Nexus One versus Moto Droid

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So I'm thinking about getting a Nexus One as soon as they come out for Verizon, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion. Which do you think would be better on Verizon, the Nexus One or the Droid?
 

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The Nexus is higher end but the Droid is no slouch. Both should work great on VZ. I own a Droid and it is a fantastic phone. It is amazing what they can pack into these things.
 

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You can't go wrong with either. As always it just depends on what you want. If you want a physical keyboard, go Droid. If you can do without it, go N1. I will say this though, be prepared for the same issues the GSM N1 version has, for no one OFFICIALLY knows if these problems have been addressed.
 

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You can't go wrong with either. As always it just depends on what you want. If you want a physical keyboard, go Droid. If you can do without it, go N1. I will say this though, be prepared for the same issues the GSM N1 version has, for no one OFFICIALLY knows if these problems have been addressed.

I'm looking out for those also...
 

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They're both pretty comparable. Also, speaking of chip speed between the two (as nexus has the snapdragon) - yes, it is present, but the droid's chip can be overclocked to 1.0 or 1.2 GHz stable. The main advantages on the Nexus are additional ram and lighter structure, and the main advantages for the Droid are the beautiful screen (much better color-wise and in sunlight) and the keyboard/solid construction.
 

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OK let me make it easy...these phones are EXTREEMLY similar and you will be happy with both (best on the market) so i will list points giving the minor advantages on each phone. if you find the bullet points are more important to you on the nexus, get that. if not, go Droid.

Nexus:
-slightly brighter screen
-extra thin and also lightweight
-supported by google (you will be the first to get android updates)
-2.1 (but droid will have that soon)
-snapdragon (faster processor)
-rounded corners, more polished look (personal opinion matters here)
-no keyboard

Droid:
-slightly larger screen
-not as thin but has more of a sturdy, heavy feel (personal opinion matters here)
-keyboard
-qualcom processor may be slower (before overclocking) but it has a seperate graphics procesor, unlike the nexus one. what this means to you? heavy webpages and especially Flash (when released) work better on the droid.
- angular, streamlined metal look and finish: sturdy metal feel compared to the plastic nexus (personal opinion matters here)

So all you have to do now is decide which bullet points are more important to you...In my opinion the better google update support (nexus) the keyboard (droid) and the graphics proccesor (droid) were the most important, so i went with droid. hope this helped!
 

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One thing I would like to add to this:
-droid has good docks (desktop and car) this is important to me
-nexus has the extra mic for noise cancellation

Personally I don't use a physical keyboard. It should also be noted that one could get the droid alot cheaper w/out contract off ebay.
I will be going with either the nexus or Incredible. I am trying to decide if I can live without sense.
 

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OK let me make it easy...these phones are EXTREEMLY similar and you will be happy with both (best on the market) so i will list points giving the minor advantages on each phone. if you find the bullet points are more important to you on the nexus, get that. if not, go Droid.

Nexus:
-slightly brighter screen
-extra thin and also lightweight
-supported by google (you will be the first to get android updates)
-2.1 (but droid will have that soon)
-snapdragon (faster processor)
-rounded corners, more polished look (personal opinion matters here)
-no keyboard

Droid:
-slightly larger screen
-not as thin but has more of a sturdy, heavy feel (personal opinion matters here)
-keyboard
-qualcom processor may be slower (before overclocking) but it has a seperate graphics procesor, unlike the nexus one. what this means to you? heavy webpages and especially Flash (when released) work better on the droid.
- angular, streamlined metal look and finish: sturdy metal feel compared to the plastic nexus (personal opinion matters here)

So all you have to do now is decide which bullet points are more important to you...In my opinion the better google update support (nexus) the keyboard (droid) and the graphics proccesor (droid) were the most important, so i went with droid. hope this helped!

Good outline. I think this is where I am also. If I had hands on with the Nexus One and assurances of support, I might change my mind, but in the end I think I will go with the Droid. I was testing the keyboard out versus the Pre and surpised that the Droid is more comfortable/accurate for me even though with both I tend to bump into the screen when using the top keys. I wasn't aware of the separate graphics processor, but that seems like a good thing for future growth with applications/games...

I was surprised when the previous post said the Droid was (much better color-wise and in sunlight). I've heard about viewing the Nexus in sunlight, but I thought the color was supposed to be much more vibrant overall than the Droid?
 

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I am pretty sure that the Nexus One will probably introduce a good car dock shortly after they launch to Verizon, they actually showed one in of their videos. Also do not let Sense be you decision factor as if you go with the Incredible you will be waiting for 2.2 and up as the N1 users will get it immediately straight from Google.

One thing I would like to add to this:
-droid has good docks (desktop and car) this is important to me
-nexus has the extra mic for noise cancellation

Personally I don't use a physical keyboard. It should also be noted that one could get the droid alot cheaper w/out contract off ebay.
I will be going with either the nexus or Incredible. I am trying to decide if I can live without sense.
 

