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 six

Relaxing with the Nexus One is a pleasure. The camera is decent but the flash is likely to startle people and leave them looking alabaster in your prints. The basic music player's adequate too. There has been some criticism that it hasn't been updated to include the bells and whistles of its competitors but we've found it to be perfectly functional. This is open source, after all.

On the video side of things there is unfortunately still no support for DivX or XviD. That said, the videos that we've played in H.264 and MPEG4 have been fine. If you're planning a trip somewhere, a handy open source app called Handbrake' can convert your files to a format the Nexus One can read. Don't forget that spare battery though, as playing video gobbles it up like nobody's business. If you're a gamer in your downtime there's plenty of potential with this device, so you could soon find yourself wasting precious working hours on full 3D offerings with motion control support. Of course, we're not encouraging nor condoning such behaviour.

Alas, still no contact from Google technical support.

Day seven

We've become quite accustomed to the Nexus One. Whether we've been out shopping, using the barcode scanner to get a bargain, doing some research using the included Google Goggles' app (which utilises image recognition to search Google) or browsing through our photos on the beautiful AMOLED screen, the device has slipped into our daily to-ing and fro-ing both at work and play almost without a hitch.

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