Google Nexus S Review

Category : Google

The Google Nexus S is the first Android phone to sport the latest version of Google’s mobile phone operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This latest operating system sports a whole host of tweaks and improvements such as a greatly improved interface, near field Communication (NFC – for simplified transactions, data exchange, and connections with a touch between supported devices) support, better power and battery management, and faster text editing and typing. In terms of hardware the Google Nexus S is very similar indeed to the Samsung Galaxy S. However,this is no bad thing as the Galaxy S is an award winning handset and has proved to be one of the most reliable handsets currently available.

The Nexus S has a beautiful and minimalist look to the design, with a curved screen and slight concave bow designed to make the handset easier to hold and to reduce reflections. The blackness of the display with the matched black bezel and trim looks fantastic and the tough Gorilla glass is incredibly resistant to scratches and also resists greasy fingerprint marks quite well. Although robust in feel, at just 124g the Nexus S is deceptively light and measures only 127mm x 63mm x 10.88mm.

There are two cameras on the Nexus S, a front facing camera next to the earpiece and a 5 megapixel (with autofocus and an LED flash) on the back. The display is courtesy of Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology, that shares the same specification as the Samsung Galaxy S. It measures 4 inches diagonally from corner to corner with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The display falls behind the iPhone 4′s 640 x 960 pixel resolution and even the 480 x 854 pixel resolution used in the latest Motorola Android phones, but compares favourably with most other smart phones. Regardless of not having the highest resolution, the Google Nexus S screen is more than usable for day to day tasks and produces vivid colour with good contrast and is particularly good for viewing video.

Performance on the Nexus S is enhanced by the 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor with its 512MB of RAM. Other improvements include a darker energy saving theme, classier styling and of course the support for Near Field Communication. This wireless communication technology is the same as used in Oyster cards and wireless bank debit and credit cards. Just swipe the phone near an NFC device and it will recognise it and record the transaction accordingly.

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