Nexus is the name of a place – “utopian dimension” in Star Trek where all wishes are fulfilled. While launching its so called “superphone” under HTC brand, Google was thinking the same. This superphone – HTC Nexus One runs on the Google Android operating system. Google has started promoting its so called superphone long before its launch. What does it offers? Why it is called superphone? The Nexus One features gorgeous AMOLED display, fast Snapdraggon processor, noise cancellation feature, and voice dialing. However, the Nexus One does not include Bluetooth hands-free dialing, and Outlook Calendar Sync. Its application storage is limited to internal memory and the music player needs improvement. Noteworthy that Google Android OS is the main ammunition of the HTC Nexus One. Its unlocked version costs $529 without any contract, whereas it is also available for $179 with two year T-Mobile service agreement. Nexus One will be sold exclusively by Google and the company may try to control the typical U.S. carriers. What’s more – Verizon Wireless is trying to launch the CDMA version of the Google phone this year.
3.7 inches AMOLED display has 800×480 pixels resolution that supports 16.7-million colors. The HTC Nexus One features multi-touch, inbuilt accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. The touch-screen is quick responsive and accurate. The Google phone provides haptic feedback. You cannot customize the sensitivity and touch calibration.
Google Android 2.1 operating system adds animated backgrounds that work with touch; live wallpaper and 3D graphics. The HTC Nexus One has five customizable home screen panels like the Motorola Cliq. You can add/remove shortcuts and folders on the home screens and use the dedicated Google Search. The main menu is quite similar to that of previous Android cell phones. You can limit animations on display and also adjust backlight time and brightness.
You will find the touch controls including notification menu button, search key, home button, and back key located on the bottom of display. A long press at home screen will show recently used features, while a long press at search control will activate the voice search. There is also an optical trackball located beneath the display, but we will prefer to use the touch-screen interface.
3.5mm headset jack and the power button sits on the top. You will find the camera lens with flash and space to write message on the back side. The volume rocker sits on the left spine, while SIM card and micro-SD card slots are located behind the battery cover. The combined micro-USB port for both USB cable and charger sits on the bottom.
The HTC Nexus One – Google Superphone can store the contacts limited to available memory. Each entry can save multiple phone numbers, nicknames, instant messenger names, URLs, emails, work information, and more. Gmail account contacts will be automatically synced and the Nexus One can also sync Microsoft Exchange and Facebook contacts.
The messaging features include text and multimedia messages, inbuilt Yahoo Mail, Gmail, support for POP3/IMAP4/SMTP accounts, and Microsoft Exchange via Outlook Web Access (OWA). Gmail Calendar will be synced automatically. Currently, the HTC Nexus One – Google Superphone does not support Outlook sync. At the time of writing review, the Google had announced to deliver an update about the same and to develop Enterprise model very soon.
The main selling feature of HTC Nexus One is the speaker-independent voice commands that do not require any type of voice setup. You can update the Facebook account, compose a text message and search using your voice. However, you have to download Google Voice Search from Android Marketplace. It will require you to press the microphone icon to activate this feature and to use other icons for moving between text fields. We are disappointed that the full HTML Web browser does not have Flash Lite support, however, we will prefer the manufacturer to include the same.
The additional highlights are Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth, A2DP stereo, text-to-speech, compass, full duplex speakerphone, and calculator. The HTC Nexus One also comes with preloaded Google Googles to search appropriate Web pages for captured image, Google Talk, Google Voice, Picasa, Google Maps with search suggestion and night mode, and YouTube. There is also a CarHome application that offers voice based turn-by-turn directions, real time guidelines, and local search.
5-megapixel camera of the HTC Nexus One features 2x digital zoom, flash, auto-focus and video recording. The still capture options are three quality settings, infinity focus, white balance presets, and color effects. You can also record videos up to 30 seconds for MMS and up to 30 minutes at 20fps. The overall photo quality was satisfactory while testing. The images had natural colors with a bit noise. The video quality was average.
You can forwards pictures and videos using MMS and one-touch upload to YouTube and Picasa. The Gallery app shows stack-wise arranged pictures with their respective name. You can also arrange them in grid format and swipe your finger on the display to browse them.
The inbuilt media player of the HTC Nexus One features play-lists, shuffle and repeat modes and album art. The other music features are FM Radio and option to download wireless songs through Amazon MP3 Store.
We made few calls through quad-band the HTC Nexus One – Google Superphone via T-Mobile service for testing. The overall call quality was good. We received loud and clear sound at our end and the noise cancellation feature worked perfectly to provide much clearer sound. The callers also received good sound at their end. The speakerphone call quality was also satisfactory.
TheHTC Nexus One has battery life of 10 hours talk time in 2G and 7 hours in 3G. The idle standby time is 12 days in 2G and 10.4 days in 3G.