Google's Nexus One Is a Winner

Model is Android's first great smartphone
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 5:48 PM CST
The Nexus One phone from Google Inc. is shown at a demo in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – Google's Nexus One is a very strong contender in the smartphone market, and its business plan, which frees consumers to choose from competing service providers, is a potential game-changer for the mobile-phone industry, writes Walt Mossberg. With an attractive design and intuitive features, the Nexus One is the first Android phone Mossberg "could consider carrying as my everyday hand-held computer," he writes for the Wall Street Journal.

Relative to its main competition, the iPhone, the Nexus boasts a higher-resolution screen, a better camera, and a smart integration of social-networking features into the contact list. It also offers longer amounts of talk time per battery charge—7 hours as opposed to the iPhone's 5. So what does the iPhone have over Google's phone? Apps. About 125,000 of them, to Android's 18,000, and the iPhone boasts more memory for storing them.

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