I love watching how some tech stories unfold. It's especially interesting when there are just enough leaks to get people whipped up into a frenzy over a device that, ultimately, they know little about.
Take the Nexus One, aka Google Phone. It's expected that it will go on sale on January 5th at 9am. That's unconfirmed. Then there are leaked details on the plan and pricing models. Again, unconfirmed (although the pricing info does make sense). We also have a leaked details regarding spec. Again, it's all rumor, speculation and guesses. As far as we know for sure, this thing could be built entirely of Unobtanium by unicorns using nothing but their horns for tools.
And yet people are whipped up.
The problem is that despite the torrent of leaks, we still know very little about the Nexus One, the pricing and plans, and also about Google's overall strategy. What's worked for Apple was to have a strategy that went beyond just releasing a series of phones, one after the other. How does this strategy fit in with the rest of the Android ecosystem? What about enterprise usage? Questions, questions, questions.
We'll know more come the official announcement, but even then I'm expecting that the thrust of that will be along the lines of "best thing ever" and "Buy. Buy! BUY!!!"
My advice with smartphones (and cellphones in general) is the same now as it was years ago - wait and see how things play out. When it comes to something as critical as a cellphone, I see no reason to rush into a commitment. If nothing else, the handset will probably be cheaper in three months!