Google Nexus One - Center of Attention


Design

Dissecting the Android

First impressions are always the most important one, and the Nexus One managed to charm our socks off at first sight. As of now, the Nexus One is probably the thinnest Android device in the market. Simply put, the device is an absolute snug fit in our palms, and is easy on the arms with its 130g weight.

When we handled the Nexus One, mixed feelings were abound. Similar to the HTC Hero, the Nexus One comes with a teflon coating to prevent copious amount of fingerprint smears on the device. This is definitely great on aesthetics, but smudges are still prevalent on the 3.7-inch OLED screen. The Nexus One is great for the fingers, but we realized that the same teflon coating also saw us gripping onto the device harder to prevent it from slipping.


Physical buttons on the Nexus One are kept to the bare minimum. This is evident in the four main buttons, which are part of the touch screen display. The usual suspects on an Android device are there, starting with the Back, Menu, Home and Search button. The touch sensitive buttons are designed to be small, and has the right amount of sensitivity to register an input from the fingers. Below the buttons, a small trackball is placed for more precise screen navigation such as the finer areas of a web page.

Even for the existing physical buttons, we noticed how it manages to blend itself into the body of the Nexus One, thus giving a very streamlined look to it. This is evident from the volume and power buttons, which are essentially thin strips that are still easy to reach and click on. Following the trend of recent all-in-one devices, the Nexus One also comes with a 3.5mm audio port, plus a microUSB that's the standard for all future smartphones.

In keeping the body as clean as it is, you won't have a camera button, which is usually located on the right profile of any device. As such, you'll be fiddling with your touchscreen to utilize the autofocus feature of the 5-megapixel camera. If the whole design concept sounds familiar to a specific mobile manufacturer, then you're onto something. The Google Nexus One, is actually made by HTC, the company that gave us the first Android device - the T-Mobile G1, otherwise known as the HTC Dream.