Google Nexus One, AT&T get hitched(Read article summary)
Google Nexus One joins AT&T. Just don't ask about the price tag.
And the Apple-Google battle rages onwards. On Tuesday, Google rolled out an AT&T-compatible Nexus One, a move that puts the top-of-the-line Android smartphone on the same network as the top-selling Apple iPhone. According to a handful of early reports from around the blogosphere, the AT&T version is identical to the T-Mobile-powered Nexus One that garnered such rave reviews back in January.
Well, not totally identical. Although T-Mobile subsidized the Nexus One handset, AT&T users will have to fork over a hefty $529 to get their hands on an unlocked Nexus One. Mull that over for a second: 529 bucks. That's five times as much as it would cost you to buy an Apple iPhone 3G with a two-year plan from AT&T. And that's more than twice as much as it would cost you to get an AT&T-powered Apple iPhone 3G S.
As a matter of fact, for $529, you could get a brand new Apple iPad.
Still, the arrival of the Nexus One on AT&T is a major event. (The Nexus One is also available on Rogers Wireless in Canada.) As we wrote earlier today, Apple and Google are involved in a major tussle over the mobile phone market. The companies see things very differently: Google wants openness and a web-centric strategy, while Apple has worked to keep the iTunes and iPad/iPod/iPhone platform under tight control.
Yesterday, new Google hire Tim Bray slammed Apple for its approach to the mobile market. "The iPhone vision of the mobile Internetâ€™s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what," Bray wrote, referring to Apple's move to censor some adult-themed iTunes applications.
"Itâ€™s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlordâ€™s pleasure and fear his anger," Bray added. What do you think? Would you pay upwards of $500 for an AT&T-powered Nexus One? Drop us a line in the comments section.