Google Nexus One Cell Phone Review–iPhone Killer?

Folks, if you thought that the iPhone was the absolute indispensible cell phone in the history of ever, you may well be interested to know that the Google Nexus One (which Google sent me to try briefly but not keep so legal wonks will likely scratch their heads on that one) just might be a match for the iconic Apple.

After getting really in depth with this one, trying the various applications and available features, I was astonished.  Once the Google Nexus One really gets going, it’s likely to be a competitor in most ways with the iPhone. It boasts a battery capable of generating at least seven solid hours of talk time (a whole lot more than most), a five megapixel camera, five hundred and twelve megs of RAM (and this needs the RAM, believe me), and a panoply of applications and options so large it would take pages to list them all.

For instance, it’s got a freakishly accurate GPS–it claimed to be accurate to within five thousand meters, but I live on a corner of two different roads, and the dot representing me on the map appeared to be accurate to within, about, five thousand INCHES.  Seriously, it was scary.

I had a great time with the Google voice search–all the power of Google on a cell phone?  Unbelievable!  And the thought that, not only could I literally ask Google with my voice to search for area restaurants, and then with a couple button presses on the touchscreen get a MAP to them from wherever I happened to be at the time (thanks to that scarily accurate GPS) was a thoroughly mind-blowing idea.

Admittedly, the Nexus One doesn’t have the depth of applications that the iPhone has, but that’s only because the Nexus One doesn’t have the same time-length that the iPhone does.  Look for that gap to steadily narrow in the next few months, I’d say.

Though this isn’t all sunshine and lollipops.  I had some difficulties in controlling some of the features here–getting things to work wasn’t always easy.  And there were strange missing things in there, too–I couldn’t find a single game demo in the phone, nor was there an FM radio, things that I thought were downright standard on cell phones now.

But these are small quibbles in an overall impressive much larger framework.  The cost is, however, prohibitively large–Google’s selling them at five hundred twenty nine bucks a pop, but that’s not with the plan and minutes you’ll need to have, so some savings can be had there.

If you’re looking for a seriously powerful phone with loads of options and you hate anything Mac-based like fire, then the Google Nexus One will be just the phone you’ve been longing for.

The Good

Fantastic array of options

Mind-blowing capability

The Bad

Hugely expensive

Steep initial learning curve

Score 9 / 10

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