Killer Smartphones at CES: Nexus One, Motorola Backflip, HTC HD2

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Killer Smartphones at CES: Nexus One, Motorola Backflip, HTC HD2

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Googles much-hyped Nexus One smartphone resembles the HTC Droid Eris. It is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, runs Google Android 2.1, weighs a mere 130 grams and features a 3.7-inch display.

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The Nexus One includes a number of features through Google Android, including Internet-connected GPS navigation, Search by Voice, Google Voice and the ability to run multiple Gmail accounts without leaving the application.

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Nexus One features a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a removable 1,400 mAh battery, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, and four contacts for inline voice and remote control.

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Microsoft continues to push Windows Mobile 6.5, the latest generation of its operating system released in October 2009, onto a variety of phones, including this one by HTC. Microsoft made no mention of Windows Mobile 7, supposedly a major upgrade.

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Microsoft has been seeking to port its Mobile 6.5 operating system onto a number of phones, including ones by LG, HTC and others. The mobile OS includes improved touch-screen capabilities over previous versions, as well as access to customizable widgets.

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Motorola introduced the Backflip with Motoblur, a smartphone running Google Android 1.5 (upgradable to Android 2.x, according to Motorola) that reverse-flips so that both the QWERTY keyboard and the screen are on the outside of the device when closed.

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The Backflip includes a 5-megapixel camera (with continuous digital zoom, auto-focus and LED flash), and offers 3G connectivity and up to 6 hours of continuous usage time (and standby time of 13.5 days). Through Motorolas Motoblur interface, the phone offers features such as Caller ID, customizable home screen and Phonebook.

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The Backflip has a 3.1-inch screen, weighs 4.7 ounces and includes 2G microSD preinstalled memory.

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Research In Motion announced its BlackBerry Projector at CES. The device plugs into a projector or monitor and allows the user to give PowerPoint presentations directly from their BlackBerry smartphone.

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The BlackBerry Projector weighs 140 grams, will retail at an unnamed date for $199, and supports most PowerPoint animations and transitions. RIM claims that no additional file processing is required to show slides.

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Introduced by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during his Jan. 6 keynote address, the HTC HD2 will run Windows Mobile 6.5, be powered by a Snapdragon processor, include a 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, and be released on T-Mobile at some point in the spring.

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RIM used the opportunity of CES to display its recently released devices, including the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone, released in November and designed to be a sleeker and somewhat smaller version of the Bold 9000.

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The Motorola Droid was present at CES. Released on Nov. 6 for $199 with a two-year contract after $100 rebate, the device attracted much early hype as a Google Android-powered challenger to the iPhone.

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Nokia displayed the other smartphones in its line during one of the opening-night events of CES. The complain claims that its Ovi Store, its mobile-applications competitor to Apple's App Store, is getting around 1 million downloads per day.

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