Review: Thoughts on the Google Nexus One, and Android, from a long time Nokia owner and Symbian user

I’ve been using the Google Nexus One exclusively since February 10th, and after one month of getting to know most, if not all, of the capabilities of my shiny new toy, I figure it’s time to share some thoughts about the device itself, and the software it runs. Now before you dive into this review, let me make a few things clear. The Nexus One is my first Android device, my first touch screen device, my first Qualcomm Snapdragon powered device, and most importantly, it’s a device I purchased with my own money. This is my smartphone, not a review unit I have to return.

What was the thought process that went behind the purchase of the Nexus One?

The last mobile phone I paid for out of my own pocket was a Black Nokia N82. It cost me $593, and I ordered it on Apr 12, 2008. I already had the brown version of the device, thanks to Nokia’s Marketing Department it was free, but vanity got the best of me; I knew I had to have the Black N82 from the very moment I saw it. Since then I’ve only had one other phone, the Nokia E71. That too was provided gratis by Nokia, but this time it given to me by Human Resources. It was my work phone during my year and a half with the company, and it stayed with me even after I left. Before the E71, and the N82, there was the N95, which was a gift, the E61i, yet another gift, and finally the E61, which was my first Symbian device. I ordered that one on November 5, 2006 for $412.30.

I’ve only been a Symbian user for 3 years and 4 months, before that I had a string of Nokia devices that ran S40, and lately I’ve been dissatisfied with not only Symbian, but Nokia as well.

The mobile phone industry, during the early to mid 2000s, was one that went through incremental changes. Like clockwork you could expect that every year a device would come out on the market that was a millimeter or two thinner, had a slightly better camera that probably had an extra megapixel, and a screen that was brighter, larger, and had a higher resolution. This incremental evolution began accelerating in 2007, not only with the introduction of the Apple iPhone, but with the Nokia N95 as well. Those two devices represented a turning point in the industry.

The iPhone, hate it or love it, emphasized ease of use over hardware specifications. It did everything most smartphones did that came before it, but it did it in such a way that made it accessible to anyone who could operate a television remote control. It was expensive, both in terms of what you paid retail, and the tariff you had to pay your operator, but you got unlimited data and could figure out how to use all of its functions after less than an hour with the device. After the first iPhone came out, everyone started making touch screen devices, and everyone tried to make their devices easier to use. Most have failed, but it doesn’t matter, they’ll get it right eventually. What’s important is that Apple started a trend toward slate form factor touch screen devices, and we’re only going to see more and more devices that look like the iPhone going forward.

The N95, forget about how bad the first firmware was, was an excellent achievement of engineering. It was expensive, and it made an unsightly bulge in your trouser pocket, but it had the best components the industry was making at the time. Easy to use it wasn’t, but like the iPhone, people purchased it to show off their economic status. Geeks who knew what they were doing could reap all the benefits of what that device had to offer, but I’d argue most N95 owners, at least during 2007, barely used their browser, or the built in Maps application. Since the N95 was introduced, Nokia’s main goal has been to drive Symbian, and the N95 specification sheet, down to lower and lower price points. Most every Symbian powered device coming out of Finland now has a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and all the things that made us breathless in 2007, but today make us roll our eyes in disappointment.

Fast forward to 2010, and it’s time to pick up something new. At first I wanted the iPhone, but I like to buy my devices unsubsidized and unlocked. Had the iPhone been available to me, either in Finland, or in the USA, for full retail price, I would be writing an iPhone review right now, and not a Nexus One review. To purchase an unlocked iPhone you need to buy it from one of a small number of countries that have laws in place making the sale of mobile phones locked to a particular operator illegal. Now I could have taken a weekend trip to Rome, or Brussels, just to get an iPhone, and soaked up some culture while I was there, but the idea that I had to jump across borders to buy something just because Apple thinks they can shove their business model down my throat seems rather unappealing. There are sites who order these unlocked iPhones in bulk, and then ship them all around the world, but the premium you pay is outrageous. Expansys has the Italian unlocked iPhone 3GS for £810, that’s $1,207 or €890. How much is the iPhone 3GS on Vodafone Italy unlocked? Only €620, which comes out to $845, and I know that sounds a lot, but that’s usually what you pay for a premium smartphone in Europe.

