What You Need to Know about the Google Nexus One

Alex Castle

This morning, Google officially launched the Nexus One, the newest flagship Android phone, and the first that Google is selling and marketing themselves. A lot has already been said about the Nexus One, but now all the details are official.

Here’s what you need to know about the Google Nexus One:

It’s made by HTC , makers of several notable Android phones, including the Hero and the Magic. Google’s selling the thing, but it’ll ship from HTC.

It’s lightweight and thin. It's .45" thick, 4.7" tall and 2.5" wide. It weighs 130 grams, with battery. For comparison, it’s as thin as a regular pencil and weighs as much as a small Swiss army knife.

The Google Nexus One is packing some respectable hardware . Here’s what it’s got:
•    1GHz Snapdragon processor
•    3.7 inch AMOLED screen, 800 x 480 resolution. 100,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time
•    GPS, compass
•    Accelerometer
•    Light and proximity sensors.
•    5 Megapixel Camera, with flash, captures 720 x 480 video at 20 fps
•    Stereo Bluetooth
•    3.5mm headphone jack
•    Two microphones for noise reduction.
•    512 MB of internal flash storage
•    512 MB of RAM
•    Micro SD slot with 4GB of storage included.

Google claims 250 hours of standby battery life on 3G, 7 hours of talk time, 5 hours of 3G internet use or 6.5 hours internet use on Wi-Fi. Additionally, they claim you can watch video for up tow 7 hours or listen to Audio for up to 20 hours on a single charge.

The phone will initially only allow apps to be stored in the 512 MB of internal storage , for piracy reasons. They plan to expand the software to allow storing apps on an SD card in the future, but this is still something to consider if you like playing 3D games on your phone.

The phone is multi-touch capable, but the OS and default apps won’t make use of it , likely because Google’s afraid of getting sued by Apple.

The Nexus One is powered by Android 2.1 , ann updated version of “Eclair.”

The Nexus One features animated backgrounds , rather than still pictures like other phones.

It features voice support for standard features like dialing, as well as new ones, like navigation. In fact, the Nexus One allows you to use voice recognition to complete any text field.

It’ll finally bring Google Earth to Android , complete with voice control.

All of the new software features in Android 2.1 will come to other Android phones in coming days (although not all phones will be able to upgrade to 2.1).

Google’s going to try to get this thing called a “superphone” instead of a smartphone. We don’t think it’ll catch on.

You can buy it today , from Google at www.google.com/phone . It’s available for $530 unlocked, pre-tax, and if you order it today, it’ll ship today.

If you buy the phone unlocked and use it on AT&T, you won’t be able to use their 3G network, just Edge.

You can also buy it through a carrier. For right now, the only carrier with the phone is T-mobile, but if you wait until Spring you can pick it up from Verizon. With a contract, the phone will go for $180, plus tax.

If you’re interested in the Nexus One, check out their official website . You can play with a 3D model of the phone there, although the site seems to be getting hammered pretty hard right now.

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