NY Times’ Pogue reviews Google’s rebadged HTC Nexus One: It’s no Apple iPhone

Christmas PD5FM $10 discountGoogle’s rebadged HTC phone, called Nexus One, “is missing some important features that iPhone fans take for granted. For starters, the Google app store is much smaller, featuring 18,000 fun little games; there are well over 100,000 for the iPhone,” David Pogue reports for The New York Times.

“Worse, even if you find a lot of good ones, you might not have anywhere to install them,” Pogue reports. “The Nexus can accommodate memory cards up to 32 gigabytes (a 4-gigabyte card comes with it) — and yet, inexplicably, the Nexus allots only a tiny 190 megabytes of storage for downloaded apps.”

“The Nexus doesn’t come with any iTunes-style companion software, either,” Pogue reports. “There’s no physical ringer on-off switch (you have to do it on the screen), and therefore no way to tell by touch if the ringer is off, as you can on the iPhone and Palm phones.”

Pogue reports, “Sadly, the Nexus One also lacks a multitouch screen like the iPhone’s. So zooming into photos and Web pages is awkward and hard to control. Finally, the Nexus just doesn’t attain the iPhone’s fit and finish. The buttons under the screen (Back, Menu, Home, Search) are balky, often ignoring your finger-presses completely. One of the animated wallpapers freezes the phone with a message that says: ‘Sorry! The application Android Live Wallpapers has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again.’ (Note to Google: I did. The same thing happened.)”

In the U.S., “there are two competing network formats. There’s C.D.M.A. (used by Verizon and Sprint) and there’s G.S.M. (favored by AT&T and T-Mobile and most other countries),” Pogue reports. “The current Nexus One is a G.S.M. phone. So when you buy it online, you get the following vast menu of carriers: T-Mobile. (Or you can use AT&T, but you have to supply your own subscriber card, and you won’t get 3G Internet speed.)”

Pogue writes, “Wow, that changes everything, doesn’t it?”

“The Nexus One is an excellent app phone, fast and powerful but marred by some glitches and missing features — a worthy competitor to the Droid, if not the iPhone,” Pogue reports. “The Google phone store is a neat, centralized place to buy phones, but so far, it offers zero advantages over buying a T-Mobile phone any other way.”

Full article here.

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44 Comments

  1. MacDailyNews Take: LG Voyager, HTC Touch, BlackBerry Bold, Samsung Omnia, Sony Ericsson Xperia, BlackBerry Storm, Palm Pre, BlackBerry Storm 2, Motorola Droid, Google’s rebadged HTC Nexus One… maybe all (nearly) decent phones.
    The iPhone, i.m.h.o., is something completely different: (nearly) the first true PC, as in: it is a computer and it’s personal. Magic word: size.

  2. My Nexus One arrived within 24 hours and I love it. Very fast, no glitches and who cares about gaming? Not me. The functionality is great and it’s also wonderful not dropping 50% of my calls on AT&T;. I’m more of a keyboard person, but it’s totally worth the adjustment. I bought it unlocked and have no term agreement. Freedom at last. I need it for life and work not playing with stupid apps that I’ll forget I even have. No complaints at all.

  3. Great, those phones are made for boring people like you. As for the rest of us, we prefer the iPhone with tons of useful apps and even games. Boring phones for boring people and interesting phones for interesting people – everyone is happy!

  4. Who cares about gaming, not you? You also must not care about integration with your address book, calendar, or media. You also can’t care about the number of quality apps, or choice of accessories. And multitouch mustn’t be important either. Good choice.

  5. @mediaone

    “My Nexus One arrived within 24 hours” Why? I got my iPhone 3GS in less than 30 minutes. More importantly, what you gonna do or where you gonne go… “IF” you do have a problem? LOL Good luck…

    “Very fast, no glitches and who cares about gaming? ” Hmmm, you’ve obviously never used an iPhone 3GS, because the same might be said of it too.

    “I need it for life and work not playing with stupid apps that I’ll forget I even have.” Again, you obviously don’t know about all the incredibly useful iPhone Apps that make life better and easier… especially the myriad of Apps for converting and translating, for tracking packages to flights, for reminding and planning, the whiteboards, trading (yes, I can execute trades from my iPhone) and comparing prices while shopping the brick & mortar stores…
    and those of us who know, we’re not just talking a few Apps, obviously some much better than others. Talk about CHOICE!

    I could continue, but I think we all know how mediaone’s story is going to end up.

  6. David Pogue has evidently been roundly criticized for his lukewarm review of the Google phone. Some people really can’t stand Apple’s success and will support even the most lackluster “competitor” for no other reason that this. Pitiful.

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