We go all Blade Runner on the un-boxing of the Nexus One.
It’s here Googleheads! Hong Kong is one of the 4 ground zeros for the new Google Nexus One, and we went all Rick Deckard-like on a brand new Google Nexus One with un-boxing photos for you to examine.
The only way to get one of these phones is to directly order it online from Google, who will then DHL ship the phone from the US to Hong Kong. The price of the unlocked phone is US$529 plus US$28.32 for the DHL international shipping, which brings the total cost of the phone to about HK$4,347 (US$557.32). We ordered the phone on Monday and by Wednesday afternoon it’s in the Neonpunch.com office! At this point, we’re pretty sure this will be the only way to get the Nexus One in Hong Kong for the foreseeable future, but if you don’t like to order products online expect to pay a premium at retail shops in Hong Kong – we’re hearing prices going from HK$5,000-$7,000 because of the online order limit.
Google offers buyers an option to buy a 220-240V AC wall charger (US uses 110-120V) for about an extra HK$100.We advise not getting the charger since the Nexus One can be re-charged via the USB port and it’ll only cost you about HK$40 for an AC wall charger in Mong Kok, no more than HK$60 in Wan Chai!
Un-boxing gallery below:
There’s also a free personalized engraving option available that allows you to have two lines of text engraved onto the Nexus One. Google states “Engraved phones will ship within 72 hours of placing your order” so, adding in the 3 days to ship it to Hong Kong, it’ll take six days in total to get your new Google phone. Not bad!
For those interested in getting one, go to www.google.com/phone to learn more about it and to place an order. For those who don’t like ordering online as we said, those nice phone sales guys in Mong Kok’s Sincere Centre will have a few parallel imports available for sale, but be prepared to pay at least a HK$1,000 mark-up for it. Neonpunch got price quotes for the phone that ranged from HK$5,200 – 5,500.
The phone is lighter and slimmer than Apple’s iPhone and features voice input command functions. Users can convert voice to text, write SMS or e-mail, but also automatically perform a variety of instructions, including Google Maps searches. However, the Nexus One doesn’t have a multi-touch function!
- Display: 3.7″ AMOLED 480×800 WVGA display
- Thinness: 11.5mm; Weight: 130g
- Processor/Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz
- Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus with flash and geo tagging
- Onboard memory: 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM
- Expandable memory: 4GB removable SD Card (expandable to 32GB)
- Noise Suppression: Dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc.
- Ports: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with four contacts for inline voice and remote control
- Battery: Removable 1400 mAh
- Personalized laser engraving: Up to 50 characters on the back of the phone
- Trackball: Tri-color notification LED, alerts when new emails, chats, text messages arrive
The Nexus One runs on Android 2.1, a version of the platform’s Eclair software, which offers advanced applications and features including:
- Google Maps Navigation: offering turn-by-turn driving directions with voice output.
- Email: multiple Gmail accounts; universal inbox and Exchange support.
- Phone book: aggregate contacts from multiple sources, including Facebook®.
- Quick Contacts: easily switch between communication and social applications.
- Android Market: access to more than 18,000 applications.
In addition, the Nexus One introduces new functionality and software enhancements:
- Enter text without typing.
- Use a voice-enabled keyboard for all text fields: speak a text message, instant message, tweet, Facebook update, or complete an email.
- Tell your phone what you want it to do.
- Search Google, call contacts, or get driving directions by just speaking into your phone.
- Take personalization to the next level.
- Dynamic, interactive, live wallpapers react to the touch of a finger.
- More widgets and five home screen panels allow for further device customization.
- Capture camera-quality pictures and video with your device.
- 5 megapixel camera includes LED flash, auto focus, zoom, white balance and color effects.
- View pictures and Picasa Web Albums in the new 3D Gallery.
- Record Hi-Res MPEG4 video, and then upload to YouTube with one click.
- Read your voicemail messages.
- Get transcribed voicemail with Google Voice integration, without changing your number.
We’ve rounded up some reviews of the phone below:
Engadget called it “just another Android smartphone.”
Gizmodo said “The Nexus One is an over-hyped Android phone”
Ars Technica said, “The Nexus One is the best smartphone on the market at this point for general use.”
CNET gave it 4 out of 5 stars but said “The media player remains average, and it’s missing some wanted features like multitouch support, dual-mode capability for GSM and CDMA networks, and hands-free Bluetooth dialing.”
PC mag says “The touch screen keyboard was terrific, though it didn’t feel radically better the Motorola Droid.”
Drop a comment in below when you get yours and let’s hear what Hong Kong users think of the Google Nexus One!