous 3.7 inch 480 x 800 OLED capacitive touchscreen. This is the best mobile phone display on the market today, blowing away the iPhone’s 480 x 320 display. The screen is bright and alive, and an absolute pleasure to use.

Google Nexus One Phone – Snapdragon

This phone is also powered by the Snapdragon 1 GHz core processor, which is more than able to handle the Nexus One’s 3D graphics, multiple applications running in the background and heavy browser use simultaneously. Unlike previous Android phones, there is no slowdown or lag when you push the phone’s performance, and less of a need to kill applications to keep the device humming.

On the downside: all this hardware bling is an energy hog. The screen will self adjust brightness and Google is smart about turning down the processor when it’s not being used. But I’ve found battery life to be woefully brief, even by iPhone standards. Officially the phone has up to 7 hours talk time, 250 hours standby, 5 hours of 3G Internet use, 7 hours of video playback and 20 hours of audio playback. Unofficially, I was able to kill the fully charged battery with 1.5 hours of continuous gameplay (Robo Defense) on the full-brightness screen. Be prepared to keep this phone near a charger at all times. You can easily view what’s using the battery, though (the screen is 71% of my current usage), and then adjust the hardware or software usage to maximize battery life.

Overall the Android is a superior mobile device, particularly when paired with Google Voice. Google is calling this the first of the Super Phones. And they may not be exaggerating all that much.

Features:

  • 5 mega pixel camera , with auto focus from 6cm to infinity
  • 2 times digital zoom, LED flash
  • User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
  • Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions
  • Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair) Operating system , Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz processor

Display:

3.7 inch display widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen

800 by 400 pixels,  with 100,000 to 1 contract ratio and 1 ms typical response rate

Audio Playback:Audio encoders; AMR-NB 4.75 to 12.2 kbps sampled @ 8kHz

Video Playback: H.263 (encode and decode) MPEG-4 SP (encode and decode) H.264 AVC (decode

Capacity: 512MB Flash; 512MB RAM;  4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Connectors: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack; Dock pin connectors;  Micro USB port

Accessories: Haptic feedback; Second microphone for active noise cancellation; SIM card slot;Micro SD slot

Sensors: Proximity sensor; Light sensor

Headphones: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack

Size & Weight: Height -119mm; Width -59.8mm; Depth-11.5mm; Weight-130 grams w/battery;100g w/o battery

Colors: Black

External Buttons & Controls:

Front / Top

Power;  3.5mm stereo headphone jack;   Charging and notification indicator;   Illuminated capacitive soft keys: Back, Home, Menu, and Search;   Tri-color clickable trackball

Back / Bottom

Camera;   Camera flash;   Speaker;  Dock pin connectors;  Micro USB port; Microphone

Left side

Volume Control;

Cellular & Wireless:

  • UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
  • HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • HSUPA 2Mbps
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Location: Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver; Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning; Digital compass; Accelerometer

Power & Battery:

  • Removable 1400 mAH battery, Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
  • Talk time : Up to 10 hours on 2G; Up to 7 hours on 3G
  • Standby time : Up to 290 hours on 2G; Up to 250 hours on 3G
  • Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G;Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 7 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 20 hours

Languages: English (U.S), French (France), German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean, Japanese, Russian,

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