When Looks Aren't Everything

My good friend Monique posted on my Facebook wall this comment, to which I gave a reply.

When Google announced the Nexus One during their much anticipated and awaited Press Conference on January 5th, I wasn’t at home to catch the real time tweets  and live blogging. I did however get a front row seat, thanks to Robert Scoble ( @Scobleizer ).

Granted, the Nexus One isn’t exactly eye candy in every sense of the word, personally speaking, but underneath his (notice the gender) outer wear, he can surely perform! And isn’t performance, what really counts?

The above image is a screenshot off the Nexus One Specs online. I highlighted in green what I thought was the “performance” positives and in orange, I highlighted the specs that were rather disppointing. Hey, no man is perfect.

The Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz (Snapdragon) is currently the fastest mobile phone platform out there (to the best of my knowledge, while still in semi zombie-girl mode). This means that users can enjoy switching back and forth from their favorite android apps that are running in the background without really noticing “lag”. However, there really isn’t much efficient use of this processor if, say the phone is limited to only 512MB RAM and 512 MB Flash. Having 3 or 4 amazing android apps running at the same time, well, 512 MB RAM just isn’t going to cut it.

The Nexus One, running on the new Android 2.1 (Eclair), the latest Android OS version, is another “performance” Yay! However, as with all “performance” positives, there is always a set of conditions and environments that make for optimal performance. The technology may be there, but if users do not appreciate and understand the “meat and potatoes” of the thing, then how can one use it to the best of its functionality.

One  thing we all need to be reminded about is that everything has its limitations. It’s just a matter of how they are used and what expectations are put  on  things. It’s really a matter of choice, in every sense of the word.

Rather than blame things for their lack of meeting our needs, we should also try to understand and analyze our needs and find out, why we use and need things in the way we do.

It’s about communication.

We’ve just started figuring out that the way we behave in terms of being able to communicate, has changed through the use of innovative platforms on the internet however, we still need to understand how we get the communication to become more effective on both sides. Early adopters set the pace and often start the trend on the “buzz” of a brand. Mainstream, albeit it, having their own opinion, often can get influenced on what they read, hear, and watch.

People still complain that Google’s lack of communication with Android Developers, in terms of when the next Android OS is being released – sucks. But even Google is aware of that and they do intend to fix it. There is always room for improvement, so why should Google be any different.

Google is not a Power Entity. It is run by humans that are just like you and me. It’s when a group of humans get together and get the opportunity to collaborate on projects that – ultimately, intend to create a change in the way we behave, is when things get a little “unsure”. It’s called development. It’s called evolution.

I’ve looked around at blogs and articles, trying to get a feel for what people think of the Nexus One and it’s pretty much still split down the middle, and I’m talking about Android users.

This totally does not disturb me. Just because people like Green Vegetables, does not mean that everyone likes broccoli!

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