Assuming I could buy an iPhone for a fair price, why do I want one anyway? It’s the software, and not 3rd party applications either, but Apple’s iPhone OS. People who purchased the first iPhone, way back in the summer of 2007, are able to run the latest and greatest version of iPhone OS. They get the bug fixes, they get the new features and the faster web browser. Before the iPhone, you only got those things if you bought a completely new device, and in my eyes that’s the best part about the platform. The guarantee that your device will not be obsolete long after you bought it.

So how did I end up with a Nexus One? Well … due to a series of unfortunate events I found myself back in America for 45 days. I figured that while I was there I should take advantage of the only good thing about America these days, and that’s cheap consumer goods. For the first time in my life, I can honestly say that nothing in Nokia’s portfolio interests me. The N900 is too big, the E72 is a downgrade, both in build quality, and design, compared to the E71, the N97 is a joke, the N97 Mini is attractive, but then you see S60 5th Edition and want to slam your head against the nearest concrete wall, so what was left? Android.

Yes, there are a lot of Android devices on the market, but I was hell bent on buying something with a lot of horsepower under the hood, and with a screen that could finally take me out of the miserable QVGA hell I’ve been living in since as long as I could remember. I also wanted something that wouldn’t feel like an old device in 12 to 18 months, and the Nexus One ticked all those boxes. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 800 x 480 resolution OLED screen (5x more pixels than my Nokia E71), and I’m hoping that because this is an official Google device, the “Google Phone” if you will, it will get updates to future versions of Android.

I ordered it on February 9th for $572.64 (€420 or £385) and got it the next day.

What’s the Nexus One hardware like?

It’s thin. Very thin. The front is all screen, and the back has a Google logo which most people point to and smile. It has a trackball on the bottom that rarely gets used. It’s only handy when I need to edit text and put the cursor in a very specific location. There are 4 capacitive buttons along the bottom (back, menu, home, search) and they are a pain in the ass to use since you have to touch just above the symbols for your finger to get recognized. You get used to it rather quickly, but it was most definitely an annoyance during the first few days.

The HTC Desire, which is the Nexus One with HTC special sauce thrown on top, has physical buttons. I wish I was patient enough to wait for that device. Anyway, the camera is OK, but it’s not exactly going to replace my Canon point and shoot any time soon. Nokia excels in that area. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is useful, but I don’t really listen to music on my mobile phone so I can’t tell you how awesome or terrible the sound quality actually is.

The built in vibrator is loud, meaning you can hear when the motor is vibrating, but it’s quite difficult to actually feel the vibrations. That’s a shame too since the ringer, even when cranked to maximum volume, isn’t loud enough. I’ve missed quite a few calls because I didn’t feel, or hear, my mobile. Micro USB charging is awesome, and I’m even using a Nokia charger in my bedroom to top up my device at night. The industry’s decision to standardize on one form factor for power was a brilliant move.

Now as for the screen, we’re in a love hate relationship. Looking at 800 x 480 pixels is amazing, pinch to zoom works great, scrolling your thumb across glass feels fantastic, but take the Nexus One outside and you can’t see a damn thing. Even with the screen brightness set at maximum, you need to tilt the device in order to get the right angle to see anything. Luckily Finland is dark for half the year, but spring is coming soon, and that honestly has me worried.

How’s the battery life? It gets me through my day. How long does it take to get a GPS lock? Maximum 3 seconds, I even get a fix inside my home. How’s the reception? My Nokia E71 was better, it got 3G in more places, but the Nexus One isn’t so bad that I’d say I was annoyed. And the voice quality? My Nokia is louder, but my Nexus is most certainly clearer.

There’s nothing else I can really mention about the hardware. Microsoft said something very true at Mobile World Congress 2010, that these days most devices look the same. It’s the software that gets noticed.

What’s Android like then?

I walked into Android with really high expectations. Almost too high. After a month I can honestly say that it’s not any better than Symbian, it’s just different. Let me get the bad stuff off my chest first. The Bluetooth doesn’t fucking work. It’s broken. I’ve yet to successfully send an image from my Nexus One to my Bluetooth enabled laptop successfully. Tethering isn’t built in either. I need to download an application and install it, both on my smartphone, and on my computer, to get tethering to work. That’s a bit bullshit since I’ve had both those features have been working brilliantly on my Symbian devices for over 3 years. The alarm clock ringer also can’t be changed, and whoever made the sound file for the alarm clock in Android 2.1 needs to be kicked in the nuts. It’s the worst possible way to wake up in the morning.

