Review: Samsung Nexus S

The second generation Google Nexus phone has arrived in India and is called the Nexus S. This time around its Samsung that is offering the phone and promises a ‘Pure Google’ experience. The phone is available with Google’s official gingerbread 2.3. But that’s not all, the phone comes with a host of features that are set to impress. Here’s a look at the specs that make this Google phone a true masterpiece.

samsung nexus S review

Nexus S Specification

  • 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor.
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 16GB iNAND internal storage ( no micro sd slot )
  • 4” SLCD countour display.
  • 5MP camera rear facing with LED flash and 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • Full HD playback and 480p recording
  • Comes Google’s official Gingerbread (2.3)
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, digital compass, NFC .
  • WiFi b/g/n bluetooth 3.0
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G.
  • 1500mAh battery (Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G /14 hours on 2G)

Approx. Price Rs 27,000/-

Review: Nexus S

Being a Nexus phone, I already had some pretty high expectations. The phone exceeded most of them and fell short of a minor few. The 4 inch display that this phone sports in an absolute joy to use, the contour display combined with a SLCD screen is a unique experience indeed. The feel of the screen it something I have never felt on any smatphone.

The processing power of the phone was apparent by the ease with which it handled even graphic and memory intensive tasks effectively. 3D games are awesome fun on this phone. Multi-tasking on this phone was simply fantastic with the phone not showing any signs of slowing down. The interface is stock android, without any bloatware from Samsung, aka the Pure Google experience.

An interesting addition to gingerbread is the new virtual keyboard and deserves a special mention. Typing on this device was blazing fast , and the in-built dictionary with auto-spell check and correction performs brilliantly. A small perk is the lock screen animation that makes the screen go off like an old CRT TV, small but makes it look very neat.

Picture quality is awesome with both stills and videos. The inclusion of a flash makes a huge difference compared to the other Galaxy phones that Samsung offers.

A major disappointment for me personally was that Samsung decided not to include a micro-sd slot (I mean what were they thinking, right?)

Overall this is definitely one of the best android phones out there. Plus the added advantage of being an official Google phone will entitle you to receive all android OS updates before any other phone out there. But being released so close to the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S2, a dual core phone, to buy or not buy that is the question.

What are your thoughts?

Features not tested

  • The phone also has SIP account integration, something that is missing from other android devices, but I didn’t get to try this feature.
  • NFC.

» Also see: Compared: Three High End Android Devices in India [LG,HTC,Samsung]

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