Torvalds actually writes that he isn’t much of a phone fan (he finds them distracting), and that he got an original G1 phone from Google but only uses it for playing games on long flights. But the Linux-based Nexus One grabbed his attention. He calls it “a pretty good-looking gadget” and bought one last week.
“I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner. I wasn’t enthusiastic about buying a phone on the internet sight unseen, but the day it was reported that it finally had the pinch-to-zoom thing enabled, I decided to take the plunge. I’ve wanted to have a GPS unit for my car anyway, and I thought that google navigation might finally make a phone useful,” Torvalds writes.
Google unveiled the Nexus One in January about three years after rumors surfaced that the company had such a device in the works. The Nexus One is initially available on T-Mobile’s network, though will also be available on Verizon and Vodafone’s networks. The HTC-made phone boasts a 3.7-inch OLED display, and runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and includes a five-megapixel camera. The trackball glows to alert users of e-mails and text messages.