Samsung Nexus S from Google Review

Posted: January 13, 2011
Samsung Nexus S from Google Review

The Samsung Nexus S with 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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Comments are Closed

  • cvdude89

    I actually have the Nexus S, and im just wondering if there goin to do a second review because mine is on T-Mobile and available for At&t , but its was just recently re-released as the Nexus S 4G on Sprint i want to know is there a main difference because mine is 4G even though its on HSPA and not HSPA+
    please do a comparison between the two

    Posted: June 12, 2011 7:23 PM
  • ninjaninjav

    I think that this sums it up from a actually fair point of view.

    http://mashable.com/2011/01/ 16/verizon-smartphones-compare d/?utm_source=feedburner&u tm_medium=feed&utm_campaig n=Feed:+Mashable+(Mashable)&am p;utm_content=Google+Reader

    Posted: January 16, 2011 12:44 PM
  • szir

    Yesss, that's what I'm talking about. In this Gadget Pr0n Candace was a lot better then in the previous one. (It didn't start very smoothly, but overall it made me laugh)
    The Gadget Pr0n intro is still weird...

    "Faces are curved as it turns out", "texting her...cause they're not married yet" Chris is hilarious :)

    Posted: January 14, 2011 6:46 PM
  • incredibilistic


    Hardwick was fine, it was Candace that doesn't have the comedic timing necessary to volley with a quick wit like Chris.

    I'm still not sold on her as co-host over Jessica Chobot, Alison Haislip or even Sara Underwood. Then again Sara Underwood didn't start out all that well and she got better over time so maybe Candace will get better with time too.

    Posted: January 14, 2011 11:34 AM
  • Coorslite

    Yea, my 3G mytouch is so out dated now :(

    Posted: January 14, 2011 11:27 AM
  • vulgora

    i still like the droid eris

    Posted: January 14, 2011 2:11 AM
  • oboy90

    Hardwick seems so nervous around her. Ha-Ha!

    Posted: January 13, 2011 7:08 PM
  • mrexxx

    tags ? uhwwsooome

    Posted: January 13, 2011 6:34 PM