HTC Nexus One

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The HTC Nexus One currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
3.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

Throw a hardware keyboard on this thing and tweak the antenna performance a bit, and the battery life would automatically improve in my situation and I'd also be able to get some serious messaging done. But as it stands, this device simply doesn't suit me. It will likely please many other peop...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Nokia Phone Blog

The Nexus One is a beautiful phone. Period. It feels expensive – contrast that to the N900, which just feels like high-quality plastic for the most part – and HTC has done a great job with the look and feel. The front and sides are some kind of metallic plastic mix, while the back co...

- Nokia Phone Blog team, Nokia Phone Blog
CNET

Google says that it made the Nexus One to show people what Android could really do, and we think it's succeeded brilliantly. Although it lacks the slick Android additions that HTC grafted onto the Hero, the Nexus One's big screen and powerful processor make it utterly crave-worthy and a challenge...

- Flora Graham, CNET
PhoneArena

Google makes no bones about their intentions with the Nexus One, saying it is more than a smartphone; it is a “superphone.”  We have to disagree.  It’s a pretty amazing phone, don’t get us wrong, but with some now basic smartphone features like multitouch and Blu...

- John Velasco, PhoneArena
BGR

The Nexus One is the best Android phone to date, and if you love your Android devices, this is the phone that beats them all. There are always going to be new handsets around the corner — HTC isn’t slowing down, Motorola is pushing forward, and countless other manufacturers are pumping o...

- Boy Genius, BGR


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HTC released the Nexus One on January 5, 2010.


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HTC backs up the Nexus One with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.7"

The HTC Nexus One's screen size is 3.7 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17.5 days standby time, 600 minutes.

Nexus One Specs

Overview
Release date January 5, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 512 MB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.82 W/kg
Body: 1.39 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Charcoal gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.0 x 1.2 cm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors Unknown
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Trackball, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x optical
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
720 x 480 pixels, 20 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, GIF, HTML, JPG, PPT, RTF, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Google Nexus One, HTC Google phone, HTC Passion, Dragon

4GB MicroSD card included. Android OS 2.2.2 update available.
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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

The first real "Google Phone"

from MobileBurn

Throw a hardware keyboard on this thing and tweak the antenna performance a bit, and the battery life would automatically improve in my situation and I'd also be able to get some serious messaging done. But as it stands, this device simply doesn't suit me. It will likely please many other people, though, and for those that live in more densely covered network areas and those that like, or even prefer, virtual keyboards, it might actually be a perfect fit. But for me, the phone doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it's launch, and I'd sooner stick with a Motorola DROID. Still, it easily earns a "Recommended" rating....

More

Throw a hardware keyboard on this thing and tweak the antenna performance a bit, and the battery life would automatically improve in my situation and I'd also be able to get some serious messaging done. But as it stands, this device simply doesn't suit me. It will likely please many other people, though, and for those that live in more densely covered network areas and those that like, or even prefer, virtual keyboards, it might actually be a perfect fit. But for me, the phone doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it's launch, and I'd sooner stick with a Motorola DROID. Still, it easily earns a "Recommended" rating.

But with that said, a version of the Nexus One built for Verizon's network is on its way, and big red's 3G coverage map might help sell quite a few Nexus Ones for those that are less concerned with the T-Mobile version's lower monthly rates.

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Nokia Phone Blog

Something a little different

from Nokia Phone Blog

The Nexus One is a beautiful phone. Period. It feels expensive – contrast that to the N900, which just feels like high-quality plastic for the most part – and HTC has done a great job with the look and feel. The front and sides are some kind of metallic plastic mix, while the back cover has a rubbery (but not cheap rubber) feel. It’s super thin and well-built to boot....

More

The Nexus One is a beautiful phone. Period. It feels expensive – contrast that to the N900, which just feels like high-quality plastic for the most part – and HTC has done a great job with the look and feel. The front and sides are some kind of metallic plastic mix, while the back cover has a rubbery (but not cheap rubber) feel. It’s super thin and well-built to boot.

