Google's Nexus One officially announced, pricing revealed

After weeks of leaks, hands on video, and speculation amongst the blogosphere, Google today officially announced the Nexus One. Check out the specs:

3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1GHz processor
Android 2.1 Operating System
512MB of Ram
5MP, 2x digital zoom, LED flash camera
Wi-Fi enabled
130 grams weight w/ battery
Complete lineup of specs available here.

The Nexus One is available unlocked for a price of $529. Consumers can also order the phone through T-Mobile for $179 with a two year contract. Verizon Wireless customers will also be able to purchase the phone later this spring. Europeans will also be able to purchase this phone through Vodafone later this spring as well.
More information is available on the official Nexus One website.

TechCrunch and Engadget already have their reviews posted, a worth-while reading.


Video courtesy of Engadget

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I was looking at the specs. I always wonder who came up with the dumb idea of placing the speaker on the backside of phones. You can barely hear anything unless you turn the phone face down, making it even more vulnerable to scratches on the main screen.

I'm due an upgrade in the next month, so I was hopeful the Nexus might be available here in the UK near that time. Looks like that won't happen, so I'm probably going to get the Moto Milestone instead. I presume that the Milestone will get an upgrade to Android 2.1, so will be almost identical to the Nexus functionally.

Apart from the physical keyboard (which is a plus as far as I am concerned, and my last 3 phones have all had on screen keyboards - most recent having a physical one too), is there anything significant that the Nexus brings that the Milestone doesn't?

No 3G = Fail.. and they really need to push some effort into making official apps for the app store it is dicky compared to the iPhone app store (as much as I genetically dislike iPhones) Android OS is superior to iPhone OS but has had a few years less of refinement. With apples draconian lockdown of multiple facets of their phone Google will undoubtedly catch up fast.

DarkyDan said,
No 3G = Fail.. and they really need to push some effort into making official apps for the app store it is dicky compared to the iPhone app store (as much as I genetically dislike iPhones) Android OS is superior to iPhone OS but has had a few years less of refinement. With apples draconian lockdown of multiple facets of their phone Google will undoubtedly catch up fast.

It does supports 3G. Check the specs link.

OK fair call. Looks like a very nice handset, however not available in Australia yet obviously. I'd have to say if I were in the market that the Nexus One or the Droid would be my choice.

I've been testing a WIP build of Android 2.0.1 for touch pro and I'm liking it.

I would probably go for this Nexus One (although I haven't seen it in person yet) over a Droid. I think the only users who should be considering the Droid over Nexus One are those who want a full Qwerty keyboard and not just a touch keyboard. Other than that, this device spanks the Droid in specs and form factor and is about the same price.

fobban said,
"Sorry, the Nexus One phone is not available in your country."

I'm in Sweden :F

Yep, Google decided to "test" a few markets first, so initially only available in UK, US, Singapore and Hong Kong

The currently available Nexus One device is unlocked and will recognize SIM cards from any mobile service provider using the GSM standard, but is incompatible with the frequency band used by the AT&T and Rogers networks for 3G data (see below).

Wow, so this won't work on AT&T 3G :-(

Great display quality, this will force apple in the iPhone 4G to improve the screen display, probably also using OLED..

I'm a iPhone 3G owner and didn't buy 3Gs because I thought it wasn't a big improvement, besides 5 or 10% of more speed, but if the next iPhone has better display and higher resolution, I'm buying it

They really need to improve a lot of things, I can tell when I'm speaking to an iPhone user, the call quality is lower.
I noticed the ear speaker is also low quality on the iPhone when I owned mine.

I upgraded to the HTC Hero, massive difference, and a great upgrade.

Webworldx said,
Ordered from the US to the UK. For those interested:

you'll be paying alot in import duties and tax, but you might be paying the same total as the uk price as uk always has higher prices.

completely forgot about import duties and tax. How much are they roughly?

EDIT: Did a quick calc, duty zero, VAT £63.51, so factor that in folks too!

If it's "google europe" of some sorts selling it, there will be no import duties, but they have to charge for VAT. (Kinda like you don't pay import duties when apple store ships something from shanghai or wherever). I wonder why google hasn't factored in the VAT in that order

So no official word on EU prices. Anyone know if they laid out any plans for more phones direct from Google at this event? This isn't quite good enough for me to ditch my iPhone at the moment, but the next iteration of Android, and some refinements to the Nexus and they could be on a winner

WhoTheF said,
It's a cell phone.

And where does the word phone come from? Telephone, so its a mobile telephone, shortened to mobile phone or in your case, cell phone.

The guy doesn't seem that enthusiastic about it. And neither do I. Good UI, not the best, fast maps, which I like. The touch sensitivity seems off or not that good.

it's better UI than all the people I know with Android 1.5 that's for sure. It's fast. It's not better than the 3GS tho. Especially a jailbroken 3GS.