Nexus One is a Keeper-But, Here’s What’s Missing

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HTC Droid Eris (left) – HTC Nexus One (right)

The HTC Nexus One is a good Android phone and I’m planning to keep the one I bought. However, it is missing a curious assortment of features. Here’s what I’ve noticed so far:

– No off-hook (pick up call) or on-hook (end call) hardware buttons. This escaped me at first since the Motorolla Droid I’ve been using since November doesn’t have those hardware buttons either. However, when I looked a friend’s HTC Droid Eris, I noticed that it had those dedicated hardware buttons. It seems like HTC could have fit those next to the trackball at the bottom without having to give up screen space. Dedicated hardware buttons make it easier to answer and hang up on a call without looking at the screen.

– As I noted in my previous blog item today, the Nexus One camera does not have a macro-focus option. The vast majority of people probably won’t miss this. However, shutterbugs like me certainly will miss this option.

– The Motorola Droid has a Corporate Calendar app that can keep Exchange Server calendar events completely separate from other synced calendars. The Nexus One can use Exchange ActiveSync to sync email and contacts from an Exchange Server. However, it appears unable to sync calendar events. This is a huge problem for corporate use.

– The Droid album is able to separate media by type (still photos and video recordings). The Nexus One album cannot do this. I found the Droid’s ability to let me look at media separately or together to be a very useful feature when visually searching for items.

– The Nexus One seems to be hit-or-miss in acquiring a WiFi signal after being turned on. It sometimes acqures the signal instantly. But, other times I need to turn the WiFi radio off and then back on before it will see an access point. The Droid is able to consistently find a WiFi access point after being turned on (woken up from suspend).

– I haven’t seen this next problem myself. Buty, Android Central reports:

T-Mobile and Google investigating the spotty 3G coverage of the Nexus One