Samsung Nexus S from Google Smartphone Tech Review


Posted January 14, 2011 - By Moye Ishimoto

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.

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Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

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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Samsung Nexus S from Google Smartphone Tech Review


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