The Samsung Nexus S from Google sports a 4" Super AMOLED curved display, runs on Android 2.3 and dual cameras for video conferencing. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey review the Nexus S smartphone that retails for $200 with a contract.
What You Need To Know
- The newest Google phone feels a lot like other Samsung Galaxy S devices we've used.
- The Samsung Nexus S is a little thicker than the iPhone 4 but still thin enough.
- The smartphone feels really light in the hand.
- The Nexus S features a curved display, no LED notifications and 16 GB of storage with no expansion slot.
- It also has a super AMOLED display, which has amazing contrast and bright colors.
- The smartphone was also designed to make it look like the 4" screen is edgeless when it's off, which is sleek.
- The screen doesn't quite have the resolution of an iPhone 4 Retina Display but still looks great.
- The Nexus S is also the first phone with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which is only a little bit better than the HTC Evo with 2.2.
- They've made a few changes here and there, like an improved keyboard, individual word copy and paste and a new app manager.
- We love the 3D menu interface with the scrolling icons.
- The touch screen is also super responsive, except for at the very bottom of the screen when you're typing in landscape mode.
- Sometimes it's hard to hit the number key.
- The Samsung Nexus S is one of the fastest smartphones we've seen when launching apps and loading web pages.
- It's almost twice as fast as the iPhone 4.
- We did have a few issues loading up Flash heavy sites but otherwise, it's super fast.
- The Nexus S has a rear 5 megapixel camera as well as a front facing camera for video, and they're not bad at all.
- The rear camera takes really good pictures and video in any light, so we wish it would shoot in HD.
- There are tons of photography options like adjustable exposure and white balance.
- The front facing camera is only VGA quality so it won't blow you away when video conferencing.
- Samsung also include near field communication in the phone (NHC) which we can't really use for anything yet but the feature is coming soon.
- NFC is the transfer of data wirelessly between two devices that are near each other.
- This means you can read tags from everyday stuff like cereal boxes or T-shirts and store the in your phone. Eventually, we'll be able to pay for stuff wirelessly from our phones!
- $200 with a contract at Best Buy.
- 4 Seals of Approval out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
- This is one of the best Android phones we've reviewed, though we think it's a little expensive, especially since it's not 4G.
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