Facebook
Lindekin
Twitter
Instagram

Google Nexus One GSM/UMTS review

In this part, it will be appropriate to recall that the phone in question, from beginning to end, is the brainchild of HTC, and from Google he got a cardboard box (in the style of HTC, but painted by Google), and an additional logo on the case. I will not repeat a lot of material about why this phone has a very mediocre relationship with Google, read it if you have not already done so.

When positioning a phone, one should talk about who it was created for and who might find it interesting. And here the question is divided into two large components – the countries in which the device is sold officially, as well as all other markets. Considering that Nexus One can be purchased in the US officially, without any restrictions, and it is not tied to any operator, then exporting it to other regions of the world becomes a simple matter. There is a huge difference with the gray market model for the first generation of the Apple iPhone, when the phone was not hacked for several months, then a complicated method appeared using cloned SIM cards, and only then a software method of hacking the device appeared. The difficulty of jailbreaking the iPhone, and the ease of buying a subsidized device, created a small gray market outside the US in the early months. Then, the methods of decoupling from AT&T that appeared made the growth of this market phenomenal while maintaining the low price of the phone, it is enough to note that in two years half a million first-generation Apple iPhones appeared in Russia from the network of the American AT&T.

Let's first look at the countries where Google Nexus One is officially sold, who is interested in this device in them. First of all, these are those who are not tied to the contract of their operator, buy phones on the market for the full price, and choose the most interesting solutions for themselves. As a rule, these are high-priced models. There are not many such people, but for them Nexus One is of genuine interest. Product description plays a role as the first phone from Google, the latest version of Android, and so on. That is, in fact, this is an opportunity to join the latest fashion and technology. There is both an image and a technological component. Exactly the same mix we saw for the Apple iPhone. In the US, the subsidized version of the Nexus One is only available with a new contract purchase on the T-Mobile network, which is not interesting for the vast majority of buyers. It is not possible to switch from your current tariff plan and purchase a phone at a lower cost.

Conventionally, Nexus One buyers can be divided into two large categories, on the one hand they are geeks, those who understand why they need Andorid, how they plan to use it, why they need the latest OS version. There are not so many such buyers, this is a certain niche, which is shown by the market share of Android devices today. They are growing in sales, steadily but slowly. Therefore, today it is impossible to consider the layer of geeks from Android as large, noticeable.

It is a completely different matter in countries where the model is not officially presented, primarily in Russia. The forbidden fruit is sweet, which gives a stunning result. The geek category remains at the same level (the percentage of all buyers is the same for all countries), but the image category grows in times, which ensures maximum sales. I will make a reservation that the growth of the fashion category of buyers is also associated with the low cost of the device for Russia. Similar solutions inside the country cost about 800-1000 US dollars, which makes the cost of 529 US dollars attractive. For those who cannot order or bring a phone on their own, resellers will organize it. The range of prices from 700 to 1000 dollars depends on the appetites of sellers. But these are normal prices for a Russian buyer, familiar to ordinary stores and similar goods, there is no extra charge as such. In fact, buying a phone in the US, you make a bargain, as similar models in Russia will cost more. The absence of a guarantee does not stop people, as the price / quality ratio for this product is the maximum. Plus, a wide discussion of the first phone from Google adds to the image component, which also has a positive effect on sales. The situation with this device is similar in the CIS countries, in other markets where phone subsidization is absent or does not play such a significant role as in Europe and the USA. In fact, the history of the Apple iPhone and the maximum gray market is being repeated in Russia. But the device from Google will not be able to reach iPhone sales, PR efforts are too small, the noise around the model is already fading away, no one plans to support it permanently. Therefore, the Nexus One will be noticeable, but by no means will it become an all-time bestseller.

Above the screen is the charging indicator, which lights up in orange. The speaker is covered with a metal mesh, on the back side there is a hands-free speaker, it also plays the ringtone. The presence of one speaker for calls is not a big minus, but not a plus either. The volume of the call is average, or slightly higher than that. The device has almost no volume margin, which is typical for models for the American market, in any case, this is the Apple iPhone and everything is comparable here.

There is a camera lens on the back panel, the glass covering it is part of the back cover, which is convenient. If this glass is scratched or damaged, you can buy a back cover and replace only it.

On the left side surface there is a paired volume control key, it is heavily recessed, but the ease of pressing compensates for this shortcoming. At the top end there is a power button, a 3.5 mm jack. At the bottom end is a standard microUSB connector, as well as outputs for a desktop charger, as well as a car kit.

Finally, we can say that there are no mechanical keys in the device, only a row of touch keys. These are the return button, context menu, menu, search. Working with touch keys is complicated by the fact that they do not always respond correctly to pressing, this is the biggest disadvantage in the functionality of the phone. This row of keys is not very convenient.

The trackball is familiar from other HTC models, it is exactly the same, it has a light indicator that glows when events are missed. There are a total of three different trackball illumination colors available.

Comparison with Nokia N97:

Comparison with Sony Ericsson Satio:

Let's look at the comparison of the sizes in the plate, and then at the photos of the devices.

Nexus One Motorola DROID/Milestone HTC Hero Apple iPhone 3Gs
Size, mm 119×59.8×11.5 115.8×60.8×13.7 112×56.2×14.4 115.5×62.1×12.3
Weight, grams 130 165 135 135

< /p>

As you can see, the dimensions of the device are typical. However, as well as the materials used. Only Motorola DROID compares favorably, it uses more metal, uses a different type of protective glass (also glass, but more resistant to abrasion). On the other hand, in their class, all models are approximately comparable. Outside this class, according to the materials used, only Sony Ericsson X10, since it uses plastic, there is no metal as such.

Another important issue is the presence of two microphones, as well as the noise reduction system that works in the Nexus One. The manufacturer presents this as a kind of achievement, although HTC is in this case in the position of catching up. Technologically, phone manufacturers such as Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia have better sound processing algorithms than other companies. The development of these technologies has led to dual microphone circuits, as well as the marketing names Voice Clarity, Cristal Clear, and others. By the way, such algorithms do not always require two microphones. Without too much hype, such solutions are being implemented in most models, while HTC decided to highlight its achievement. But within the framework of the market, it is not an achievement, and the phone does not provide any special speech sound, protection from external sounds, and so on. For the average user, everything will be familiar.

Display

The phone uses Samsung's AMOLED display and is one of the latest generations https://cars45.co.ke/mABDoEJfGtirVsoBgUoRc6Ddhttps://cars45.co.ke/mABDoEJfGtirVsoBgUoRc6Dd. Even Samsung employees believe that their company does not sell such matrices to other manufacturers, which led me astray. As a result, it turned out that not only do they sell, but the list of such companies is quite large.

The diagonal of the matrix is ​​3.7 inches, the resolution is 480×800 pixels, it displays the screen up to 16 million colors. For the current generation of devices (for flagships), this is a typical resolution and diagonal. There are exceptional products on the market, these are the HTC HD2 with a 4.3-inch screen, and the Sony Ericsson X10 with a 4-inch screen will also appear in March.

