Nexus One Specs Revealed, but Here’s the Real Disruption

Aside from a few missing tidbits to be determined, the full specifications of Google’s Nexus One are in plain sight on Engadget. I recommend you review the full listing, but here are the highlights, which were mostly leaked prior or shown on video:

  • 512 MB of RAM and ROM
  • 4 GB microSD card included with support for up to 32 GB of removable storage
  • 3.7″ AMOLED display with WVGA resolution
  • 5 megapixel camera sensor with 2x digital zoom
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor
  • Removable 1400 mAh battery
  • Voice supported on both AT&T and T-Mobile, but 3G is only good for T-Mo. AT&T’s network will provide EDGE.

All in all, it looks like the most powerful Android handset yet, but for all of the early hype of this being “the” Google phone, I don’t see the anticipated disruption that was predicted with enthusiasm. Unless of course, the whole story isn’t told yet. Engadget also reports a January 5, 2010 release date by invitation only. I’m not sure what that’s all about, but again, not disruptive — annoying maybe, but not disruptive.

I’m thinking that Gizmo and Google Voice are the hole cards in this poker game — and possibly Google Talk, which works just like a phone call on the Nokia N900. Google purchased VoIP provider Gizmo last month and when I log into my Google Voice account, I can already set up a Gizmo SIP number as one of my “phones.” I’ve already added a SkypeIn number as well — it works great with Google Voice. A call to my Google Voice number rings any Skype clients on my phones or the Skype client on my PC or Mac. But Google’s investment in Gizmo tells me that Skype won’t be a primary voice solution for Android. Let me turn my own hole card with this thought — do you now see why I was so interested in getting a data-only SIM card on the T-Mobile network? I’m betting on the Google Voice, Google Talk and Gizmo integration because if it comes to pass, it could be the beginning of the end for cellular voice plans.


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