Google Nexus One Review: Firstborn: Retail Package, 360-degree Spin, Design And Construction

By 11:54 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

Great retail package

You may’ve seen the Nexus One Desktop Dock. Guess what, it’s not in the box. But pretty much everything else is. Along with the handset itself, you acquire a Universal Serial Bus (USB) charger, standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable and a quick start guide.

There is also a one-piece headset with music controls. The more demanding among you will probably acquire a replacement. Fortunately, the supplied headset isn't your only option since the Nexus One is kind enough to offer a 3.5mm audio jack.

The Nexus One unboxed

Digging deeper you'll also find a 4GB microSD card and a stylish carrying pouch.

Google Nexus One 360-degree spin

Friendly size is a key asset of every touch phone, especially with screens getting bigger by the month. The Nexus One boasts a 3.7” display but into our pocketability requirements. At 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm, the Nexus One is quite a pocket-friendly gadget. The Google phone weighs 130 g and its curved edges create it see smaller than it actually is.


Design and construction

The Nexus One is made by HTC and it feels like Google didn’t have the face to ask them to really try and create it different. Or was it that HTC pinched the Google design and used it on a couple of their own phones. Whatever, the Nexus One is a solid, poised and good-looking gadget. We’re not sure though the uncanny resemblance to HTC Touch2 works in its favor.

Google Nexus One

Another inevitable lookalike is the HTC Desire. But there’s nothing out of the ordinary here: the Desire is HTC’s very own version of the Google phone with Sense UI and an optical trackpad instead of a trackball. The Desire has a subtle hint of a chin and hardware buttons, while the Nexus One goes for capacitive controls.

As most touchclassy screen devices, Nexus One hasn’t too much freedom to experiment with design but we’re excited Google chose to bet on quality materials and strong build. The slim and elegant body doesn’t hold away from the solid gadgety see of the Google Phone, and the subdued color scheme is more than welcome.

The key design element of the Nexus One is the metallic front frame that extends asymmetrically around back. It’s got a soft brushed finish (could be teflon coated). The rear surface is rubbery and very pleasant to touch. It is slow to hold fingerprints but when it does eventually acquire smudgy, the prints are very hard to clean.

The classy screen seems to have no oleophobic layer (like the iPhone 3GS) and gets all smudgy in no time. Our main concern though is the really high level of reflection, which makes it nearly impossible to utilize outdoors in the colorful sun.

Anyway, indoors it’s a brilliant performer, quite what you’d expect in an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen. AMOLEDs don’t utilize as strong backlighting as TFT displays, which makes them power-efficient, plus image quality is superior. The Nexus One can’t really match



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