Nexus One Review (Part 1) – The Productivity Killer?

Just over  year ago, everyone at my company who had a company mobile was moved from the windows smartphones to the Apple iPhone. They all had an option, and they all took the iphone…except one person. Me.

HTC Touch Pro

Don’t get we wrong, I think the iPhone is a great device (I bought my wife one!) but I felt I really need a phone with a separate keyboard, so I kept the HTC Touch Pro I’d bought the previous year. I’ll save my praises for this handset for separate post. For now, let’s just saw it was great.

However, over the last few months the keyboard has started to get worn down and the space bar started to stick makingemailsfrommereallyhardtounderstand.

So the timing of the Nexus One launch was perfect.

I watched the launch on ustream and followed Danny Sullivan’s live blogging of the event, and nearly ordered the handset (S~IM free) that evening. But I slept on the idea and did some more research in the morning…

….then ordered it.

Nexus One box
Nexus One box

Within days I had received my new phone in its minimalistic packaging. I unwrapped and began to play. This is primarily a work phone for me so task number one was to set-up my exchange email and sync my calendar, contacts and tasks.

And that’s where the problems began.

The phone comes with a basic mail app which made setting-up the exchange account really, straightforward, and it managed to pull in my emails and contacts with no fuss. However, the app is really limited and lacks some essential functionality, such as:

  • The ability to add a signature to emails
  • Sorting of emails
  • Scheduling of email sync (you can chose to check emails at set interval on a “push” basis, however you can’t set peak and off-peak times like windows mobile can)

The Calendar app, however, on the Nexus One only syncs with a Google calendar not outlook. oops. Thanks to a suggestion from my friend Jim, I downloaded Google Calendar Sync for Outlook, but it isn’t working that well at the moment.

As for syncing Tasks, that’s not an option.

From a productivity standpoint this is a real show-stopper to me  and I don’t understand how Google plans to take an acceptable share of the corporate market without embracing the kind of software that makes businesses tick. Sure, there is plenty of novelty apps in the Android Marketplace  (more of that in Part 2), but the basics need to be there first.

I’ve recently download a trial of the Touchdown exchange app which claims to replicate all the required functionality of mobile exchange, and will post a review separately.

POSTCRIPT – becuase the phone was purchased SIM free so I had to input the O2 data settings manually. ukoutletsstore

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