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Google Nexus S Hands-on
With less than a year under its belt, the Google Nexus One has enabled itself to continue being relevant in the mobile landscape while other top notched devices have been announced and released. Even though many devices emulated its high end specifications, the Nexus One undoubtedly became the choice of handset for developers seeing that it quickly received the latest and greatest Android updates. However, it appears that the torch is being passed on as Samsung received the prestigious opportunity of being the manufacturer of choice to build the second ever Google branded device. And instead of following the sales model employed with the Nexus One, the Google Nexus S trudges an alternate path as the device is being sold through Best Buy Stores across the country. Some of its features include a 4” Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 16GB of internal storage, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC support, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

From a cursory glance, the Google Nexus S shares its resemblance with the Samsung Galaxy S in its general size and choice of materials. Even though it's one streamlined and lightweight smartphone, its all plastic construction leaves little in the imagination to make you believe that it's a next-generation phone. However, when it's completely powered off, the surface of the device appears completely clean and free from any distinguishable features. But when looking it from the side, you'll instantly notice the contour shape of the lower portion which essentially adds a dash of uniqueness to its design. Now even though its Contour display is touted to offer a more natural in-hand feel, we don't particularly find it to be a drastic improvement in any way.

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Google Nexus S Hands-on
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Google Nexus S Hands-on

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Google Nexus S Hands-on

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Employing pretty much the same internals used by the Samsung Galaxy S, the combination of its Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread literally makes the phone fly. Moving around its homescreens is effortlessly accomplished as we're greeted to some smooth looking animations when scrolling the apps drawer. Moreover, there are some other noticeable cosmetic changes with the stock UI that makes it stand out over previous iterations – such as the dash of green colors used by a variety of icons. Now even though we haven't used the new on-screen keyboard as much yet, the addition of the numbers in the first row of buttons are highly appreciated and lessens the amount of time required to type.

Google Nexus S Hands-on
Google Nexus S Hands-on
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Google Nexus S Hands-on

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Google Nexus S Hands-on


So from our initial hands-on, we're more impressed with the performance of the platform as it seemingly looks and feels swift in all aspects. Other notable features include native VoIP integration with the contacts app, support for NFC technology, built-in gyroscope, true multi-tasking, and an improved copy and paste functionality. Needless to say that the star of the show undoubtedly has to be all Android 2.3 Gingerbread because its design and hardware specifications aren't drastically superior to what existing devices on the market offer. In the mean time, you can check out some of the detailed hands-on images and un-boxing video to tide you over. But don't forget to expect our full in-depth review very soon!


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posted on 16 Dec 2010, 14:42 2

1. vander09 (Posts: 13; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


The Nexus S is nice, Android is looking better, but i still Love WP7!! :)

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 18:39 1

2. BHuta (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Sep 2010)


Tip: When posting informative videos, please use someone more eloquent than the person used in this video. Just saying.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 22:50

5. irrelevant (unregistered)


what a stupid comment to say, this hands on was as informative as possible and he set his point across well and effectively and spoke audibly and clearly.

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 22:00

3. Xanderish (unregistered)


ooo its really attractive looking but the all plastic finish puts me off a liitle.
it looks like a fingerprint magnet

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 01:50

4. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Went to set buy to play with one today. I thought it would be a potential upgrade to my nexus 1 since it's almost a year old. Nah. It's basically a galaxy s with a curved screen and gingerbread. My nexus will soon have gingerbread which from a consumer POV Is very underwhelming. It makes it more green and makes the keyboard slightly better. Sure VoIP through sip is great but not exclusive to this handset. And the NFC isn't going to be widely used for a while, then again the NFC chip on this phone is read only. So that means it's not even capable of payments and the other good stuff it's known for. Looks like i'll be trading in my nexus 1 for a sanding focus next month. This phone was a bit of a let down.

posted on 18 Dec 2010, 08:37

6. Skaterdude (unregistered)


Took a look at this phone at BB yesterday. I was underwhelmed by the plastic case. My Nexus One feels sturdier and it's taken a couple of knocks with no problems. Not sure the S would. On the other hand, the display on the S is NOT a let down. Side-by-side with my N1, the S is like night and day. And my N1 is far better than the non-OLED displays I've seen out there in newer phones like the EVO. The content of the S display is also better looking, which is hard to admit. Having the graphics processor has got to make it perform better.
So I'm not as down on the S as others. I seriously have to consider the upgrade - and maybe get a really good case to protect it.

posted on 18 Dec 2010, 15:55

7. yashar (unregistered)


my nexus one is better than this!!!it is HTC made and it is better looking and used better materials and etc...

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