We have a hands-on comparison or does it even matter when the market for 3G phones is largely untapped
The Google Nexus One phone is out and the inevitable comparisons with the iPhone have started. Is it better? Will it kill the iPhone or at least take the lead?
Considering that Apple only has .5% of the market for 4G post-pay phones in the US, the question is really irrelevant. Google has a much wider market to look at than the one that Apple has carved out in two years.
The Google Nexus One looks very interesting and I would switch in a heartbeat mainly to try it out but the phone is not available in Canada. Google has the website for purchase at $529 US turned off if you land from Canada. Give me a week or two to get around that if I can.
Key advantages of the Google Nexus One are: it’s new, multi-tasking, integration with Google applications and open technology. You can run any Android applications on the Nexus One and you don’t have to lock into a closed shop like the iTunes Store. The phone can be purchased directly from Google unlocked and available for any GSM network. This frees the customer to pick the carrier of their choice. It will put pressure on the networks to drop 2 and 3 year contracts.