The touch-screen is a large 3.7″ WVGA (800×480) AMOLED display, and pretty much everything looks superb on it. I have to admit, though, that I am not a big fan of the Nexus One’s capacitive touch-screen. It’s very finicky – sometimes you’ll be tapping on the screen in vain while the phone completely ignores you. It’s not a common occurence, just an unpleasant one. Say what you will, but I’d much rather deal with the slightly less sensitive resistive screen on the N900 because I feel like my fingernail taps are far more accurate.

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CNET

Stunning screen and giant brain

from CNET

Google says that it made the Nexus One to show people what Android could really do, and we think it's succeeded brilliantly. Although it lacks the slick Android additions that HTC grafted onto the Hero, the Nexus One's big screen and powerful processor make it utterly crave-worthy and a challe...More

Google says that it made the Nexus One to show people what Android could really do, and we think it's succeeded brilliantly. Although it lacks the slick Android additions that HTC grafted onto the Hero, the Nexus One's big screen and powerful processor make it utterly crave-worthy and a challenger for the title of best Android phone yet. It's also a small step ahead of the Motorola Milestone, unless a physical Qwerty keyboard is on your list of must-have features. Thanks to its Android powers, the Nexus One is certainly more flexible and customisable than the iPhone, with a long list of superior features, such as an LED light for its camera, and expandable memory. But Android isn't as slick and user-friendly as Apple's iPhone OS, and the Android Market can't match the App Store's dominance either. If you value expandability and features over elegance and ease of use, the Nexus One may be the handset for you.

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PhoneArena

The HTC Nexus One may not be perfect, but is definitely a high-class smartphone that’s worth your attention

from PhoneArena

Google makes no bones about their intentions with the Nexus One, saying it is more than a smartphone; it is a “superphone.”  We have to disagree.  It’s a pretty amazing phone, don’t get us wrong, but with some now basic smartphone features like multitouch and Bluetooth voice dialing missing we’re not ready to elevate it to superphone just yet.  Is it the best Android device to date?  Absolutely.  Is it better than the iPhone?  Probably.  Are we excited about it?  Without a doubt.  The HTC Nexus One may not be perfect, but is definitely a high-class smartphone that’s worth your attention....

More

Google makes no bones about their intentions with the Nexus One, saying it is more than a smartphone; it is a “superphone.”  We have to disagree.  It’s a pretty amazing phone, don’t get us wrong, but with some now basic smartphone features like multitouch and Bluetooth voice dialing missing we’re not ready to elevate it to superphone just yet.  Is it the best Android device to date?  Absolutely.  Is it better than the iPhone?  Probably.  Are we excited about it?  Without a doubt.  The HTC Nexus One may not be perfect, but is definitely a high-class smartphone that’s worth your attention.

Looks like Google listened to us and has addressed one of our major issues with the Nexus One.  We'd still like to see a UI overlay like Sense, but HTC probably has some plans for a device like that.  With the addition of multitouch the Nexus One is immediately a more compelling device and competes better with devices like the iPhone and Pre Plus.

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BGR

The best Android phone to date

from BGR

The Nexus One is the best Android phone to date, and if you love your Android devices, this is the phone that beats them all. There are always going to be new handsets around the corner — HTC isn’t slowing down, Motorola is pushing forward, and countless other manufacturers are pumping out handsets — but right now, this is it. Now, if you ask us if the Nexus One is the phone for you, we’re not sure. If you’re stepping up from another basic smartphone or regular phone, there is little doubt you’ll be drawn in by the beautiful screen, the oh-so-easy Gmail and Google service integration, and a solidly built handset with amazing phone capabilities. However, if you’re coming from a BlackBerry or iPhone, we’re not sure you’ll be able to ride it out as Android still feels undercooked to us, and while the “openness” definitely shines through, we feel it might be shining a little too bright....

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The Nexus One is the best Android phone to date, and if you love your Android devices, this is the phone that beats them all. There are always going to be new handsets around the corner — HTC isn’t slowing down, Motorola is pushing forward, and countless other manufacturers are pumping out handsets — but right now, this is it. Now, if you ask us if the Nexus One is the phone for you, we’re not sure. If you’re stepping up from another basic smartphone or regular phone, there is little doubt you’ll be drawn in by the beautiful screen, the oh-so-easy Gmail and Google service integration, and a solidly built handset with amazing phone capabilities. However, if you’re coming from a BlackBerry or iPhone, we’re not sure you’ll be able to ride it out as Android still feels undercooked to us, and while the “openness” definitely shines through, we feel it might be shining a little too bright.

