It's now been 60 days since I made the transition from a loyal BlackBerry user (I had been using BlackBerry devices exclusively for the past five years) to a Nexus One user. Since I'd grown quite accustomed to the BlackBerry keyboard, I thought it'd only be fair to spend some time with the Nexus One virtual keyboard before I shared my thoughts.
So here goes.
First off, if you're hoping for a technical review, I'll spare you now. There are plenty of other reviews available to get better information than I can provide. I'm simply sharing my non-techie user perspective based on what I've experienced so far.
Second, I chose the Nexus One because I expected the "integrated Google technology" to produce a better experience with tools that I was already using regularly — namely Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps.
Lastly, I'm using T-Mobile, which doesn't have the greatest coverage where I live and work (Diamond Bar, CA), but I travel quite a bit and have experienced the benefits of 3G performance, when available.
I purchased the Nexus One directly from the Google website (along with the desktop dock) and it was delivered a few days later. It really is an elegantly designed phone, borrowing styling cues from both the iPhone and the Pre. It's lightweight (4.59 oz), feels substantial, and is impressive to touch.
When placed on the desktop charging dock I noticed the brilliant colors of the OLED screen and a cool user interface. When in the charger, the phone switches to a handy clock mode, which is great because I don't have a clock in my office (yeah, I know there's one on the computer desktop). It also allows you to set and clear alarms, play music, or play a slideshow of your photos.
After I figured out how to navigate the menus, setting up my Gmail, Hotmail, YouTube, and Facebook accounts was a snap - I was up and running within a matter of minutes. Connecting to our company Outlook Exchange server proved to be a bit more challenging, and after several tries I handed it over to our IT department who returned it working in less than a minute, shaking their heads at me as if I were an idiot.