Nexus One Vs. iPhone – Can Google Nexus One Be An iPhone Killer?

Nexus One unveiled by Google

Nexus One, the much awaited smartphone from Google is here. In an "Android gathering" held at Mountain View, the company unveiled their Android based handset. Google claims that the Nexus One is a league ahead of the current crop of smartphones and hence has chosen to call it a "Super phone".

So, what do we know about the device? 

Here's a list of specifications officially announced by Google:

  • Display : 3.7" WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
  • Camera : 5 megapixels with 2X digital zoom and autofocus
  • Video : 720×480 at 20 FPS and above
  • Capacity : 512 MB RAM with 4GB Micro SD Card (expandable up to 32 GB)
  • Height : 119mm
  • Width : 59.8mm
  • Depth : 11.5mm
  • Weight : 130 grams w/battery (100g w/o battery)

The Nexus One is powered by Snapdragon's 1 Gigahertz core processor and comes with a lot of nice features. Among them are the built-in noise cancellation feature, LED powered trackball that glows in different colors depending on the kind of notifications that you receive and dynamic wallpapers that react to user activities. But the most prominent among these is voice integration. Every text field in the phone and also the applications are voice enabled, which means that users only have to speak out and no longer have to type out messages.

As earlier reported, the phone shall be available for purchase solely from the Google Phone website. US consumers may choose to buy a subsidized Nexus One with T-Mobile for $179. An unlocked version of the same is also available at a much pricey $529. Google has also announced UK, Singapore and Hong Kong as test markets from where consumers can make their purchase.

So how does the phone compare to the other smartphones in the market? Feature-wise, the Nexus One is no doubt a very capable competitor. Google has also hinted that this is only the first in the set of many "Super phones" that they plan to launch. Considering that the next generation of the iPhone is just a few more months from launch, 2010 could see some interesting array of new high end mobile phone devices on sale. 

Having said that, Nexus One is also very competitively priced. An analysis of the total cost of ownership for the entire contract period shows that the iPhone 3GS is nearly 50% more expensive than the Nexus One. This price-gap is likely to widen further considering that Nexus One shall be made available with many more carriers soon. Google expects the prices to fall further as competition among the carriers heat up. Here is how the smartphones cost add up to in the present scenario:

Nexus One vs iPhone, Droid & Palm Pre

We would like to hear your views. What do you think of the Nexus One? Do you think the device is capable of being an iPhone killer? Please tell us in the comments. 

[Google Phone website via Gizmodo]