But if we do not take them into account, as purely niche models, we get an average matrix size of 3.5 or 3.7 inches. This is the upper bar for relatively mass products, which are often called flagships. To evaluate the quality of the screen, one could give its characteristics, the response time is less than 1 ms, the contrast ratio is 100.000:1, but it would be better just to show you pictures and comparisons with displays from other companies. For comparison, we have chosen such models as HTC Hero, HTC HD2, Nokia N900, Samsung i8910 HD, Apple iPhone. In addition to the difference in screen diagonal, there is also a difference in resolution for HTC Hero, Apple iPhone, Samsung HD i8910. This should be kept in mind when you look at device screens. Technical characteristics are indicated for displays in the table below, here are comparison photos.

Comparison with Apple iPod Touch:

Comparison with Nokia N900:

Сравнение с Samsung i8910 HD:

Сравнение с HTC HD2:

Качество экрана в Nexus One отличное, он выигрывает у других продуктов, но отнюдь не с ошеломительным перевесом. Разница есть, но чтобы ее заметить, надо смотреть на экраны одновременно. В реальных условиях разница не будет заметна, ощутима.

Экран в Nexus One емкостный, он прикрыт стеклом (пластик который называют «стеклом», это нормальная практика у всех производителей, отличие в том, что при сильном нажатии острым предметом, такое «стекло» можно процарапать, но это редкий случай). В европейских версиях аппарата поддерживается multitouch, в родном аппарате для США его нет. Ровно такая же ситуация в связке Motorola DROID/Milestone. С появлением легкой возможности получить root доступ на Nexus, появление, активация multitouch на любом Nexus станет вопросом нескольких минут.

The advantages of capacitive technology have long been known, just like its disadvantages. On the plus side, you don't have to press hard on the screen, just a light touch. The downside is that in the cold you have to get your hands out of gloves. There are no features in the implementation of the screen on the Nexus One, except for the sometimes inexplicable "freezing" when the screen does not respond to pressing. Such an effect is not observed constantly, but you cannot call it rare either. In the case of the Apple iPhone, the screen begins to behave like this after six months of active use, here from the first days. What is the reason? Do not know. Initially, observing the problem in installed third-party programs, the prototype also sinned on them. But in commercial samples, everything was repeated exactly. My friends who use the device noticed something similar, but it does not cause irritation in them, it is perceived as an erroneous, insufficient pressure on the screen. Therefore, it is probably not worth taking this shortcoming as serious.

The screen, unlike the Apple iPhone 3Gs, is not covered with a special compound that repels dirt, as a result, it is easily soiled, traces of grease from hands are clearly visible on it.

In the sun, the screen fades, and the picture is almost unreadable, the text is not visible. This applies to both the bright winter and summer sun. The photo shows that the picture is almost indistinguishable, this is a minus of the display.

About 16 lines in standard font and service lines fit on the screen, in most applications up to 30 lines in small font are supported. Screen readability is high.

The phone has a built-in light sensor, it adjusts the backlight of the screen. The proximity sensor (proximity sensor) turns off the screen when the device is brought to the ear. Naturally, there is an automatic screen rotation depending on the position of the device, it works well.

Battery

The phone uses a 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of providing up to 10 hours of talk time (2G networks), up to 290 hours of standby time (also 2G). Under the conditions of Moscow networks, the device worked for about one day with normal use (EDGE connection, mail download, Twitter), about 40 minutes of calls.

It should be noted that the operating time of one working day (not to be confused with a day) is quite common for devices of this class, often their owners have to recharge the battery twice a day. In my case it is around 5 pm when the battery is dead. There were no openings here. In Taiwan, my device worked for about a full day, while in neighboring China, similarly to Russia.

It's nice that Android has a built-in utility that shows the energy consumption of various applications, and here we are waiting for a lot of discoveries, the device mainly spends energy not on the backlight of the screen and its operation, but on calls. This is another argument in favor of the fact that HTC has not yet learned how to optimize power consumption to the same level as Nokia, Motorola, which is why talking takes up so much battery power.

I will give the operating time in various modes, which we received on a commercial sample:

  • Video playback – about 6 hours, converted movie to H.264 (RIP not supported out of the box);
  • Audio player – 19.5 hours, using included headphones;
  • EDGE connection – 3.5 hours (multiple large file transfer);
  • 3G connection – 5 hours (similarly, transfer of several large files);

Full charge time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes (battery has been discharged to 10 percent). Charging is supported using a USB cable, but the maximum battery capacity of 90 percent is reached (the charge indicator is still completely filled). Charging time via cable increases by 60 percent.

Memory, memory cards

The phone comes with a 4 GB card, cards up to 32 GB are supported, I checked it, everything works. The phone has 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM. The memory card slot is located on the side of the battery and is not hot swappable.

Camera

The device uses a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. The camera interface is standard for Android, there are no changes in it. Autofocus works quickly, which compares favorably with other HTC models. I note that HTC does not have much experience in working with cameras, algorithms, due to the fact that they have always been focused on Windows Mobile devices, where the quality of cameras has always lagged behind the market leaders by several years, that is, a couple of generations. Nexus One is the first to attempt to bridge this gap. Remembering how the HTC HD2 takes pictures, which can not be called anything but quiet horror, I was happy with how the camera works in the Nexus One. It can geotag (and it works fast) and has good focus. The flash is not that useful, but it is quite applicable in a number of situations.

Focusing can occur at a distance of 6 centimeters (there is no macro mode, only autofocus or infinity), digital zoom x2.

However, check out the photos yourself, and below are also some pictures taken for an example with HTC HD2.

Sample camera shots:

Nexus One HTC HD2 Apple iPhone Nokia N900 Samsung i8910 HD Motorola Droid/Milestone
Type Capacitive, AMOLED, 16M Capacitive, TFT, 65K Capacitive, TFT, 16M Resistive, TFT, 16M< /td> Capacitive, AMOLED, 16M Capacitive, TFT, 16M
Diagonal, inches 3.7< /td> 4.3 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7
Resolution 480×800 480×800 480×320 480×800 360×640 >480×854
Screen Cover Glass Glass Glass Plastic Plastic Glass
Multitouch Yes (in Europe) Yes Yes No No Yes (Milestone)
(+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG< /td>
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) увеличить, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG

Overview of the GSM/UMTS smartphone Google Nexus One

In this part, it will be appropriate to recall that the phone in question, from beginning to end, is the brainchild of HTC, and from Google he got a cardboard box (in the style of HTC, but painted by Google), and an additional logo on the case. I will not repeat a lot of material about why this phone has a very mediocre relationship with Google, read it if you have not already done so.

When positioning a phone, one should talk about who it was created for and who might find it interesting. And here the question is divided into two large components – the countries in which the device is sold officially, as well as all other markets. Considering that Nexus One can be purchased in the US officially, without any restrictions, and it is not tied to any operator, then exporting it to other regions of the world becomes a simple matter. There is a huge difference with the gray market model for the first generation of the Apple iPhone, when the phone was not hacked for several months, then a complex method appeared using cloned SIM cards, and only then a software method of hacking the device appeared. The difficulty of jailbreaking the iPhone, and the ease of buying a subsidized device, created a small gray market outside the US in the early months. Then, the methods of decoupling from AT&T that appeared made the growth of this market phenomenal while maintaining the low price of the phone, it is enough to note that in two years half a million first-generation Apple iPhones appeared in Russia from the network of the American AT&T.

