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  1. Mykpfsu

    Mykpfsu Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Nexus One review -- Engadget

    This may be the only device that the more I hear about it, the less impressive it becomes. Just when I thought the 512mb of RAM would become a selling point Engadget lays it bare with "The phone also has 512MB of both RAM and ROM, but those hoping for new application storage options will find themselves out of luck yet again -- you're still limited to that small partition for app use.". Or the pure money shot of the review "It's a good Android phone, but not the last word -- in fact, if we had to choose between this phone or the Droid right now, we would lean towards the latter.". Ouch
    Can't see anyone being that impressed to change carriers or shell out $530 save for the Fanboi's.


  2. Insomniac

    Insomniac Lurker

    "Industry politics aside, though, the Nexus One is at its core just another Android smartphone. It's a particularly good one, don't get us wrong -- certainly up there with the best of its breed -- but it's not in any way the Earth-shattering, paradigm-skewing device the media and community cheerleaders have built it up to be. It's a good Android phone, but not the last word -- in fact, if we had to choose between this phone or the Droid right now, we would lean towards the latter."

    Just a quote taken from the conclusion of Engadgets Nexus One review...
  3. Wanderermy

    Wanderermy Lurker

    The more I hear about this phone the more disappointing I get especially with the price and the storage limitation.

    btw what happen to the most recent post topics at the top of the forums?
  4. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member

    Before I read..I do it before becuase Im not trying to defend a phone Ive never touched

    Maybe Im mistaking it for Gizmodo but Engadget is so insanely biased towards Iphone its annoying.
    Ill have to check there Hero/Droid reviews but I clearly remember wanting to smack them with a sack of Apples.

    Also Im sick of people knocking the 512 rom storage.
    Thats A TON of storage for Android apps. Thats what most apps2sd users partition there card for.

    Most apps are kbs... most of the "large apps" are 1-3 mb.
    Games are like 4-6 mb.

    Its one of those things that immediately hits me as uneducated tech snob.

    512 is enough for hundreds of apps. If someone is so demanding of there phone they need more space it would take maybe an an hour from beginning to end to install Apps2sd and partition a card for the 3-4 gigs of space and DL the entire Android App library.


    OK gonna read now.;)
  5. ikon

    ikon Well-Known Member

    To no ones surprise the review is completely iphone biased. They even apparently did NOT clear the iphones browser cache before doing the browser test. The browser speeds are much closer in real world comparisons, going by 3gs vs droid tests on youtube, and often have the droid winning.

    This guy doesn't even bother reviewing the video recording. He tries to downplay the speach-to-text feature yet it pretty much nails his test, I think it only missed an "I am" in there, I think this is a very big feature of 2.1. He keeps comparing it to the iphone yet fails to mention that the iphone screen also looks terrible in direct sunlight. He doesn't do any stress testing to really see how powerful the phone is, he mentions how many of the ui enhancements are "useless" but those same features are also found on the iphone.

    I wish we get an good unbiased review. I think I'll have to wait for Noah from phonedog to review it.
  6. onlyafterdark

    onlyafterdark Newbie

    It was a pathetic review which didnt go into any useful detail on anything. If anyone finds a truly unbiased review that actually tells you something, please post a link.

  7. gt33

    gt33 Member

    that josh douche from engadget is the biggest iphone nutsucker ever...i knew what it was gonna say before i read it
  8. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member

    Yup ..as expected.

    What a ridiculous excuse for a review.
    As mentioned hope Phonedog gets there hands on it asap.

    What a bush league effort. This is like GamePro magazine in the 90s.
  9. Mykpfsu

    Mykpfsu Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I think what they mean is that you dont get 512mb for app storage/usage (or even 512-OS resources). I thought that would be its main selling point along side its speed. But no one has really mentioned having 512 for apps. So you're probably still looking at 256 or 320 (Bravo specs).
  10. Mykpfsu

    Mykpfsu Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Interesting here is the same guy's wrap paragraph from his Droid review.

    "So, is the DROID a good smartphone? Yes, the DROID is an excellent smartphone with many (if not all) of the features that a modern user would expect, and if you're a Verizon customer, there probably isn't a more action packed device on the network. That's not to say the device doesn't have its faults; the camera was unpleasant to use, the application selection feels thin in both quantity and quality (despite the claim of 10,000 options), and the phone has bits of basic, non-intuitive functionality that might chafe on some users after a while. But even still, it's hard not to recommend the DROID to potential buyers eager to do more with their devices. It's easily the best Android phone to date, and when you couple the revamped OS, Verizon's killer network, and an industrial design straight from a gadget enthusiast's fever-dream, it makes for a powerful concoction. Ultimately, the DROID won't usurp the iPhone from the public's collective mindshare or convince casual users that they must switch to Android, but it will make a lot of serious geeks seriously happy -- and that's good enough for us."

