It’s been 6 weeks since I received my Nexus One, and after my first two reviews, I wanted to write a final wrap-up summary. Writing a review after a couple of hours with the phone isn’t very fair, but 6 weeks of use has given me some time to figure out what I like and don’t like, and to do some comparisons.
What I’ve Liked
No contract: Owning a device without a contract is liberating. Knowing I can switch devices without worrying about a contract or termination fee is worth the extra up front money.
Google tool integration: If you’ve been captured by Google’s tractor beam like I have, then you’ll love the Google branded Android experience that exists on the Nexus One as well as the Droid and myTouch.
Navigation: This feature alone makes the device worth its weight in gold. It’s extremely easy to use and works. Best of all, there are no fees and no worry about having to update maps – it’s all done magically by Google.
Web experience: Incredible. With my BlackBerry Pearl, accessing the web was a means of last resort. Using the Nexus One to access the web is enjoyable. In fact, it makes me why I waited so long to have a mobile device that could access the web so easily.
Display: The resolution and vividness of the screen is great. It strains a bit while in the sun, but by adjusting the viewing angle, I’ve been able to use it with no problem. On the other hand, the touch screen needs work – more on that below.
Design: The device is very solid and has a great feel to it. I get an immediate “Wow!” reaction everytime I show the device to someone. While the iPhone was a looker in its time, the design has definitely aged and been surpassed by the Nexus One and others.
Phone quality: My first impressions weren’t great, but after 6 weeks, the phone quality is among the best I’ve ever used in a mobile phone.
Trackball: Many have panned the trackball, but I like it. It really helps to pick items out on a crowded website, particularly those that are crowded with lots of clickable links.
What I’ve hated
Lack of keyboard: I’m a tactile person. It’s gotten better, but using the on screen keyboard remains a chore.
Touchscreen: The touchscreen needs to be more accurate and responsive. There have been too many instances where either the screen has not responded or I’ve clicked on the wrong thing.
Comparisons to the incumbents
iPhone: Despite all my praise for the Nexus One, it doesn’t blow the iPhone out of the water. In fact, choosing the iPhone over the Nexus One/Android is a matter of preference. If you are interested in lots of apps and are bought into iTunes, then the iPhone is a better choice for you. On the other hand, if you are heavily invested in Google tools and want to stand out from the crowd, then the Nexus One is a must-have for you.
BlackBerry: Up until my experience with the Nexus One, I was a loyal BlackBerry user. The Nexus One clearly blows my Pearl away in all areas except for one – Exchange/corporate e-mail support. Until Android has enterprise-class Exchange support (or until we make the corporate switch to Gmail), I have to continue to carry my BlackBerry, but I never use it except to check e-mails. When Android gets reliable Exchange support, BlackBerry needs to be concerned.
I’m very satisfied with the Nexus One. I would definitely recommend it, especially for those heavily invested in Google’s tools. In the battle between my Nexus One and BlackBerry Pearl, the Nexus One is far and away the clear winner.
By the way, for Verizon users, a CDMA version of the Nexus One has cleared the FCC, so it should be available on Verizon soon.