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PhoneArena

A high-class smartphone that’s worth your attention

from PhoneArena

Google makes no bones about their intentions with the Nexus One, saying it is more than a smartphone; it is a “superphone.”  We have to disagree.  It’s a pretty amazing phone, don’t get us wrong, but with some now basic smartphone features like multitouch and Bluetooth voice dialing missing we’re not ready to elevate it to superphone just yet.  Is it the best Android device to date?  Absolutely.  Is it better than the iPhone?  Probably.  Are we excited about it?  Without a doubt....

More

Google makes no bones about their intentions with the Nexus One, saying it is more than a smartphone; it is a “superphone.”  We have to disagree.  It’s a pretty amazing phone, don’t get us wrong, but with some now basic smartphone features like multitouch and Bluetooth voice dialing missing we’re not ready to elevate it to superphone just yet.  Is it the best Android device to date?  Absolutely.  Is it better than the iPhone?  Probably.  Are we excited about it?  Without a doubt.

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TechCrunch

A state of the art in mobile

from TechCrunch

The phone looks more like the iPhone than any other phone on the market. There is no physical keyboard like the Android-powered Motorola Droid, and the tradeoff is a much slimmer design. The phone is 11.5 mm deep, slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 12.3 mm. It is also slightly lighter than the iPhone 130 grams v. 135 grams). The package comes with the phone, a removable battery, 4 GB Micro SD storage card (expandable to 32 GB), USB charger and microphone headset....

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The phone looks more like the iPhone than any other phone on the market. There is no physical keyboard like the Android-powered Motorola Droid, and the tradeoff is a much slimmer design. The phone is 11.5 mm deep, slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 12.3 mm. It is also slightly lighter than the iPhone 130 grams v. 135 grams). The package comes with the phone, a removable battery, 4 GB Micro SD storage card (expandable to 32 GB), USB charger and microphone headset.

The Nexus one has four functional touch buttons at the bottom of the screen (back, menu, home, search) and a navigation trackball pointing device. It also has physical power and volume controls. But most of your interaction with the phone will be through the gorgeous 3.7 inch 480 x 800 OLED capacitive touchscreen. This is the best mobile phone display on the market today, blowing away the iPhone’s 480 x 320 display. The screen is bright and alive, and an absolute pleasure to use.

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Wired

Fast, always-connected, expandable and fully dependent on the internet

from Wired

The Nexus One does an impressive job of fulfilling that vision and is certainly the best Android phone yet. And if you are eager to jump off the merry-go-round of endless contracts with network carriers, Nexus One may well be the smart phone (and the business model) you’ve been waiting for.

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The Nexus One does an impressive job of fulfilling that vision and is certainly the best Android phone yet. And if you are eager to jump off the merry-go-round of endless contracts with network carriers, Nexus One may well be the smart phone (and the business model) you’ve been waiting for.

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Engadget

A good Android phone, but not the last word

from Engadget

The Nexus One. In the modern climate of hyped (and over-hyped) smartphone launches, Google's official entry into the phone-sales game has excelled in a department where many find difficulty: generating legitimate excitement. Of course, long before the name Nexus One or the recent bounty of pictur...More

The Nexus One. In the modern climate of hyped (and over-hyped) smartphone launches, Google's official entry into the phone-sales game has excelled in a department where many find difficulty: generating legitimate excitement. Of course, long before the name Nexus One or the recent bounty of pictures and details existed, the very concept of a "Google Phone" had been ingrained in the public conscience, predating even the Open Handset Alliance and Android itself; the company dabbled in the concept of direct sales through its offering of the Android Dev Phones 1 and 2 (alias Ion), but this time, it's a public retail ordeal, not a couple of one-off developer specials. The genuine-article Google Phone is finally here -- for better or worse.

