Nexus One: 'Google's Most Public Misstep'

Bad network, stymied opportunity for Android OS—what's to like?
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 12:00 PM CST
The Nexus One phone from Google.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The much ballyhooed Nexus One landed yesterday, but over at PC World, David Coursey is having none of it. “The Nexus One is a somewhat faster Droid with a somewhat better screen,” he writes, but all in all it's a bad idea and needless risk for Google. First, it sure isn’t an iPhone, but not because of the hardware. “If you are into the whole Google ‘cloud’ thing, this is your phone,” Coursey writes of the new handset’s poor synchronization with your PC. “If not, well...”

And Google’s OS, Android, will not fare well, Coursey writes. Other Android handsets will be relegated “to perpetual ‘also ran’ status,” while giving “handset makers even more incentive to take open source Android into quasi-proprietary user interfaces and applications.” Google should stick to its forte as a software developer, Coursey concludes. And as for signing up with the middling T-Mobile? C'mon.

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