Google just released its own phone, the Nexus One, this week.
Google has had a mobile phone software platform, Android, available for a while now, and a number of cell phone companies are using it on their phones.
But this is the first time Google has come out with a consumer hardware device. (Note: It also has something called the Google Search Appliance, which is a computer running Google for your Intranet, but that’s for companies).
The New York Times posted a review of the Google Nexus One by David Pogue at their Personal Tech section.
Pogue says the Nexus One has a number of improvements, but not enough to put it in a different category from the Apple iPhone.
The phone is $529 without a plan, and $179 with a T-Mobile contract for two years. It’s roughly the size of an iPhone.
Some of the new phone’s features:
- Removable battery
- Camera with flash
- 480×800 pixel screen (vs. 320×480 for the Apple iPhone)
- Voice recognition software which allows you to dictate into any program on the phone.
- Onscreen QWERTY keyboard with word completion
- YouTube, GMail, Google Maps, and Facebook integration.
The Google Nexus allows the user to choose his own GSM provider (unlike the iPhone, which is tied to AT&T). But there’s only one GSM provider in the U.S. with 3-G speed: T-Mobile. Users in other countries might be able to take more advantage of this feature.
Google has a webpage at google.com/phone which has a Flash application that simulates how the Nexus works.
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