Let's first look at the countries in which Google Nexus One is officially sold, who is interested in this device in them. First of all, these are those who are not tied to the contract of their operator, buy phones on the market for the full price, and choose the most interesting solutions for themselves. As a rule, these are high-priced models. There are not many such people, but for them Nexus One is of genuine interest. Product description plays a role as the first phone from Google, the latest version of Android, and so on. That is, in fact, this is an opportunity to join the latest fashion and technology. There is both an image and a technological component. Exactly the same mix we saw for the Apple iPhone. In the US, the subsidized version of the Nexus One is only available with a new contract purchase on the T-Mobile network, which is not interesting for the vast majority of buyers. It is not possible to switch from your current tariff plan and purchase a phone at a lower cost.

Conventionally, Nexus One buyers can be divided into two large categories, on the one hand they are geeks, those who understand why they need Andorid, how they plan to use it, why they need the latest OS version. There are not so many such buyers, this is a certain niche, which is shown by the market share of Android devices today. They are growing in sales, steadily but slowly. Therefore, today it is impossible to consider the layer of geeks from Android as large, noticeable.

The second category is those who choose a product based on its interestingness, image component. Traditionally, there are many such people, theoretically, and for a product from Google there should have been plenty of them. In fact, the question of price arises here, since the image is supported by the cost of the product, and the higher it is, the less sales, which is logical. The price for the Nexus One for the US is limiting, it is the upper segment and the minimum market size. Therefore, it is impossible to assume that the second category of consumers in the United States has a large number of people. This is a very niche market, which is what Google understands. In one of the comments, a company representative noted that they would be happy if about 150,000 devices were sold. For comparison, weekly sales of a similar Motorola DROID in the US alone in the first week amounted to 250,000 phones. Not least due to aggressive marketing, but also due to the subsidization of the phone by the operator. The traditional implementation scheme is used here. Nexus One sales estimates for the first week are 20,000 units. The number looks real, since in the USA the potential of the described niche is about 80-100 thousand terminals in total. And even the magic word Google can't force the average consumer to pay full price for the device to join Android.

It is a completely different matter in countries where the model is not officially presented, primarily in Russia. The forbidden fruit is sweet, which gives a stunning result. The geek category remains at the same level (the percentage of all buyers is the same for all countries), but the image category grows in times, which ensures maximum sales. I will make a reservation that the growth of the fashion category of buyers is also associated with the low cost of the device for Russia. Similar solutions inside the country cost about 800-1000 US dollars, which makes the cost of 529 US dollars attractive. For those who cannot order or bring a phone on their own, resellers will organize it. The range of prices from 700 to 1000 dollars depends on the appetites of sellers. But these are normal prices for a Russian buyer, familiar to ordinary stores and similar goods, there is no extra charge as such. In fact, buying a phone in the US, you make a bargain, as similar models in Russia will cost more. The absence of a guarantee does not stop people, as the price / quality ratio for this product is the maximum. Plus, a wide discussion of the first phone from Google adds to the image component, which also has a positive effect on sales. The situation with this device is similar in the CIS countries, in other markets where phone subsidization is absent or does not play such a significant role as in Europe and the USA. In fact, the history of the Apple iPhone and the maximum gray market is being repeated in Russia. But the device from Google will not be able to reach iPhone sales, PR efforts are too small, the noise around the model is already fading away, no one plans to support it permanently. Therefore, the Nexus One will be noticeable, but by no means will it become an all-time bestseller.

Having described the categories of buyers, I would also like to add a few strokes to their portrait. The model will be of interest to those who use HTC's products, know them, perhaps planned to switch from Windows Mobile to Android, this is a good chance for this. The lack of a proprietary Sense shell is a minus for the mass market, the product turned out to be not so functional, simple. Also, it's not a bad device to try Android for the first time, but don't expect anything supernatural. As you can see, the audience of the device is not so large, as the first sales show.

Design, dimensions, controls

Typical design from HTC, or a touch phone of recent years, there are no striking features in the appearance of Nexus One. The big screen catches the eye, but without a direct comparison with other phones, it does not see anything special. There is a metal edging around the screen, it goes to the back cover, just here you can engrave your name or other inscription when ordering a phone. The back cover is attached to the case firmly, without any play. It has a soft touch coating, velvety to the touch, pleasant. As the history of operation of phones with such a coating shows, it is quite reliable, but over time, after 2-3 years, or with very intensive use, it wears out. There is protection against scratches, as the coating is resistant to them. The manufacturer claims that he used Teflon for the coating, and this material repels pollution. Indeed, there were no handprints or anything like that on our phones on the back. The first HTC device with such a coating was the white HTC Hero, but there was no velvety surface, it was glossy.

On the left side surface there is a paired volume control key, it is heavily recessed, but the ease of pressing compensates for this shortcoming. At the top end there is a power button, a 3.5 mm jack. At the bottom end is a standard microUSB connector, as well as outputs for a desktop charger, as well as a car kit.

Finally, we can say that there are no mechanical keys in the device, only a row of touch keys. These are the return button, context menu, menu, search. Working with touch keys is complicated by the fact that they do not always respond correctly to pressing, this is the biggest disadvantage in the functionality of the phone. This row of keys is not very convenient.

The trackball is familiar from other HTC models, it is exactly the same, it has a light indicator that glows when events are missed. There are a total of three different trackball illumination colors available.

The size of the phone is 119×59.8×11.5 mm, the weight is 130 grams. For a modern touchscreen phone with no keyboard, the dimensions are quite typical. It is worth comparing the external model with the Apple iPhone, HTC Hero, Samsung HD i8910 to understand that they are approximately the same. Comparison with HTC HD2 is interesting, as the model has a huge screen and large dimensions.

Comparison with Apple iPhone:

Comparison with HTC Hero:

Comparison with Nokia X6:

Comparison with Nokia N97:

Comparison with Sony Ericsson Satio:

Let's look at the comparison of the sizes in the plate, and then at the photos of the devices.

Nexus One Motorola DROID/Milestone HTC Hero Apple iPhone 3Gs
Size, mm 119×59.8×11.5 115.8×60.8×13.7 112×56.2×14.4 115.5×62.1×12.3
Weight, grams 130 165 135 135

< /p>

As you can see, the dimensions of the device are typical. However, as well as the materials used. Only Motorola DROID compares favorably, it uses more metal, uses a different type of protective glass (also glass, but more resistant to abrasion). On the other hand, in their class, all models are approximately comparable. Outside this class, according to the materials used, only Sony Ericsson X10, since it uses plastic, there is no metal as such.

Another important issue is the presence of two microphones, as well as the noise reduction system that works in the Nexus One. The manufacturer presents this as a kind of achievement, although HTC is in this case in the position of catching up. Technologically, phone manufacturers such as Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia have better sound processing algorithms than other companies. The development of these technologies has led to dual microphone circuits, as well as the marketing names Voice Clarity, Cristal Clear, and others. By the way, such algorithms do not always require two microphones. Without too much hype, such solutions are being implemented in most models, while HTC decided to highlight its achievement. But within the framework of the market, it is not an achievement, and the phone does not provide any special speech sound, protection from external sounds, and so on. For the average user, everything will be familiar.

Display

The phone uses Samsung's AMOLED display and is one of the latest generations. Even Samsung employees believe that their company does not sell such matrices to other manufacturers, which led me astray. As a result, it turned out that not only do they sell, but the list of such companies is quite large.