    Motorola DROID review -- Engadget

    Not exactly a bashing post from such a biased Iphone fanboi.
    Sorry but the truth of the Nexus One is what is obvious to most. Once the Droid gets it 2.1 upgrade what great advantage will the N1 have over the Droid that will drive people from the Droid or even the Hero line with 2.1 to the N1? The N1 will have a speed advantage and a better screen. Is that enough for people to switch from their current networks to Tmobile? Maybe there will be some who will say "I got this cool phone that wont work outside the city limits" or "I'm so glad I paid $330 more for a phone that I cant use 3G on". But in reality not alot because the advantages aren't that great.
  11. t-mizzle

    t-mizzle Member

    It's still a big increase in ROM size, the OS footprint is not that big.

    It's ok to review it but these reviews have very little value to the end consumer.

    Let's remember that this phone is going to T-Mobile, judge it from their view:

    Couple of facts:
    1. Changing carriers is a luxury we can afford only once in a while.
    2. tmo selection of android phones sucks, so far the best ones went to sprint and verizon
    3. tmo customers want subsidized phones.

    Conclusion: It's the best subsidized phone to come to tmo! These reviews have no weight for the end customers, tmo in this case.
  12. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member

    Unless im mistaken its pretty easy to decipher that with a phone in your hands.
    Not sure why they would report space and not bother to check the phone instead of a spec sheet.
  13. wonderbread

    wonderbread Android Enthusiast

    Reviews are great for titillation but I personally never know if I like a phone until i'm holding it and operating it. Take the DROID for example. I read the reviews, got worked up but when I used it at VZW it just didn't click for me. The Eris actually surprised me as a more fluid comfortable phone. Of course I just had to wait for "the next big thing" from htc, so I currently use a flip phone. I was also on line to pick up the iPhone and iPhone 3GS but upon using it I was just not entirely sold. End of story.
  14. lekky

    lekky Lover

    I think the reviewer just prefers a phone with a real keyboard. The nexus looks like an update to my hero, but i think i would prefer a chin.
  15. MartinS

    MartinS Android Expert

    I have pretty much decided that I'd like to move from my UK Hero to an N1. I like the idea of running native Android and being first to get the updates. Just look at the Hero threads, every one is going crazy for a 2.1 update since it was announced in November (?) but still no nearer to getting it and then I have an Orange branded phone so even longer.

    I just hope that Google have some European distribution or even better UK!
  16. lekky

    lekky Lover

    They do of course.
  17. xtop

    xtop Android Enthusiast

    the engadget review read exactly as expected. an apple fanboi that probably has a droid and sees no reason to upgrade. well what about the rest of us who don't have a droid? :p sheesh. i wonder about engadget sometimes
  18. MartinS

    MartinS Android Expert

    OK sure but I meant today! Otherwise all I have heard is about added VAT and Import Tax.
  19. lekky

    lekky Lover

    hehe, i hope they don't kill us with charges :(
  20. siddharth

    siddharth Lurker

    Totally biased review on Engadget as many would agree. You should check out the Topolsky bashing going on in the review's comment section! Here's a link to the review : Nexus One review -- Engadget
  21. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    Couple of notes after reading this thread:

    1) The N1 screen is AMOLED but is LESS resolute than the DROID.
    2) The reviewer doesn't necessarily prefer a physical keyboard as he's a KNOWN iPhone lover and of course, the iPhone is all virtual. For Android phones, he says he prefers a physical keyboard, because the fact is, it's hard to cursor control on Android phones.
    3) DROID has 512mb of ROM, but 256mb of RAM for app use. But the post is correct in saying that it's unclear how much of that 512mb RAM will be used for apps -- all or some?

    Instead of re-posting my review of the review: Here's my take on Engadget's review.

  22. XM_JDM

    XM_JDM Well-Known Member

    I dont much pay any attention to Engadget Mobiles reviews. Ill give them a good read but most of them if not all of them get taken a healthy dump on. Endadget is always about iPhone.
  23. johflo88

    johflo88 Well-Known Member

    same here, they're all been paid by apple under the table or they're die-hard iphone fanboys,lol' I don't read their reviews anymore.period!! josh douche bag especially. [​IMG]
  24. johflo88

    johflo88 Well-Known Member

    you said it![​IMG]
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