Nexus One teardown: 'nicely put together'
802.11n Wi-Fi support
The gadget teardown experts at iFixit have forked out $530 for a Google Nexus One smartphone, taken it to bits and posted their thoughts online.
The Nexus One cost iFixit $530 (£332/€369)
After removing the phone’s plastic rear cover - a process iFixit described as “unbelievably easy”, the 5Mp lens, LED flash bulb, external speaker and “warranty-killing VOID sticker” of the HTC-manufactured handset can be clearly seen.
The phone is "very nicely put together", according to iFixit.
A well constructed phone, iFixit said
At least three chips inside Nexus One have been manufactured by Qualcomm. These include the handset’s RF transceiver, voice processor and, of course, its mighty 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
While the iPhone 3GS only supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, iFixit’s teardown reminds us that a Broadcom BCM4329 chip inside Nexus One provides the handset with 802.11n support.
Broadcom chips feature several times in Nexus One
iFixit’s teardown of the Nexus One is slightly less detailed than ususal, but the guide gives a good insight into the technical treats that lurk beneath that 3.7in touchscreen display. ®
A bit harsh
The rudeness levels seem to be on the up at El Reg recently. Rather than worrying about "people like you", try worrying about something useful.
Some people do care about removable batteries.
dead not flat battery
Everyone reacting to Matt's comment about the battery don't seem to realise he meant a dead battery, not flat. I don't like the idea you cant remove the iPhone battery and would rather have this option available to me too.
I think he meant 'dead' as in 'will no longer recharge'. Most mobile phones seem to lose battery capacity after around 18 months in my experience so the ability to replace the battery is pretty handy.
One immediate improvement over the iBone.
As pointed out in the article, the Nexus's battery is removeable, so a dead battery doesn't mean a dead phone and a wait for a replacement unit, unlike the iBone. It also means if you have two batteries (many early smartphone users will remember this one!) and keep the spare charged then you can swap them and carry on working/playing/posing, whereas with the iBone you have to put the phone down to charge and go back to interacting with real friends.....
"It also means if you have two batteries (many early smartphone users will remember this one!) and keep the spare charged then you can swap them and carry on working/playing/posing, whereas with the iBone you have to put the phone down to charge and go back to interacting with real friends....."
And if you're willing to carry a spare battery around for your <FillInTheBlank> model cellphone, then you should have no problem with carrying one of the external battery packs or using one of the case-and-battery combos made for the iPhone*.
Radio Shack carries a nice little charger that takes two standard AAs and has interchangeable tips so I can charge my Samsung cellphone or Apple iPod in less than an hour, and can still use either one while charging.
* ...Unless you just enjoy trolling ANY cellphone-related article so you can trash the iPhone... Oh, wait... that's what you just did, isn't it?