The diagonal of the matrix is ​​3.7 inches, the resolution is 480×800 pixels, it displays the screen up to 16 million colors. For the current generation of devices (for flagships), this is a typical resolution and diagonal. There are exceptional products on the market, these are the HTC HD2 with a 4.3-inch screen, and the Sony Ericsson X10 with a 4-inch screen will also appear in March.

But if we do not take them into account, as purely niche models, we get an average matrix size of 3.5 or 3.7 inches. This is the upper bar for relatively mass products, which are often called flagships. To evaluate the quality of the screen, one could give its characteristics, the response time is less than 1 ms, the contrast ratio is 100.000:1, but it would be better just to show you pictures and comparisons with displays from other companies. For comparison, we have chosen such models as HTC Hero, HTC HD2, Nokia N900, Samsung i8910 HD, Apple iPhone. In addition to the difference in screen diagonal, there is also a difference in resolution for HTC Hero, Apple iPhone, Samsung HD i8910. This should be kept in mind when you look at device screens. Technical characteristics are indicated for displays in the table below, here are comparison photos.

Comparison with Apple iPod Touch:

Comparison with Nokia N900:

Сравнение с Samsung i8910 HD:

Сравнение с HTC HD2:

Качество экрана в Nexus One отличное, он выигрывает у других продуктов, но отнюдь не с ошеломительным перевесом. Разница есть, но чтобы ее заметить, надо смотреть на экраны одновременно. В реальных условиях разница не будет заметна, ощутима.

Экран в Nexus One емкостный, он прикрыт стеклом (пластик который называют «стеклом», это нормальная практика у всех производителей, отличие в том, что при сильном нажатии острым предметом, такое «стекло» можно процарапать, но это редкий случай). В европейских версиях аппарата поддерживается multitouch, в родном аппарате для США его нет. Ровно такая же ситуация в связке Motorola DROID/Milestone. С появлением легкой возможности получить root доступ на Nexus, появление, активация multitouch на любом Nexus станет вопросом нескольких минут.

The advantages of capacitive technology have long been known, just like its disadvantages. On the plus side, you don't have to press hard on the screen, just a light touch. The downside is that in the cold you have to get your hands out of gloves. There are no features in the implementation of the screen on the Nexus One, except for the sometimes inexplicable "freezing" when the screen does not respond to pressing. Such an effect is not observed constantly, but you cannot call it rare either. In the case of the Apple iPhone, the screen begins to behave like this after six months of active use, here from the first days. What is the reason? Do not know. Initially, observing the problem in installed third-party programs, the prototype also sinned on them. But in commercial samples, everything was repeated exactly. My friends who use the device noticed something similar, but it does not cause irritation in them, it is perceived as an erroneous, insufficient pressure on the screen. Therefore, it is probably not worth taking this shortcoming as serious.

The screen, unlike the Apple iPhone 3Gs, is not covered with a special compound that repels dirt, as a result, it is easily soiled, traces of grease from hands are clearly visible on it.

In the sun, the screen fades, and the picture is almost unreadable, the text is not visible. This applies to both the bright winter and summer sun. The photo shows that the picture is almost indistinguishable, this is a minus of the display.

About 16 lines in standard font and service lines fit on the screen, in most applications up to 30 lines in small font are supported. Screen readability is high.

The phone has a built-in light sensor, it adjusts the backlight of the screen. The proximity sensor (proximity sensor) turns off the screen when the device is brought to the ear. Naturally, there is an automatic screen rotation depending on the position of the device, it works well.

Battery

The phone uses a 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of providing up to 10 hours of talk time (2G networks), up to 290 hours of standby time (also 2G). Under the conditions of Moscow networks, the device worked for about one day with normal use (EDGE connection, mail download, Twitter), about 40 minutes of calls.

  • Video playback – about 6 hours, converted movie to H.264 (RIP not supported out of the box);
  • Audio player – 19.5 hours, using included headphones;
  • EDGE connection – 3.5 hours (multiple large files transfer);
  • 3G connection – 5 hours (similarly, transfer of several large files);

Full charge time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes (battery has been discharged to 10 percent). Charging is supported using a USB cable, but the maximum battery capacity of 90 percent is reached (the charge indicator is still completely filled). Charging time via cable increases by 60 percent.

Memory, memory cards

The phone comes with a 4 GB card, cards up to 32 GB are supported, I checked it, everything works. The phone has 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM. The memory card slot is located on the side of the battery, hot-swap is not supported.

Camera

The device uses a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. The camera interface is standard for Android, there are no changes in it. Autofocus works quickly, which compares favorably with other HTC models. I note that HTC does not have much experience in working with cameras, algorithms, due to the fact that they have always been focused on Windows Mobile devices, where the quality of cameras has always lagged behind the market leaders by several years, that is, a couple of generations. Nexus One is the first to attempt to bridge this gap. Remembering how the HTC HD2 takes pictures, which can not be called anything but quiet horror, I was happy with how the camera works in the Nexus One. It can geotag (and it works fast) and has good focus. The flash is not that useful, but it is quite applicable in a number of situations.

Focusing can occur at a distance of 6 centimeters (there is no macro mode, only autofocus or infinity), digital zoom x2.

However, check out the photos yourself, and below are also some pictures taken for an example with HTC HD2.

Sample camera shots:

Nexus One HTC HD2 Apple iPhone Nokia N900 Samsung i8910 HD Motorola Droid/Milestone
Type Capacitive, AMOLED, 16M Capacitive, TFT, 65K Capacitive, TFT, 16M Resistive, TFT, 16M< /td> Capacitive, AMOLED, 16M Capacitive, TFT, 16M
Diagonal, inches 3.7< /td> 4.3 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7
Resolution 480×800 480×800 480×320 480×800 360×640 >480×854
Screen Cover Glass Glass Glass Plastic Plastic Glass
Multitouch Yes (in Europe) Yes Yes No No Yes (Milestone)
(+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) zoom, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG< /td>
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) увеличить, 1944×2592, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG
(+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) увеличить, 2592×1944, JPEG

Google Nexus One GSM/UMTS review

In this part, it will be appropriate to recall that the phone in question, from beginning to end, is the brainchild of HTC, and from Google he got a cardboard box (in the style of HTC, but painted by Google), and an additional logo on the case. I will not repeat a lot of material about why this phone has a very mediocre relationship with Google, read it if you have not already done so.

When positioning a phone, one should talk about who it was created for and who might find it interesting. And here the question is divided into two large components – the countries in which the device is sold officially, as well as all other markets. Considering that Nexus One can be purchased in the US officially, without any restrictions, and it is not tied to any operator, then exporting it to other regions of the world becomes a simple matter. There is a huge difference with the gray market model for the first generation of the Apple iPhone, when the phone was not hacked for several months, then a complicated method appeared using cloned SIM cards, and only then a software method of hacking the device appeared. The difficulty of jailbreaking the iPhone, and the ease of buying a subsidized device, created a small gray market outside the US in the early months. Then, the methods of decoupling from AT&T that appeared made the growth of this market phenomenal while maintaining the low price of the phone, it is enough to note that in two years half a million first-generation Apple iPhones appeared in Russia from the network of the American AT&T.

