So after a couple of days using the Google Nexus One, I guess it’s time to come up with a review. This post is actually a shorter version of the full review that I published here. This is more of an initial comment, view on the Nexus One that will most probably answer the queries of those who are planning to take the “hard route” of geting this precious Google phone despite the fact that it is not yet available for sale in other countries other than U.K., U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore.
So here goes, my quick review of the Google Nexus One in the Philippines:Design and Form Factor – To sum up, I would like to quote what a friend told me when I showed him my Nexus One – “It looks better than the iPhone.” To use another analogy closer to our hearts Filipino, if the iPhone is a Nokia as the Nexus One is a Sony Ericsson. Or better yet, looking at the iPhone and Nexus One side by side, the iPhone looks like the female while the Nexus One the male.
Texting using the Virtual Keyboard – Of course we Filipinos love this to text. If you’ve grown accustomed to the iPhone’s virtual keyboard or any other touchscreen smartphone for that matter, it’s the same with the Nexus One’s virtual keyboard. Although, I find it a little harder sometimes. The Nexus One also have predictive text input which you can turn on/off easily.
Texting using Voice-to-Text Feature – This is one key feature of the Nexus One that you will either hate or love. What this feature does is to let you input text messages by speaking it out. Works like a dictation machine. While this could come in handy especially when you are driving, the problem is this seems like a beta version. So expect some kinks while using it. I’m not really sure whether this is connected with the Nexus One’s network or what but some times I get an error message that said “no network” or something. But when it’s fully working, the only minor problem you’d probably encounter is the wrong transcription. I don’t know if I’m not speaking clearly or the feature is really buggy. Although, I’m more inclined to believe that it’s in the way I speak. And it tends to slow down as well, especially if you don’t speak clearly – which is always the case with me. 🙂 Still, a great, innovative feature!
Camera – As you all probably know by now, the Nexus One has a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED Flash. By standard this is a good camera to have for a mobile phone. Picture quality is decent enough, even better than the iPhone’s of course. One thing I noticed is that the Nexus One’s camera is slower than the iPhone.
3G Connectivity – Works well with Globe 3G. Signal is so far so good, unbelievably.
Wi-Fi – Web browsing through Wi-Fi is a breeze, highlights the Android’s capability.
Android Apps – Although not as many as the iTunes App Store, the Android Market is continously building up. And with the release of the Nexus One, its catalog would certainly grow by leaps and bounds. I’ve already installed a couple of good apps (Facebook, Twidroid, Google Goggles, etc) and they all work pretty well.
Android Market – I have yet to download a paid apps so I haven’t really tested whether it is possible to purchase an app if you’re outside the U.S. But for free apps, the Android Market works well through Wi-Fi. Downloads apps faster than the iPhone.
There you go. If you want a full, detailed review check out Googlephoneblog.net.