Update: Hat tip to @osulop who showed me how to change the alarm tone.

Now for the good things: The browser. It’s simply mind blowing. It’s fast over WiFi, fast over 3G, the text formats just fine, pinch to zoom works great, you can even view YouTube videos with no problem, and that’s all I have to say about that. I have an iPod Touch running the latest iPhone OS, and the browser on the Nexus One is better, simply because of the increased screen resolution. Compared to the iPod Touch (and the iPhone), the Nexus One has 2.5x more pixels.

Google Services work perfectly, as expected, but you have to configure them properly. When you first boot the device it asks you for your Gmail username and password. After you enter in your credentials you immediately start getting email notifications and you’re also logged into Google Talk. The thing about the notifications is that they all share the same alert tone. I want to be able to tell, just by using my ears, when someone sends me an SMS, an email, or an instant message on Google Talk. You have to manually adjust that. Then the worst part of having everything synced is the contacts application. You open it up and it’s populated with everyone you’ve ever emailed. I’ve had my Gmail account since the first week the service launched, so I have a little over 3,000 contacts. Digg through the menu and you can select to only see contacts with a mobile phone number, but still, I’d rather see that option during the initial configuration screen.

I’m also not sold on this multiple homescreen bullshit either. It’s a trend Apple started, and everyone copied. On my Nokia E71 I’d take my device out of my pocket and start typing in a name, and then from there be able to call, email, or SMS that person. I could also hold down the Symbian key, then start typing the names of applications, and launch what I want without having to do any navigating through homescreens. There is a Google Search widget that allows me to search through everything, but it’s just not as elegant, and frankly not that fast either.

Speaking about widgets, the most useful one on Android 2.1 is a bar with 5 symbols (WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Synchronize, Brightness) that allows you to easily switch those features on and off. No more fiddling with settings. The “Synchronize” button is especially useful since it allows me to turn off push email before I go to sleep, otherwise I’d have my device beeping all night. If you’re wondering why I don’t keep my device on silent at night, it’s because there are certain people who I want to be available for, regardless of what time of day it is; I want to hear their incoming texts and calls. The “Brightness” button cycles between 3 levels of screen brightness, really useful for when you go out on a sunny day and need to see what you’re doing on your screen.

I’ve installed two other widgets: Weather, because I’d like to know how many layers I should wear before leaving my warm flat to walk around this frozen country, and Word of the Day, because one can never have a wide enough vocabulary.

Applications? I only use one. Seesmic. I’ve installed my fair share of applications too, spent many nights just laying in bed and browsing through the App Market and installed anything that looked remotely interesting, and I find that I don’t need any of them. Really, I don’t. Even Seesmic isn’t that perfect, I much prefer using the mobile web service Dabr, but Seesmic is much more finger optimized.

Messaging (read: the built in SMS application) works as expected, but I have had 3 or 4 instances when clicking the Messaging icon on my home screen launched the browser. A simple reboot fixes that problem, but it was still odd the first time it happened. I also still can’t figure out how to send the same SMS to more than one person. I’ve been told that I have to install a third party SMS application, which I did, but I didn’t really like the UI so I got rid of it.

The notification panel is useful, but … it just doesn’t feel right. The concept is beautiful, it just needs a little bit of polish, and I can’t say what it needs exactly, but it just doesn’t “feel” finished. Google Navigation Beta is amazing. Used it while I was staying with my parents in Texas, only a few times, but I was blown away each and every time. Easily the most impressive turn by turn navigation experience I’ve ever had.

Update: How was it going from one of the best hardware keyboards on any mobile device ever shipped to a glass touch screen? First week was hell, second week was slightly better. I’m now flying on this thing and can type with my eyes closed. There was a period of about 3 or 4 days I had key press sounds turned on so I could learn how it felt like to register a key stroke. I then turned it off after Will told me he was going to throw my phone across our apartment in Spain if I didn’t, and I did, and it hasn’t been back on since.