Let's first look at the countries where Google Nexus One is officially sold, who is interested in this device in them. First of all, these are those who are not tied to the contract of their operator, buy phones on the market for the full price, and choose the most interesting solutions for themselves. As a rule, these are high-priced models. There are not many such people, but for them Nexus One is of genuine interest. Product description plays a role as the first phone from Google, the latest version of Android, and so on. That is, in fact, this is an opportunity to join the latest fashion and technology. There is both an image and a technological component. Exactly the same mix we saw for the Apple iPhone. In the US, the subsidized version of the Nexus One is only available with a new contract purchase on the T-Mobile network, which is not interesting for the vast majority of buyers. It is not possible to switch from your current tariff plan and purchase a phone at a lower cost.

Conventionally, Nexus One buyers can be divided into two large categories, on the one hand they are geeks, those who understand why they need Andorid, how they plan to use it, why they need the latest OS version. There are not so many such buyers, this is a certain niche, which is shown by the market share of Android devices today. They are growing in sales, steadily but slowly. Therefore, today it is impossible to consider the layer of geeks from Android as large, noticeable.

The second category is those who choose a product based on its interestingness, image component. Traditionally, there are many such people, theoretically, and for a product from Google there should have been plenty of them. In fact, the question of price arises here, since the image is supported by the cost of the product, and the higher it is, the less sales, which is logical. The price for the Nexus One for the US is limiting, it is the upper segment and the minimum market size. Therefore, it is impossible to assume that the second category of consumers in the United States has a large number of people. This is a very niche market, which is what Google understands. In one of the comments, a company representative noted that they would be happy if about 150,000 devices were sold. For comparison, weekly sales of a similar Motorola DROID in the US alone in the first week amounted to 250,000 phones. Not least due to aggressive marketing, but also due to subsidizing the phone by the operator. The traditional implementation scheme is used here. Nexus One sales estimates for the first week are 20,000 units. The number looks real, since in the USA the potential of the described niche is about 80-100 thousand terminals in total. And even the magic word Google can't force the average consumer to pay full price for the device to join Android.

It is a completely different matter in countries where the model is not officially presented, primarily in Russia. The forbidden fruit is sweet, which gives a stunning result. The geek category remains at the same level (the percentage of all buyers is the same for all countries), but the image category grows in times, which ensures maximum sales. I will make a reservation that the growth of the fashion category of buyers is also associated with the low cost of the device for Russia. Similar solutions inside the country cost about 800-1000 US dollars, which makes the cost of 529 US dollars attractive. For those who cannot order or bring a phone on their own, resellers will organize it. The range of prices from 700 to 1000 dollars depends on the appetites of sellers. But these are normal prices for a Russian buyer, familiar to ordinary stores and similar goods, there is no extra charge as such. In fact, buying a phone in the US, you make a bargain, as similar models in Russia will cost more. The absence of a guarantee does not stop people, as the price / quality ratio for this product is the maximum. Plus, a wide discussion of the first phone from Google adds to the image component, which also has a positive effect on sales. The situation with this device is similar in the CIS countries, in other markets where phone subsidization is absent or does not play such a significant role as in Europe and the USA. In fact, the history of the Apple iPhone and the maximum gray market is being repeated in Russia. But the device from Google will not be able to reach iPhone sales, PR efforts are too small, the noise around the model is already fading away, no one plans to support it permanently. Therefore, the Nexus One will be noticeable, but by no means will it become an all-time bestseller.

Having described the categories of buyers, I would also like to add a few strokes to their portrait. The model will be of interest to those who use HTC's products, know them, perhaps planned to switch from Windows Mobile to Android, this is a good chance for this. The lack of a proprietary Sense shell is a minus for the mass market, the product turned out to be not so functional, simple. Also, it's not a bad device to try Android for the first time, but don't expect anything supernatural. As you can see, the audience of the device is not so large, as the first sales show.

Design, dimensions, controls

Typical design from HTC, or a touch phone of recent years, there are no striking features in the appearance of Nexus One. The big screen catches the eye, but without a direct comparison with other phones, it does not see anything special. There is a metal edging around the screen, it goes to the back cover, just here you can engrave your name or other inscription when ordering a phone. The back cover is attached to the body firmly, without any play. It has a soft touch coating, velvety to the touch, pleasant. As the history of operation of phones with such a coating shows, it is quite reliable, but over time, after 2-3 years, or with very intensive use, it wears out. There is protection against scratches, as the coating is resistant to them. The manufacturer claims that he used Teflon for the coating, and this material repels pollution. Indeed, there were no handprints or anything like that on our phones on the back. The first HTC device with such a coating was the white HTC Hero, but there was no velvety surface, it was glossy.

Above the screen is the charging indicator, which lights up in orange. The speaker is covered with a metal mesh, on the back side there is a hands-free speaker, it also plays the ringtone. The presence of one speaker for calls is not a big minus, but not a plus either. The volume of the call is average, or slightly higher than that. The device has almost no volume margin, which is typical for models for the American market, in any case, this is the Apple iPhone and everything is comparable here.

There is a camera lens on the back panel, the glass covering it is part of the back cover, which is convenient. If this glass is scratched or damaged, you can buy a back cover and replace only it.

On the left side surface there is a paired volume control key, it is heavily recessed, but the ease of pressing compensates for this shortcoming. At the top end there is a power button, a 3.5 mm jack. At the bottom end is a standard microUSB connector, as well as outputs for a desktop charger, as well as a car kit.

Finally, we can say that there are no mechanical keys in the device, only a row of touch keys. These are the return button, context menu, menu, search. Working with touch keys is complicated by the fact that they do not always respond correctly to pressing, this is the biggest disadvantage in the functionality of the phone. This row of keys is not very convenient.

The trackball is familiar from other HTC models, it is exactly the same, it has a light indicator that glows when events are missed. There are a total of three different trackball illumination colors available.

The size of the phone is 119×59.8×11.5 mm, the weight is 130 grams. For a modern touchscreen phone with no keyboard, the dimensions are quite typical. It is worth comparing the external model with the Apple iPhone, HTC Hero, Samsung HD i8910 to understand that they are approximately the same. Comparison with HTC HD2 is interesting, as the model has a huge screen and large dimensions.

Comparison with Apple iPhone:

Comparison with HTC Hero:

Comparison with Nokia X6:

Comparison with Nokia N97:

Comparison with Sony Ericsson Satio:

Let's look at the comparison of the sizes in the plate, and then at the photos of the devices.

Nexus One Motorola DROID/Milestone HTC Hero Apple iPhone 3Gs
Size, mm 119×59.8×11.5 115.8×60.8×13.7 112×56.2×14.4 115.5×62.1×12.3
Weight, grams 130 165 135 135

< /p>

As you can see, the dimensions of the device are typical. However, as well as the materials used. Only Motorola DROID compares favorably, it uses more metal, uses a different type of protective glass (also glass, but more resistant to abrasion). On the other hand, in their class, all models are approximately comparable. Outside this class, according to the materials used, only Sony Ericsson X10, since it uses plastic, there is no metal as such.

Another important issue is the presence of two microphones, as well as the noise reduction system that works in the Nexus One. The manufacturer presents this as a kind of achievement, although HTC is in this case in the position of catching up. Technologically, phone manufacturers such as Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia have better sound processing algorithms than other companies. The development of these technologies has led to dual microphone circuits, as well as the marketing names Voice Clarity, Cristal Clear, and others. By the way, such algorithms do not always require two microphones. Without too much hype, such solutions are being implemented in most models, while HTC decided to highlight its achievement. But within the framework of the market, it is not an achievement, and the phone does not provide any special speech sound, protection from external sounds, and so on. For the average user, everything will be familiar.

