Why I bought a Nexus One as my first smartphone

I mean bought as in I own it outright – it’s not on a contract.

Although it has largely been sidelined as just another contender for the iPhone throne I reckon it represents a paradigm shift in phone handsets.

With a laptop you know what it is for and what it is supposed to do. Smartphones have taken some time to catch up with this, but I think we’re now there. We’ve arrived at a collection of requirements which are now being delivered all together without the need for compromise.
Over air updates mean you don’t have to live with the OS version as shipped. Open source means the developer base can be massive, active and unrestricted.

I bought it for these reasons, and because it has the highest hardware spec available at the moment. This is a key point. The software is updatable but the hardware is fixed. The longevity of the phone’s life will be dictated by the hardware limitations. When it becomes obsolete so does the phone. When it’s no longer powerful enough to run the OS it’ll be replaced by a newer model.

Like a laptop it will be replaced when it can no longer do efficiently what I meed it to do – i.e. the operating system and apps are developed for more advanced hardware so start to run slowly. We’ve all seen it happen on desktops and laptops, now we’ll start to see it on phones.