Final Thoughts

Google Android, Apple iPhone, Symbian, Windows Phone Series 7, Palm webOS, all of these operating systems are stealing ideas from each other and executing them either slightly better, or slightly worse than the original implementation. The shock of switching to Android really hit me during the first week or two, but after that I ended up being totally fine. Going forward I think mobile operating systems are going to become less and less important, and that people will just end up spending most of their time in a mobile web browser.

Maybe if I had an iPhone I’d feel different, I’d say apps are cool and useful, but still I don’t think my opinion would change. Maybe I’m getting older and have just become more content with the technology I have, learning to accept the problems it comes with, and have become too tired to fight for something better. All I know is that the Nexus One is fine for what I do on my smartphone, and that’s read. I read all damn day, and I forgive any minor qualms I have about Android when I sit down and bask in the glory of that beautiful 3.7 inch screen.

It really is a sight to behold.

  • Jonathan Morris

    I’ve been a Symbian user since the first devices from Nokia and Sony Ericsson. Before that, I was a loyal Psion user that went on to use EPOC and Ericsson’s early touchscreen R380.

    So, I think I’ve been pretty loyal to an operating system that recently fell way behind the competition – with a level of complacency that is both shocking and disappointing. Symbian devices may be no. 1 (and they still are), but that isn’t going to remain the case forever.

    I have now embraced Android and have the same ‘buzz’ as I did with Symbian all those years ago.

    I also had an Amiga, and despite it being the ‘better machine’, it eventually fell behind because it didn’t keep up the pace. And, it died – even though there were so many plans to update it (just like Symbian Foundation show off all these amazing new ‘catch up’ features on the next version of the OS).

    I’m sorry, but I now believe it’s too late. There are too many other platforms that have the heads up.

    For me, it’s the Motorola Milestone – but then there’s the X10, Nexus One, Desire, Legend and loads more Android devices to come. I can’t even name any exciting new Symbian OS device on the market now or coming soon!

  • Mike

    Well, I didn’t really read the whole article; I stopped when I read “I’m also not sold on this multiple home screen bullshit either. It’s a trend Apple started” well, reality check buddy, Android is a Linux based operating system, Linux has carried multiple home screens for the past I say 15 years, so no, Apple did not start the trend. And that’s the reason why I didn’t read the whole article, get your facts straight.

    • Robert

      Mike, I think he meant on smartphones.

  • Darep

    Glad to know there are others who also appreciate Apple’s iPhone OS upgrade strategy 🙂

    Nice review. I’m a bit jealous about the screen size & browsing experience you now have :((

    Also, it was nice to hear about small things, like the ringer volume; I have a similar problem with the iPhone – but it’s because iPhone is designed so you can adjust the ringer volume at almost anytime. So, I of course accidentally lower it down all the time. Would like a fixed setting for that

    • Ricky Cadden

      Great read – I’ve been waiting to hear your thoughts since our coffee meetup a while back. I’ve been using the HTC Eris alongside various Symbian phones for the past few months, and honestly, I don’t have a preference one way or the other, overall.

      Sure, the browser is better on Android, no questions there, but other features are much nicer on Symbian, in my opinion, specifically when it comes to using the phone as a phone, as opposed to a media tablet.

      However, I just updated my Eris from v1.5 to v2.1 and Android is quickly gaining features and abilities that S60v5 couldn’t dream of – it’s going to be incredibly crucial that the first Symbian^3 devices impress consumers or else they’re going to be tossed by the wayside really quickly.

  • Alex Danvy

    I have no problem at all to send SMS to more than one person using the built-in Messaging app. I type the first letter of the first person, tape its entry in the list, get back to the “To” field and start typing the second name.

  • Robert

    “but the idea that I had to jump across borders to buy something just because Apple thinks they can shove their business model down my throat seems rather unappealing”

    couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Melanie

    I just wanted to comment and say that to SMS multiple people, simply keep adding names to the To: field. It will send SMS’s to all of the people you add at once.

    The shortcoming to this is that if you send a message to a list of names and you already have an SMS chat open from someone on that list, it doesn’t update that chat with your mass SMS. However, if they respond to your mass SMS, their response will be in your already opened SMS with them. If someone on that list responds, and you don’t already have a chat with them open, it will open a new one and again, will not include your original message.

    I just to own an iPhone and I think that it had these same problems, although I can’t be sure because I only send mass SMS’s rarely.

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks for the review!