Display

The phone uses Samsung's AMOLED display and is one of the latest generations. Even Samsung employees believe that their company does not sell such matrices to other manufacturers, which led me astray. As a result, it turned out that not only do they sell, but the list of such companies is quite large.

The diagonal of the matrix is ​​3.7 inches, the resolution is 480×800 pixels, it displays the screen up to 16 million colors. For the current generation of devices (for flagships), this is a typical resolution and diagonal. There are exceptional products on the market, these are the HTC HD2 with a 4.3-inch screen, and the Sony Ericsson X10 with a 4-inch screen will also appear in March.

But if we do not take them into account, as purely niche models, we get an average matrix size of 3.5 or 3.7 inches. This is the upper bar for relatively mass products, which are often called flagships. To evaluate the quality of the screen, one could give its characteristics, the response time is less than 1 ms, the contrast ratio is 100.000:1, but it would be better just to show you pictures and comparisons with displays from other companies. For comparison, we have chosen such models as HTC Hero, HTC HD2, Nokia N900, Samsung i8910 HD, Apple iPhone. In addition to the difference in screen diagonal, there is also a difference in resolution for HTC Hero, Apple iPhone, Samsung HD i8910. This should be kept in mind when you look at device screens. Technical characteristics are indicated for displays in the table below, here are comparison photos.

Comparison with Apple iPod Touch:

Comparison with Nokia N900:

Сравнение с Samsung i8910 HD:

Сравнение с HTC HD2:

Качество экрана в Nexus One отличное, он выигрывает у других продуктов, но отнюдь не с ошеломительным перевесом. Разница есть, но чтобы ее заметить, надо смотреть на экраны одновременно. В реальных условиях разница не будет заметна, ощутима.

Экран в Nexus One емкостный, он прикрыт стеклом (пластик который называют «стеклом», это нормальная практика у всех производителей, отличие в том, что при сильном нажатии острым предметом, такое «стекло» можно процарапать, но это редкий случай). В европейских версиях аппарата поддерживается multitouch, в родном аппарате для США его нет. Ровно такая же ситуация в связке Motorola DROID/Milestone. С появлением легкой возможности получить root доступ на Nexus, появление, активация multitouch на любом Nexus станет вопросом нескольких минут.

The advantages of capacitive technology have long been known, just like its disadvantages. On the plus side, you don't have to press hard on the screen, just a light touch. The downside is that in the cold you have to get your hands out of gloves. There are no features in the implementation of the screen on the Nexus One, except for the sometimes inexplicable "freezing" when the screen does not respond to pressing. Such an effect is not observed constantly, but you cannot call it rare either. In the case of the Apple iPhone, the screen begins to behave like this after six months of active use, here from the first days. What is the reason? Do not know. Initially, observing the problem in installed third-party programs, the prototype also sinned on them. But in commercial samples, everything was repeated exactly. My friends who use the device noticed something similar, but it does not cause irritation in them, it is perceived as an erroneous, insufficient pressure on the screen. Therefore, it is probably not worth taking this shortcoming as serious.

The screen, unlike the Apple iPhone 3Gs, is not covered with a special compound that repels dirt, as a result, it is easily soiled, traces of grease from hands are clearly visible on it.

In the sun, the screen fades, and the picture is almost unreadable, the text is not visible. This applies to both bright winter and summer sun. The photo shows that the picture is almost indistinguishable, this is a minus of the display.

About 16 lines in standard font and service lines fit on the screen, in most applications up to 30 lines in small font are supported. Screen readability is high.

The phone has a built-in light sensor, it adjusts the backlight of the screen. The proximity sensor (proximity sensor) turns off the screen when the device is brought to the ear. Naturally, there is an automatic screen rotation depending on the position of the device, it works well.

Battery

The phone uses a 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of providing up to 10 hours of talk time (2G networks), up to 290 hours of standby time (also 2G). In the conditions of Moscow networks, the device worked for about one day with normal use (EDGE connection, mail download, Twitter), about 40 minutes of calls.

  • Video playback – about 6 hours, converted movie to H.264 (RIP not supported out of the box);
  • Audio player – 19.5 hours, using included headphones;
  • EDGE connection – 3.5 hours (multiple large file transfer);
  • 3G connection – 5 hours (similarly, transfer of several large files);

Full charge time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes (battery has been discharged to 10 percent). Charging is supported using a USB cable, but the maximum battery capacity of 90 percent is reached (the charge indicator is still completely filled). Charging time via cable increases by 60 percent.

Memory, memory cards

The phone comes with a 4 GB card, cards up to 32 GB are supported, I checked it, everything works. The phone has 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM. The memory card slot is located on the side of the battery and is not hot swappable.

Camera

The device uses a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. The camera interface is standard for Android, there are no changes in it. Autofocus works quickly, which compares favorably with other HTC models. I note that HTC does not have much experience in working with cameras, algorithms, due to the fact that they have always been focused on Windows Mobile devices, where the quality of cameras has always lagged behind the market leaders by several years, that is, a couple of generations. Nexus One is the first to attempt to bridge this gap. Remembering how the HTC HD2 takes pictures, which can be called nothing but quiet horror, I was happy with how the camera works in the Nexus One. It can geotag (and it works fast) and has good focus. The flash is not that useful, but it is quite applicable in a number of situations.

Overview of the GSM/UMTS smartphone Google Nexus One

In this part, it will be appropriate to recall that the phone in question, from beginning to end, is the brainchild of HTC, and from Google he got a cardboard box (in the style of HTC, but painted by Google), and an additional logo on the case. I will not repeat a lot of material about why this phone has a very mediocre relationship with Google, read it if you have not already done so.

When positioning a phone, one should talk about who it was created for and who might find it interesting. And here the question is divided into two large components – the countries in which the device is sold officially, as well as all other markets. Considering that Nexus One can be purchased in the US officially, without any restrictions, and it is not tied to any operator, then exporting it to other regions of the world becomes a simple matter. There is a huge difference with the gray market model for the first generation of the Apple iPhone, when the phone was not hacked for several months, then a complex method appeared using cloned SIM cards, and only then a software method of hacking the device appeared. The difficulty of jailbreaking the iPhone, and the ease of buying a subsidized device, created a small gray market outside the US in the early months. Then, the methods of decoupling from AT&T that appeared made the growth of this market phenomenal while maintaining the low price of the phone, it is enough to note that in two years half a million first-generation Apple iPhones appeared in Russia from the network of the American AT&T.

Let's first look at the countries in which Google Nexus One is officially sold, who is interested in this device in them. First of all, these are those who are not tied to the contract of their operator, buy phones on the market for the full price, and choose the most interesting solutions for themselves. As a rule, these are high-priced models. There are not many such people, but for them Nexus One is of genuine interest. Product description plays a role as the first phone from Google, the latest version of Android, and so on. That is, in fact, this is an opportunity to join the latest fashion and technology. There is both an image and a technological component. Exactly the same mix we saw for the Apple iPhone. In the US, the subsidized version of the Nexus One is only available with a new contract purchase on the T-Mobile network, which is not interesting for the vast majority of buyers. It is not possible to switch from your current tariff plan and purchase a phone at a lower cost.

