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Tech Review – Nexus One

As a further technology entry, this is a brief review of the HTC Nexus One which replaced my Blackberry 9700 smart-phone previously reviewed.

The Nexus One was released in early 2010, but I did not start using it until the end of 2010 through early 2011.  Since new smart phones are almost released every other month, this review is long overdue!  However, I have dived into the Android world full force, and am now quite familiar with the platform.  The following are the top 4 pluses and minuses of the Nexus One compared to my former Blackberry.

1.         Screen Size – at about 3.7 inches, the Amoled screen is a good viewing size.  Colors are bright.  Video looks like it should, and pinch to zoom works well.

2.         Browser – the stock Android browser is no frills but generally fast.  It is far better than the BB 9700 browser in every day use.  A bigger plus, is that you have many more choices of alternative browsers on the Android platform.  Currently I like Opera Mobile and Firefox, but have used Dolphin, Skyfire, xScope, Boat, Miren, and others.  It is getting closer to a desktop browser experience, but not there yet.

3.         Customization – you can adapt the Nexus One as you like it.  Custom launchers and themes abound, and for the adventurous, custom roms are available after root.

4.         App Store – the Google App Store (now called Google Play) and secondary ones such as Amazon App Store, have several hundreds of thousands of Apps.  If you can think of it, an App probably exists or is in the works for your use.

1.         Battery life – the bright Amoled screen looks great, but a larger screen equals faster battery consumption.  Haptic feedback is nice, but also consumes power.  Compared to the BB 9700, this smartphone consumes battery about twice as fast.  One day’s charge is about the max, and get used to charging nightly.
2.         Outlook Sync – Android syncs in the cloud to Gmail.  Great concept, but it is just not designed for business out of the box.  Outlook’s calendar can natively sync to Gmail, though not easily and has some bugs.  Outlook’s contacts cannot natively sync to Gmail, though there is a work around.  Here, Blackberry has the edge.

3. Memory –  this is a real issue with the Nexus One.  It only has 512mb of total storage, which after the OS, leaves only 190mb of total storage.  Paltry at best.  Yes you can move apps to the microSD card, but that is a work around and still uses some internal memory.

4. OS – Latest official software is Gingerbread.  While the Nexus line is the first to get official Android OS upgrades (+), Google only releases upgrades every 6-12 months (-), and because of its age this model will not see the latest, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Overall, the Nexus One was a solid Android smart phone.  Actually when released, it was one of the best with its first generation 1ghz Snapdragon processor.  Now, it is barely competitive anymore, but still rather functional with some tweaks.  For me, it has since been replaced so stay tuned for more tech reviews for the working professional.

All Rights Reserved © 2012 by Michael L. Mau, Esq. & The Mau Law Firm


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