The early years of Android weren’t kind but the OS has evolved into the platform Google always envisioned. One of the first steps Google took to improve the software was to release a stock Android phone, and that phone was the Nexus One.

Designed by HTC, the Nexus One promised to deliver the best Android experience free from the skins other phone manufacturers were drowning their handsets in. Released in January 2010, this phone took on the iPhone 3GS and had what at the time were considered top of the line specs.

Packed with a 3.7-inch 480p AMOLED display (252 ppi), Snapdragon S1 chip, 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel camera, this was the best Android phone on the market for some time. The Nexus One ran Android 2.1 Eclair and was updated to the latest software up to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. It even came equipped with a trackball at the bottom of the display.

Looking back, it’s quite comical what the smartphone trend was at the time but it’s still fun to examine how far we’ve come. It cannot be overstated how important this phone was in the development of Android and we’ll always look back on it with fond memories.

Check out the video above to see how Jon feels about a phone he reviewed over six years ago.

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