  • Ratnok, Denver, CO

    What a whiner… everything you whine about below I just did on my Android phone- the exact way that you described.

    “I’m also not sold on this multiple homescreen bullshit either. It’s a trend Apple started, and everyone copied. On my Nokia E71 I’d take my device out of my pocket and start typing in a name, and then from there be able to call, email, or SMS that person. I could also hold down the Symbian key, then start typing the names of applications, and launch what I want without having to do any navigating through homescreens. There is a Google Search widget that allows me to search through everything, but it’s just not as elegant, and frankly not that fast either.”

  • Jody

    The real whining will start when Apple drops support for the 2G phones.

    They have already booked all the profits from those sales (spread over 2 years) and supporting such different hardware platforms is going to start giving them headaches.

  • Robert

    FU. The best thing about America is that you are leaving.

    • Frank

      I agree this guy is needs to leave the sooner the better.

      • James

        Agreed, and stay the f**k out of the U.S.

        • steve

          wow, i didn’t know rednecks could type.

          good for you guys! never stop learning.

    • Moochie

      Ahhh, the 1st Amendment for all.

  • branon

    I am quite sure that there is already stuff in Apple OS 3.0 that you cant do with a 2G iphone anymore. Some of the multimedia and video stuff if i recall correctly.

  • Shimmy

    Excellent review! I think despite its downsides, I’ll be getting a Nexus One whenver there’s on available with AT&T 3G bands onboard

  • gdigenis

    you should download dialer one. its a free app that lets you smart-filter your contacts, the same way you would on a nokia e66. it also lets you click on contacts details so you can pick if you want to call, sms, email, etc that particular contact right from the dialer screen. works great on my milestone which has the same crappy stock dialer as the nexus 1.

    i went from being a die hard s60 fan to an android fan after i bought the n97. it pissed me off so much that i had had enough and wanted to try something new. i bought the htc magic, which i really liked and used it for 6 months, wich is 5 months longer than most phones i have had (over 80 in since the n95-1). i tried the n86 and the n97 mini, and while the hardware was great i just couldnt stand the os anymore. i can do everything i want and need on my milestone and it works great. if the nexus 1 had 3g in canada i would have bought that instead but i am very happy with the milestone. i like the multiple homescreens as it allows me to organize how i use the phone. i have a main screen for my most commonly used items, another with shortcuts for conacting the people i connect with the most every single day, and another for media or entertainment. to each his own, i guess

    and by the way, there are free alarm clock apps that allow you to use songs from your memory card as wake up tones.

    • jordan

      @ gdigenis

      heh.. i too was a dedicated nokia/symbian user – in fact i’ve ONLY used nokia handsets for 14 years – but with my purchase of the n97, i realised i had finally lost interest in tolerating nokia’s sluggish and inconsistent performance. after attempting to customize the s60v5 i eventually had to accept the n97’s pathetically inadequate ROM, CPU and OS the itself were the reasons for my months of anger and frustration with the ,97. Just today i bought an HTC Touch Pro 2 🙂 and in another few months i will be going for the HTC HD 2 with it’s 4.3″ screen! Nokia has become irrelevant and obsolete to me.

      Once my HTC phone arrives i will be throwing the n97 against the tiled floor and taking a perverse satisfaction at watching it ‘die’. I can’t wait!

  • Jables

    Good read and very honest. If you ever have the time (and patience), I’d recommend checking out some of the updates made available through XDA-developers, specifically the radio updates that does wonders for the reception issues.

    As another long-time Symbian user, I agree with almost everything you said, but I think the only things I really miss from my old Nokias are the cameras, stereo speakers, and open BT stack. Even after rooting, the Bluetooth is a pain.

  • Dan L

    I too was a Symbian user for a long time (and before that Nokia as well). I started off in 2003 with the Nokia 3650, then progressed to the 6670, 6682, N80, and N95-3 which I finally stopped using this past September. (Admittedly not as many s60 phones as you had Stefan, but except for the 6670 – got it from Fido – I paid for all of them, want to hook me up with a job that gets me some free phones? lol)
    Now I’m on my 2nd BlackBerry (9000 first and now the 9700) and while there are still things I would change I am quite happy with the switch.
    Don’t get me wrong I loved my s60 phones but the complete and utter lack of support in North America by Nokia was disgusting! My N95-3 was supposedly a ‘Flagship Phone’ and yet it was treated like a bastard step-child, getting very few firmware updates in comparison to its European brothers.
    Interesting thoughts re:Android and the NexusOne. As I stand here today though, I think I will always be a tactile keyboard kind of guy (for cellphones). But your claim of eyes closed typing has me intrigued, when you say that does that assume that you start typing (find the first key) with your eyes open? Or can you do that with your eyes closed as well?

