Monday, March 22, 2010

Google pits Nexus One against iPhone

Google launched its first mobile phone on 5 January. The Nexus One runs the company’s Android 2.1 OS and incorporates many key Google services, including Gmail, Maps and YouTube. The Nexus One, manufactured by HTC, bears a passing similarity to the iPhone, being 4mm taller, 3mm narrower, around 1mm thinner and 5g lighter. It has a clickable rollerball and supplements it with four soft buttons at the bottom of the 3.7in multitouch OLED screen. In other respects, however, the hardware represents a significant hike on the iPhone’s abilities, with a 5-megapixel camera compared with the 3-megapixel one on the iPhone 3GS, and the ability to record video at 720 x 480 pixels at 20fps compared with 640 x 480 pixels at 30fps on the iPhone 3GS. It features an on-screen keyboard, and supplements this with voice recognition, allowing you to speak into any text field. While the iPhone features 802.11b/g wifi networking, the Nexus One adds the faster 802.11n standard. It features 512MB of onboard Flash and Ram, as well as a 4GB Micro SD Card. The latter is expansible to 32GB, when it will match the maximum capacity of the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone wins back some ground with longer media use and standby times, although the Nexus One boasts similar or better talk times, depending on network. Google calls the Nexus One ‘an exemplar of what’s possible on mobile devices through Android, when cool apps meet a fast, bright and connected computer that fits in your pocket’. The launch marks a change in Google’s approach, as the company had previous restricted its activities in the mobile phone arena to licensing the Android OS to other handset manufacturers and developing applications for competing platforms. That pits the Nexus One against 20 rival handsets on 59 networks in 48 countries worldwide 48 countries worldwide.

Source of Information : MacUser January 15 2010

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