The device, a Snapdragon-powered, HTC-built phone looks -- on paper, at least -- like the ultimate Android handset, combining a newly tweaked and tightened user interface with killer industrial design. A sleek, streamlined phone that can easily go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 3GSs, Pres, and Droids of the world, powered by the latest version of Android (2.1 "Flan," if you're counting), and hand-retooled by Google. But is it all it's cracked up to be? Can the Nexus One possibly live up to the hype ascribed to it? And more importantly, is the appearance of the phone the death knell for the OHA and a sign of the coming Android autocracy? In our exclusive review of the Nexus One, we'll answer all those pressing questions and more... so read on for the full scoop!

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User Reviews


...it taught me how to use Android

This phone worked well at first, I was lucky to find one that didn't have the broken power button problem. But I quickly learned how annoying this phone can be: my main issue was typing on it, for no reason the screen would repeatedly lose all accuracy when typing which made it impossible to hit the ri...More
This phone worked well at first, I was lucky to find one that didn't have the broken power button problem. But I quickly learned how annoying this phone can be: my main issue was typing on it, for no reason the screen would repeatedly lose all accuracy when typing which made it impossible to hit the right keys. The only way I found to solve this was to lock and unlock the screen. No way I was doing that each time I had multiple texts to send. The other thing that bugged me was the speed at which the trackball flashes to tell you there's a message: it's too slow. You literally have to stare at the phone for at least 5 seconds to see if it's flashing. On top of that, it wouldn't flash every time, I'd still miss messages. This was unacceptable. But for a cheap entry level smartphone it's ok to learn on. It did have good reception but the sound quality was a bit bad for the person I'd be calling. Less

Excellent phone... if it worked properly

Got the Nexus One and fell in love with the Android os (this was my first Android phone). I noticed that on occassion the touch-screen would act up. It got worse and worse, until I finally returned it and got a new one. Exact same thing happened with the next one, so I dumped the Nexus One altogether....More
Got the Nexus One and fell in love with the Android os (this was my first Android phone). I noticed that on occassion the touch-screen would act up. It got worse and worse, until I finally returned it and got a new one. Exact same thing happened with the next one, so I dumped the Nexus One altogether. Shortly after that I ended up dumping Mobilicity altogether, as well. Apparently their coverage map isn't terribly accurate and I started incurring roaming charges on a grand scale. That issue apparently can't be fixed, so bye-bye Mobilicity. Less
Phonedog

Awesome phone

from Phonedog
Pro: pretty screen large screen one of the best physical designs for a phone Con: soft keys seem to only function on the upper half of the buttons Using experience: 30 days Overall, this is the best phone I've had. The phone has lots of features and you can add a lot more through the market place. A...More
Pro: pretty screen large screen one of the best physical designs for a phone Con: soft keys seem to only function on the upper half of the buttons Using experience: 30 days Overall, this is the best phone I've had. The phone has lots of features and you can add a lot more through the market place. And if you update it to Android 2.2, it feels more polished. For a phone, the camera is great. The battery life is optimal if you know how to manage your phone. The screen is very pretty, except in direct sunlight, its very hard to see anything. But I barely use my phone in direct sunlight so I dont have much of an issue. I only have two main issues with this phone. The soft keys are only responsive on the upper half. The second issues is the android keyboard. This is my opinion but the keyboard is awful. I recommend buying the "Smart Keyboard" on the market place because the stock keyboard isn't multitouch compatible and the keys in portrait mode are just way to close together and you often mis-spell something in about 50% of messages you send. I'm an avid texter, so this irritates me greatly. Other than that, I love this phone Less

iPhone knockoff

This phone was definetly stolen from the iPhone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Phonedog

My third and best android phone

from Phonedog
Pro: Battery life is great, it's fast, nice looking, and has a great screen. This phone does everything Con: Can't find any Using experience: 28 days It's a great phone, yet people with iphones try and put it down. It's cleary the best phone out right now. And we're waiting on a update now!

must have

This has got to be the most expensive phone I've ever bought ($600.00 off eBay) but it was definitely worth the price. This is a must have for any phone enthusiast as it has every single feature you've ever wanted in a phone. Well amigo, good luck and go buy this phone.

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