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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Google Nexus One - Can It Match The IPhone?

By Mark Walters

Upon its release a few months ago, the Google Nexus One has generated a ton of hype amongst smartphone enthusiasts. The Nexus One operates on the Android system designed by Google, while the phone itself is manufactured by the HTC Mobile Manufacturer. Consumers who have already made the switch to the Nexus One will tell you that it is simply the best Android smartphone ever produced.

In some aspects, the Nexus One's look is not altogether different than that of the iPhone. Google's smartphone also has no physical keyboard, resulting in a slim design, slightly thinner than the iPhone. The dimensions of the Nexus One are 119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mm. It is also a rather sturdy phone, even though it weighs only 130 grams.

The capacitive touch screen displays graphics with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. On the bottom of the 3.7 inch AMOLED touch screen are found four buttons: back, menu, home, and search. You can find a trackball pointing device as well as voice controls on the left side. It sounds as though all of these features could easily become confusing, but the incredibly user-friendly control system found on the Nexus One will enable you to fully enjoy the phone in only a few hours.

The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor runs the Android 2.1 operating system. All of the standard connectivity features are contained within. Using WLAN connections, the Nexus One browses the internet with a 3G HSDPA and HSUPA and WiFi. The Nexus One transfers data to other devices with the use of microUSB and Bluetooth, enabling both cabled and wireless data transmission.

As for applications, the Google Nexus One includes a number of software features that make it a pleasure to use. Google Voice is a particularly useful application that has been incorporated. It allows you to use your Google Voice number for sending text messages and making outbound calls. Therefore, if you are a Google Voice user then you can actually make free calls from the phone.

The Voice Keyboard is another great piece of software that comes pre-installed on the Google Nexus One. The text fields throughout the various apps and features of the phone are all voice enabled. With the Voice Keyboard you can talk into the phone and have your words converted into text. You speak and it types for out the words for you, what could be easier? This application is about 90% accurate and is a great time saver.

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