Sprint is next in line to receive the pure Google experience on one of their phones. The Nexus S is getting the 4G treatment and will be available starting May 8, 2011. This is a big change from Google’s nearly exclusive relationship with T-Mobile. If you’re sick of waiting for lousy manufacturers to push Android updates to your device, this is the phone to get. The Nexus S is made by Samsung and based on their flagship, the Galaxy S. And although the phones might be brothers, they are by no means identical.
The Nexus S is slimmer than the Galaxy, and it also has a slightly contoured design. But, the main difference is that the Nexus S is loaded with the stock Google experience. The Android operating system on the Nexus is is pure, unfiltered Google goodness; without the tainted hand of Samsung or another manufacturer having its way with it. Of course, that is also the main selling point of the Nexus S. The Nexus S is a pristine example of why hardware manufacturers should stick to making hardware, and leave the software to the companies that specialize in it.
There are a few other minor differences between the Nexus and the Galaxy, below are the specs. Positive differences are marked in blue, negative ones in red.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy S||Nexus S 4G|
|Processor||1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird)||1Ghz Cortex A8 (HummingBird)|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX540||PowerVR SGX540|
|Memory||512 MB DDR2||512 MB DDR2|
|Storage||1GB Internal, 16-32GB SD Card||16GB iNAND flash memory, no SD|
|Display||800 x 400 4” S AmoLED 233 ppi||800 x 400 4” S AmoLED 235 ppi|
|Rear Camera||5MP, Records 720p||5MP, Records 720p, flash|
|Front Camera||VGA quality (crappy webcam-like)||VGA quality (crappy webcam-like)|
|Battery||1500 mAh||1500 mAh|
This is the first 4G Google phone ever available. I currently have the Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G, and after the the software abuse I’ve received from Samsung and Sprint -I’m 100% behind going pure Google.
Do you think it would be worth jumping ship and switching over to the Nexus?