The unveiling of the Google Nexus One smartphone has been seen as a direct challenge the domination of the Apple iPhone. How much do the two devices differ?
Storage capacity and add ons
Both the iPhone and the Nexus One have the same maximum storage capacity of 32GB. The main difference is iPhone storage is built into the phone, with the 3GS available in either 16GB or 32GB whilst the Google phone has variable storage with a microSD slot. The Google smartphone is sold with a 4GB card, which can changed to a maximum of 32 GB. The Google phone also differs as the battery is detachable and replaceable, whereas the iPhone phone battery is built into the device.
Apple currently boasts some 93,200 applications available for download from the iTunes store. Ranging from free to paid, an entire spectrum of applications are available, covering social media, outdoor activities, making music, planning meals and activities to games, drawing, media and information services. There are currently 20,000 applications available for the Google phone, which is expected to increase as new apps are developed for the device.
One of the key differences lies in the operating systems the two phones use. The Google Nexus One runs on Android 2.1, open-source software for mobile devices. Its openness makes it unique and is designed to allow developers to collaborate and innovation to be sped up. With a progressive open-source license it enables operators and manufacturers to design, build and distribute their own products. The iPhone runs exclusively on Apple software which limits the device to official distribution via the App store and iTunes.
The Google smartphone camera boasts 5 megapixels, autofocus, 2x digital focus and a built in LED flash. In comparison the iPhone camera is 3 megapixels with autofocus. Both phones have video recording capacities but the iPhone has inbuilt video editing abilities.
Both phones also include voice command features. The iPhone allows the operator to find a contact or a music stored in the iTunes library. The iPhone 3GS also enables the users to record, store and distribute voice memos. The Google smartphone also has speech command capabilities. It can transfer voice to text and email and can also search via speech.
The Google Nexus One has greater multitasking abilities, making it easy to go between programs and perform multiple activities. In comparison the iPhone is said to be limited to playing music whilst being online or sending a message.
Battery life: 5 hours, 3G talk time, 300 standby
Display: 3.5 inch widescreen multi-touch, 480 x 320 pixel resolution
Weight: 135 grams
Processor: 600 MHz
Additional features: 3D graphics, camera, video recording, voice control, compass, maps, accessibility features for visually or hearing impaired, Internet tethering, voice memos, email, Safari browser, motion sensor.