IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Google Nexus One review

We review Google's superphone the Nexus One to see what UK users can expect when it hits the Vodafone network over here.

Google Nexus One
Price
£520

Even though it wasn't officially introduced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google's Nexus One phone was definitely the top technology topic at last week's convention.

Any and every journalist or industry wag who was carrying a Nexus One in their pocket in Las Vegas became an instant celebrity. Video cameras of all shapes and sizes followed those lucky enough to have a the coveted handset so they could show off the device and describe their feelings.

We decided it was best to live with our "real Google Phone" test sample for a few days before telling you about it. We're glad we did, as we made some interesting discoveries.

Thin, slim and drop-dead beautiful, the HTC-built Nexus One is the most modern Android smartphone to date. It has to be compared to Apple's iPhone 3GS to understand just how important this phone really is.

Overall, both phones are nearly the same size on the outside. The Nexus One is a drop thinner overall, but for the most part, the dimensions are pretty close. The Nexus One's Snapdragon processor is 66 per cent faster than the processor in the iPhone 3GS (1GHz vs. 600MHz). Google's smartphone has a 3.7in AMOLED screen (800 by 400 pixels).

The iPhone 3GS sports a 3.5in display (480 by 320 pixels). Both phones handle Wi-Fi connections and Bluetooth, and both are GSM/EDGE world phones - the iPhone launched on O2 in the UK, and the Nexus One will launch on Vodafone.

The Nexus One has a five megapixel camera. The iPhone 3GS: 3.2 megapixels. The iPhone comes with either 16GB or 32GB of fixed storage while the Nexus One has 512MB of built-in storage plus a 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB).

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

Google Earth Engine open for business on Google Cloud, in corporate sustainability push
Cloud

Google Earth Engine open for business on Google Cloud, in corporate sustainability push

28 Jun 2022
Apple executive rejoins Google over remote work policy
flexible working

Apple executive rejoins Google over remote work policy

18 May 2022
Here’s the first look at Google’s new Bay View campus
Business operations

Here’s the first look at Google’s new Bay View campus

17 May 2022
Google offers UK SMBs £87,000 scholarships to boost tech skills
Careers & training

Google offers UK SMBs £87,000 scholarships to boost tech skills

10 May 2022

Most Popular

Salaries for the least popular programming languages surge as much as 44%
Development

Salaries for the least popular programming languages surge as much as 44%

23 Jun 2022
The UK's best cities for tech workers in 2022
Business strategy

The UK's best cities for tech workers in 2022

24 Jun 2022
LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks
Security

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks

27 Jun 2022