Unlocked Google Nexus One Smartphone Goes On Pre-order At Play.com

Google's latest smartphone, the HTC-built Nexus One, is currently being offered for sale at Play.com for a jaw dropping £599.99 including delivery. The phone is due for release from the retailer from the 16th of February 2010.

Play tends to charge significantly more for some top of the range smartphones like the iPhone 3GS which it flogs for £746. Buying the PAYG version from O2 and unlocking it from the mobile phone network for £15 brings the bill to £464, 38 percent less.

The device - which is interestingly is sold as the HTC Google Nexus One - is expected to be unlocked and SIM-free. In comparison, you can get the phone direct from Google for as little as £370 (or $580) and if even if you include VAT, you'd pay around £450, 25 percent less than the £600 Play wants to charge.

With the £150 you save, you might as well get 10 months worth of communications if you choose one of the many deals from our "8 SIM Only Deals From £15 For Google's Nexus One" article.

The Nexus One comes with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a nice 3.7-inch capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with a WVGA resolution, a 4GB microSD card, 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM, a camera and Android OS 2.1.

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The other competitor to the Nexus One, the Motorola Milestone which comes with a rather similar configuration, currently costs £400 at Expansys. Expect the latter to sell the Nexus One fairly soon as well as a number of other Android-based devices.

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