  • Steven Hoober

    Still want someone to tell me what is supposed to be so un-usable about S60. I loved my M95-8GB, and would probably still be getting by with if I didn’t break it physically.

  • aron

    While the reason y u choose nexus over IPhone doesn’t feel fully justified,I liked the way you have put in resentment 4 operator locked phones.

    I think most people who hv been using a smartphone for the past 3 to 5yrs would hv been a Nokia n symbian fan at one point. That includes me.

    It is sad to note that symbian with all its resources n leadership share couldn’t learn from IPhone even after 3yrs whilegoogle managed to build n refine an entire os and ecosystem around it.

    I appreciate apple for making its OS releases backward compatible n letting its existing users take maximum advantage of all improvements and the user being only limited by hardware compatibility.
    I think no other company ever gave such a facility to its customers. I remember SE n Nokia firmware updates were just namesake n to iron out launch bugs. K810 or k800 can easily run the UI given to k850 which was inspired by PSP but SE never gave it to older users. So was Nokia n by far all manufacturers.
    Apple known more as a premium manufacturer who charges on everything did a very shwred but subtle move to offer upgrades free n thus ensuring that all its handsets remain as a viable market for iTunes purchases n operator’s data charges.
    I switched to nexus because 3gs was never launched in India, my life is now lot more dependent on Google services and nexus got a huge screen to read on

  • Cdtan99

    I’ve had no problem sending an image file from my Nexus to my PC (XP) via bluetooth. I didn’t use any special 3rd-party add on either. Just open the file, tap menu-share-bluetooth-computer name and then click access buttons from PC side. I didn’t consult the manual or the web to do this either. Make sure your PC is discoverable though.

  • Cdtan99

    I was a Nokia fan as well. I particularly like the S40 platform as it seemed more speedy than the S60 units I’ve tried. I moved from 3210 (S40) to 7610 (S60- quite slow) to 5310 (very thin, speedy and surprisingly customizable) to E71 (very thin and pretty but surprisingly less customizable than the 5310 and hangs a lot). I’ve only ventured from Nokia once before my move to the Nexus One and that was the disastrous Samsung SGS-U700.

    I’ve had the Nexus One for less than a week and I’m already quite happy with it. I’m still learning how to navigate through it and typing text messages is quite a challenge but I’m hoping I’ll get used to it in time.

    The speed is amazing coming from an E71 and the phone has never hung on me yet. I’m currently investigating a WiFi disconnecting issue on the N1 but it’s not yet a big problem for me.

  • Nicusor I

    Nice article! Very good analysis of the smart-phone phenomena!

  • Michael Hell

    coming from the same situation as you are, i switched from N82 to a HTC Hero. Its a good and a bad Thing.

    Android feels much much fresher than good old Symbian and it makes a fresh experience. Though i think it needs some Applications to work the way i’d like it – SMSpopup, seesmic, taskmanager etc. I miss some of the awesome Apps that Symbian has to offer over the Years, such as Profimail and of course Gravity, cause quite honestly, the Android Mail Client is not exactly top notch.

    Then on the other Hand, symbian is fun to use, works the way i like it (or maybe just the way i’m used to) and has some of the apps i got to love over the year. but, symbian is old, feels totally outdated, misses social integration in contacts f.e. and definitely needs that Symbian Overhaul.

    Anyways, fantastic Read Stefan, thanks for that!

  • greatscott02

    Very good read,nice pace,do not forget that as the whole of android begins to mature you will be able to load any app to meet concepts.I am surprised that nobody mentioned the app Droid security which applies to multiple platforms with ever increasing priority.

  • Katie

    I was reading the article and then stopped abruptly when I read your statement “the only thing good about America these days”.

    I am not sure what kind of country you live in, but I am American, and I DID read your thoughts gladly UNTIL you bash my country trying to sound smart.

