The Google Nexus S is flagship for a reason, debuting Android 2.3 OS, a 4-inch Contour Display and the latest in cutting-edge NFC technology
Editor's Review of the Nexus S
The Nexus S is the second phone from Google, who have turned to Samsung for support this time round. Unlike its predecessor, the Nexus S promises to revolutionize the smartphone, and gets to introduce Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to the world.
Design & Build
All the signs that Google is working with Samsung are firmly in place when it comes to design, as the Nexus S places an all-new emphasis on style. It looks, and feels, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S, and although we would have liked to have seen a HTC-style metallic chassis, the curved, smooth nature of its plastic casing makes up for its lack of a high-end feel. With a weight of just 129g, the Nexus S is relatively light for a phone of its size, sitting nicely in your hand.
Within its glossy black chassis sits a curved WVGA Super AMOLED display, measuring in at 4 inches. Google claims that the concave nature of the screen allows it to sit comfortably against your face, although we didn't notice any difference when making calls. Despite proving itself as a bit of a gimmick, it still looks great.
Underneath the screen sit 4 capacitive keys, and while they're in an order we're not familiar with, their haptic responsiveness proved to be a definite plus.
OS & Interface
The Google Nexus S is the first smartphone to run Android 2.3, which we're happy to reveal, lives up to the hype. Backed up by the handsets 1GHz Hummingbird processor, it's extremely quick, and opening apps seems so much smoother than when using Android 2.2.
Despite Google's promises that Gingerbread would offer a revamped UI, it essentially offers the same Android interface with a couple of tweaks. Still, we like the old Android UI, so the addition of a notifications bar, enhanced graphics and redesigned icons gets a big thumbs up from us.
While not at all useful, we couldn't help falling in love with the handset's "TV Off" style animation for the lock screen, which is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.
With Android 2.3, the handset also comes NFC-ready, which could ultimately lead to using your mobile as an Oyster Card on the London Underground. While not in place yet, Gingerbread also packs the handset with video call support, which we found was a nice touch.
Multimedia & Storage
While not spectacular, the 5 megapixel camera on the Google Nexus S managed to produce decent images. However, it won't be replacing your digital snapper anytime soon, as even in well-lit situations, the images can look a little washed out. On the plus side, the Nexus S camera excels in low-light conditions, thanks to its LED flash.
Video recording on the otherhand, is less impressive. Despite launching as a high-end smartphone, you're restricted to capturing VGA video, with no HD option available.
Video playback on the Google Nexus S however, is one of the handset's stand-out features, thanks to the Super AMOLED display with 800 x 480 resolution. It's bright and vibrant.
The internet browser on Android phones has always impressed us, and when coupled with a 1GHz processor and Android 2.3, our mind has been blown. The Google Nexus S certainly doesn't disappoint in terms of internet-friendliness, and its CPU helped pages and Flash videos to load at rapid speeds. Multi-touch worked smoothly too, and felt even more luxurious on the curved screen of Google's smartphone.
Our excitement at the web was soon let down, with the handset's lack of microSD slot. While 16GB of internal storage should be enough for most consumers, we're sure its lack of storage expansion will be a deal-breaker for some.
In my opinion the Google Nexus S is the best Android phone yet. It may need some tweaks here and there, but thanks to its top-notch hardware, excellent design and Android 2.3 operating system, it has exceeded our expectations.
i have never had a samsung nexus s before,i used samsung j750.and when i compared it to samsung nexus i feel its the best!!and i recommend it as the super fabulous phone u could ever have!!its super gorgeous and even better than black berry.. feel its one on of all!!
best looking phone out.
One of the best phones yet. Even with the dual core processors coming in the next few months, this, with its style, speed and screen getting updates directly, no phone besides a google phone will get. No bad things apart from lack of SD slot, i doubt i'd use it anyway though.
I've had the Nexus S for a week now, and so far I am impressed. It's extremely powerful, and its Android OS works smooth. One of the main reasons I got this phone is that it is first in line to receive Android updates, I am already updates to 2.3.1. I am not a big fan of the keypad, but having previously used a Blackberry, it might just take a bit of getting used to. Right now, I find it quite inaccurate. It has really fast speeds though, and is much quicker than the iPhone. Great job Google.
Bad: lack of sd card slot, average camera
Good: looks really good, software updates from google (not samsung), web browser is great
I was really looking forward to owning this phone, although its not the amazing device it could have been. The lack of SD card I can live with, but I was let down by the absence of a simple led notifications light. The 5 megapixel camera is pretty basic too, and I'm surprised it wasn't fitted with a higher resolution camera. Saying that, Android 2.3 and the Contour display is great - it's just no HTC Desire HD.
i really like this phone. would prefer if it had a memory card slot for more memory
Having previously used the HTC Desire, I can now say that the Google Nexus S is the ultimate Android phone. The build quality is excellent, the OS is excellent and it is one of the fastest phones I've ever had the pleasure of using. Would highly recommend.
Compared to my last phone I found this phone a bit chunky and the screen quite small. I enjoy using Gingerbread though and the phone is really fast, using the web is so quick and easy.
Never had an Android phone before, but I recently got the Google Nexus S and it is so easy to use. Have used the iPhone 3G and the HTC Desire before and this is the best yet. Excellent phone!
The Google Nexus S is lightening quick compared to any phone ive owned before, last phone was the Samsung Galaxy S. When compared to my friends Desire HD, the screen of the Nexus S is noticeable better. Would recommend
Samsung Google Nexus S designed very well then other new latest phone and great futures in it.
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Google Nexus S Specifications
123.9mm x 63mm x 10.9mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: Super AMOLED
Contour Display with curved glass screen
Size: 4.0 inches
Resolution: 480 x 800
Integrated NFC Chip
A-GPS with maps
Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and LED Flash
720p Video Recording
At 30 fps
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 1500 mAh
Talk Time: 840 minutes
Standby Time: 713 hours
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, DivX, WMV, H.264, H.263
Recording: H.264, H.263 MPEG4