The Google Nexus S smartphone arrival at the end of 2010 became the climax of the fast developing smarthphone industry. Already labeled as the best Android phone ever, it reflects perfectly the Samsung’s tenacity and Google’s latest and highly awaited Operating System, Android 2.3 codenamed Gingerbread. While this is definitely its standout feature, an in depth review of the phone emphasizes why Google Nexus S lives to its expectations and finds itself comfortably amongst the best smartphones on the market.
Straightaway, phone’s build brings a range of U.S Samsung Galaxy S similarities, particularly in the back front, the only exception being the LED flash on the camera. There is also the familiar Samsung’s Omnia “piano black” look. The Nexus S device is so thin (10.8mm at its thickest point) it makes you wonder how they managed to incorporate the necessary ports. 5mm audio and a micro USB charging slot can be found on the bottom, while the lock button sits on the right hand side, and the volume rocker opposite it on the left.
Another interesting detail is the unusual placement of the buttons. Thus, the back key is on the left and the home icon on the far right. They are smoother than those on the Nexus One and black out with the screen. The front face is almost in its integrity black and curved like the US version of Galaxy S. It certainly adds a classic, solid vibe to the handset. The Google Nexus S offers a 4-inch, WVGA Super AMOLED screen, just like the Galaxy S and Samsung Omnia 7. Moreover the screen on the Google Nexus S is slightly curved, aimed to match the contours of your face.
When it comes to Operating System, Google Nexus S proudly runs on latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. You won’t need to worry about future updates in the nearest future. Though the difference between Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread is pretty slim, there are still a few changes, especially: revamped UI, a more fleshed out task manager, integrated internet SIP calling in Contacts, and NFC support for wireless purchasing and data transfer.
The Google’s Nexus S keyboard is a huge improvement on its Nexus One predecessor. The screen keyboard has an excellent autocorrect option and allows you to type considerably faster.The only big let down of the Google’s smartphone is the Camera. The five mega pixel camera takes unspectacular, washy images without any of the clarity. There is no HD video as well. Quite a few questions emerge regarding phone’s Camera, considering the always highly rated Samsung’s shoots and HD videos.
The phone’s performance is as smooth as you can get. 1GHz CPU plus Android 2.3 equals rocket pace. The RAM is 512 MB, while there’s 16GB of space to load with songs, videos and photos, but no microSD slot. There’s also 1GB of space for apps, up from a paltry 200MB on the Google Nexus One. There are the usual suspects such as: WiFi and GPS. The battery has 1,500mAh. On a non-stop usage it will drain only after 12 hours. That’s a decent performance.
In conclusion we can confidently state that Google Nexus S is miles ahead of its predecessor Goole Nexus One in every single aspect, moreover Nexus S is arguably the best Android smartphone on the market. Google Nexus S has a $529 price tag for an unlocked version and $199 price tag with a 2 year T-Mobile voice and dataplan contract.