Google Nexus One review: A week with the superphone

Our reviewer spent a week living with the Google Nexus One to see if it lives up to the reviews. Read on to find out what he thought.

Day four

Signal performance has started waning. The reported problem of signal drop-off when you hold the handset at the bottom is definitely present in the handset we're using. Wi-Fi is also seemingly unreliable; the device has stopped reconnecting automatically and has started needing a restart to remedy this problem. It's somewhat frustrating but hasn't made us fall out of love with the device just yet.

Getting help from Google is proving to be a laborious task. We sent an email to the support department the one that the public uses rather than any special press assistance department yesterday evening and have still heard nothing back from Mountain View. Typing the call for help on the virtual keyboard was a pleasure though. Using the keyboard in portrait view is a different kettle of fish. The speech input often pops up uninvited if you fail to lift your finger up properly or the keyboard simply disappears back whence it came if you try and catch the letter A' right-thumbed. After a day of emailing this left us needing a stiff drink.

It would be entirely more manageable if the speech input could be trusted but we wouldn't run the risk of sending emails to colleagues or superiors with its questionable accuracy. We're confident this is a glitch that will be ironed out soon enough if it hasn't already.

Day five

There's still no word from Google technical support. Other emails and messages are coming through thick and fast though (if you have a data connection). It's not that surprising that so many people are making the hop from competing devices over to more full-featured smartphones with this sort of performance.

Productivity's great too, with Documents to go' and Think Free' you can get work done on the hoof; the price points of both apps are pretty competitive too. With the lag-free, speedy interface of the Nexus One you can realistically view the device as an ultra-mobile and we had no trouble at all editing our blog,

FTP'ing files and managing file archives.

Featured Resources

The ultimate law enforcement agency guide to going mobile

Best practices for implementing a mobile device program

Free download

The business value of Red Hat OpenShift

Platform cost savings, ROI, and the challenges and opportunities of Red Hat OpenShift

Free download

Managing security and risk across the IT supply chain: A practical approach

Best practices for IT supply chain security

Free download

Digital remote monitoring and dispatch services’ impact on edge computing and data centres

Seven trends redefining remote monitoring and field service dispatch service requirements

Free download

Recommended

Iranian hacking group continues to target US citizens
hacking

Iranian hacking group continues to target US citizens

18 Oct 2021
Ennoconn and Google Cloud enter a strategic alliance
Cloud

Ennoconn and Google Cloud enter a strategic alliance

14 Oct 2021
Google Workspace adds Jira and AppSheet integrations
collaboration

Google Workspace adds Jira and AppSheet integrations

13 Oct 2021
Google Cloud reveals edge-focused Distributed Cloud portfolio
cloud computing

Google Cloud reveals edge-focused Distributed Cloud portfolio

13 Oct 2021

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Network & Internet

HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

15 Oct 2021
What is cyber warfare?
Security

What is cyber warfare?

15 Oct 2021