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Earlier this week, Google introduced the Nexus One, a new Android device made by HTC. A glance at the spec sheet tells you it should be a winner. Huge high-def touch display, 1GHz SnapDragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, and so on. Do all those ingredients add up to a winning formula?

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Well, that depends on who you're talking to. Rich isn't a fan. Rich thinks the hardware is mostly good, but finds fault with many small aspects of stock Android. Things that bug Rich include wonky touch keys below the display, a finicky touch screen overall, bugs like the frequent inability to easily add phone numbers from recent calls to existing contacts. A lot of little features are missing, too, like voice memo, notepad, to-do list, etc. It's no deal-breaker, but it just seems silly to leave out such simple features. However, these are things that annoyed Rich about the Droid, too, and a lot of people seem to like that phone.

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Eric thinks the phone is pretty darned good. It feels great in the hand. A milled aluminum frame make the entire device rigid and strong. It is also amazingly sleek and thin, and doesn't weight much at all. As far as the hardware goes, it's a winner in the Android segment.

On close inspection, there are only a few things that differ on the Nexus One when compared to other Android devices such as the Droid.

For example, on the home screen, instead of sliding up the shade to reach the main menu, you press a software button. Of course, the home screen itself is the biggest difference. The home screen now supports animated wallpapers. Cool stuff, though some may find it distracting.

In order to get a better idea of what we're talking about, here's a video:

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