Year: 2010

With the Nexus One, Google took phone production into its own hands, which was a remarkable step for the hardware-averse company. HTC handled the details, but the big G made clear it had gone all-in. Released at the beginning of 2010 (a time that seems like eons ago), the Nexus One was groundbreaking in its efforts to skirt the traditional carrier model. The phone was sold by Google itself in unlocked form and featured a stock version of Android 2.1. It was a feature powerhouse with a market-leading processor and 5MP camera, effectively eclipsing the Droid as the go-to phone for anti-iPhoners.