Conventionally, Nexus One buyers can be divided into two large categories, on the one hand they are geeks, those who understand why they need Andorid, how they plan to use it, why they need the latest OS version. There are not so many such buyers, this is a certain niche, which is shown by the market share of Android devices today. They are growing in sales, steadily but slowly. Therefore, today it is impossible to consider the layer of geeks from Android as large, noticeable.

The second category is those who choose a product based on its interestingness, image component. Traditionally, there are many such people, theoretically, and for a product from Google there should have been plenty of them. In fact, the question of price arises here, since the image is supported by the cost of the product, and the higher it is, the less sales, which is logical. The price for the Nexus One for the US is limiting, it is the upper segment and the minimum market size. Therefore, it is impossible to assume that the second category of consumers in the United States has a large number of people. This is a very niche market, which is what Google understands. In one of the comments, a company representative noted that they would be happy if about 150,000 devices were sold. For comparison, weekly sales of a similar Motorola DROID in the US alone in the first week amounted to 250,000 phones. Not least due to aggressive marketing, but also due to the subsidization of the phone by the operator. The traditional implementation scheme is used here. Nexus One sales estimates for the first week are 20,000 units. The number looks real, since in the USA the potential of the described niche is about 80-100 thousand terminals in total. And even the magic word Google can't force the average consumer to pay full price for the device to join Android.

It is a completely different matter in countries where the model is not officially presented, primarily in Russia. The forbidden fruit is sweet, which gives a stunning result. The category of geeks remains at the same level (the percentage of all buyers is the same for all countries), but the image category grows many times, which ensures maximum sales. I will make a reservation that the growth of the fashion category of buyers is also associated with the low cost of the device for Russia. Similar solutions inside the country cost about 800-1000 US dollars, which makes the cost of 529 US dollars attractive. For those who cannot order or bring a phone on their own, resellers will organize it. The range of prices from 700 to 1000 dollars depends on the appetites of sellers. But these are normal prices for a Russian buyer, familiar to ordinary stores and similar goods, there is no extra charge as such. In fact, buying a phone in the US, you make a bargain, as similar models in Russia will cost more. The absence of a guarantee does not stop people, as the price / quality ratio for this product is the maximum. Plus, a wide discussion of the first phone from Google adds to the image component, which also has a positive effect on sales. The situation with this device is similar in the CIS countries, in other markets where phone subsidization is absent or does not play such a significant role as in Europe and the USA. In fact, the history of the Apple iPhone and the maximum gray market is being repeated in Russia. But the device from Google will not be able to reach iPhone sales, PR efforts are too small, the noise around the model is already fading away, no one plans to support it permanently. Therefore, the Nexus One will be noticeable, but by no means will it become an all-time bestseller.

It is a completely different matter in countries where the model is not officially presented, primarily in Russia. The forbidden fruit is sweet, which gives a stunning result. The category of geeks remains at the same level (the percentage of all buyers is the same for all countries), but the image category grows in times, which ensures maximum sales. I will make a reservation that the growth of the fashion category of buyers is also associated with the low cost of the device for Russia. Similar solutions inside the country cost about 800-1000 US dollars, which makes the cost of 529 US dollars attractive. For those who cannot order or bring a phone on their own, resellers will organize it. The range of prices from 700 to 1000 dollars depends on the appetites of sellers. But these are normal prices for a Russian buyer, familiar to ordinary stores and similar goods, there is no extra charge as such. In fact, buying a phone in the US, you make a bargain, as similar models in Russia will cost more. The absence of a guarantee does not stop people, as the price / quality ratio for this product is the maximum. Plus, a wide discussion of the first phone from Google adds to the image component, which also has a positive effect on sales. The situation with this device is similar in the CIS countries, in other markets where phone subsidization is absent or does not play such a significant role as in Europe and the USA. In fact, the history of the Apple iPhone and the maximum gray market is being repeated in Russia. But the device from Google will not be able to reach iPhone sales, PR efforts are too small, the noise around the model is already fading away, no one plans to support it permanently. Therefore, the Nexus One will be noticeable, but by no means will it become an all-time bestseller.

Having described the categories of buyers, I would also like to add a few strokes to their portrait. The model will be of interest to those who use HTC's products, know them, perhaps planned to switch from Windows Mobile to Android, this is a good chance for this. The lack of a proprietary Sense shell is a minus for the mass market, the product turned out to be not so functional, simple. Also, it's not a bad device to try Android for the first time, but don't expect anything supernatural. As you can see, the audience of the device is not so large, as the first sales show.

Design, dimensions, controls

Typical design from HTC, or a touch phone of recent years, there are no striking features in the appearance of Nexus One. The big screen catches the eye, but without a direct comparison with other phones, it does not see anything special. There is a metal edging around the screen, it goes to the back cover, just here you can engrave your name or other inscription when ordering a phone. The back cover is attached to the body firmly, without any play. It has a soft touch coating, velvety to the touch, pleasant. As the history of operation of phones with such a coating shows, it is quite reliable, but over time, after 2-3 years, or with very intensive use, it wears out. There is protection against scratches, as the coating is resistant to them. The manufacturer claims that he used Teflon for the coating, and this material repels pollution. Indeed, there were no handprints or anything like that on our phones on the back. The first HTC device with such a coating was the white HTC Hero, but there was no velvety surface, it was glossy.

Above the screen is the charging indicator, which lights up in orange. The speaker is covered with a metal mesh, on the back side there is a hands-free speaker, it also plays the ringtone. The presence of one speaker for calls is not a big minus, but not a plus either. The volume of the call is average, or slightly higher than that. The device has almost no volume margin, which is typical for models for the American market, in any case, this is the Apple iPhone and everything is comparable here.

There is a camera lens on the back panel, the glass covering it is part of the back cover, which is convenient. If this glass is scratched or damaged, you can buy a back cover and replace only it.

On the left side surface there is a paired volume control key, it is heavily recessed, but the ease of pressing compensates for this shortcoming. At the top end there is a power button, a 3.5 mm jack. At the bottom end is a standard microUSB connector, as well as outputs for a desktop charger, as well as a car kit.

Comparison with Nokia N97:

Comparison with Sony Ericsson Satio:

Let's look at the comparison of the sizes in the plate, and then at the photos of the devices.

Nexus One Motorola DROID/Milestone HTC Hero Apple iPhone 3Gs Size, mm 119×59.8×11.5 115.8×60.8×13.7 112×56.2×14.4 115.5×62.1×12.3 Weight, grams 130 165 135 135

As you can see, the dimensions of the device are typical. However, as well as the materials used. Only Motorola DROID compares favorably, it uses more metal, uses a different type of protective glass (also glass, but more resistant to abrasion). On the other hand, in their class, all models are approximately comparable. Outside this class, according to the materials used, only Sony Ericsson X10, since it uses plastic, there is no metal as such.

Another important issue is the presence of two microphones, as well as the noise reduction system that works in the Nexus One. The manufacturer presents this as a kind of achievement, although HTC is in this case in the position of catching up. Technologically, phone manufacturers such as Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia have better sound processing algorithms than other companies. The development of these technologies has led to dual microphone circuits, as well as the marketing names Voice Clarity, Cristal Clear, and others. By the way, such algorithms do not always require two microphones. Without too much hype, such solutions are being implemented in most models, while HTC decided to highlight its achievement. But within the framework of the market, it is not an achievement, and the phone does not provide any special speech sound, protection from external sounds, and so on. For the average user, everything will be familiar.

