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An Overview of Google Nexus S

Last updated: May 2, 2019.

Google Nexus S

After the scanty success of Nexus One last year, Google has returned with Nexus S. What does this successor offer? To know the answer please read the review.

 

Description

The description of Google Nexus S includes:

  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • Android 2.3 operating system
  • 16GB of built-in memory along with no slot for external memory
  • 9mm length; 63mm and 10.88mm thickness
  • A display of 4 inches and 480 x 800 pixels display resolution
  • It weighs 129g
  • Price of $429

Performance & battery

  • The Google Nexus S is the first smartphone to be running the Android 2.3 operating system.
  • The response is quick and the performance is fast.
  • The 1GHz processor certainly knows how to carry its weight.
  • The battery of Nexus S will easily get you through the day but with heavier use, it will need an afternoon top.

Build

The good points:

  • The Google Nexus S is designed in a very pleasant way. Very easy to hold and use.
  • Touch sensitive buttons are present at the bottom of the screen, which are invisible when the screen is off.
  • Unlike most of the smartphones, there is no branding on the front of Nexus S.
  • For some people, the pure black look can be very alluring while for others it can be disturbing.
  • The corners are curved very beautifully.
  • The front fascia is also curved slightly, which is claimed to be comfortable while making phone calls.
  • The front is also told to be less reflective as compared to other smartphones.
  • On the bottom side, there are connectors for the microUSB and headset.
  • The volume button is on the left and the on/off button is on the right.

On the downside:

  • The back is not very attractive. Consequently, the shiny black finish might get scratchy after a time.
  • While the front has no branding, on the back there is the double branding of Google and Samsung.

Display

  • There is a 4-inch display and 480 x 800 pixels display resolution is becoming the trend for the latest smartphones.
  • With Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, as a result the three-dimensional are very sharp and bright.
  • Video viewing experience is excellent owing to the superb display.

Software & Features

  • There is access to multiple home screens and widgets.
  • There are some insignificant tweaks like an orange line that signifies the end of the list.
  • Support for gyroscopic sensors is present due to the Android 2.3 OS. This is a means for tracking the three dimensional movement of the apps.
  • Near Field Communication is also supported by Nexus S.
  • There is a battery manager which lets you know which apps are draining more power.
  • The new app manager allows you to manage and close the apps individually.
  • The keyboard also has some new traits like word prediction and holding down the shift key to type capital letters.

Memory

The 16GB of built-in memory is more than enough. Unfortunately, there is no expansion slot for external memory.

 

Camera

The good point:

  • The Nexus S has a front and a back camera, which is quite unusual these days.
  • A 5 megapixel camera sits at the back while a VGA one sits at the front, which is great for making video calls.

On the downside:

  • Nexus S has no shortcut button for the camera.

Google Nexus S: Conclusion

Other than the operating system there is not much progress in Nexus S. Some of the features are very pleasing while others are just common. The main problem is there is nothing new or exciting about Nexus S. It is a little expensive due to the hardware specs. Overall it’s just a nice phone.

 

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