Google Nexus One launches on April 30 for Vodafone UK customers

Vodafone said on Monday that it will release Google's Nexus One phone on Friday April 30 for UK customers.

Vodafone customers can pre-order the device today at vodafone.co.uk/nexusone. The Nexus One will be free for contracts at £35 or more a month for 24 months. Customers wanting an 18 month contract will have to pay £40 a month or more. There are a range of contracts available, each including 1GB of 3G data a month. Vodafone will not be offering the Nexus One to 12 month contract customers.

Dubbed Google's "superphone", the Nexus One includes a 1GHz snapdragon processor and 5MP camera with flash. Unfortunately, sales on the device in the U.S. have been low due to Google's online only policy. Consumers in the U.S. have to purchase the device directly from Google. UK Vodafone customers will be able to purchase the Nexus One through Vodafone's retail, online and telesales.

Nexus One specifications:

  • Android 2.1
  • 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED screen
  • Memory: 512MB ROM, 512MB RAM
  • 4 GB MicroSD card (expandable to 32GB)
  • 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, 2X digital zoom, LED flash
  • UMTS 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
  • HSDPA 7.5Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps up to 5.76Mbps
  • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WiFi (802.11 a,b,g,n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A2DP stereo Bluetooth
  • AGPS, compass, accelerometor
  • Weight: 130g with battery
  • Dimensions: 119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mm
  • Teflon-coated back cover
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Second microphone for active noise cancellation
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor
  • 1400 mAH battery
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No 12 month contracts, and over £40 for an 18 month contract? Who, exactly, do they intend to sell this to? Especially compared against the HTC Desire contracts.

Looks like my upgrade was decided for me...

Doesn't the Nexus One have problems with multitouch due to the hardware used? Whereas the Desire has proper hardware multitouch that works?

I haven't used either so it's just what I've read... thinking of getting the Desire but think I'll wait and see the new iPhone to see how that looks.

alsex said,
Doesn't the Nexus One have problems with multitouch due to the hardware used? Whereas the Desire has proper hardware multitouch that works?

I haven't used either so it's just what I've read... thinking of getting the Desire but think I'll wait and see the new iPhone to see how that looks.

I haven't used the Nexus One, but I have absolutely no issues with multi-touch on my Desire at all. It is easily the best phone I've ever used and I don't make that comment lightly.

Desire = Optical Trackball + Sense UI from HTC (overlay)

I own the nexus and have used the Desire rom and the HTC sense is horrible, go for the nexus its a great phone but the Desire is basically the same thing.

If you get the desire then flash the Cyanogen 5.0.6 ASAP and get rid of the horrible interface, Sense was cool for covering up windows mobile but not Android 2.1 ... not needed

Its a personal taste thing from what I've seen. You might say that, but a lot of the Desire reviews have said that the Sense UI is exactly what the Nexus One needed. I couldn't say personally, since I have the Desire, but I've never tried a non-overlayed Android.

Unfortunately, this is way too late. Plus, the contracts aren't really particularly competitive compared to the Desire on t mobile.
How much better is Sense UI than the standard Android interface? If it's not much different then maybe the Nexus Two will have a better chance as long as they get it out there quickly enough. The phone market is moving really fast atm.

I'm just hoping this will mean google will shove the UK version of the nexus one up on its website. I don't really wanna go with vodaphone, but importing, in addition from the inconvenience, just bumps the price up a little higher than i'd like to go.

Not to worried about sense UI, would rather go for the up to date version of android . HTC's track record with keeping its phones updated is pretty poor, so nexus one seemed like better long term option (plus its already rooted).

testman said,
How does this compare with the HTC Desire?

After playing with my brother's Desire, I have no idea how the Nexus One can be classed as a better phone. Deffo go for the HTC, personally.

testman said,
How does this compare with the HTC Desire?

Well its basically almost identical, The HTC Desire has HTC Sense and Nexus one doesn't...

Sebianoti said,

Funny... Because the Google's Nexus one is from HTC...

Stop being pedantic. You know by "go for the HTC" I meant the Desire. And nearly identical they are, but there are enough differences to make it worthwhile to go for the Desire, like the Sense UI and the lack of rollerball navigator.

Edited by ckempo, Apr 26 2010, 11:59am : Quote issue

ckempo said,

Stop being pedantic. You know by "go for the HTC" I meant the Desire. And nearly identical they are, but there are enough differences to make it worthwhile to go for the Desire, like the Sense UI and the lack of rollerball navigator.

It depends whether you want Android updates as soon as they are available. The Desire has that functionality disabled.

Tom W said,

It depends whether you want Android updates as soon as they are available. The Desire has that functionality disabled.

Well that's because HTC has to make sure that the HTC Sense US will work, Shame they take so long!

testman said,
How does this compare with the HTC Desire?

The nexus has better call quality due to the noise canceling design, something the Desire lacks, also with the Nexus you'll get better/quicker support via google. Meh HTC sense, not a deal breaker, and if I *really* wanted it there are hacks on the net to get Sense to work on the Nexus one.

/Nexus one user

ckempo said,

Stop being pedantic. You know by "go for the HTC" I meant the Desire. And nearly identical they are, but there are enough differences to make it worthwhile to go for the Desire, like the Sense UI and the lack of rollerball navigator.

You say "lack of rollerball" like the Desire is missing something. It isn't. The optical tracker is far superior IMO. So it's the Nexus One that is lacking the optical tracker.

mdew said,

The nexus has better call quality due to the noise canceling design, something the Desire lacks, also with the Nexus you'll get better/quicker support via google. Meh HTC sense, not a deal breaker, and if I *really* wanted it there are hacks on the net to get Sense to work on the Nexus one.

/Nexus one user

Meh Noise Cancelling mic, not a deal breaker. Perople can hear me just fine. Also my phone works just fine right now, I actually possess patience. I can wait for updates. Also for the record, you have no idea how long it will take for updates to get to the Desire as there have been no updates to Android since the Desire was released.

/HTC Desire user

(forgive the double post, tried to add it to my previous post, but it said I didnt have permission to edit it)

Edited by Ryster, Apr 26 2010, 12:07pm :

TCLN Ryster said,

You say "lack of rollerball" like the Desire is missing something. It isn't. The optical tracker is far superior IMO. So it's the Nexus One that is lacking the optical tracker.

Roller ball / optical tracker is a pretty meh difference as they are essentially the same thing. I guess Nexus one gets a slight advantage because it can flash it different colour's, which (i may be wrong here) the optical trackpad can't do?

TBH though, does anyone use the rollerball / optical track pad when you have a big touch screen in front of you anyway? X10 doesn't have anything there at all

TCLN Ryster said,

You say "lack of rollerball" like the Desire is missing something. It isn't. The optical tracker is far superior IMO. So it's the Nexus One that is lacking the optical tracker.

Re-read what I said. I was making a case for the Desire being superior, hence the lack of the rollerball on the Desire is a plus. I'm fully aware of the tracker being superior.

ckempo said,

Re-read what I said. I was making a case for the Desire being superior, hence the lack of the rollerball on the Desire is a plus. I'm fully aware of the tracker being superior.


Well thats ok then, sorry for the misunderstanding