Display

The phone uses Samsung's AMOLED display and is one of the latest generations. Even Samsung employees believe that their company does not sell such matrices to other manufacturers, which led me astray. As a result, it turned out that not only do they sell, but the list of such companies is quite large.

The diagonal of the matrix is ​​3.7 inches, the resolution is 480×800 pixels, it displays the screen up to 16 million colors. For the current generation of devices (for flagships), this is a typical resolution and diagonal. There are exceptional products on the market, these are the HTC HD2 with a 4.3-inch screen, and the Sony Ericsson X10 with a 4-inch screen will also appear in March.

But if we do not take them into account, as purely niche models, we get an average matrix size of 3.5 or 3.7 inches. This is the upper bar for relatively mass products, which are often called flagships. To evaluate the quality of the screen, one could give its characteristics, the response time is less than 1 ms, the contrast ratio is 100.000:1, but it would be better just to show you pictures and comparisons with displays from other companies. For comparison, we have chosen such models as HTC Hero, HTC HD2, Nokia N900, Samsung i8910 HD, Apple iPhone. In addition to the difference in screen diagonal, there is also a difference in resolution for HTC Hero, Apple iPhone, Samsung HD i8910. This should be kept in mind when you look at device screens. Technical characteristics are indicated for displays in the table below, here are comparison photos.

Nexus One HTC HD2 Apple iPhone Nokia N900 Samsung i8910 HD Motorola Droid/Milestone Screen type Capacitive, AMOLED, 16M Capacitive, TFT, 65K Capacitive, TFT, 16M Resistive, TFT, 16M Capacitive, AMOLED, 16M Capacitive, TFT, 16M Diagonal, inches 3.7 4.3 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7 Resolution 480×800 480×800 480×320 480×800 360×640 480×854 Screen cover Glass Glass Glass Plastic Plastic Glass Multitouch Yes (in Europe) Yes Yes No No Yes (Milestone)

Comparison with Apple iPod Touch:

Comparison with Nokia N900:

Comparison with Samsung i8910 HD:

Comparison with HTC HD2:

The screen quality of the Nexus One is excellent, outperforming other products, but by no means by a staggering margin. There is a difference, but to notice it, you need to look at the screens at the same time. In real conditions, the difference will not be noticeable, palpable.

The screen in Nexus One is capacitive, it is covered with glass (plastic which is called "glass", this is a normal practice for all manufacturers, the difference is that when pressed hard with a sharp object, such "glass" can be scratched, but this is a rare case) . Multitouch is supported in the European versions of the device, it is not available in the native device for the USA. Exactly the same situation in a bunch of Motorola DROID/Milestone. With the advent of easy access to root access on the Nexus, the appearance, activation of multitouch on any Nexus will be a matter of a few minutes.

The advantages of capacitive technology have long been known, just like its disadvantages. On the plus side, you don't have to press hard on the screen, just a light touch. The downside is that in the cold you have to get your hands out of gloves. There are no features in the implementation of the screen on the Nexus One, except for the sometimes inexplicable "freezing" when the screen does not respond to pressing. Such an effect is not observed constantly, but you cannot call it rare either. In the case of the Apple iPhone, the screen begins to behave like this after six months of active use, here from the first days. What is the reason? Do not know. Initially, observing the problem in installed third-party programs, the prototype also sinned on them. But in commercial samples, everything was repeated exactly. My friends who use the device noticed something similar, but it does not cause irritation in them, it is perceived as an erroneous, insufficient pressure on the screen. Therefore, it is probably not worth taking this shortcoming as serious.

The screen, unlike the Apple iPhone 3Gs, is not covered with a special compound that repels dirt, as a result, it is easily soiled, traces of grease from hands are clearly visible on it.

In the sun, the screen fades, and the picture is almost unreadable, the text is not visible. This applies to both the bright winter and summer sun. The photo shows that the picture is almost indistinguishable, this is a minus of the display.

About 16 lines in standard font and service lines fit on the screen, in most applications up to 30 lines in small font are supported. Screen readability is high.

The phone has a built-in light sensor, it adjusts the backlight of the screen. The proximity sensor (proximity sensor) turns off the screen when the device is brought to the ear. Naturally, there is an automatic screen rotation depending on the position of the device, it works well.

Battery

The phone uses a 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of providing up to 10 hours of talk time (2G networks), up to 290 hours of standby time (also 2G). Under the conditions of Moscow networks, the device worked for about one day with normal use (EDGE connection, mail download, Twitter), about 40 minutes of calls.

It should be noted that the operating time of one working day (not to be confused with a day) is quite common for devices of this class, often their owners have to recharge the battery twice a day. In my case it is around 5 pm when the battery is dead. There were no openings here. In Taiwan, my device worked for about a full day, while in neighboring China, similarly to Russia.

It's nice that Android has a built-in utility that shows the energy consumption of various applications, and here we are waiting for a lot of discoveries, the device mainly spends energy not on the backlight of the screen and its operation, but on calls. This is another argument in favor of the fact that HTC has not yet learned how to optimize power consumption to the same level as Nokia, Motorola, which is why talking takes up so much battery power.

I will give the operating time in various modes, which we received on a commercial sample:

  • Video playback – about 6 hours, converted movie to H.264 (RIP not supported out of the box);
  • Audio player – 19.5 hours, using included headphones;
  • EDGE connection – 3.5 hours (multiple large file transfer);
  • 3G connection – 5 hours (similarly, transfer of several large files);

Full charge time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes (battery has been discharged to 10 percent). Charging is supported using a USB cable, but the maximum battery capacity of 90 percent is reached (the charge indicator is still completely filled). Charging time via cable increases by 60 percent.

Memory, memory cards

The phone comes with a 4 GB card, cards up to 32 GB are supported, I checked it, everything works. The phone has 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM. The memory card slot is located on the side of the battery and is not hot swappable.

Camera

The device uses a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. The camera interface is standard for Android, there are no changes in it. Autofocus works quickly, which compares favorably with other HTC models. I note that HTC does not have much experience in working with cameras, algorithms, due to the fact that they have always been focused on Windows Mobile devices, where the quality of cameras has always lagged behind the market leaders by several years, that is, a couple of generations. Nexus One is the first to attempt to bridge this gap. Remembering how the HTC HD2 takes pictures, which can not be called anything but quiet horror, I was happy with how the camera works in the Nexus One. It can geotag (and it works fast) and has good focus. The flash is not that useful, but it is quite applicable in a number of situations.

Focusing can occur at a distance of 6 centimeters (there is no macro mode, only autofocus or infinity), digital zoom x2.

However, check out the photos yourself, and below are also some pictures taken for an example with HTC HD2.

Sample camera shots:

(+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG (+) increase, 1944×2592, JPEG ( +) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) increase, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) zoom, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) zoom, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) zoom, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) zoom, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) zoom, 2592×1944, JPEG (+) zoom, 2592×1944, JPEG

Categorías: Sin categoría

0 comentarios

Deja una respuesta

Marcador de posición del avatar

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada.