Nexus One Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is the Nexus One?
As Google puts it, the Nexus One is the first “superphone”. That is to say it’s the next evolution in what (Android) handsets are capable of.

What is so special about the phone?
For starters, the Nexus One features a blazing fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  Throw in a 3.7-inch (480×800 AMOLED screen), a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash, wireless support for 802.11 a/b/g/n, a trackball with multicolor LED, and you see where we’re going.  There’s also a compass, GPS, accelerometer, stereo Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack, light and proximity sensors, and two microphones for “active noise suppression”.  All of this is powered by a 1400mAH battery.  Oh yeah, it’s crazy thin.  Like, less than a pencil, thin.

What about the operating system and features?
The Nexus One comes loaded with Android 2.1, which features the same great software found in the Motorola DROID, plus more.  This latest version also offers great voice integration.  Every text field found within Android 2.1 is voice enabled, meaning you’ll not have to physically type out emails, texts messages and tweets.  There are also ‘live wallpapers’ with interactivity, a new weather/news widget, Google Earth, and an updated gallery.

What is the memory capavity and storage on the Nexus One?

The Nexus One only comes with a 4GB SD card in the box for storing files, but this can be expanded to 32 GB with a larger capacity card.

Why is the phone called the Nexus One?

The phone apparently takes it name from one of the “replicants” in Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi movie Blade Runner.

What sort of controls does the Nexus One have e.g. trackball or touchscreen?

As well as touch screen controls, the phone also features four hardware buttons and a Blackberry-style rollerball for navigating menus and web pages.

What snazzy features does the phone have?

One snazzy feature of the phone are “live wallpapers” – animated background images that move subtly as you write a text messages or look through your contacts.

How does the Nexus One Display compare with the iphone?

The handset has a super bright 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen display that’s slightly larger than its Apple rival.

Where can I buy a Nexus One?
You can immediately order an unlocked GSM Nexus One at $529.00 at

Will it work with my AT&T service?
Yes.  Don’t expect 3G speeds though as the Nexus One only offers support  for T-Mobile’s 3G bands in the United States – UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz).

What sort of camera does the Nexus One have?

Unlike the iPhone, the Nexus One’s 5 mega pixel camera boasts a flash and also features mechanical auto focus.

What if I don’t want to spend that kind of money?
A subsidised  Nexus One can be yours for $179.00 as long as you commit to a 2-year contract with T-Mobile.  The catch here is that you must use it on individual, post paid, rate plans.  Family plans, and FlexPay customers are not eligible at this time. However, if you cancel the two year contract with T-Mobile you will not only pay them a hefty early cancellation fee, it almost double as you will also owe Google an almost similar cancellation fee. Google charges an “Equipment Recovery Fee” of $350 if you cancel their service before 120 days have passed. Essentially, doubling your penalty from what you would pay with other phones.

What rate plan will I have if I get a Nexus One?
As of today, there is only one plan to choose from – 500 voice minutes, nights and weekends, messaging (SMS and MMS) and data.

I don’t want to sign up with T-Mobile.  Are there other options?
A CDMA version of the Nexus One will be available in the spring of 2010 for Verizon customers.

Will there be an unlocked CDMA Nexus One?

Google have indicated that there will only be a Verizon-based CDMA Nexus One.

What are the key specifications for Google Nexus One?

  • 119×59.8×11.5mm, 130 grams
  • 3G + HSPA (7.2Mbps down/2Mbps up)
  • Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 3.7-inch AM-OLED capacitive touchscreen (800×480 pixels)
  • 5-megapixel camera with flash
  • 720×480 pixel video capture at 20 frames per second
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS/electronic compass
  • Android OS 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Rollerball navigation control with LED illumination
  • Live wallpaper + 5 home screens/panels
  • New photo viewer with new viewing/sorting options
  • Dual microphone for active noise cancellation
  • 1400mAh battery with up to 10 hours talktime, 290 hours standby (2G) and 7/250 hours (3G)
  • Web use up to 5 hours (3G) / 6.5 hours (Wi-Fi)
  • Video up to 7 hours
  • Music up to 20 hours
  • 512MB RAM + microSDHC expansion (4GB supplied)

Will there be another Nexus One model at some later date?

One interesting point is that the Google Phone website is likely to updated in the future to include many other Google phones, not just the Nexus One. Therefore the device is merely the first in a series of handsets that will be more actively promoted by Google in the future. There is already talk about a Nexus Two phone aimed at the corporate / business market

What languages does the phone display support?

English (U.S), French (France), German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean, Japanese, Russian,

What are the main software features and functionalty of the Nexus One?

  • Google Maps Navigation: offering turn-by-turn driving directions with voice output.
  • Email: multiple Gmail accounts; universal inbox and Exchange support.
  • Phone book: aggregate contacts from multiple sources, including Facebook.
  • Quick Contacts: easily switch between communication and social applications.
  • Android Market: access to more than 18,000 applications.
  • Enter text without typing.
  • Use a voice-enabled keyboard for all text fields: speak a text message, instant message, tweet, Facebook update, or complete an email.
  • Tell your phone what you want it to do.
  • Search Google, call contacts, or get driving directions by just speaking into your phone.
  • Take personalization to the next level.
  • Dynamic, interactive, live wallpapers react to the touch of a finger.
  • More widgets and five home screen panels allow for further device customization.
  • Capture camera-quality pictures and video with your device.
  • 5 megapixel camera includes LED flash, auto focus, zoom, white balance and color effects.
  • View pictures and Picasa Web Albums in the new 3D Gallery.
  • Record Hi-Res MPEG4 video, and then upload to YouTube with one click.
  • Read your voicemail messages.
  • Get transcribed voicemail with Google Voice integration, without changing your number.

Who manufactured the Google Nexus One?

The device was built by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC under strict design instructions from Google