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Samsung Google Nexus S Review
Dated 27/08/2012 12:30:58

Pros and Cons

The Positive….

  • Sleek design
  • Large bright display
  • Runs 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Very customisable
The Negative…
  • No microSD card slot
  • Some juddering when running web pages
  • Light plastic casing
  • Very average camera


Samsung Google Nexus S Review


What do you get if you combine the software technology of Google and the chic design of Samsung in a smartphone? The answer is the Samsung Google Nexus S. Following in the footsteps of the Google Nexus One the Nexus S has benefited from a software update and a better screen so should you be getting one?


One of the highlights of the Nexus S is its 4.0inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 233ppi.  An improvement on the AMOLED screen of the Nexus One, the colours of the Nexus S display are sharper, brighter and more vibrant without the glare from direct sunlight.  An extra touch is the slight curve to the screen making it comfortable to hold against your face.

Instead of a robust metal casing Samsung have used a more flimsy plastic casing on the Nexus S instead making it feel lighter than some smartphones at 129g.  Measuring 123.9 x 63 x 10.9mm this handset is pleasing to the eye with a completely black cover.  The lack of chrome details gives it a sleeker and more contemporary look. 


The Google Nexus S runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which makes it fast and packed full of features.  Samsung have not added their own skin to this device so it is pure Gingerbread with nothing to interfere with the Android User Interface.

As the successor to Android’s 2.2 Froyo Gingerbread has benefitted from a few tweaks.  The icons appear squarer and the Notifcations bar and menu background are now black.  This makes the interface more attractive, but more importantly Google claim that it actually reduces the power consumption of the screen and prolongs battery life.  You can expect to get 7 hours of talk time and 427 hours of standby before the battery gives out.

The Gingerbread OS allows a huge amount of personalisation on your smartphone, although it does mean that you need to invest some time in navigating through the many menus.

Additional technologies available with the Google Nexus S include Near Field Communication (NFC) which enables information to be shared with other NFC-enabled devices and SIP which allows you to make calls over the Internet.

The Nexus S has a speedy web browser which supports FLASH so web pages can be viewed on your phone as they can by on your computer.  Occasionally there was some juddering when you zoom in on web content.

Powered by a 1GHz processor the Nexus S also has a dedicated GPU for processing 3D graphics.  This coupled with the high quality screen make this handset a good gaming tool. The Nexus S has 16GB internal memory but unfortunately no microSD card slot so the memory cannot be expanded.

The Google Nexus S is equipped with a rear-mounted 5 megapixel camera which has autofocus and LED flash. The still shots were acceptable in quality although not good enough to discard your DSLR camera.  The shutter speed was a little slow and the flash was not always powerful enough.  The Nexus 7 can record video in 720 x 480 with a framerate of 30fps.   

Samsung Google Nexus S Price

You can purchase a Nexus S from around £427 on a Pay as You Go deal or you can opt to take out a 24 month contract and pay from as little as £21 a month, depending on the conditions and supplier of the contract.


Overall the Samsung Google Nexus S is not a bad smartphone. For those Android lovers the Nexus S gives the pure Gingerbread experience with no Samsung skin to over complicate it. Despite having a decent amount of on-board storage it is disappointing not to have a removable storage option. The Super AMOLED 4 inch screen is a great addition to this handset and the user experience is a fast one although not always completely fluid in the same way as it is on the iPhone 4.

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