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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Google Nexus One – a tale of 2 power supplies

James Rosewell writes:

Last week I decided to use my own hard earned money to buy the latest high-end HTC smartphone running Android 2.1 in the form of the Google Nexus One. I’ve not used an Android-based device as my main phone for some time so was keen to understand the improvements to the operating system and see for myself how fast the Snapdragon processor really is.

The ordering and check out process at http://www.google.com/phone worked like a dream. Within minutes the order was placed and my Nexus One was being prepared for shipment. Google cleverly worked out I was in the UK and would require a UK power adapter. (For our international readers and listeners we have very different power sockets to almost everyone else in the world). Very impressive.

Google Nexus OneGoogle has finally done the one thing we at TheFonecast.com have been asking from the established industry for over 2 years, separating the purchase of the power adapter from the phone. Or so I thought.

The Nexus One arrived 5 days later with no less than 2 power adapters. The UK one I ordered at $19.99 plus a US power supply included in the box. Disappointing.

How difficult is it, particularly for a new entrant, to separate the power supply from the phone?  Many people won’t want a power supply if they charge the phone off a USB port anyway. Google could reduce the purchase price by $19.99.

Now I’ve finished talking about power supplies I’ll have a play with the phone.

PS: Would anyone like a free US micro-USB power supply as provided with a Nexus One?

 

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