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The Nexus S– Google’s Next “Superphone”

Google's Nexus S announced

When Google first launched the Nexus One they dubbed it a “superphone.”  It wasn’t long after that more bigger, faster devices rolled of the press and the term “superphone” was short lived.  Now Google has brought out their next phone in the line, the Nexus S.  It isn’t a huge improvement over the Nexus One, it offers the same direct updates from Google but this time paired with the technology found in the Samsung Galaxy S series.


After the success of the Galaxy S series, Google chose Samsung for development of the new Nexus S, hence where the S came from.  The phone is slightly bigger than it’s predecessor but it despite it’s size it weighs exactly 1 gram less.  The Nexus S features a contoured design, but the curve is so slight that you probably will never notice it (unless you have a huge head).  The screen is built using the same Super AmoLED technology from the Galaxy S, and it’s flawless just as you’d expect from a Samsung product.  We can talk about all the specs and details, but in the end you’re just getting Google’s version of the Galaxy S.

nexus s picture

In all honesty the Nexus S isn’t that impressive, at least I was expecting it to be a bigger leap from the Nexus One.  It does have one advantage, it ships with Gingerbread.  But, Gingerbread is also a small leap up from Android with minor improvements including an advanced copy/paste feature.

gingerbread copy paste screenshot


Processor 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
Camera 5.0 MP
Internal Memory 16GB, not expandable
SD card slot No
Weight 129 grams (0.3 pounds)
Screen Size 4 inches (800×400 resolution)
OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)


If you already have a Nexus One or other Android phone, save your money.  On the other hand if the Nexus S makes a great phone for first-time Android users.  The one thing I can say that I don’t like about the Nexus S is that the Internal Memory is only 16GB and you can’t switch it out for a bigger card.  Other than that, it’s a competent phone with the same type of hardware you’d find all of the latest Android devices. 

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