First Impressions: Nexus One

Posted on 13. Feb, 2010 by in Product Reviews

I had mentioned on the video about the Twitter for BlackBerry application that I would be doing a video of my first impressions of the Nexus One.  I haven’t been able to sit down and record anything as of yet, so I thought I would write down a few things real quick to share them with you.

Look/Feel:  This phone looks amazing.  The form fits perfect into your hand, whether I am holding it portrait or landscape.  The trackball is a non factor, I don’t think I have used it once.

Keyboard: The stock keyboard takes some adjustment, especially if you have used an iPhone/iPod Touch in the past.  I originally started off with using Swype right away, not even giving the stock keyboard a chance.  Eventually I went back to the stock keyboard and after using it for awhile, I had it down.

Screen: What can I say about this screen, it is amazing.  I have seen some issues with the screen in bright lighting conditions which make it hard to see, after I adjust the brightness it is a non issue. A power control widget is installed on the Nexus One which allows for quick access to adjusting the brightness among other things.

Battery: I have seen horrible battery life on the first three charge cycles.  When I say horrible I mean I am averaging about 8 hours of use.  I hope this improves as time goes on, but it’s not a good start.

Overall: The Nexus One is a solid phone, a second or third battery may be needed though.  Google has made some big improvements with Android from version 1.5 to 2.1.  I am looking forward to really putting this phone to work.  I will do a full out review down the road.

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