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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 56984 30-Jan-2010 17:20
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I got a Nexus One sent over from the US, and it's awesome! This thread is for other Nexus owners to discuss this little beauty, particularly on the Vodafone network.

Good points:

  • The screen. Noticably brighter and crisper than anything else I've seen. Still difficult to read in bright sunlight, but not impossible if you turn the brightness up.

  • Snappy - the faster processor makes it very responsive.

  • Voice quality. The second microphone really works - my son used it to call me from a noisy car, and I couldn't tell.

  • Voice entry. Still a bit slow, but suprisingly accurate. I'm using it more and more as I gain confidence in its accuracy.

  • Android. After the Iphone, the freedom to do what YOU want with the phone is exciting.

Bad points:

  • The camera. OK for snaps, but you'll still want a dedicated camera for "real" photos.

  • The four utility buttons at the bottom can be unresponsive - not a huge issue, but occassionally annoying.

I almost put the battery life in the bad points, but I guess you have to trade it off against the fast processor, and also the huge amount of use it's getting as my two sons and myself explore every aspect of it. In general use it will last a day no problem, but for now I'm having to charge it twice a day. The battery seems to be getting better after some long overnight charges.

Vodafone... popped my SIM card in, entered the PIN number, and that was about it - I may have had to click an "OK" once, but I don't remember where. Voice, data and SMS inbound worked out of the box. Sending SMS messages didn't work though - I got "Message not sent". After a bit of googling, the fix is simple enough:

  • Install "Any Cut" from the Android Market.

  • Press and hold any blank part of the home page and click "New shortcut"

  • Click "Activity", then "Testing", then "OK"

  • Go to your home screen and click the new "Testing" shortcut

  • Click "Phone information"

  • Scroll all the way down to the "SMSC" field, and enter "+6421600600" and click "Update"

You should now be able to send SMS messages. The number above is only for Vodafone NZ, so if you strike this issue with other carriers, google for their SMSC number and use it instead.

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  Reply # 296652 6-Feb-2010 19:01
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Does the video calling work on vodafone NZ?

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  Reply # 296676 6-Feb-2010 22:36
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Not entirely sure what you mean - it doesn't have a camera on the screen side of it, so I don't see how you could use it for video calling.

I haven't tried Skype yet - it'll be interesting to see if it can patch the camera through that, but again you'll only be able to show the far end what your looking at - or turn it round so the far end can see you but you can't see the screen to see them...


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  Reply # 296866 7-Feb-2010 19:24
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Welcome to GZ. There's already a long thread about the N1 in NZ here so it's good to keep discussions in once place

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast


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