Have a look see at this…

That? That is the makings of a fail right there.

The much anticipated Nexus One (aka The Google Phone) went on sale last week and in it’s first week it moved an estimated 20,000 unit, or roughly five times LESS than what the latest incarnation of the iPhone moved it’s first week out of the box.
The word on the street seems to be mixed as far as I can tell; some love it, some hate it. Some don’t see the hype, some bought so deep into the hype their eating Google for breakfast lunch and dinner. But what does it all really mean? First of all, I don’t like to entirely base my opinions of something like a high end ‘smart phone’ on the opinions of writers for places like Boy Genius Report or Engadget because they may give consumers valuable insight into whether or not a phone or gadget is worth the money, they still surely have an in bred institutional bias right? I mean, you don’t get free Blackberries from R.I.M. if you constantly trash their product (for example.) So, all in all, where do you turn? To the consumers themselves that’s who.

So, here I sit as a consumer with nothing but a pro-Google Bias and I find myself…disappointed. Sure, for a full touch screen the phone looks nice enough (although I prefer a physical keyboard) but once I went to even THINK about buying one I was met with a real slap in the face; Yes, I can buy one completely unlocked and just side my sim card into and go. But, that would be a pointless way to spend my $529.oo (that’s not a typo) since it doesn’t seem to support AT&T 3G.

Wait. What? They didn’t work in support for one of the biggest cell phone providers in the country?

The Nexus One device is unlocked and will recognize SIM cards from any mobile service provider using the GSM standard. The Nexus One’s antenna supports four GSM radio frequencies (850/900/1800/1900) and three 3G/UMTS Bands – 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900). These cover most major GSM mobile providers worldwide, including T-Mobile US, but not the 850 MHz 3G band used by AT&T. The Nexus One phone will, however, deliver 2G/EDGE speeds on these networks, and of course supports WiFi as well. For questions about the bands supported by your mobile service provider, please contact your provider directly.

3G networks enable faster data usage than 2G networks. The Nexus One will work well on 2G/EDGE networks for many common activities, including making phone calls, sending text messages, sending and receiving email, and browsing the web. For activities that consume large amounts of data, like watching online videos or streaming music, 2G/EDGE speeds may not be sufficient for an optimal user experience.

Fantastic. $530 bucks for a phone that works slower than my 3G Blackberry. Yeah, that’s good planning there Google.

So, are we really on the cusp of seeing Google, the company that can seemingly do no wrong (although Wave is looking like a giant, confusing train wreck right now), about to fall face first on the ONE THING they were most wanting to knock out of the park? Sure looks that way. True, it is early in the game so to speak but the early returns just aren’t the overwhelmingly positive fan boy love that Google surely hoped for/thought it would be. And, as somebody who was so very hyped initially about the idea of there being a Google phone let alone on the idea of owning one, I am very disappointed at the mere thought of that. Let alone the potential reality of it.