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Earlier this morning on the podcast, we discussed what is and what isn’t disruptive about the Google Nexus One handset. But better than talk about the latest Android handset is actual hands on time. Our friend tnkgrl had some actual hands on time with the Nexus […]

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Earlier this morning on the podcast, we discussed what is and what isn’t disruptive about the Google Nexus One handset. But better than talk about the latest Android handset is actual hands on time. Our friend tnkgrl had some actual hands on time with the Nexus One and shares some quick thoughts on her blog. A few standout points:

  • Multitouch isn’t supported in Google’s apps, including the browser
  • There looks to be a dock-like connector port on the bottom of the phone
  • The display appears to be AMOLED
  • It’s “faster than the Droid,” thanks to the Snapdragon processor

As I mentioned in the podcast, I may be looking to add this phone to my gear bag, but not in the way you’d think — I’m looking at a data-only plan since this would be a second phone for me. Well, a third phone if you count my Palm Pre, but if I go Android, I’ll likely cancel service on my Pre.

tnkgrl has plenty more info on the specs and experience, but wasn’t allowed to take any pics. Have a look at the other tidbits she was able to glean with a short amount of playtime.

  1. Nick from New SCUBA Marketing Friday, December 18, 2009

    I don’t get the no multitouch part. I’m not super-familiar with Android, so is that a spec that is new or problematic or nonexistent? It’s one of my favorite aspects of my iPhone and it would be hard to go without. I’ll be interested to see what unsubsidized pricing is because I actually like AT&T service where I am.

    1. Ooops, just saw the no 3G on AT&T, makes this pretty worthless for me :(

    2. Multi-touch is supported in the OS, meaning devs can make apps that use multi-touch, but Google doesn’t use it in THEIR apps that are included w/the standard Android OS. There’s a pinch-zoom browser called Dolphin available for free in the app market, for example.

  2. canceling pre/sprint service? What’s the final nail in the coffin?

  3. Hi! everyone through this screen.
    No matter what’s into the device but I want to know when it’ll be released in Europe or the one which will be put on the usa market’ll work automatically in western Europe?

  4. When that device will be released in Europe?

  5. Joshua Blankenship Friday, December 18, 2009

    Is it a slide out QWERTY or just touch?

    1. Touchscreen only.

      1. Ah, too bad.

  6. Someone chime in please – if this thing will only run on T-M or ATT EDGE, why is it such a game changer as everyone wants it to be? Last weekend all I read was how people were going to buy this and stick it to the carriers by using Google Voice. I dare say that unless you have a wifi connection, Voip on T-M’s network or ATT EDGE will leave little to be desired (I know it will not work on EDGE, but have not tried it on T-M’s network). Heck, Skpye stinks on 3G as far as I am concerned.

    1. Based on what we know so far, I’m generally in agreement with you. We spent a good amount of time on the podcast discussing this very aspect today. So far, there’s nothing disruptive about this device.

    1. Sprint is CDMA and the Nexus will be GSM – no go. But Sprint is certainly a network that could be the conduit for such options. They’ll do just about anything to survive!

      1. BTW – do you have to prove you are deaf to get a data only plan at Sprint? That is what Sprint Relay is for.

  7. Are you saying you would keep your iPhone as your primary PHONE? That’s crazy talk!

    JK I’m an iphone user too – but you know what I’m saying. ;)

  8. Seems like this phone is going to do a lot to the wireless industry in the United States if it is to be released at the price point Google is looking to go for. There is more discussion going on over at http://www.nexususers.com

    1. Jason – please elaborate on just how this phone is “going to do a lot to the wireless industry in the US”. It’s just another phone that will still rely on a carrier at the end of the day.

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