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The Google Nexus S is the successor to the Google Nexus One.

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Pros

runs the latest open source Android operating system (2.3)

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16GB internal storage

9 agree

4" WVGA Super AMOLED display (800 x 400px)

7 agree

powerful 1GHz Hummingbird CPU (A8 based)

7 agree

slightly concave "contour display" - improves usability over perfectly flat

6 agree

built in gyroscope

5 agree

includes Near Field Communications chip making the phone futureproof when the technology becomes more widely used

5 agree

Front-facing camera for video calling

4 agree

native VoIP through WiFi support

3 agree

charger & headphone jack located at the bottom - great for car docks etc.

3 agree

runs Google's excellent software noise cancellation

2 agree

3.5mm headphone jack

2 agree

great performance

2 agree

standard micro USB port

2 agree

anti-fingerprint display coating

1 agrees

will be sold through 3rd parties such as Best Buy - considerably more public exposure than the Nexus One

1 agrees

will run pure Android - capable of being upgraded to the latest releases faster than other phones with carrier / manufacturer modifications

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Cons

no micro SD card slot for storage expansion

8 agree

could be difficult to buy (similar to the Nexus one)

5 agree

display doesn't match the iPhone 4 in resolution

3 agree

glossy black plastic enclosure - looks cheap, picks up fingerprints easily

3 agree

phone exterior looks cheap with that plastic

3 agree

no notification light

3 agree

phone feels too fat (depth)

1 agrees

no HD video capture

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no HSPA+ (cannot take advantage of T-Mobile's highest speeds at ~21Mbps)

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The Google Nexus S is the successor to the Google Nexus One and is Google's "reference" phone for Android handsets that will be released in 2011. Intended for developers and more hardcore phone enthusiasts, the Nexus S comes stock with Android 2.3 (codename: Gingerbread) which is free from all the extraneous apps that manufacturers and carriers add. Hardware wise the device is based off of Samsung's successful Galaxy S featuring the same 400x800 resolution Super AMOLED screen, and Hummingbird CPU, and adds a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. Unlike the Nexus One the Nexus S cannot be purchased directly from Google but is instead available in traditional retail outlets.

Key Features
  • Runs Android 2.3 software
  • 4" 800x400 resolution display
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • B/G/N WiFi
  • User replaceable battery
    • 1500 mAH
    • 6 hour talk time
    • 428 hour standby
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • front facing VGA camera
  • Near Field Communications Chip
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating
  • Internet Calling (VoIP/SIP) built in
Post Review
Yale
01/27/2011 02:30
@Vlad_Kif , Hey, thanks for contributing your review of the #google_nexus_s


Unfortunately we already have a page for that product, so I have deleted the stub you created. Please feel free to go back and add your review to that page.
Erik
12/07/2010 03:00

I just got my #samsung_captivate_sgh_i897 and seeing this on the front page of ProductWiki made me a little jealous. Android Gingerbread 2.3 out of the box and the front-facing camera are what get me the most. I'm only consoled by the fact that this phone will never see the light of day in Canada.

Yale

Yale

12/07/2010 03:22

why do you think that? The Nexus One is everywhere today - currently even Mobilicity carries it officially. I guess that's now yesterday's news, though. I wonder if the the recent Android / Samsung love by Canadian carriers means we are more likely to see it?

Dom

Dom

12/08/2010 11:33

funny Erik, the same happened to me.... although, I got a ridiculous deal on the Captivate. I got it unlocked for $80! That was at a fun(d)raising luncheon/auction for a community service organization I'm part of, and there were also three smartphones among a ton of other stuff.... the BB Torch, iPhone 3GS 32GB, and the Captivate. The two others sold for only $60, which is interesting...

Omar
12/06/2010 02:35

Has anybody used one of these "contour" displays before? How do they feel? Is it a marketing gimmick or actually makes a difference?

Dom

Dom

12/08/2010 12:24

I haven't used that yet nor have I seen them around. Rumor says that HTC was interested in getting this from Samsung for the EVO, but it wasn't quite ready yet to be delivered in quantities. So I'd expect some new HTC phones to come out with it, too. I think that says something.

Dom

Dom

12/08/2010 12:27

It looks like the Nexus S is designed to feel very well in your hand. I have the Captivate now, which is a very thin, rigid, tough metal slate. And that actually feels a bit *too* thin and insecure sometimes. Sure, many people don't like "plasticky", but I guess with being a little thicker, shaped on the back, and even on the front display, this will be very nice to hold.

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/17/2010 06:26

what are the basic differences between Nexus one and Nexus s ?

Erik

Erik

12/17/2010 08:10

They are fairly different phones. The only real similarity is that Google markets them as "Android reference" phones. Sort of a way to highlight the new features in the latest Android release. Here are the differences as I see them:

- S: released late 2010, One: released early 2010
- S: made by Samung, One: made by HTC and Qualcomm
- S: ships with Android 2.3, One: Android 2.1
- S: 4" AMOLED screen, One: 3.7 " AMOLED screen
- S: Hummingbird CPU @ 1GHz, One: Snapdragon @ 1GHz
- S: no micro SD, One: has micro SD
- S: 16 GB built-in storage, One: 1GB + 4GB SD card included
- S: touch sensitive buttons, One: trackball
- S: Near Field communication chip
- S: countour form factor
- S: front-facing camera

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