Google’s touchscreen smartphone will be launched in June loaded with hi-spec features but how does it compare to the upcoming Apple iPhone 8?
Both have capacitive touch screens, this means they use a weak electric field on the surface and you interact with the phone by using another electric field i.e. your finger! Capacitive screens are crisp and colourful and will respond to the lightest of touches. Both handsets have wireless and 3G connectivity for Internet access on the go and both are available sim-free or on contract.
Nexus One is currently available from Vodafone visit www.vodafone.co.uk where you will find that the guide price with contract is approximately £100 or £250 pay-as-you-go. It has a great 5megapixel camera with LED flash. Extra features are interactive wallpapers such as rippling water and waves which react to touch. It has a weather widget to give you an immediate forecast for your precise location. Nexus One has voice recognition for text messages, emails, Facebook updates and Twitter as well as search Google, call contacts or obtain driving directions by speaking into the phone. It has easy access to Google functions such as Maps navigation, Gmail accounts and YouTube.
The Apple iPhone
The iPhone 3GS (available on Orange , Vodafone, O2 and Tesco Mobile) is the coolest handset but is pricier than Nexus One; it costs from £274 depending on contract or around £538 on-pay-as-you-go (visit www.macbroadband.co.uk to check out deals on their ISP news – Smart Mac users buy an Apple iPhone). The iPhone camera is 3megapixel. However, it is the extra features where iPhone beats Nexus One- hands down – with more than 100,000 applications, users can take their pick of guitar lessons, football games, weight loss apps, live flight information and so on and on. The iPhone has some other real smart functions too, such as if you are listening to music on your phone and you receive a call, the music fades out for the duration and then fades in again. When looking at your photos, if you flip your iPhone onto its side, it senses this and responds by showing your photos in landscape mode.
The Nexus One is rich in features and looks great, it is a fast and powerful mobile excellent for web surfing and watching films, but its lack of apps and multi-touch screen means that iPhone owners will still be feeling pretty chuffed that they prefer their Apple Iphone. Google meanwhile have some catching up to do.