I know a lot (and I mean a lot) of people have gotten iPods or iPhones for Christmas, and, given by the amount of people visiting my previous fixing iPod article yesterday, I’m assuming that there are a bunch of people that either need help setting their iPods up, have encountered some sort of error, or want to know how to do something with their iPods or iPhones. If anyone needs help jailbreaking their device, getting it set up, or anything like that, I provide free, non-professional help. As a disclaimer, I’m not responsible to anything that may happen to your device, although, seeing my track record, I can probably help you. Either post a comment or contact me, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
I’m finding it difficult to find one page that lists out the Nexus One’s features, plain and simple. So, I’ll make one myself. I hope you find it useful. I threw in a quick wrap-up of the phone’s hardware, software, carrier lists and pricing. Help yourself.
- A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. In other words, its hella fast.
- A 480×800 AMOLED screen, looking sharp and consuming less power than typical OLED screens.
- A 5.0 MP camera with a LED flash. Nice.
- A trackball with a multicolored backlight, for different notification.
- Stereo Bluetooth and Wireless-N capabilities.
- 2 microphones for “active noise suppression.”
- Compass, GPS, light and proximity sensors, and accelerometers, perfect for augmented reality.
- A 1400mAH battery, for 5 hours of 3G browsing or 7 hours of 3G talk.
- Skinnier than a standard pencil.
- A QR code printed on the back, which, when read, takes you to an android-themed game of Memory.
- The Nexus One sports the new Android 2.1 firmware, which is gorgeous looking, and only available on the Nexus One for right now.
- 5 home screens, for more space than ever.
- Live Wallpapers, or interactive backgrounds.
- A revamped photo gallery, with a bunch of pretty 3D glossy tricks.
- Background syncing to online Picasa photo galleries.
- Voice enabled text fields: you never have to type again!
- Apps can now be stored on an external SD card. Finally.
- A neat, redesigned app launcher.
- Some tweaks to make it a while lot faster. Also, graphics look better.
- Sadly, no apparent multitouch in the default Google Apps.
- According to Gizmodo, “If you want Android phones, this is the one to get.”
- The phone has been rooted, or, for you iPhone users, “jailbroken.” Check it out.
Carriers and Pricing
- The phone is $530 to buy it unlocked: in other words, you can use it with any carrier, including AT&T (ew), although it won’t work with AT&T’s 3G service (for now).
- The phone is $179 if you want to buy it with a 2 year contract with T-Mobile. T-Mobile offers a plan for $80 including 500 minutes and unlimited internet and TXT/SMS.
- The phone is said to come to Verizon some time this spring. Awright.
- If you live in Europe, the phone will come to Vodaphone sometime in the spring, as well.
- You can get the phone custom engraved. :D
- Buy it here.
Try it out.
If you want to have a neat little online demo of the Nexus One, you can check out Google’s new Nexus One page here.
Additionally, try out their 3D tour. Its pretty cool.
Oh, and just for kicks, here’s what my Nexus One would look like, engraved.
Rumor has it that Spotify, the free-for-all music service, might be releasing service to the USA on the 5th of this month, the same day as Google’s Android Phone, the Nexus One, is said to be released. Damn.
What is this nonsense?
First, some backstory. Spotify, the service for streaming and downloading music for free, has, for a long time, been just out of reach, thanks to a network of red tape and copyright laws here in the US. The service, to be supported by ads or with a 10 euro plan, has been around for about a year or so. Click here to learn a bit more about it and see a cool video about how it works.
Now then, Google’s Nexus One is the first phone released by Google. This isn’t T-Mobile’s G1, which ran Google’s Android software. This is a phone completely designed by Google, with the hardware provided for by HTC. It promises to be very fast, run a yet-to-be-seen version of Android (2.1), and will have an option to buy it unlocked (i.e. without a plan or provider) for a little more cash.
Rumor has it…
Back to the rumormill, its been said that Spotify will be released not just on the same day as the Nexus One, but with it, as a mobile app. This means that every Nexus One user will have access to Spotify before a good bit of Americans. It has even been said that Google might subsidize the Spotify App, waiving the fee for the no-ads subscription. However, there is no guarantee that Spotify will be on the new Android 2.1 firmware, and we won’t know for sure until tomorrow.
Here’s a quick note to all my valued readers, guests, and visitors:
I sincerely wish all of you a fantastic year. 2009 was great, albeit a little bumpy, but now, we can all start fresh, renewed, determined, and eager. I hope that whatever resolutions you half-heartedly consign yourself to this year manage to pull through, if only slightly longer than they did last year. I hope that all the things that you eagerly hoped for this year finally come, and that all the things that did happen last throughout the year. I’m not entirely sure if that made any sense, but I’m too lazy to proofread it now. At any rate, happy New Years, everyone.
I just wanted to wish all my readers a warm and happy Christmas, and a great, fulfilling, and promising new year. Yeah, I know its about 5 or 6 days too early to be wishing people a happy new year, but I don’t care.
Anyways, here’s a cool little Christmas-related youtube-video-slash-poem I thought I’d share with everyone. NPR (National Public Radio) has been broadcasting it this time of year for the past 20-odd years, and its rather witty.
Ode to Christmas
It’s official, everyone; Internet Explorer, at long, long last, is no longer the world’s most popular browser. Its about time.
As originally posted on ZDNet.com, it appears as though Firefox is now used by 21.93% of users, just ahead of Internet Explorer 7’s rapidly declining count of 21.2% and Internet Explorer 8’s tally of 20.33%. I think this deserves a toast. Be right back.
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What else is new?
Ok, now that that’s done with, I think I should explain the other reason why Firefox is making headlines as of late. On the 18th, Mozilla released the Firefox 3.6 beta which, while not being an epic, earthshaking release, is still worth mentioning. Here is just a small list of the updates (you can see a full list here):
Just a cool fact, version 3.6 has been nicknamed “Namoroka.”
If you’re still an Internet Explorer user, you’re missing out. A while ago, I had a banner on my site (and by a while ago, I mean, circa April Fools day, 2009) that told you you needed to upgrade your browser to view my site. It sent you to firefox.com. Sneaky, huh?