So you have been eyeing off one of these glorious Nexus One’s for a while now but still unsure if you want to go through all the trouble of importing one? I was just like you a few months ago, but my recent trip to the USA soon made owning one of these bad boys an easier task to handle. Before making the crucial decision I really wanted to know one simple thing: How does the Nexus One handle the Australian Telecommunication Climate. The answer to this question seemed too hard to find, so I hope this blog post will make it easier for you to make an informed decision.
Purchasing A Nexus One: Price and Delivery
Currently the Nexus One is not available in Australia for purchase and Google won’t ship one out to you. Here you have a few options. If you are like me you can just order one while you are on holiday in the states and get it delivered to your location overnight. Unfortunately I doubt many of you will be heading to the USA anytime soon and you want this phone now right? If you have friends you can simply get it delivered to them, and they can ship it across to you. There are also a number of mail forwarding companies that will accept the shipment, and then pass it on to you for a fee. Your only other options are Ebay or a select number of stores in Sydney who are importing these phones and selling them for a large profit.
Buying the phone direct from Google will sting you $520 USD which equates to roughly $560 AUD.
Network Profiles: Will It Work On Australian Networks?
Just recently AT&T released their version of the Nexus One, and I am happy to say the AT&T version is 100% compatible with the Telstra Next G Network. If you purchase the AT&T version it will work fine with Telstra and every other carrier within Australia. If you purchased the T-Mobile version then you will get 3G speeds in Metro Areas on Telstra, but when in the country you will only be connecting to the EDGE network. T-Mobile version will work fine on the Optus or Vodafone networks with 3G speeds. If you want to be sure, I’d say get the AT&T version if possible.
How Is The Nexus One?
I’ve been using the Nexus One in a country area for two weeks now and have had no issues with network performance what-so-ever. It runs like a dream and has superior speed and call quality to my iPhone 3G. While it won’t take over the iPhone market, the Nexus One is the first true Google Phone that pulls no punches in being a worthy alternative to the ever popular Apple device. Well worth the money in my opinion.
For those of you who don’t already have an iPhone 3G the choice is simple, go for the 3Gs. You will be signing up to a 24 month contact, so it’s worth getting the best that is available at the time. Yet for so many early adopters across Australia (or the globe for that matter) many are wondering whether to pay out their contract and upgrade to the 3Gs.
WAKE UP!First of all you will be left to pay out 12 months worth of phone contract and then turn around and sign back up for another 24 months for a phone that is marginally better. Let’s get the run-down on the features….
Better Camera – Now includes video
Up to 2 x Better Performance in some Apps
Voice Dialing features
Longer Battery Life
Wow such compelling reasons to upgrade! How often do you sit with your current 3G iPhone and think to yourself “fuck, I wish I could read my mail NOW not two seconds from now”. While the video features and autofocus camera would be nice, it’s not as if you should be using your iPhone for pivotal family snaps, and voice dialing is nice but not a feature that is necessary.
Extended battery life is a bonus, but it’s not going to warrant shelling out all that cash.
Just hold your horses for another 12 months, then we should see another new iPhone hit the market, one that feels like a brand new device, not just iPhone 3G 1.5
Well once again Telstra has pulled through with their online video site Whatnext.com shut down to perform “Emergency Maintenance” after it was brought to the media’s attention that the site was hosting footage of naked women, available for free view online, and for $1 subscribers could download them to their phones.
While the site was not intended to be the host of pornographic material (visit pornotube.com for those needs) it is however a useful tool for local bands to gain exposure by posting their videoclips for songs to promote themselves.
While Telstra refused to comment, Family groups are accusing the company of exploiting young internet users, and demanded that the Rudd government to intervene
Do it Kevin, you have gained so much popularity over the Kyoto ratification, why not be the publics knight in shining armor and do something about it?
“The filmclips on the site treat young women as sex objects… all delivered through a part owned government communications provider” Women’s Forum of Australia director Melinda Tankard Reist said
So when that girl looked down the camera at me and smiled, she didn’t know she was being filmed? Not all women are sex objects, and most of the population realise this.
Telstra are part to blame for this but not fully. Yes they should have administered the site, but do they really have that much control over what people upload onto the site? While I’m sure they should have realised that pornographic material was being featured on their site and done something about it, but it’s not as if Telstra employees were out filming the stuff
I’d dare say that Wotnext.com is going to get a lot of traffic over the next few days…..