OK friends. Here’s the deal…
Google is preparing to announce an awesome new mobile phone, based on their Android mobile operating system. They’re calling it the Nexus One. I know about this Android system because I’ve been using an Android-powered T-Mobile G1 for the past year. It’s really a great platform. Of course you iPhone users might disagree. What’s great is that there really is room for both platforms, and a few others. Android has a place to browse for, download, and even purchase apps. In the last few months, many publications have been realizing that the Android Market is actually growing to the point that most of the apps you would want are probably available or will be real soon.
Back to the point of this post. Sorry.
The G1 has been a great phone. It has a slide-out keyboard, which is something many don’t want to give up on. I switched from a Blackberry Pearl, and figured that I really needed a physical keyboard. I’m not so sure anymore, but I’m glad I had the G1 to help me transition.
As the quality of the operating systems, and the processing power increases, I think we’ll all begin to see that touch input is really a great feature. The G1, is almost good enough for that.
Reading the hype for the Nexus One, I’ve been convinced. The processor is more powerful. The graphics abilities are increased. The screen itself is significantly more pretty. Yeah, I said ‘more pretty’. So, I decided I want one. One problem, my contract isn’t up for another year. No problem, right? Well, to get an unlocked Nexus One I’ve got to come up with a reported $530. Wow. The T-Mobile contract price is a reported $180. That’s a bit more reasonable, but I already mentioned I still have another year on my current one. Lame!
Then, yesterday, on New Year’s Eve no less, I prophetically broke my G1. It’s not so bad that I can’t use it. But the screen is cracked. For a short-term solution, I slapped a strip of packing tape onto it. Ghetto? Yes.
As God is my witness, it was not on fault, as has been alleged by some. This really creates a larger problem than I wanted. Sure, I’d love to be able to replace my G1 with a Nexus One. But I just can’t…or can I?
That brings us to you. Yeah, I went there. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, or followed me on Flickr or at PhotoChallenge.org, you probably already know that I’m a huge fan of trying new things, and reviewing it for you here. This past year, I’ve even taken quite a large number of photographs with my G1, even processing most of them on the G1, and uploading them for you all. So I thought, “Why not try to raise some money, and commit to reviewing many of the features of this sweet new phone right here?”
So that’s what I’m going to do.
If you think you can lend me a hand, and help me get this new phone, I’ll commit right now that I will exhaust the Nexus One through as many tests as a regular guy like myself can come up with. I’ll keep making and processing photos. I’ll download all sorts of apps, even ones you recommend, and see if they work. I’ll use it to navigate myself all over the place. I’ll do whatever you people want me to do, to test out the Nexus One.
So what do you think? Do you want to help me out? Then just hit the donate button below, or the button near the top of the column to the right.
Well, Google announced that the upgrade price, for current T-Mobile customers is now no longer $380. That was my practical goal, with raised donations and my own contribution. With Google’s new price, I’ll only be dropping down $280 for a new Nexus One! I CAN DO THIS! With your continued help, and a bit of my own, I really think I might have a new Nexus One in a few weeks. Yeah!
So, I raised enough cash to help me finally get a sweet Nexus One! I LOVE IT! Go read about it here.