When Google announced the price, final specs, and purchase options of the Nexus One yesterday, there were several collective groans across the US. One groan was from the AT&T customers who had planned on buying the phone unlocked, but discovered that the N1 was hardwired to T-mobile and would only work on the stone-EDGE network at AT&T. The next groan was from the people who were prepared to move to T-mobile, but had hoped for a low cost data-only service option that allowed them to use the Google Voice app to make all their calls and texts. The third groan came from current T-mobile customers who suddenly don’t qualify for the new discount pricing option, even though many of them are at the end of an old contract. The last groan came from all those expecting to see a new set of ground-breaking features in Android’s 2.1 OS.
All of these expectations were fueled by the overblown hype and vacant rumors spread across the tech blog world over the past month. Because of this, there was a gigantic nationwide letdown. It’s a case study on the absurdity that often surrounds the release of a hot new gadget. The funny thing is that the sleek N1 is easily one of the top 5 most advanced smartphones in the world, but there’s hardly any people left that fall into the “non-groaner” category to be able to shout with excitement “Hey, what a nice phone!”