This past Friday, while the eyes of the world were focused on Curpertino, CA, and Apple's iPhone 4 mea maxima culpa, Google was busy quietly killing off the Nexus One:
"Earlier this year, we announced that we will be closing the Nexus One web store. This week we received our last shipment of Nexus One phones. Once we sell these devices, the Nexus One will no longer be available online from Google. Customer support will still be available for current Nexus One customers. And Nexus One will continue to be sold by partners including Vodafone in Europe, KT in Korea, and possibly others based on local market conditions."
The post goes on to assure registered developers that they could still purchase a Nexus. Frankly, why bother? What started out as a noble idea ("Hey, we've got the iPhone killer, and we're gonna sell it direct to you from our website!") never really caught on with the phone-buying public. The ongoing 3G connectivity problems, which Google publicly admitted defeat on back in April, probably didn't help. Nor did the availability of sexier, more powerful phones (like the Motorola Droid line) from the major cell carriers, highlighted by Verizon's "eh, we're gonna pass on offering our own Nexus One."
We did our own hands-on testing at the beginning of the year (start here and work your way forward) and concluded that, while the phone and its underlying OS had a lot of promise, both felt more like unfinished works in progress than a ready-for-prime-time phone.
Ah, Nexus One. We hardly knew ye. Nor, apparently, did anyone else…
Note: with iPhone at least you know that you can get one good year out of it and it will retain resale value.