    Try to remember, America is much more than it’s actions. We are a people who have feelings and disagree often. We are proud to be American and by God I won’t support someone who hates my country simply because of the actions of a former, or current leader.

    That would be as stupid as me saying that there is nothing good about any country other than the few we Americans hear about. Though, we hear about Russia trying to invade other countries quite a bit… cough cough… Georgia.

    • steve

      i agree and disagree with you katie. i agree that one should not bash america because of a former leader.

      but i think FOX and all of their followers, and there are a lot of them, give us plenty of reason to bash america. of the tea party groups. or sarah palin. or all the other incredibly stupid people, who given america’s wealth, really have no excuse for being so bloody ignorant.

  • Mateo

    The only good thing about America is cheap consumer goods? How about the two innovative phone operating systems this article talks about? (And technological innovation in general?)

    To write off a whole country the way you did is more close-minded and arrogant than any American you may have issues with.

  • Albert

    great review.

    what do you think about E55? It is an intriguing device, the build quality is quite good, it is compact, and pretty capable (600 MHz processor). I am seriously thinking about getting it …. but is hard to find in north america.

  • sun yen

    hi stefan,

    been reading ur blog since ring nokia.
    i have the same ‘path’ and thoughts as you when comes to owning handset. my phone history starts with n80>e61i>n82 brown>n82 black (same reason!)>e71 grey>e71 white>n86 white>e72 grey>e72 brown and finally last 10th Feb (yes same day), i switch to iPhone 3GS..and man, today as i am sitting here typing this comments, i wonder how on earth i ve been depriving myself for soooo freaking long by loyally using nokia!

    i wanted to get nexus one coz the killer screen but i am from malaysia so i don’t even bother getting it from singapore as it is a hassle too, but iPhone here is unlocked.

    i really love this damn phone and i am sooo wrong on being skeptical over it for the last 3 years!

  • sun yen

    oh ya, i like apple ui more than android as it is cleaner, more consistent and less cartoony.

  • Manish

    Great review,

    Almost every-bit of your situation matches me so much..

    Though I was using Nokia 5800 Xpress Music and I would say apart from Browsing experience, it is a very good touch screen phone, specially after Firmware updates.

    Regarding Music on Nexus one:
    Using Headphones, Music “quality” is really really good compared to Nokia 5800 which is a pure Music phone, and almost equal or better than iPhone/iPod touch.
    Though will have to admit, Nokia 5800 has very good & loud on-board speakers compared to N1.

    Regarding Camera on Nexus One:
    It is good, but compared to Nokia is missing many features like: Multiple level of zoom, Self-Timer, Shoot Modes, Auto Sync with Computer capabilities like Ovi Suite.

    Regarding Contact Book:
    It is also good, has some features extra and some less compared to Nokia 5800 Contact Book.
    Something extra is ok, but something less like no option to add Birthday, Anniversary dates from on phone contact book is not acceptable.
    For me it was easy to start with as I already had my contacts synced between MS Outlook, Nokia Contact Book & Google Contacts. Google Contacts allows you to import / export contacts from Outlook and Merge contacts. Though once you have to give time to do merging and filtering of contacts.

    Regarding Internet Tethering:
    I was quiet surprised to see, Nexus One doesn’t comes with preloaded or inbuilt Tethering application. Common Nexus One team, do you think Nexus one has completely replaced Laptop or what? This is pathetic on part of Google to launch something without such a basic and required feature.

    Regarding Bluetooth:
    Not working..

    BTW, did u managed to get your Bluetooth running.. I am also facing the same problem.. is there something wrong in the air of Finland 😉

    Google, if u r reading this… update firmwares as fast as possible.. if have so many basic things missing..


  • scot

    americans r idiots

  • logan

    love my new neuxs one unlocked. me and the wife love the email, internet, stocks, games. apps are fun and it's so practical. looks good, it's not too big like the droid phones. very happy with it. much better than my old nokia phone. it's a great unlocked cell phone. got my last one at 2 thumbs up

  • logan

    i'm pretty dang impressed by this phone so far. i had to get mine unlocked and seems like all the other great htc phones are going cdma right now i wanted the evo pretty bad. anyways this phone is fast, practical, internet is easy to use and i love all the apps. got one for me and the wife at and were happy. looking forward to the rest of the htc phones this year.

  • Auyon

    Article to get a free iphone frm Apple lol

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