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HTC Nexus One review

7.2/10 AVG.
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HTC Nexus One
HTC Nexus One
HTC Nexus One
HTC Nexus One

Informr score
The HTC Nexus One currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Operating system
1 GHz
1 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1400 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


Throw a hardware keyboard on this thing and tweak the antenna performance a bit, and the battery life would automatically improve in my situation and I'd also be able to get some serious messaging done. But as it stands, this device simply doesn't suit me. It will likely please many other peop...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Nokia Phone Blog
Nokia Phone Blog

The Nexus One is a beautiful phone. Period. It feels expensive – contrast that to the N900, which just feels like high-quality plastic for the most part – and HTC has done a great job with the look and feel. The front and sides are some kind of metallic plastic mix, while the back co...

- Nokia Phone Blog team, Nokia Phone Blog

Google says that it made the Nexus One to show people what Android could really do, and we think it's succeeded brilliantly. Although it lacks the slick Android additions that HTC grafted onto the Hero, the Nexus One's big screen and powerful processor make it utterly crave-worthy and a challenge...

- Flora Graham, CNET

Google makes no bones about their intentions with the Nexus One, saying it is more than a smartphone; it is a “superphone.”  We have to disagree.  It’s a pretty amazing phone, don’t get us wrong, but with some now basic smartphone features like multitouch and Blu...

- John Velasco, PhoneArena

The Nexus One is the best Android phone to date, and if you love your Android devices, this is the phone that beats them all. There are always going to be new handsets around the corner — HTC isn’t slowing down, Motorola is pushing forward, and countless other manufacturers are pumping o...

- Boy Genius, BGR

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Nexus One user manual here.

HTC backs up the Nexus One with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Nexus One has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The HTC Nexus One's screen size is 3.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17.5 days standby time, 600 minutes.

Nexus One Specs

Release Date January 5, 2010
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz
Internal Storage 512 MB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.82 W/kg
Body: 1.39 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
2x optical
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
720 x 480 pixels, 20 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to 17.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Unknown
Colors Charcoal gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.0 x 1.2 cm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Trackball, Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Wallpapers
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voicemail Key: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact:
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM/RDS)
Viewable document types: BMP, DOC, GIF, HTML, JPG, PPT, RTF, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: No
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Google Nexus One, HTC Google phone, HTC Passion, Dragon

4GB MicroSD card included. Android OS 2.2.2 update available.
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