Samsung Nexus S with Gingerbread Review - HotHardware

Samsung Nexus S with Gingerbread Review

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Samsung's Galaxy S line of smartphones is known for having gorgeous Super AMOLED displays. The Nexus S (made by Samsung and Google) also incorporates this type of display. When we reviewed the AT&T Samsung Captivate, we were struck by just how nice the Super AMOLED display really is, so we're glad to see this display on the Nexus S. What's more, Google and Samsung have incorporated a Contour Display into the Nexus S, meaning the display is slightly curved, making it more comfortable in the palm of your hand and alongside your face when talking on the phone.

The large, 4-inch capacitive multi-touch screen on the Nexus S covers the majority of the front of the device. Above the display, you'll find the front-facing VGA camera. Just below the screen, you'll find four backlit buttons (Back, Menu, Search, and Home) that are flush with the screen and provide haptic feedback when pressed. Did you notice the order on the backlit buttons? It's different from other Android phones we've seen. Although there is no standard for the order of these buttons, we wish manufacturers would use the same order. As users move from one Android device to the next, it can be annoying (albeit for a short time) to re-learn the order of these buttons.

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The Nexus S is a relatively thin and lightweight smartphone, measuring just 0.43 inches thick and weighing about 4.55 ounces, making it lighter than the HTC Droid Incredible and Apple's iPhone 4.

 

Here's a closer look at where the weight of the Nexus S stands in comparison to a few other popular smartphones:

Samsung Captivate
4.5 ounces
Nexus S
4.55 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Motorola Droid X
5.47 ounces
Samsung Epic 4G
5.47 ounces
HTC EVO 4G
6 ounces

 

The Nexus S has a very sleek, contoured feel. Thanks to the rounded edges and corners, the Nexus S feels very comfortable in one's hand. The glossy case feels very polished and smooth. Even with its glossy exterior, the display on the Nexus S didn't attract a lot of fingerprints thanks to the anti-fingerprint coating. In fact, the Nexus S seemed to attract far fewer fingerprints than other smartphones we've seen. Even with the few fingerprints the phone did attract, the phone's display was always very responsive.

Whereas the front-facing VGA camera is designed for video chat, the rear-facing 5 megapixel camera is designed for picture taking and video capture (720 x 480 video resolution).  Next to the camera, you'll notice an LED flash. The rear speaker is located to the right of the camera and the flash.

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The Nexus S comes with 16GB of iNAND flash memory. The phone does not have a microSD expansion slot. Although the onboard storage should provide plenty of space for most users, we still prefer to have a microSD slot for added storage and versatility.

On the left side of the Nexus S, you'll find the volume rocker. The right edge of the phone houses the power button. At the base of the unit, you'll notice a microUSB port, microphone, and 3.5mm headset jack.

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Good review, though as a whole, i'm a little disappointed at the Nexus S....I always presumed that when a google branded phone would come, it would be a top of line device that would set the tone for other phone companies to follow, match and surpass.

Sure the screens beautiful, and we have 16gbs of iNAND and most importantly gingerbread, annnd perhaps the NFC.... but apart from that, theres nothing revolutionary. Look at the difference between the original G1 and nexus one.... now that was change.... nexus one -> nexus S? not so much.

Just a thought.

Oo, i had a question that i couldnt determine myself when looking at videos. I can see the phone is contoured, is the actual LCD panel also a tad bit curved? or is that wishful thinking on my part.

Oh and about the keyboard, YEP, i have the G/Bread kebo on my milestone... its fantastic! my only problem with phones with no navigation keys/capabilities is when i'm sending a text and i want to edit out a few words etc, its a pain in the ass to get the cursor in between letters/words.

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Didn't see the iPhone 4 listed in the results. So what the heck, I tested mine on WiFi, since 3G is more network dependent and could be all over the map and isn't very useful IMHO. Anyway.

Ookla's speedtest.net app: 22Mbit down, 20Mbit up.

Xtreme Labs app (avg numbers): 16067Kbits/s down, 713Kbits/s up.

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Sorry to point out the elephant in the room, but where tf is iPhone 4? Or was this article written 1 year ago?

iPhone 4 results:

Sunspider 0.9.1: 10625ms +/- 1.2%

Linspack: Avg: 33.30 Max: 36.09 MFlops

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Unfortunately we didn't have access to an iPhone 4 for this article or it would have been in there. Also, our entire suite of handset benchmarks aren't available on iOS platform.

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Hey dave, i'm curious, what do you do with the device(s) after the review's completed? and how did you attain it in the first place? did google send it? or T-mobile? or did you approach a company?

I'm just very curious as to how all these websites/forums operate (including HH). How do you guys generate revenue etc. I'm taking this course about ebusiness right now, and i started thinking about HH. anywho, its just me twidling my thumbs.

Thanks

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yeah; I was looking at one of these the other day. It is a nice unit all the way around, but of course you have to sign a contract with T-mobile unless you got over 500 to throw at it. I will not pay that much for a phone smart or just featured period. I have been thinking about waiting for all these super dual core phones to hit the market, and then pick up an Epic/EVO or grab a Droid X most likely and throw it on MetroPCS. I am talking about when the prices start dropping in a couple a month with dual core all over the place.

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All modern SP's suck balls. WTF you going to do with12hrs juice?

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Now that Sprint has it I find it more interesting, but for the same price or roughly so you can get a dual core etc phone with better cameras etc. The only thing on top of this is if you are an enthusiast with these units as in general a Nexus user would be you are gonna root whatever phone you use eventually. So the default android while it is cool is not really very much of a big deal as you can grab it as a root for any smart phone including an iPhone. SO this one seems to be a little late to the game capability wise.

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