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Nexus One – I want!

I thought I wanted an iPhone – but now that I have seen the Nexus One – love at first sight!

From Engadget:
Well here you have it folks, honest-to-goodness pics of the Google Phone… AKA, the Nexus One. As you can see by the photos, the design of the device is largely similar to those we’ve seen, but the graphic on back is slightly different, and that piece of tape is covering a QR code (how very Google of them). Just like we’ve heard before, the updated OS features new 3D elements to the app tray, as well as an extended amount of homescreens, though it looks like the lock screen / mute is the same as in Android 2.0.1. Additionally, there’s now a new grid icon at the bottom of the homescreen, which when pressed brings up a webOS card-style preview of all homescreen pages — which raises some interesting possibilities. Apparently there’s been a new software update for the device pushed tonight, and sure enough the phone is identified as the Nexus One on the system info page. Quite clearly this device is running on T-Mobile, and is also using WiFi, so there’s two other questions you’ve got answers to. The phone also appears to come loaded up with Google Navigation (a bit of a no-brainer) and the brand-spanking-new Google Goggles. Hardware wise, the Nexus does look incredibly thin and sleek, and while there’s not a slew of buttons (those four up front are clearly touch sensitive), there is a dedicated volume rocker along the side. Oh, and note this… no HTC logo anywhere to be found. We’ll update the post as / if we get more info, but for now, feast your eyes on the gallery below!

Update: One item of interest. In the packaging there’s a quick start guide which points users to a “questions” page at google.com/phone/support. The page is a dead end right now, but it certainly gets an eyebrow raise from us. If there is a real Google Phone in the offing, that seems a likely landing page for support.

Update 2: In case you’re interested, here’s Android 2.1’s boot animation for Nexus One. Eerily familiar, no?

January 2, 2010 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Communication, Technical Issue

15 Comments »

  1. Android is the next generation!
    I want one toooooo!!!!!!

    Comment by Aafke | January 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. I want an android too and I thought I wanted a nexus one cause google wouldn’t compromise anything
    BUT there is no bluetooth in this one 😦
    Android phones are the way to go 🙂

    Comment by vinniecorp | January 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. You are both right, it is the Android that I want. And . . . I have heard rumors that it will be available TODAY!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. Who said that this phone doesn’t have bluetooth? That’s bs. Ofcourse it has bluetooth. I wanna get my hands on this badly too :(. I’m currently using 2 rooted/modded HTC magics as my everyday phones. Release day IS today, google.com/phone is active now, but they’re not shipping to Qatar :(. Must find a way around that.

    Comment by Qatari | January 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. LLOOLL; I’m sure you will find a way! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. The only way that comes to mind right now is eBay. But paying 700$ for a 530$ “superphone” sort of defeats the point :(. Guess I’m gonna have to let one of my friends in the U.S. get me one on his way here.

    Comment by Qatari | January 6, 2010 | Reply

  7. Uhhhh – not to mention dealing with the support issues, the network issues and the repair issues living here in Qatar. Fortunately, I will be in the USA soon and can pick one up – and get the support! I know in Kuwait everyone wanted the iPhone, but unlocking was an issue, and repair continues to be an issue. . . Plus, I’d like to give it a few months to work the bugs out – and there are always bugs in the newest technology, although the reviews I read seem to say it is more evolutionary than revolutionary.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 6, 2010 | Reply

  8. As far as support/repair issues go, you’re on your own; if something goes wrong and you can’t fix it, you’re left with a brick. That’s not gonna stop me from getting a Nexus One though, I’m currently on 2 customized/rooted HTC Magics; one from eBay and one from Canada (Roger’s. And yes, the Roger’s phone doesn’t support 3G frequencies here, so it just connects to EDGE, which is unbelievably slow especially with Vodafone’s network, and it’s the main reason why I bought a 2nd Magic from eBay). And concerning network issues, according to the specifications the Nexus One is 100% compatible with the Qatari phone network (3G and GSM WILL work).

    Comment by Qatari | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. LLLOOOLLL @ ‘left with a brick’ except that when it happens, you want to cry!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. Okay, I checked the specs and yes it does have bluetooth so we’re good there
    It’s the multi-touch that I can’t confirm… there’s a patent dispute with apple and because of that google decided not to switch on the multi touch capability although the system does support it
    It is available as of January 5th order it online at http://www.google.com/phone

    Comment by Vinnie | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. Thanks, Vinnie!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  12. The phone itself supports multi-touch inputs, but the apps don’t have the MT function (pinch zoom, dual keyboard input, etc) implemented. According to a source, Google and Apple are currently in better terms than before. The reason Google haven’t added MT (at least in the US version) IS because of Apple’s MT patent. Wonder why they couldn’t sort it out. The European version of the Nexus One should be getting it though. ( http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/surprise-surprise-htcs-euro-spec-nexus-one-does-multitouch/ )

    Comment by Qatari | January 8, 2010 | Reply

  13. I’m betting you are right, Qatari, and Google and Apple (two of my favorite forward-thinking companies) are in the process of sorting it out. Of course, it will be a major challenger to the iPhone.

    I don’t care one whit about being the first to own a new technology; I like to wait one generation while all the gen1 owners complain and the company works out the bugs, then I buy. It makes me a happier consumer.

    I also understand that when news of this phone came out, stocks in Garmin and Tom Tom, etc, dropped drastically. This phone will be a real multi-tasker.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 8, 2010 | Reply

  14. Order using a US proxy and have it shipped here by a mail forwarding service such as Aramex Shop and Ship.

    Comment by Ali | January 8, 2010 | Reply

  15. Thanks, Ali. I’m heading back shortly for a visit, and I will just pick one up then. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 8, 2010 | Reply


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