May 3, 2010

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Nexus One a week later

I’m just going to really quickly outline my thoughts of the Nexus One after having it for a week:

  • The trackball is basically useless for navigation, except for getting around in text fields. It does a great job glowing though, and damn is it bright.
  • The unit is still lickity split fast, except it can get hung up if you try to do too much at the same time.
  • The call quality is good, I’ve not had any issues with dropped calls on my side (that I know of).
  • The 4 buttons along the bottom are still annoying to hit.
  • The Exchange integration is only so-so at best. It basically only supports email. I may buy an app suite later, depending on what Froyo (aka the next Android release) does for Exchange.
  • The long press on the power button is too short, one 1 second. It pops up a menu for power off, airplane mode, & silent. So far I haven’t accidentally turned off the unit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did one day.
  • The applications for the most part are a wash compared to the iPhone. Some are much better on Android, some look like 2 minute ports.
  • One thing I don’t like is the inability to stop the trackball from glowing without clearing the notifications. Especially at night; I’d like the ability to just make it stop glowing and I’ll get back to it later.
  • The quick jump “cards” you get by holding the dots on the home screen, I don’t use them at all.
  • The provided headset has 3 buttons that support play/pause, next, back. I’d rather it was more like the iPhones where the three buttons were volume up/down & play/pause, with multi-clicks to get forward/back. Even if they couldn’t support the multi-clicks I’d prefer volume over next/back.
  • While I do listen to music on the Nexus, and having Pandora, etc on the go is very nice… I still keep my iPhone around as an iPod when I’m on the motorcycle — for the headset buttons mentioned above.
  • Sometimes I have a hard time getting the onscreen keyboard to popup for me, especially in portrait. I’m not sure yet if I’m doing something wrong or if the phone is just being difficult.

In the end? Still like the Nexus One. Glad I have it for the joys of Android, of course you still get the downsides of Android. It is by no means perfect.