Google Nexus S

nexusWelcome to the Google Nexus S review.  The Google Nexus S hits the UK market last month only available at the Carphonewarehouse group.  This comes as CPW’s first main scoop since the early iPhone models on O2.  It is much anticipated and a lot has been written about it.  So for this mobile phone review can we get through all the fluff and hype and help you decide whether it is the phone for you? I think we can!

First the Google Nexus S is made by Samsung which is different to a lot of the old Google phones as they were partnered by HTC.  So what do Samsung and Google have to offer us?  Well firstly from the outside it resembles the Samsung Galaxy S but with a superior 4 inch Super AMOLED screen that curves with the ergonomics of your cheek bones for an amazing fit while talking.  As you would expect from Google it looks well made and it looks like a premium product.  For such a big screen they do well though as the phone is about as big as a Nokia C6-01 but thinner and that only has a 3.2” screen.

One of the standout features that will attract a lot of Gadget Guru’s is the 2.3 Android platform, also known as Gingerbread.  Which is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, for those of you whom that means nothing to, it basically means its fast at doing what you want it to.  It gives you a great layout on screen for all your apps and programs and the touch screen is very responsive to your touch.  I’m not sure it is as responsive as the iPhone though.  Android also has over 100k apps available to download too which is great.  The Android app store was previously a real turn off as there was nowhere near as many as the Apple store.

The camera is 5.0 megapixel with autofocus and flash which is quite good but is not as good as you would expect for a premium £400+phone.  There is a front facing VGA video camera for those who want to enjoy video calling with friends or colleagues.  There is also a video capture function at 30 frames per second. In addition to this you get the usual music player for all your tunes to listen to on the move.  Personally I think we should expect more here for the price but let’s not be doubters too early.

There is no doubt that this phone is a smart phone, it is a phone that can be used for both business and consumer purposes.  For business you can direct yourself to meetings using Google Maps or check up on email while waiting for a flight or if you are on a train.  Likewise these can come in handy for consumer users too.  The internet browser will be popular too as it is Google Chrome Lite.  The PC/Mac version is widely regarded as one of the best around. For internet browsing you can take advantage of 3G and Wi-Fi however we would recommend getting a data bundle adding to your tariff to really make use of this phone.

Overall I do think it is a rich mans Samsung Galaxy S, some have written that the Google Nexus S is pretty much the perfect phone and I agree to an extent.  The only thing in my way is the camera and the memory, make the 5.0 megapixel an 8.0 or a 10.0 and make the 16GB a 32GB and you have my vote for a 10/10.  Until then it is still an impressed 9/10 for this phone, expensive but worth it.

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