Google unveiled today the much anticipated Nexus One, the so called Google Phone. And once more is demonstrated that rumors about the Mountain View company’s products usually have a solid basis. We’ve seen rumors about GBrowser ant it has come in the form of Chrome and this was also true for other products or acquisitions.
Back to the Phone. It looks very neat and it has some nice features (running on Android 2.1), but the hardware that is incorporated is the most pleasant surprise. It has a Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 Ghz processor, 5 megapixel camera, built in AGPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and more. Iphone has now a very strong competitor and i’m sure that the hype will drive many people to head out to and buy it asap.
Now a personal opinion. Although everyone at Google tries to convince us that mobile web is the future i don’t believe that. Sure thing its handy to have so much computing power and access to the internet in a phone but for me and other power users this is true only when we travel. No one will be able to convince me to use such a phone for everyday web browsing. That is because i really hate typing on such small keyboards or onscreen. Maybe i’m old fashioned but i grew up with keyboard typing and i’m very good at it. I can type with 10 fingers without looking at the keyboard with an astonishing speed. This way i save time and do my job and my reasearch easily.
I could not imagine myself writing this blog post from a mobile device. Staring at a small screen and using a pen to type or even fingers on such a screen it just not for me. Yes i use my phone to browse the internet but i do it on occasions when i travel, and have no choice, but only then. And when possible i use a laptop connected to the phone to do my browsing.
So until they invent a phone to which i can say commands verbally and the thing responds to me, the webphones remain just toys. Way too expensive toys. I rather carry my laptop!