My Review of Google's Nexus One Smartphone vs. G1

First of all let me give you a little background about me and my Smartphones.  I currently use a BlackBerry Curve on the Verizon network.  I have been using a BlackBerry since 1996.  Prior to getting my CrackBerry I used the Palm Treo.  My office tried using the BlackBerry Storm last year when we switched to Verizon from Sprint, but we returned all of them within 14 days.  No one liked them, including me and I tried real hard to make the phone work.  With the Storm I went from sending 50-75 messages a day (and being productive) to sending less then 5 messages day (and not being productive).  Each message that was composed on the phone was a challenge and a very short message.  The Storm was just not a productive solution for me or anybody in my office.  When the first person said, I don’t like it and I want to swap it out for the regular BlackBerry, it was like a sigh of relief had gone through our whole office.  I have an old iPhone that I use to test our websites with over WiFi.  The reason I’ve taken a big interest in the Google phones is because I truly believe that Google will dominate the mobile market in searches and advertising.  Because of this I bought the G1 to see if I could make it work in my everyday life.

In October 2008 when Google released the HTC G1 through T-Mobile, I bought one the fist day the phone was released.  I liked the concept of the phone, but it had some issues and was clearly a version 1 phone.  My biggest complaint was the battery life.  For as much as I use my Smartphone for talking, e-mailing and instant messaging the battery would be dead in a short period of time.  My second complaint was the lack of native support for Microsoft Exchange E-mail.  I like Gmail, but my office doesn’t use Gmail for its corporate mail.  Quite frankly I was really surprised that the phone didn’t have Exchange support built into it since the iPhone had started supporting Exchange email prior to the G1’s release date.  I had always felt that when Apple added Exchange e-mail support to the iPhone that it had increased it’s potential market share considering most businesses have their e-mail on an Exchange Server.  I had a few other minor issues with the G1, but once I upgraded the phones operating system to Android 1.6 most of those issues had worked themselves out, except for the battery life and Microsoft Exchange E-mail.  I found the camera on the G1 to be decent, but it didn’t have a flash, so the lighting had to be decent inorder to get a decent picture from the phone.  When I would take pictures outside with the G1 I would almost always get a great picture.  With Twidroid, FaceBook and Flickr app’s installed on the G1 having a decent camera and flash would of made picture sharing more better.  At first I didn’t like the slide out keyboard on the G1, but I found myself liking it more each time I used it.  I noticed Motorola Droid’s keyboard only has four rows of keys and the HTC G1 has five rows.  I like the fifth row a lot.  For everyday geek typing I preferred the G1’s keyboard.

Ok now to the Nexus One!  I bought an unlocked Nexus One from Google’s website on the day they were released.  The phone had free overnight shipping and was delivered in two days.  What can I say, other then I think they got this one right for an all touch screen phone.  I prefer a regular keyboard, but I can type on the Nexus One decent and I’m becoming more productive in my typing and thats coming from a BlackBerry keyboard.  The Curve is very forgiving on fast typing!  I do hope they add AutoText like the BlackBerry has.  This was one of they perks of having a BlackBerry.  I found AutoText to be a very productive and necessary tool.

The battery life seems to be doing well considering how much screen real estate has to powered.  I have always had to charge my BlackBerry’s each night, so charing the Nexus One each night isn’t a big deal to me.

The email is awesome and it has native Exchange e-mail support.  If your office uses Gmail, then you will have nothing to worry about, because it works great.  I had my Microsoft Exchange E-mail setup within five minutes of turning on the phone.  It was very easy to setup my Exchange e-mail, calendar and contacts on the Nexus One.  I like how I can manage my contacts on the Nexus One to show my Exchange contacts or not to show my Exchange contacts.  I have also been testing in my office Google Apps Premier E-mail as a possible solution for getting away from Exchange e-mail (you can’t beat the price of $50 a year per user for 25 gig).  The Nexus One makes it very easy to switch between Google Apps Premier E-mail and multiple Gmail accounts.

The camera is great.  It’s a 5 megapixel camera with a flash.  It’s very easy to share your pictures with instant messengers, FaceBook, e-mail, Twitter and other installed apps.  You can even record video on the Nexus One.  I haven’t used this feature yet.

I have found the Nexus One to be light weight and not to big.  It’s about the same size as the iPhone.  The phone is very slim and came with a carrying case (pouch) to put the phone in, but I prefer a holster for my phones .  I will have to go find an aftermarket holster for the Nexus One.

Google’s Android Market Apps Store has added a lot of apps since the G1 debuted.  I’m sure over time it will be as full as Apple’s App Store.  So far I’m finding the a lot of the same apps in both stores.

I will try to post more updates on the Nexus One as I use the phone more.  Verizon is suppose to get the Nexus One in the Spring of this year, so I bet I will end up hanging up my BlackBerry and use the Nexus One for my everyday Smartphone.  Congratulations to HTC and Google’s Android Team for putting a phone out that can compete with the iPhone.

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