The question has been asked countless times since the Google branded Nexus One was announced last week, just prior to the Consumer Electronics Show – that being, is the Nexus One better for the business travelers than the iPhone? This question was even asked by iPhoneblog.com, and I personally expected that they’d say that the iPhone was the hands down winner. iPhone is there thing after all.
They make a good case for the iPhone too, suggesting that the iPhone you get in the United States is pretty much the same one you’ll get throughout most of the world, including Europe and Asia, but with the exception of China, where there is a Wi-Fi issue, and in India, where there isn’t yet a 3GS network. The Nexus One is currently only available in the U.S., and is unlocked and still relies on T-Mobile’s HSPA 3G frequency band. So if you use it on AT&T you’re back to 2G.
So is the iPhone is the clear-cut winner for mobile business travelers? Not so fast. This was sort of a trick question because as a BlackBerry user I found the iPhone to come up short. It has great features, it has apps, but as I was surrounded by tech journalists last week I noticed that for every iPhone user there were just as many BlackBerry users too, and after that a few forward thinking Android users. Demographically, it was an interesting breakdown too – BlackBerry users were slightly older and were suited up a bit more. iPhone users were a little younger and more causal Friday, even such as a blazer and jeans, while the Android users tended to be youngest of the tech bunch and t-shirts worked for them, even at a trade show.
I’m mocking the dressed down of the Android users, but it lets me highlight that the Android is the “young Turk” of the mix. The bottom line is that the Nexus One isn’t exactly “The One” as in the one true iPhone killer it had the promise to be. But as with many mobile phones, it could be the best business phone depending on what you need to do.
The problem with these, “is it better” questions is that that’s about as relative as it gets. While some appreciate apps, others need a physical keyboard to do work. While some are about IM, others need reliable voice. While some rack up 100,000 miles flying coast-to-coast, others need reliable international service. So there is more to meet than eye when it comes to what is truly best.
LG eXpo Projector Phone Brings the Show to CES
This isn’t the first mobile handset to utilize projector technology, but this Windows Mobile 6.5 slim slider phone does it better than previous efforts. I had a chance to see this handset last week at CES and it was an impressive little handset. It is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and LG’s S-Class user interface. It features a future physical QWERTY keypad, as well as a touchscreen interface – truly the best of both worlds in a handset.