So Google announced their own Android phone today “ the Nexus One. It joins the ranks of several compelling looking Android devices we ‘ve seen of late, and likely goes straight to the head of that pack. The Android platform ‘s momentum has been growing impressively of late, and it really does look more and […]
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Finally Some Real Competition for the iPhone

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So Google announced their own Android phone today “ the Nexus One. It joins the ranks of several compelling looking Android devices we ‘ve seen of late, and likely goes straight to the head of that pack.

The Android platform ‘s momentum has been growing impressively of late, and it really does look more and more as if it will be the top challenger to the iPhone this year and in years to come.

Here ‘s a few things I ‘ve found interesting over recent days relating to iPhone and Android:

The Nexus One has some impressive hardware specs, including a 1GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera that captures video at 720X480, and a whopping 512MB of RAM (double the iPhone 3GS).

One oddly low part of the spec is that it has only 512MB of storage memory for apps.

It ‘s available unlocked right now (for a fairly steep price) and on T-Mobile with a new contract, and coming to Verizon and to Europe in the Spring.  For all the details, see the Nexus One home page:

http://www.google.com/phone/

Tim O ‘Reilly has a great post up today with his thoughts on the Nexus One, but even more interestingly on Android vs. iPhone as a battlefront in the ‘war for the web ‘. I think his points about the ‘web native device ‘ aspect of the Nexus One being a killer feature, and about how how big a lead Google has in web / cloud integration, are spot on and highlight areas where Apple has their work cut out for them.  For lots of great insight on these topics, read O ‘Reilly ‘s post here:

http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/01/the-nexus-one-vs-iphone.html

Apple Insider reported yesterday on the latest ChangeWave surveys covering both intentions of smartphone buyers (which mobile OS they ‘re interested in) and customer satisfaction levels amongst smartphone owners.  In both areas, Android is showing strong improvement and nipping at the iPhone ‘s heels.  See Apple Insider ‘s post for more details:

http://tinyurl.com/yelvqzb

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Finally, a comment in the O ‘Reilly article about one of the Nexus One ‘s strengths:

Multi-tasking makes the phone feel much more like a real computer.

Damn straight it does “ as those of us who are running the iPhone 3GS jailbroken and using tools like ProSwitcher and similar would happily verify. 

I think all of this Android momentum should hopefully be a good thing for iPhone fans.  Some of these things should be lighting a fire “ or fanning the flames of an existing one “ for all those working on the next iPhone model and OS 4.0.  I think multitasking has to come in 4.0 if not sooner, and I think Apple needs to really knock our socks off with the next model/s this year.  Also, as O ‘Reilly points out, they need to drastically improve or just phase out (and perhaps find a better replacement in tandem with a partner) the whole MobileMe / web side of things.

What do you all think?  Is there a droid device in your future, or are you excited to see what a new iPhone OS / model will bring to the table, or a bit of both?

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