Google’s Nexus One Dubbed a ‘Droid Killer’

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A hands-on report at Gizmodo compares Google’s upcoming Nexus One phone to Motorola’s Droid and Apple’s iPhone 3GS, dubbing the Nexus One a “Droid killer,” despite the fact that both run Google’s Android OS. The difference seems to be the Nexus One’s hardware, which the anonymous writer, who initially posted his (or her) views at HTCNexusOne.net, felt was well above the Droid’s capabilities.

Starting with the look and feel of the Nexus One, the writer described the casing as “not smooth like the iPhone, but not as rubbery as the Droid. It's halfway in-between. You can call the design the antithesis of the Droid: smooth, curved, and light, instead of hard, square and pointy. It feels long and silky and natural in your hand—even more so than the iPhone 3GS.”

The writer also described the Nexus One’s screen as “noticeably better” than the Droid, and said “the same feeling carries over when you compare the Nexus with the iPhone 3GS. And it's pretty damn bright, compared to the other two phones. This is probably the best screen we've seen on a smartphone so far.”

As for the hardware, the writer said the Nexus One “is astonishingly faster than the Droid. The speed dominance was most evident when we compared the loading of web pages, but even when you're just scrolling around, launching apps and moving about the OS, you could tell that there's a beefier brain inside the N1.” When loading web pages, the writer said the Nexus One was fastest, followed closely by the iPhone 3GS and “a little while after that” by the Droid.

Nexus One also sports a five-megapixel camera, the same as Droid. (The iPhone 3GS has a 3.2-megapixel camera.) The writer said “it’s not spectacular,” and it lacks the tap-to-focus feature found on the iPhone 3GS. The writer also said the speakers “sounded decent, but not great.” They eschewed making calls on it “because I wanted to keep this as anonymous as possible, and didn't want any sort of way to trace when I used the phone.”

Google has not said whether they will release the Nexus One themselves or partner with another company. The writer felt that if Google makes it “their official Google phone, it'll certify them as the premium Android phone brand out there right now. Even though it doesn't have a hardware keyboard, it basically beats the hell out of the Droid in every single task that we threw at it.”

 

Comments

Lee Dronick

“It feels long and silky and natural in your hand”  smile

aiman

sound impressive, can not wait to see it, when will it be out?

marcsten

Yes, SIr Harry. Someone needs to spend less time with his phone…

CCardona

I call it “Sir Hairy”. Sorry.

Brad Cook

Isn’t there a reason why people talk about tech fetishes, Sir Flashman? smile

Lee Dronick

Yes, SIr Harry. Someone needs to spend less time with his phone?

Can do it till I need glasses? Wait! I do wear glasses! Soon it will be Sir Hairy!

Seriously. I do need to spend less time with my iPhone. Last evening I was going to take the beagles to the dog park. My wife dropped us off so that she could run errands, “I will give you a call when I am on the way to to pick you up.” No you won’t I had left my iPhone in the dock at home. I was almost in a panic, I am rarely without my iPhone, it even sleeps right beside me.

“Well call me from one of our friend’s cell phone and I will call them when I am coming for you.” At the dog park I realized I don’t know my wife’s iPhone number, I don’t remember hardly anyone’s phone number. I know our house line, I remember the phone we had when I was growing up over 40 years ago, but with address book and favorites I haven’t memorized phone numbers. So I am going to start using the keypad to dial important numbers until I have them committed to memory.

In addition this morning I typed up a short list of important phone numbers and put it in my wallet. This is something I did decades ago, but had stopped doing after I got my first cell phone. Suppose I lose my cell phone or am unconscious in the ER and they need to get a hold of my family?

Now as to my “hitting on” that sensuous description Nexus One (not a very sexy name) in this story. I wasn’t the one who wrote the MacObserver headline “AAPL Plays Kissyface with $200.” Well AAPL is currently over $202, so my Apple shares have gotten to second base. smile

iJack

OK. Hairy, how about Sexus One?

computerbandgeek

In addition this morning I typed up a short list of important phone numbers and put it in my wallet.

That’s an EXCELLENT idea. I ran into some trouble with my girlfriend the other day because my battery died and I realized that I never actually learned her #. I think I will go do this right now.

Lee Dronick

OK. Hairy, how about Sexus One?

Great!

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