Thursday, January 14, 2010

Next wave in Smartphones: Google's Nexus and RIm's new devices

I have several topics to cover in the coming days as I have been out for a while. but after having had the chance to use the latest 2 RIM's devices (Curve and Bold) and having today played with Googgle / HTC Nexus I thought I will voice my opinion and put some interesting links to several analysis over the Nexus (mostly from the US)

Let's start first with the least exciting but always improving RIM devices as
I have been using the Curve 8520 and the Bold 9700 in the past 2 months. Both the new Bold and the new Curve do come using the new device design started by the initial Bold (and then the Storm) but on a much lighter from (mainly the bold as the curve is very similar to the 8310). Both are very attractive, good quality screen, good keyboard (although I found the bold one a bit more responsive and fast). However I did have trouble integrating gmail over the Curve and the speed and the OS responsiveness on Curve was not great. The Bold (which I may say used integrated with normal BB email) does work beautifully and gives a good performance. While the curve uses one of the 2 standard batteries used by RIM lately the RIM boys have decided to keep destroying the environment and our pockets by designing a new battery for the Bold. However and on their benefit I may say that the new battery gives a much better performance
The BB app store is still on its infancy and clearly RIM is not getting much traction on this area. They be thinking on dedicating real brain power to how to push this area and its ecosystem. Overall good upgrades on the RIM portfolio and it you are thinking about a change from your BB today, I will go for the Bold 9700

Google (HTC) Nexus: As you may remember and before going back to the BB I was using HTC Magic with Android. I ws quite happy about the device. However with Nexus, the HTC boys on the hardware side and google on the software side have done an excellent job. Somehow some technical info on the HTC Nexus.
The HTC-built and (soon to be) Google-sold device runs Android 2.1 atop a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display, has 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, and a 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB). The phone includes the standard modern additions of a light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer. The Nexus One has a 5 megapixel camera (way better than the iPhone or the RIM ones) with LED flash, and we have to say so far the pictures it snaps look pretty decent (and the camera software is much faster than the same component on the Droid).
I like the form factor. A bit taller than other devices, the display is large (very) and crispy. The software and OS performance is impressive and extremely quick (as much or more than the iPHONE). Finally something were they have really improve from the Magic is on the tactil Keyboard. Kudos here
So the battle is on. Clearly the Google label and the push in Europe by initially Vodafone is going to make this phone on my opinion this year's best seller. With this and the other android additions the scale is here for the apps on google to start battling Apple app store

A couple of links worth your attention if you want more info on the Nexus:

Engadget Blog on Nexus Google (HTC)

WJS WALTER S. MOSSBERG Blog on Nexus Google (HTC)

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