Archive for January, 2010

The Nexus One is not for you

January 18, 2010
Look, I love my Nexus One. But it's not for everyone. In fact, I'd suggest it's not for most people. If you're a whiner, don't even THINK about getting this phone. Not yet, anyway. Google isn't about delivering a finished product. And the Nexus One is far from a finished product. It has some of the smartest people in the world developing for it and working on it which means that between today and tomorrow you'll likely be able to SEE it change. But I'll guarantee there's something wrong now, today, that'll drive you absolutely batty if you let it. So, if you're a whiner, or if you want a phone that's a finished product, please stay away. If you like to fiddle with things, open them up, see what's inside and tinker then you should consider the Nexus One because that's pretty much a requirement. Do you have to be Linux knowledgable? Not necessarily but it sure helps. If you know what root or superuser is then you're ahead of the game. If you're adventurous and like to learn new things, then this may be the phone for you.

Here's a checklist:

The Nexus One is not an iPhone, it's not even an iPhone competitor.

If you've got an iPhone, chances are you're an iTunes user. This phone doesn't come with iTunes integration. Yes, you can download an app that will integrate it with iTunes but if you're an iTunes user, get something else.

Some apps that are available for the iPhone are available for the Nexus One but many are not.

If you're looking to replace your iPhone and you have apps that you absolutely depend on, don't switch. You'll just get annoyed and waste your time. You can look for similar apps or even ask the developer if the app is avaliable on Android or the Nexus One but it'll look different and act different. See my first point, above.

The Nexus One is not "finished".

Apple delivers consumer quality products that are pretty nearly "done". Google doesn't do that. If you want something that "just works". get an iPhone. Like their online offerings, Google delivers products that are pretty close to complete but you can bet they'll have to rev the software and, until they do, you either have to live with the problems or find a way to fix it yourself. Don't get me wrong, there are a LOT of people out there who can help you fix it but they aren't Google.

You get a charge out of seeing a Linux command prompt

The Nexus One may be for you. I log in to my phone at least daily and do things that I could do via the phone's GUI but I find it easier and quicker to do a lot of things this way. If you're uncomfortable with the command line, consider something else.

You've got a lot of MP3s.

Not just music files in some format but files that end in ".mp3", are VBR or CBR, up to 320Kbps. Or you've got a lot of Ogg Vorbis files. If so, consider the Nexus One. But If you've for DRM WMA files, forget it cuz it won't play 'em.

You stream Slacker or Pandora or Shoutcast.

There are apps for these services. Slacker and Pandora apps come from Slacker and Pandora. There are several apps that stream Shoutcast quite easily. No, I don't know what the iPhone app looks like. If you care, you shouldn't be considering the Nexus One.

There are loads of other things I could suggest but, honestly, if you're hesitant about getting a Nexus One then please don't. You may be happy but, then again, you may not. As Rober Heinlein said, never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

After a week with the Nexus One …

January 17, 2010
My Nexus One arrived on January 6 but I really didn’t have a chance to
do much until the 7th. I haven’t posted any thoughts becfause I wanted
to give myself time to adjust. OK, I think I have and here are my
impressions.

First, it’s a speedy beast! I haven’t rooted the phone and,
consequently, am “limited” by the internal memory (512M) for apps.
I’ve only got about 100 installed so far (I had over 300 installed on
my rooted G1) and have about 80M available in /data. I think I’ve got
lots of room to grow.

What’s this fascination with thin phones? As far as I’m concerned, the
phone is too thin! I’ve got big hands and, when I hold the phone in my
right hand, I rest the phone on my little finger with my other fingers
behind it so I can use my right thumb when I want to work one-handed.
When I do this for any length of time, my little finger starts to
cramp as does my thumb. I’ve put a rubber skin on the phone which
increases the thickness a bit and adds a little friction to the
slightly slick surface so it’s easier to hold and that has helped a
lot with the cramping.

The live wallpapers are cool but just eye candy so I’m not running one
of them unless I’m showing the phone to a newbie 🙂 The same is true
of all the animations and screen transitions. I leave them turned off
most of the time. It’s nice to see windows slide off to the left or
right of the screen but not very functional and sometimes even a bit
distracting. One animation I haven’t been able to turn off is the app
tray. ON prior version, when you open the application tray, the apps
would slide up from the bottom of the screen. Now, they fly in from
the corners. Again, cute but not functional and a bit distracting.

The screen is beautiful! The colors are vibrant (almost too much so
when I’m looking at the screen in very low or no light situations) and
the automatic brightness control is just about right for my eyes. The
nice thing about automatic brightness is that an app can override
brightness while the apps running but when the apps no longer
controlling the screen, the brightness returns to its previous level.
This is true for settings apps, too, so until the apps are updated,
they are unable to make changes to settings that persist. And this is
a good thing if you’ve selected auto brightness because you don’t
really want an app to make a persistent change to the brightness, do
you?

Just about every app I’ve tried works just fine. Astro, ES File
Explorer, Nitrodesk’s Touchdown, Bratag’s Dock, Apps Organizer, dg
Quickcut, My Backup Pro all work fine. SnapPhoto Pro doesn’t work but
the developer’s working on it and, beyond that, I can’t recall any
other of the apps I consider necessary that don’t work. And, besides,
the stock camera app is pretty good so I can wait.

Do I intend to root my device? Yes but not until I find I need to. One
of my main reasons for rooting my G1 was the fact that I ran out of
storage space for apps and that hasn’t happened yet. Another of the
main reasons was that I couldn’t connect to the wireless network at my
day job and that’s been addressed, too. The phone is snappy and
responsive so, for the time being, I’m happy.

So far the screen is pristine but, just to be safe, I’ve ordered
Phantom Skinz and will install at least the screen protector when it
arrives. The G1 has Zagg Invisible Shield and, while I was plenty
happy with them, I want to give something else a try — there are lots
of high quality, well known and reviewed products available so I
figured I’d give it a try.

OK, that’s my rundown of my first week or so with the Nexus One. I’ll
post updates every now and then as something catches my fancy but if
you have any requests or questions, please feel free to comment or
contact me.

An Android remote control

January 16, 2010
Funai’s universal remote runs on an Android tablet.

http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20100115/179285/

OK, here!

January 6, 2010

Alright, one picture.

Naturally

January 6, 2010

Stands to reason that it'd show up late in the day (14:53) but show up it did. I won't bore you with pictures but I have my Nexus One in hand. Battery's at 22% so I won't be doing much with it today.

I just ordered a Nexus One

January 5, 2010

I may be a sucker but I just ordered an unlocked Nexus One from Google
(http://www.google.com/phone). $577.93 including tax and free
overnight FedEx. It should be here tomorrow 🙂