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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 6, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    Google unveils Nexus One

    Ciara O'Brien

    Google has finally unveiled its own handset, the Nexus One. Speculation about the Nexus One has been rife in the past few weeks as leaked details and photographs of the device surfaced online.

    It turns out that some of the leaks were correct, but will the Nexus One be the iPhone killer?I’m starting to hate that term. While I’m guilty of using it myself, it seems to be trotted out for every touchscreen device going. The Nexus One has come up with an equally irritating term: it’s been described as a “superphone”. Whether it is or not is a mtter of opinion though.

    A few facts about the phone:

    The Nexus One will run on Google’s Android operating system and will feature version 2.1 of the software.

    It has a Qualcomm snapdragon 1GHz processor, 512Mb of RAM built in, and memory is expandable from 4Gb to 32Gb through the use of a secure digital memory card.

    It’s thin and light, although probably not quite as eye-catching as the iPhone. However,  the 3.7 inch display is slightly larger than Apple’s (3.5 inches).

    The camera is better than the one in the iPhone – 5 megapixels with an LED flash. Like the iPhone, it also does video.

    One of the most interesting features is the enhanced voice control, which allows you to compose and email, text message, twitter update, etc by simply speaking it.

    It has some cool 3D stuff, which may or may not interest you. Interactive wallpapers don’t really hold my interest, but 3D elements to Google earth might do it.

    Google will be selling it through its own store, and will offer it sim-free from the very beginning.

    So will it be a serious iPhone challenger? Who knows. The iPhone still has the App Store and its 90,000+ applications to download. Despite the fact that a good proportion of them are useless to many people, there are new and more interesting applications being developed all the time and developers have got on board with the App Store.

    The iPhone also does multimedia pretty well, although certain features such as the lack of openness of the system are an irritation.

    It might be a while before the Nexus One’s success (or lack of it) is properly seen. The device is not yet available to buy in Ireland, with devices initially only available to the US, UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong.