tnkgrl: No Nexus MultiTouch, Hands On Impressions


A little birdie named tnkgrl has been tweeting her heat out about the Nexus One which she has been playing with and apparently all the attention led to a full blown post on her blog. In the post she provides a bunch of bullet points on her overall impressions of the device and they sound pretty promising – except for the lack of multitouch support:

– It’s extremely thin
– It’s much nicer looking in person than in pictures
– There’s a 4 GB micro-SD card installed
– The battery capacity is 1400 mAh
– The screen appears to be OLED (same size/resolution as the Motorola Droid)
– 3G works on T-Mobile USA :)
– I can confirm that there’s no 3G on AT&T (EGDE only)
– It’s definitely unlocked
– It’s super snappy! Faster than the Droid…
– There’s no multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps
– There’s no dedicated camera key, but it’s the same camera interface as the Droid
– The trackball can be used to focus (like on other HTC devices)
– Low-light performance is decent, but the flash is weak
– Calls are routed the normal way, not using data (VoIP), and sound fine
– The home screen is divided into 5 panes (like the Sense interface on the HTC Hero)
– It’s using a micro-USB connector for data/power
– There are some gold contacts at the bottom edge, for a dock perhaps?
– Did I mention it’s fast?

I really wish that someone would just come out and identify – once and for all – the core reasoning behind lack of multi-touch on Android phones in the United States. The Palm Pre has multi-touch. The Hero has multi-touch. Heck the Motorola Droid and other Android devices have multi-touch capabilities… just no multi-touch in the operating system functions and core Google apps.

I understand its a licensing issue of some sort but then how/why can application makers like Picsay include it at will? I wish we could pin someone down for a specific reasoning and hopefully hear if and when this will all be resolved. Either that or hook the world up with a non pinch and zoom solution (zoom wheel anyone?).

I’m excited about the mentions of “speed” and also about how this device looks in person, which tnkgirl tweeted:


At this point I realized I’ve been calling “tnkgrl” a “she” even though I have no clue if that is the case. I assumed because of the “grl” but… how about the avatar? Then I checked out the blog about page and saw this picture with the following description:


tnkgrl was born wearing combat boots and holding a keyboard – 5 minutes later she picked up a soldering iron…  She’s been stomping, typing and hacking ever since! She’s a video game code-monkey by day, a pirate-freak by night.  One day she decided to share her experiences and thoughts on mobile technology, and so this blog, tnkgrl Mobile, was born. She’s a butchy dyke with a fondness for other queers, punks, nerds, and misbegotten social deviants.

This chick was badass BEFORE she had the Nexus One… now she’s like… badass to the assbad power or, uh.. something. Plus she knows her stuff – great blog. Props to tnkgrl and hopefully we’ll hear more from her in the future – thanks for all the insight!

[Thanks to all who sent this in]

Rob Jackson
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  1. We will be able to use the trackball for zooming according to tnkgirl as well. Multitouch would be nice though.

  2. If so, I might wait for Bravo…

  3. hate to say it but the sencse home is 7 screens not 5.

  4. htc sense is overrated anyway

  5. i know htc sense is over hyped just like the moto droid is over hyped. but if your going to talk about sense atleast know what the basics are not bagging on you rob cause you ripped that from her blog. but she sould know the basics before compairing.

  6. I dont really trust tnkgrl’s review…She makes several false statements, and several more in the comments on her blog as well, refusing to admit that she was wrong.

    I kind of get the feeling that when she says “no multitouch” she means no pinch-zoom.

  7. @QuantumRand, that’s one thing that really ticks me off. When people refer to pinch-to-zoom as multi-touch. Pinch-to-zoom is a gesture, while multi-touch is a feature of the touchscreen.

  8. tnkgrl why the weird look !!! this world is definitely getting more and more crazy everyday.
    As for the nexus one, why people are dying for the multitouch in google’s native app !!! it seems like some people think that lack of multitouch support means there will be no multitouch at all in other apps, thats 100% wrong and Rob has proved it with the Droid before.
    If you’re dying to have the multitouch support, you may download dolphin browser (and steel browser but not quite sure about it).
    lastly, im dying to know the price of the badass nexus one.

  9. I’m am kind of getting the feeling that, this “Nexus” Google cannot even be compared to my HTC Hero (European). Even the hero has flash and an multi-touch browser. This is suppose to be the phone they are describing as the iPhone on steroids. LOLOL.. Plz, I think ill wait on my 2.1 update for my Hero. Also the hero comes with 7 panels. Are you serious with 5!

  10. Okay can someone please please clear this up for me — is the Nexus One and the Bravo the same phone, or two different entities altogether?


  11. @Anthony
    actually there aren’t any good widgets out there to fill more than 3 panels, i download a custom home app called (home++) that allows you to put up to 7 home panels and i didnt know what to put in these extra panels, i couldnt find good widgets, maybe its a bit different for you HTC Hero owners since you have out-of-the-box hero widgets

  12. Considering tnkgirl probably consideres “multi touch” as synonymous with double penetration by two other dudes I would probably take her blog with a grain of .. purell.

  13. Will have my very hands on it very shortly. Not allowed to disclose much however. Sorry. Looks like The big G is really taking this seriously. The commentary of Tnkgrl rang 2 bells: SEXIER THAN IT LOOKS and F-A-S-T. Same as I was told by my insider. Can’t wait to find out actual specs first hand, but can tell you the first commentary I have heard when this person had it was: “THIS phone will rock the world”. I haven’t seen it in action so in a way I am speculating, but as for the questions we are all wondering: I asked them all! ;-) And it’s ONLY good news. P.s. for the pinch-and-zoom/multitouch debate. Google Maps without pinch and zoom is frustrating (but ask Apple why this is happening, not Google!), but a phone without multitouch is unacceptable. Having said that, the nexus one is one hack, or one firmware upgrade, away, so why bothering? Three years ago we used the little stupid looking pens…remember that! Even the pulse has multitouch capabilities, let’s be for real!

  14. When she says there is no multi-touch she is probably referring to the lack of multi-touch in the native apps. So, like the Droid, there is no multi-touch in the stock browser, the gallery, the camera, the keyboard, etc. The device is probably multi-touch capable.

  15. DabzNeez, i’d like to know the exact same thing. please, someone clarify.

  16. lol lmfao @ “now she’s like… badass to the assbad power or, uh.. something.”

    lol @ “assbad power”

  17. @Maj,
    “actually there aren’t any good widgets out there to fill more than 3 panels”

    Is that statement an opinion, or are you the widget police?

    Do you know that there aren’t more than 3 panels of widgets out there that Anthony likes? How many panels of widgets do I like?

  18. So the phone for sure isn’t going to have 3G capabilities on AT&T?

  19. Well,

    I think she’s cool. I followed her tutorial (swapping mini pci-e network card on the Acer aspire one from g to n) and she was very detailed and descriptive.

    Btw, is January 5:th official yet? When it comes out, i will definately purchase one wherever possible (to Sweden) :)



  20. Damn! Aint she beautiful?

  21. For the last time. The nexus one has multitouch. It does not have pinch zoom. STOP CONFUSING THE TWO. read the comments on her blog.

  22. the code is written in android for multitouch, in fact i have a rooted mytouch and i do have multitouch with the default browser. the question is why is google listening to apple and not making it available? other phones have it even nikons new point and shoot cam’s have it. whats the deal.

  23. @MJ I agree with u that there’s not that many good wigits out there at the moment…to a lot of us anyway…I had to say a lot of us cause that one Guy seems to think different…

  24. @Mensahwatts,
    My point wasn’t that there are 15 panels of widgets that I like. It was that some people tend to speak in absolutes when it is really their opinion. Expression of opinion is fantastic. Expressing it as fact is ridiculous. And I was being sarcastic…

  25. Robert
    is that your pic? You could use that impressively manly chin as a snow plow. You’ve got jJy Leno beat by a mile!

    The glasses and the 3 pounds of rivets have gotta go IMHO…

  26. 2.0+ has a multitouch api so third party developers can add in multitouch features to their apps. the question still remains as to why google doesn’t add it for maps/gallery/etc

  27. @BearsSuperFan That’s tnkgrl . . . Anyway, can nobody answer my question?

  28. @Matt: the model that the FCC passed through definitely does NOT have AT&T 3G, and everything I’ve read online only confirms this. sorry dude.

  29. i bought a couple of crackberries on ebay for wifey and me.

    as long as ANDROID has no UMA screw ’em.

    when my g-1 obligation is done i’ll call up t-mo and shut the friggin’ line down on my UMA crackberry.

    you would think they would offer it?

  30. Is that picture REALLY of a female? REALLY?

  31. All these reviews are missing one of the most important pieces, how much storage does the phone have other than the SD card, I am assuming the phone does not come with apps2sd so with apps getting larger and more complicated, not to mention games getting more complex, am i going to have to root the phone in order to have more that 20 applications on it? it is also unfortunate that there is no AT&T 3G, I already have the ADP1 i need 3G!

  32. What the hell is that ugly tnkgrl- talk about a reason for birth control. Anyway, back to the point…why is Nexus not utilizing multitouch? This is really upsetting. At first I really wanted this phone, now I just may wait and hold out and see if Apple comes to Verizon in June or July.

  33. “Much sexier in person than in pictures”

  34. @Quixand – Thought the same thing. Atleast its a … unique look.

  35. aw, leave tnkgrl alone…she could probably whip your asses, and build a deck at the same time. probably more of a man than me, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.


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