The first Google phone has a nipple, and it sucks too!

What does it have going for it?

  • It has a nipple!
    It’s not a real one, it’s a roller-ball style navigation like the traditional Blackberry Pearl. OK, so having a touchscreen is supposed to make this kind of thing obsolete, but if you’re not used to touch then a nipple can make navigation a lot simpler.
  • Web-kit based browser.
    Just like apple’s Safari Surfing the net is going to be fast, but just like the iPhone there’s no flash support yet.
  • Push email for gmail
    It’s push email for the masses, as soon as you get a mail it gets received by your phone – and you don’t need a Microsoft Exchange server.
  • It’s the shape of things to come!
    Jump onto the bandwagon, and be one of the first to experience a phone with a Google OS.
  • 3.2 mega-pixel camera.
    Ok, lets be honest – it’s nothing special, especially as phones are around with 5 mega-pixels,  but it’s still a higher resolution than the iPhone’s
  • Memory card expansion slot
    It’s not innovative, but it means that unlike the iPhone you wont have to worry about all those applications using up your storage space.
  • Digital Compass as well as GPS
    Real innovation here – it means there’s plenty of scope for navigational applications which orientate their maps directly to the way your facing.
  • Open Platform
    Unrestricted applications, you can download what you want, when you want.

Let’s be honest – here’s what you’re really going to hate…

  • No 3.5mm Audio Jack
    You can forget about plugging in your headphones without buying a chunky adaptor to stick out of the socket. You can always use the cheap plastic ones that come with it.
  • No Exchange push email Support
    Definitely not a phone for the business, the only push email it supports is gmail.
  • Build Quality
    It’s good(sort of) but when compared to Blackberry, or iPhone it’s certainly not as robust due to the slide-out keyboard
  • Open Platform
    Unrestricted applications, Increased risk of unstable apps, exploits and potential virus threat.
  • No front camera
    Those 3G video-calls will have to wait.
  • No Multi-touch
    Single touch only means technology has to take a step back 2 years – no pinch-zooming or multiple touches is a big let down for touch based applications and games.
  • It’s no iPod
    There’s no slick audio, video application integration like the iPod / iPhone it doesn’t even come within a million miles of it, It’s not a problem if you weren’t looking for that in a mobile. You’ll just have to use Amazon’s store instead.
  • It’s ugly, ugly, Ugly!
    Looks aren’t everything, but it fell from the top of the ugly tree and hit every single branch. It’s not sleak and shiny, or thin. The kudos is only going to last until the next Android based phone is released.

You could say It’s a glorified XDA without the sheer number of applications supported on windows mobile. Unlike the latest Xda 3g’s there isn’t even a front-facing camera. Everything apart from the in-built digital compass is technology that’s several years old. Sure it’s got Google maps street view – but in reality has every street your going to been mapped? That’s also ignoring the fact that walking down the street holding your phone like that is an open invitation to get mugged, they just haven’t thought it through.

This entry into the market shows that It’s still very early days. This is the first phone out in the wild that supports Android, It’s not Googles fault that the phone is lacking in features, they all have to start somewhere. So it make sense for HTC to do this, they’ve got years of experience in the smartphone market dominated by Windows Mobile and this phone looks like a re-badged XDA with different OS.

The biggest problem is that while the Blackberry Storm, and the iPhone are moving with technology both within their handsets, and their OS – HTC is still producing a mishmash of technology within their handsets without showing real unification with the OS that they’ve chosen to run on it. It all seems rather rushed, and it could spark a worrying trend. If the phone creators are completely removed from the Operating System that their phone is built around then it just becomes another PC desktop style function war. The endless cycle of PC manufacturers increasing the specifications on their computers to cope with the ever bloated operating systems that are run on them. Lets hope Google doesn’t let that happen, then we will start to see some real standardisation in phone specification.

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One comment on “The first Google phone has a nipple, and it sucks too!
  1. Davy Henders says:

    Got mine today and it doesnt work. The phone turns on, but the screen will not come on. Very worry that something like this could get shipped out. Makes me wonder how rushed it is.