Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus smartphone co-developed by Google and Samsung and manufactured by Samsung Electronics. The “S” in Nexus S signifies it’s association with Samsung.
Samsung Google Nexus S
Nexus S comes pre-installed with the latest Google apps and has features like true multi-tasking, Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet Calling, Near-Field Communication (NFC) support, and full web browsing.
Nexus S - Side View
One of the main feature of Nexus is that users will be able to receive software upgrades and new Google apps as soon as they become available.
Nexus S - Back Side
Nexus S is the first device powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbird OS which is faster in comparison to it’s previous versions. If you have been using previous Android OS then you will certainly notice that Gingerbird is significantly faster. Apps load and close faster.
NFC (Near Field Communication) is the new addition to Nexus S, provided it is of any use?
It’s UI is certainly a striking feature. The very first time I powered on this device I couldn’t stop saying WOW. Nexus S looks like a gadget from sci-fi movies.
Nexus S Phone
Nexus S Battery Life
The technical specifications shows 428 hrs of standby battery life. However like rest of spartphones this is a big lie. With normal usage, no calls, playing few games for few minutes the battery lasts only for a day or two.
And yes I’ve done basic optimization for improving battery life.
This is pain, but being a a smartphone user for few years I’ve to come to compromise with this new way of life.
Good news is that Nexus S can’t be SIM Locked, which means that your carrier can’t force you to be with them.
It also has an unlockable bootloader which allows the installation of alternative operating systems.
Nexus S Pros
Nexus S design is sleek, it’s screen superb, operating system is really a big plus and ability to automatic update Apps is a big advantage.
Nexus S Cons
Nexus S is hypersensitive. Hardware buttons, touch screen and motion detection all are hyper sensitive. This is a real disadvantage with this phone.
The biggest disappointment for me is the placement of power button. It is on the top right which is certainly not the right place. Every time I use the phone I always accidently touch that button. The power button should have been at the top.
Lack of FM radio is big disappointment for radio listeners. Being a music fan I always like to have the FM radio, it is a very good time pass specially when you are waiting of travelling.
No option to manually create shortcuts. Only the apps can have shortcuts. Lack of this feature drags this phone back to 20th century. However there is a solution for this shortcoming. There are many apps which allow you to create shortcuts.
No Memory Card Slot
You are stuck with the default USB storage of 16GB which will be sufficient for average users, but for high end users it is going to be a pain. My music collection itself occupies 2 GB and that too is the minimal collection.
Android 2.3 to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich – ICS) upgrade
Theoretically you can upgrade Android 2.3 OS to Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. However Google has halted the upgrade as it started to drain the battery.
Well this is not only the Nexus S which saw the battery drain with ICS OS, even Galaxy Nexus, the successor of Nexus S, also suffered with the same issues. Thanks to this bug, Galaxy Nexus is no longer available in the UK and that is why I ended up with Nexus S phone.
Google Samsung Nexus S Smartphone Technical Specifications
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbird
Launched: United States December 16, 2010
- Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH)
- Talk time 6 hours
- Standby time (max) 428 hours
Storage and Memory
- RAM 512MB
- Internal storage 16384MB (USB)
- Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
- Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
- HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1
Infrared: not supported
Size and Weight
- Dimensions 63.0 mm (w)
- 123.9 mm (h)
- 10.88 mm (d)
- Weight 129.0 grams
- Screen size 4.0 inches
- Screen resolution WVGA (800 x 480)
- Touch screen
CPU 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
USB USB 2.0
Audio/headphone jack 3.5mm
FM Radio not supported
Physical keyboard not available
Primary: 5.0 megapixels
Front: VGA (640×480)
Features: Flash, Video
Contour Display, Near Field Communications (NFC), Three-axis gyroscope, Anti-fingerprint display coating, Internet Calling support (VoIP/SIP)