Announced: Jan. 5, 2010
Carrier: Support for AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA's 3G networks
Price: $529 unlocked, $179 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile
Pros: NPD's Ross Rubin noted that the Nexus One was the most advanced Android phone on the market when it was announced, besting the highly touted Motorola Droid and setting a new bar for Android phones. The Nexus One is just 11.5 mm thick, runs Android 2.1 with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, has a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.
Cons: On release, users complained of spotty 3G reception and both Google and HTC tried to calm concerns over customer service for the phone. The phone also suffered from questions over Google's "equipment replacement fee.
Impact: Many still question Google's decision to upstage Android licensees with its own Google-branded product. "To be fair, I've always questioned Google getting into the hardware business," Creative Strategies' Tim Bajarin said. "I don't quite understand it, given their particular role."
Even though Google has said that the Nexus One is profitable, the phone has failed to live up to its hype. "The revolution was over before it was even halfway started," Rubin noted. "It's really only a device that's relevant for techies and early adopters," Current Analysis' Avi Greengart added.