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  Reply # 288838 11-Jan-2010 05:54
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jamesyb0i: I read somewhere that the cost of making a Nexus One is only like $170 odd USD... not including marketing, packaging etc.. eeeh... But I'm sure the ones retail in NZ will be a lot more expensive. If so I can use my shipping routes to buy and resell another 4 for cheaper price.


That might be true but don't forget the large R&D that went into making the phone and the profit Google needs to make. Plus parallel importers and others only have one way to get the phone - the same way we are since it's unlikely Google are going to sell the phone through retail channels.




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  Reply # 288843 11-Jan-2010 07:35
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Im planning on shipping the phone to our family friend in the US and have them ship it back here to NZ. Should I expect any charges other than the shipping?


EDIT: BTW theres http://www.andnav.org/ and http://www.opensatnav.org/ for downloadable maps with turn by turn.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 288844 11-Jan-2010 07:54
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lchiu7:That might be true but don't forget the large R&D that went into making the phone and the profit Google needs to make. Plus parallel importers and others only have one way to get the phone - the same way we are since it's unlikely Google are going to sell the phone through retail channels.


Even with the large R&D that went into making this phone, I think Google are probably more focused on people using their software and the mobile advertising market rather than making a profit off selling units. The mobile advertising space is currently worth about US $419 million but is expected to triple within the next 2-3 years. Apple has also recently acquired a mobile web ad company, so this space will be hotting up considerably.

Over here in the UK, Vodafone are going to be selling the Nexus One at a subsidised rate although there is speculation that other providers will follow suit. I think I'll purchase direct as I don't like the idea of being locked into a 12/18 or 24 month plan.

Jamesyb0i - do let us know what the phone is like when you receive it. Keen to hear how it performs! :-)

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  Reply # 288846 11-Jan-2010 07:59
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twistadias: Im planning on shipping the phone to our family friend in the US and have them ship it back here to NZ. Should I expect any charges other than the shipping?


EDIT: BTW theres http://www.andnav.org/ and http://www.opensatnav.org/ for downloadable maps with turn by turn.


There may be California sales tax charges (as per previous comments in this post) and there could be GST charges when the phone enters NZ and goes through customs. I'm sure someone else can clarify the exact details though (not sure if GST applies when sent as a 'gift' from a friend in the US though?)

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  Reply # 288866 11-Jan-2010 09:21
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There may be California sales tax charges (as per previous comments in this post) and there could be GST charges when the phone enters NZ and goes through customs. I'm sure someone else can clarify the exact details though (not sure if GST applies when sent as a 'gift' from a friend in the US though?)



From here it seems that you get up to $110 of the gift free, then you pay customs on the rest of the cost.

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  Reply # 288867 11-Jan-2010 09:24
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twistadias: Im planning on shipping the phone to our family friend in the US and have them ship it back here to NZ. Should I expect any charges other than the shipping?


EDIT: BTW theres http://www.andnav.org/ and http://www.opensatnav.org/ for downloadable maps with turn by turn.


There may be California sales tax charges (as per previous comments in this post) and there could be GST charges when the phone enters NZ and goes through customs. I'm sure someone else can clarify the exact details though (not sure if GST applies when sent as a 'gift' from a friend in the US though?)


Yep, if the stated cost of the goods brings GST to $50 or more then they'll most likely charge you.  Also, if it exceeds the $50 limit, they'll also charge you $28.75 per package - see here.

Just an update on my Nexus One purchase - My brother and I ordered a few (but not over their 5 phones per account limit), and the order got held by Google then cancelled without any consultation or explanation.  We emailed and called, my brother contacted a guy on the Andoid dev team and his old mentor when he was a Google intern, and finally after four days of trying he got a call from the head of customer relations at Google apologising for the mess up.  They're going to re-ship the phones to him and so I will probably have them later this week.

As a side note on the navigation - my brother is also working on a Dalvik decompiler which he says should enable him to re-hack the built-in Navigation on the N1 - we'll see.

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  Reply # 289189 12-Jan-2010 10:46
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OK. I have got my phone back in NZ and it's working fine with the VF card.  Turn by Turn navigation seems to work - it shows on the map where to drive or I can choose a list of directions but I don't know how to get voice instructions. Is that what Google Blocked? I put in show me from Lambton Quay to the Airport









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  Reply # 289192 12-Jan-2010 10:49
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Hmmm, I think that's just Google Maps, no?  The Navigation app looks like this.


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  Reply # 289193 12-Jan-2010 10:50
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Sweetness, is everything else in order?

Actually, while your opposite Vodafone go in and show off your new phone and tell them to sort their crap out...

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  Reply # 289195 12-Jan-2010 10:51
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Whats the build quality like?

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  Reply # 289210 12-Jan-2010 11:12
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A few responses. I played with it a bit more and it seems Navigation App is what doesn't work. I told it to give me directions to Wellington Airport (just spoke them) and it said calculating route and found the destination and then said No route found Navigation to your destination is not available.

But in the Car Home application there is also a Navigation App which is like Google Maps but it use the GPS to show you exactly where you are and provides text turn by turn directions (see my picture) or the actual map. So it's not too bad - just need somebody else to read it out for you.

Build quality is excellent - has a nice solid feel to it. Only complaint so far for me is, once the battery is fitted, it's quite hard to get the battery cover off. I had to use a fingernail which slightly marred the edges of the plastic cover.

I have put on a Zagg protective screen cover which might be reducing sensitivity of the touch response.




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  Reply # 289212 12-Jan-2010 11:14
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Yep, turn-by-turn voice guidance is US only at present. It was briefly available elsewhere via a hack, but Google moved to close that hole quickly. It will come everywhere in time, in the meantime fingers crossed for a more robust hack to make it available for NZ.




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  Reply # 289214 12-Jan-2010 11:22
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In speaking to my brother more recently he had this to say about the Navigation app:

Me:
I know a few people got nav working on their Droids using the commonly known hack, but it stopped working when Google pushed out an update.  Have you heard about this?

Him:
Yes, that happened to everybody, and then there was a counterhack, the only trouble is that in navigation mode the streets all show as "unnamed street".  But it still works other than that.

http://phandroid.com/2009/12/11/google-nav-returns-to-europe-and-beyond/


So it sounds like you can still get it, and everything (including voice) should work with the hack, except for the banner at the top showing the street name as "unnamed street".  Let me know if you have any luck!

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  Reply # 289252 12-Jan-2010 12:28
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i dont think the zagg skin will weaken the touch :) my magic responds without barely even touching it and it has a zagg invisible shield.


Also the picture is from Google Maps, Direactions; which is already available in other androids.


I'm curious to know how well the speech to text works with the kiwi accent. 

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  Reply # 289340 12-Jan-2010 17:07
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Ichiu7

Have you experienced any of the two common complaints.

1. Camera pink area in centre of pictures?
2. weak 3G signal and dropouts?

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