Google Nexus One Phone Review

Posted: January 21, 2010
Google Nexus One Phone Review

You can breathe easier now that Google's long awaited and rumored Nexus One phone has finally arrived. Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira give their take on this new smart phone that runs on Android 2.1 with a 3.7" AMOLED touch screen and a 5 megapixel flash camera. See if this may be the best Android phone ever for $179.

What You Need To Know

  • This is one of the sleekest Android devices we've seen.
  • It measures just under half an inch thick, the same as an iPhone.
  • It weighs a little less than the iPhone at around 4.5 ounces.
  • It has a larger AMOLED touch screen (3.7") and runs on the Android 2.1 OS.
  • The overall user experience is pretty good.
  • The screen is spectacular: super vibrant and a huge 800x490 resolution.
  • The touch sensitivity is good but there is a slight lag.
  • It's not as responsive as the iPhone and there's no multi-touch (though we have found some apps that can do this).
  • The buttons on the bottom also take a little poking.
  • The virtual keyboard is second only to the iPhone since word complete isn't perfect, but it does show you choices for each word.
  • This phone features the best implementation of Android so far: performance is better, the interface is cleaner and they've added widgets, shortcuts and live wallpaper.
  • Some of the features don't have as much functionality as we'd like.
  • The built in browser is pretty good, but if you want multi-touch, download the Dolphin Browser for free from the Android Market.
  • This is the best camera on an Android phone yet with 5 megapixels with a flash.
  • The Android Market keeps growing and they're approaching 20,000 Aps.
  • The speech to text works well if you speak slow and deliberate.
  • There's also wi-fi connectivity.
  • The phone includes Gmail integration (though other email accounts are a little tougher to integrate).
  • The memory is expandable to 32 gigs via the Micro SD slot.


  • $179 with a T-Mobile contract
  • $529 unlocked.


  • 4.5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • T-Mobile coverage isn't the best but it's still the best phone they offer.
  • You can also use it unlocked on AT&T but it doesn't support their 3G coverage.
  • Once the phone will be available on Verizon, it'll be the best device they can offer, too.

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Comments are Closed

  • BrutalViolence70

    Ill buy it when its on att ;-)

    Posted: January 24, 2010 7:00 PM
  • neonchez

    attack of the show has to be one of the worst shows on tv.

    Posted: January 24, 2010 6:58 PM
  • Hoss70

    Here's the kicker though...the contract google offers with T-Mobile only offers you 500 minutes of talk and unlimited web access I believe. Purchasing it for the contract price makes no sense because you cannot change the contract without paying a termination fee from BOTH google and t-mobile! POINTLESS!!

    Posted: January 23, 2010 9:29 AM
  • kenny_num_nums

    looks good but pricey. ill stick with my cect M88. a fraction of this price. it maybe chinese but it came with a free nuke. :o

    Posted: January 23, 2010 3:56 AM
  • bioxwarrior

    yes i have noticed that a bit more on the g4 website with the same and all, but yeah spam is bad, it just wastes everyones time, no one every goes to the website because they dont look legit and all the people trying to read the comments have to filter through all the spam and stuff to read the accual peoples comments

    Posted: January 22, 2010 8:45 PM
  • DemskeetSkeet

    Lets keep the spam away g4

    Posted: January 22, 2010 5:53 PM
  • Symicide

    Blegh, I love my Sony Ericsson c905a

    Posted: January 22, 2010 8:38 AM
  • bigolkev

    I have Verizon service, and there is no way I'll ever switch to T-mobile. So I'll just wait a few months, and get it for even cheaper once it gets to Verizon!! But for now I'm still dedicated to my blackberry!!

    Posted: January 22, 2010 8:30 AM
  • zenmastersamuraimonk

    more like the nexus none jk.

    Posted: January 22, 2010 1:33 AM
  • juice3335

    droid now or nexus one later ugh waht to do?

    Posted: January 22, 2010 12:05 AM
  • pmc_soap

    well this phone is coming out for verizon

    Posted: January 21, 2010 9:25 PM
  • Shienberg

    Android = Awesome

    Posted: January 21, 2010 9:20 PM
  • ricky047

    its funny! Tmobile coverage is great where I live and verizon is crap here. I might consider switching carriers for this phone....

    Posted: January 21, 2010 8:17 PM