Google Nexus S Review

There’s absolute confidence about it. Android 2.Three (nicknamed Gingerbread) is the first-rate Android release to this point, and the Google Nexus S is sort of definitely the fine Android cellphone (probably sharing the accolade with the HTC Desire HD.)

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Before we get onto the hardware, permit’s take a look at what’s new in Gingerbread and discover what makes this the operating gadget of preference for each cellphone inexperienced persons and hardcore modders. The first issue to mention is that Android is a mature and effective running device with getting entry to over a hundred,000 downloadable apps. Android has been given a facelift for model 2.3, with a few minor changes to the consumer interface layout. One of the important thing adjustments is the progressed digital keyboard, and this mixed with gadget-wide changes to duplicate & paste functionality has made text entry a whole lot more high-quality than earlier than. There is likewise aid for an emerging era known as Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC permits your smartphone to study facts from gadgets with NFC chips embedded in them. There are new audio results too, consisting of reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass enhance. Other additions include improved strength management, improved speed and help for a couple of cameras. The Nexus S runs naked Android, with none of the person interface layers that producers like Samsung and HTC generally add to the operating gadget. In the beyond this can have been visible as a negative, but Android is now sufficiently mature to energy a mass market cellphone in its natural form, and the gain of going for walks natural Android is that software program updates will become to be had on the earliest feasible opportunity and may be installed automatically over-the-air.

When we turn our interest to the hardware, we notice in no time that the Nexus S is sort of same to the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy S has been the second one maximum popular Android smartphone (after the HTC Desire) and in our opinion turned into the higher of the two, so the reality that the Nexus S does not offer much more than the Galaxy S is not an excessive amount of a trouble. It’s nonetheless an incredible telephone.

There are some differences between the Nexus S and the Galaxy S. The Nexus S is higher prepared with regards to photography, as it has a flash for the primary five-megapixel digital camera, and additionally makes use of Gingerbread’s multi-camera functionality via including a 2nd the front-going through video VGA digicam. It’s arguably a higher-looking phone too, with a particularly designed Contour Display with curved glass and an easy gloss black floor. It doesn’t have the metal frame of the Apple iPhone four or the HTC Desire HD even though.

One aspect that it does have is the exceptional display on any cellular smartphone. It’s a 4-inch show with a decision of 480 x 800 pixels. This it shares with the Galaxy S. It is not pretty as huge because the display screen on the HTC Desire HD, however, it is drastically larger than the iPhone. But the thing that clearly units it apart is the Super AMOLED technology, leading to a much brighter show, simply visible in sunlight hours and with splendid shade saturation. In a Super AMOLED display, the capacitive touch sensor is included into the display itself, in preference to the touch touchy layer being located on the pinnacle.

The Nexus S has a completely featured virtual media participant of the path, with the benefit of a 3.5mm headphone jack, so that you can join your own headphones for the high-quality audio revel in. You also can pair the phone with a Bluetooth wi-fi stereo headset.

The Nexus S comes with assisted GPS with a digital compass. Being a Google cellphone it comes with Google Maps 5. Zero with Navigation (loose turn-by using-flip GPS voice steering), Places (info approximately vacationer websites, eating places, etc), Latitude and Google Earth.

The word nexus approach “connection” and one of the primary pursuits of the Nexus S is to maintain you related to the sector via the mobile network. To this end, it supports tri-band 3G with notable-speedy HSPA downloads of 7.2 Mbps. It’s Wi-Fi enabled and can also perform as a Wi-Fi hotspot allowing up to six cell gadgets to percentage its network connection. Web browsing is remarkable, and there are Android apps for Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The Nexus S is one of the fastest telephones currently to be had with a 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU and a dedicated GPU giving seamless video playback and recreation-playing. The processing strength is backed up by using a huge 512MB of RAM and 16GB of integrated reminiscence. Unusually, there’s no aid for external memory cards, but with this plenty memory blanketed, that is not going to be a problem.

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Battery existence is usually challenging for modern smartphones, however the Nexus S is equipped with an widespread 1500 mAh battery, giving it the exceptional feasible battery existence for a telephone of its type. Still, you should not assume a device with such a lot of abilities to excel in this respect.

Now for the maximum hard question. Is the Google Nexus S the first-rate cell smartphone presently available? Let’s solution it this manner. It’s true in the pinnacle three, in conjunction with the Apple iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire HD. We suppose that it beats the iPhone in lots of ways, no longer least of that is the price. The Desire HD has a larger screen and a better digicam, however, it is a huge and heavy tool that might not match anybody. For those reasons, we’ll select the Google Nexus S as our telephone of the year for 2010. It’s to be had free on a settlement for £30 according to a month at release.

Lee Hogan

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