Nexus One

I just acquired a Nexus One.  Although I am an happy iPhone 3G owner and user, I wanted to get a Google branded phone for two reasons :

First, now that Google announced they will stop selling it, it will probably become a collector piece.  Secondly, I wanted to start exploring both Android user experience and Android as a development platform.

I am not saying I am definitively switching my iPhone for the N1, I am just curious to discover the differences and understand the good and bad points of each platform.

After having spent a couple of days with the Nexus One, I am pleasantly surprised both with the hardware and the software. I will write more about the software part in a separate note.

Things I like on the hardware side :

  • Replaceable battery.  I never needed to replace my iPhone battery, but I like the idea the option is open.
  • Replaceable memory card.  The MicroSD allows to increase memory capacity if needed.
  • Better camera (but I am using an “old” iPhone 3G, I never tried the 3GS or 4G yet)
  • Standard USB plug for charging – alleviate the need for proprietary cables in my bag

I do intent to write a more detailled note covering software and end user experience in the coming weeks.

  1. #1 by Alexis MP on 11/06/2010 - 08:50

    OTA synching for everything is one of my favorite feature. Although the turn by turn GPS is now probably a close 2nd.

  2. #2 by sst on 11/06/2010 - 08:57

    I mostly agree. I will try to elaborate more on the software side in another note.

  3. #3 by Pascal on 11/06/2010 - 09:29

    I heard David Heinemeier Hansson say that it is simply worse than the iPhone, since it feels like a phone made by developers. The pros you mention are indeed more “advanced user features”, so I’m curious how you like the overall day-to-day experience compared to the iPhone.

  4. #4 by Wayne Gifford on 16/06/2010 - 03:02

    I love the tight integration with google. And it is FAST! I’m trying the Moto Droid and the HTC EVO (if they ever ship the damn thing!)

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