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One thing I would like to add to this:
-droid has good docks (desktop and car) this is important to me
-nexus has the extra mic for noise cancellation

Personally I don't use a physical keyboard. It should also be noted that one could get the droid alot cheaper w/out contract off ebay.
I will be going with either the nexus or Incredible. I am trying to decide if I can live without sense.

If I'm remembering right, the Droid has an extra mic as well below the headphone jack.
 

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chuck- you and I both love the nexus, but if the specs on The Incredible are true you have to consider it. I am loving the 8mp camera w/ dual flash. I'm just saying I will wait till both are out and way the pros and cons. I jumped head first into the eris and didn't compare much. Don't want to do the same thing again.
 

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Thanks for starting this thread, it's exactly what I needed. I'm 3+ weeks into my Droid, and I'm going to return it this week to hold out for the N1. I really like the Droid, but I think the N1 would be a better fit. I want the faster processor (without rooting - I believe in all things stock, at least to start), the lighter/thinner form factor, and the direct-from-Google upgrades.

Also, the Droid's d-pad is useless to me, and I never got the hang of the hardware keyboard - it's just not good. I'm not a huge fan of the touchscreen keyboard either, but I'm getting used to it. I don't like having moving parts (i.e. the slider).
 

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IMHO id skip both an get the incredible, sure updates first from google sound good but for the end users benefit it needs to be tested by the carriers first for all compatibilty issues.
 

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Nexus One:
- AMOLED Low Power Screen
- 1Ghz SnapDragon Processor
- Dual Mics w/Noise Cancellation
- Supported by Google (Faster Updates)
- Hardware for Wireless N and FM Transmitter & Receiver (not enabled in Software)
- Android 2.1 Update 1
- Soft Keyboard
- Trackball w/color backlight.

Droid:
- 550Mhz Processor
- Standard Backlit LED Screen
- Single Mic & No Noise cancellation
- Android 2.0.1
- Physical Keyboard
- Have to wait on Motorola or Verizon for Updates. No guarantee of updates beyond 2.1
- Physical DPad.
 
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It's got a few more pixels.
Droid:854 x 480
Nexus: 800 x 480 pixels

I can't decide either, changing my mind every 5min. Droid now or wait x more days for N1... :confused:

That 54 pixels does help with some programs. It makes it easier to view a page sometimes without having to pan down more often. A small issue, but one non-the-less.

Here are some concerns with the N1 that have been addressed (in this thread) but, I will lay some out again.

AMOLED screen: Normally this isnt a issue, but this one has its fair share of touch screen issues with multi-touch and accuracy (its just how HTC builds them). And also with being INVISIBLE in sunlight. And over-saturation of oranges and reds.

Soft Keys: These have their fair share of issues (but so have many phones have). Hopefully the ATT or VZW version will have addressed these issues.

3G Issues: Even after a "fix" there are still many reports on 3G issues. But many have noticed that if you place your hand over the radio, it can cause it to go to Edge over 3G. Not a big deal, but if the radio isn't powerful enough to push through your hand, that can be problematic for some users. Again, hopefully the ATT and VZW version have addressed this.

Lack of a dedicated GPU: Now this is up for personal opinion. But if you want to play games on your phone or play around with that fancy FLASH when it hits our phones, that GPU is gonna make things a lot smoother!


A physical trackball: Sadly these little buggers have been a bane since RIM put it on their handhelds. Unless you play with your phone with rubber gloves on and in a vacuum, your trackball is gonna pull in dust and dead skin and such to the internals of the phone. Then you have to take it apart, and clean it all. But this can be personal opinion.....again.


Lack of a physical keyboard: This is big time personal opinion. And the soft-keyboard that Android has is fantastic! But it just isn't on par with a real keyboard.




Now the droid doesn't have that fancy snap dragon processor, but it isn't far off as far as benchmarks go. And you can always over-clock very safely.

But from reports I've seen the droid is far more reliable as a system. I mean, nearly 1.5 MILLION have sold since release. And you almost never hear wide-spread issues with it (unlike the N1).

Both are fantastic devices, but I would wait on the N1, let them work ALL the kinks out of it first.
 

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I think that they are are in the works of working out the kinks already. personally believe T-Mobile was the guinea pig for this project. Do you honestly believe that google would put the exact same phone out for at&t and verizon without fixing the it-mobile issues. That would be dumb. I fully expect the verizon & at&t version to be better performing.
 
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I think that they are are in the works of working out the kinks already. personally believe T-Mobile was the guinea pig for this project. Do you honestly believe that google would put the exact same phone out for at&t and verizon without fixing the it-mobile issues. That would be dumb. I fully expect the verizon & at&t version to be better performing.

I hope so, I wan't everyones experience to be great!
 

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