Google's Hype Generator, The Nexus One, Does Not Have Multitouch (In Browser and Maps)

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Another personal encounter with the Nexus One is recorded in history forever, and while Tnkgrl wasn't allowed to exercise her camera finger, she's written on her blog that it's "extremely thin," but more importantly, there's a severe lack of multitouch...UPDATE


While she concedes that it's "much nicer looking in person," the lack of multitouch in the browser and Maps is a bummer. Here's what she noticed when having a fondle with the Nexus One:

- It's much nicer looking in person than in pictures
- There's a 4 GB micro-SD card installed
- The battery capacity is 1400 mAh
- The screen appears to be OLED (same size/resolution as the Motorola Droid)
- 3G works on T-Mobile USA :)
- I can confirm that there's no 3G on AT&T (EGDE only)
- It's definitely unlocked
- It's super snappy! Faster than the Droid…
- There's no multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps
- There's no dedicated camera key, but it's the same camera interface as the Droid
- The trackball can be used to focus (like on other HTC devices)
- Low-light performance is decent, but the flash is weak
- Calls are routed the normal way, not using data (VoIP), and sound fine
- The home screen is divided into 5 panes (like the Sense interface on the HTC Hero)
- It's using a micro-USB connector for data/power
- There are some gold contacts at the bottom edge, for a dock perhaps?
- Did I mention it's fast?

The lack of a camera button disturbs me, but other than that, it sounds like a fairly ho-hum Android phone. [Tnkgrl via Engadget]

UPDATE: Alright commenters, you have your wish. Tnkgrl only said there's no multitouch support "in the browser or in Google Maps," which still doesn't eliminate the option of multitouch in other areas of the phone. And of course, it's still just early days yet—there's no reason to believe that Tnkgrl got her hands on a final production unit.



Can someone please explain to me why multi-touch zooming is so friggin great!? It requires TWO HANDS!

Don't get me wrong, I completely understand multi-touch's usefulness in other apps and other interfaces...

but for zooming... on a device thats made to be used almost entirely in one hand... why is it so important to people!?

I have the multi-touch option in the Dolphin browser, and the first thing I did after trying out said gimmick, was turn the normal zoom buttons back on. Cause I wanted to be able to zoom in with... you guessed it... ONE HAND!