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Torvalds says the Nexus One is the first phone he doesn't "hate"

There's plenty of attractive smart phones -- the iPhone, Blackberries, Droid, and the G1 Phone -- but none of them satisfied Linus Torvalds, the famous computer programmer who initiated the kernel development of the Linux operating system and remains its chief kernel architect.  He describes, "I generally hate phones - they are irritating and disturb you as you work or read or whatever - and a cellphone to me is just an opportunity to be irritated wherever you are."

However, Mr. Torvalds has finally found a phone he can truly embrace -- Google's Nexus One.  Mr. Torvalds, who formally owned a G1 phone and a China-only Motorola Linux phone, writes in his blog:

But I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner. I wasn't enthusiastic about buying a phone on the internet sight unseen, but the day it was reported that it finally had the pinch-to-zoom thing enabled, I decided to take the plunge. I've wanted to have a GPS unit for my car anyway, and I thought that google navigation might finally make a phone useful.

And it does. What a difference! I no longer feel like I'm dragging a phone with me "just in case" I would need to get in touch with somebody - now I'm having a useful (and admittedly pretty good-looking) gadget instead. The fact that you can use it as a phone too is kind of secondary. 

Many do not know it, but Google's mobile phone operating system Android uses a modified Linux kernel.  While not everyone will appreciate Mr. Torvalds' sentiment, it's high praise for the father of Linux to personally endorse the new phone.

Google has yet to release sales figures for its new smartphone, which it is offering online only.  In January it is estimated that Google only sold 80,000 Nexus One units -- a rather disappointing launch when compared to the 600,000 units Apple's iPhone moved in its original launch month back in 2007 (most of those sales occurred within three days).  The sales estimates come courtesy of Flurry Inc., an analytics group.

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RE: Maybe
By killerroach on 2/8/2010 5:11:25 PM , Rating: 5
That being said, their plans are cheaper if you pay full price for your phone (by $20 a month). Over two years, you're coming out significantly ahead (it's what I did to get mine; pay up front and enjoy a cheaper overall plan rate).

Shame that it allegedly isn't catching on, as the device is phenomenal. But, then again, it is more of a "geek chic" sort of item... when I first got a first-gen iPod Touch, everybody who saw me with it asked me about it, what it was like, etc.... with the Nexus One, the geeks in my circle of friends are all drooling over it, while my less tech-savvy friends are like "nope, don't care."

Guess branding is more important to some people than functionality.

RE: Maybe
By Jeffk464 on 2/8/2010 6:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
Not me, I want the geek stamp of approval.

RE: Maybe
By GoodRevrnd on 2/8/2010 6:10:01 PM , Rating: 2
You only save $10 per month with the no contract. That's $240 over the course of the contract, which is less than the $350 savings for a new contract on Tmobile w/ the Nexus, and still $10 less than the $250 savings with an upgrade.

RE: Maybe
By GoodRevrnd on 2/8/2010 6:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe not, looks like they changed the pricing structures a bit and there's no $40 1000 plan and $35 Web/Text.

RE: Maybe
By PrezWeezy on 2/8/2010 8:55:44 PM , Rating: 2
More than likely it's because it's not original. The iPod touch was kind of unique, many people hadn't seen full touch screen devices yet. Today it's old news and everyone either has one or knows someone with one.

RE: Maybe
By omnicronx on 2/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Maybe
By mcnabney on 2/9/2010 10:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
You are exactly right. The Nexus made the same mistake as Palm. They put their premier device on a small carrier with an inferior network that competes on price. At least Apple was smart enough to go to AT&T when Verizon turned them down. The Nexus is essentially the Droid in a slimmer case without a keyboard and with 2.1. The newer OS will eventually be pushed to the Droid, so they are essentially the same phone with a different body. It will sell a lot better on Verizon when it arrives next month.

RE: Maybe
By PrezWeezy on 2/9/2010 2:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say they were a fad. What I said was that full touch screen devices weren't common 2 years ago. Today, they are. No one is jumping to look at what that guy (the person who I replied to) has in his pocket anymore. I didn't say anything about it being a fad or that they weren't stylish or useful or on a good or bad carrier. I simply stated that people have seen them, the novelty has worn off and they are functional devices instead of the newest toy that no one has seen.

You may now sit in the corner for being too quick to get upset.

RE: Maybe
By omnicronx on 2/9/2010 2:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
Yes you basically did imply it was a fad. Either way you are wrong, people are still buying up iPhones like no tomorrow. i.e the novelty obviously has not worn off..

RE: Maybe
By PrezWeezy on 2/10/2010 1:34:55 PM , Rating: 2
I did not imply that, and I didn't imply that people aren't buying them up. I said that no one wants to sit and look at the one I use every time I pull it out anymore. Stop being a douchewaffle and looking for people who say anything that's less than absolute praise about the iPhone.

RE: Maybe
By yomamafor1 on 2/8/2010 11:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
Or that Google spent minimal amount of resources in promoting it. I sit in front of the internet all day reading through tech news, and even I don't know what kind of capabilities Nexus One offers over other phones. With the iPhone and Apple's marketing, people can easily understand the appeal of it.

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