For Nexus One, the first heir to the King Droid throne for World Domination by NSA, Google teamed up to HTC company, this time, they put their faith in Samsung (they seem to love ricers) to do the dirty job, using the legendary Samsung Galaxy S as a platform.
Despite the fact that Android is a democratic, open source concept, incompatible with royalty, Google still tried their best; with the Gingerbread 2.3 inside, let’s see the main specs of the under kind.
As previously stated this is a Galaxy S upgrade, a far from perfect smartphone, powered by an identical 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and having the same 512MB of RAM, Nexus S feels a tad quicker probably due to Gingerbread OS. Actually, Nexus S is the first smartphone on the market with Gingerbread 2.3 on board, even if in terms of hardware it’s just an over clocked Nexus One on steroids.
Google Nexus S Review – Unboxing
Let’s begin with unpacking, the retail box is identical to that of Nexus One, it contains every necessary item, like the USB charger, a micro USB cable, the headphones and leaflets.
Google Nexus S Review – Design
The design is somewhat different from Samsung Galaxy S, mainly due to the curved display; the smartphone measures 123.9 x 63 x 10.9 mm and weighs 129 grams; the Nexus S is a bit taller and thicker than the Galaxy S but its ergonomics are far better.The main difference is the special Super AMOLED Curved Display, the curved glass covering the screen improves usability and the Nexus S is more comfortable to hold and play with.
Google Nexus S Review – Display
The screen itself is excellent, very crisp and sharp, sunlight legibility is very good also, and it can successfully replace a Kindle.In terms of sensitivity, it reacts to a butterfly landing on its surface; the capacitive touch screen is state of the art. As for scratch resistance, Gorilla Glass is gone, replaced by a regular glass with oleophobic coating.
Google Nexus S Review – Buttons and Ports
The phone features the usual Android capacitive controls, (Back, Menu, Home and search) which are very sensitive too, precise and feature haptic feedback. On the front panel there are also the proximity/ambient light sensors, a secondary VGA camera and the earpiece. At the bottom we find the 3.5 mm audio jack and the micro USB port for both charging and data transfers. On the back panel there is the 5 Megapixels camera lens featuring a LED flash and the loudspeaker grille. Underneath, of course, lays the 1500mAh battery and the SIM compartment. The battery is quoted at 6.7 hours of talk time, with a standby time of 17 days in 3G mode (scaled up to 14 hours of talk time and 29.7 days of standby in 2G networks). You don’t have a micro SD slot; all you get is the internal memory, which amounts for 16 Gb, pretty fair if you ask me.In terms of design, Google Nexus S is pretty cool and well built, ergonomically well thought and easy to use single handed, even if it features a huge 4 inch screen.
Google Nexus S Review – Display
One of the main assets of the device is the SUPER AMOLED display, the downside of the phone, at least for me, is the less than premium feeling finish of the full plastic body.Google Nexus S Review-Tech SpecsGoogle Nexus S is running on the Hummingbird chipset optimized by Gingerbread 2.3, it’s a smooth running OS, very stable and with instant response.
Google Nexus S Review – Phonebook
The phonebook is standard for Android running devices, it stores extensive information about your contacts, and you may install Facebook, Twitter or another app as you can put telephone and SNS info in the same place.
Google Nexus S Review – Telephony
Telephony is good, it doesn’t feature smart dialing, but the signal reception is trouble free and the sound quality also, as expected from a high end device. In the messaging department, all SMS/MMS communication is organized into threads – each thread consists of all messages between you and one of your contacts. Email is handled by a Gmail app.
Google Nexus S Review – Multimedia
The video player supports only 3GP and MP4 videos, it’s a shame actually, because the 4” WVGA SuperAMOLED screen is a pure joy to watch. The music player is the same from Nexus One, no significant upgrades have been made, and it’s nice, functional and easy to use.Audio quality is impressive, the device can replace a dedicated mp3 player anytime, the headphone output is stellar, and the sound quality is flawless.
Google Nexus S Review – Camera
Google Nexus S has a 5 megapixel camera module for a maximum image resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels and an LED flash, featuring a nice UI with a few settings, the image quality is nothing to write home about yet pretty decent for a 5 MP shooter. As per movie making, the Nexus comes with D1 video recording @ 30fps. The interface is similar to the one of the still camera, except that there are fewer settings available, the videos are recorded in 3gp format and the quality is not worth mentioning.
Google Nexus S Review – Connectivity
Nexus S shines on the connectivity department, featuring quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSPA with download rates of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload at 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and USB v2.0 with a micro USB standard, but lacks the Bluetooth 3.0 – it’s downgraded to version 2.1. Also the Nexus S comes with an integrated NFC (Near Field Communication) chip.
Google Nexus S Review – Internet
The web browser is great, it has Flash support, works smooth and fast, with a minimalist UI, the 4 inch SUPER AMOLED screen is perfect for surfing the internet, thanks to the full flash support, YouTube videos played quite smoothly, and so did the games.
Google Nexus S Review – Navigation
For navigation, Google Nexus S comes with a GPS receiver, Google Maps is the main application and its Street View mode is great.In conclusion, Google Nexus S is a fine piece of hardware, one of the best droids on the market when launched; it packed some of the most powerful hardware available at the time.