The Good The latest Android version, 2.3 Gingerbread, works; large, beautiful screen; fast; feature-packed; chances are they will receive an update immediately.
The Bad Some functions are difficult to configure; no major changes in Gingerbread; NFC wireless technology is not so useful; no memory card slot.
The Bottom Line If you want bells, the Google Nexus S smartphone has a lot to offer. It’s not cheap, it’s tricky in places, but it’s on the front of Android and will probably stay there for a while.
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The Nexus S popped out of the oven, filled with freshly baked Gingerbread is the first phone to launch the latest version of Google’s Android software. It combines Samsung’s elegant hardware with the seemingly endless features of Android 2.3, and the result is a confectionary. But don’t expect big changes over Android2.2 Froyo or SamsungGalaxy S. Nexus S hardware is a subtle dessert, not a gastronomic innovation.
The Nexus S will be available free of charge on December 20 for a contract of £ 35 a month or £ 550 without a contract, exclusively from the phone shop and Best Buy. In any case, your phone will be unlocked so you can use it on any network.
Android gingerbread OS
The Nexus S is Google’s latest flagship phone to follow in the footsteps of T-MobileG1 and GoogleNexus One. “S” in its name denotes the origin of Samsung – and it is a company that knows how to make very sexy accessories. But Samsung’s software, which has been added to phones such as the Galaxy S, has done more harm than good in some places, so it’s nice to see a pure Android running Nexus S.
We are pleased to announce that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is extremely fast. The user interface is lightning-fast and sleek, and Google has added some cool touches. For example, when you lock your phone, the screen flashes black like old-fashioned telly. Applications are also quickly opening. If you used Android 2.2 Froyo, we don’t think you will notice much difference in the speed of the new interface, but it is a big improvement on older versions of Android, and the Nexus S is faster than most touchscreen phones except iPhone .
Android Market will allow you to download thousands and thousands of applications.
If we had to choose the nits using the Nexus S ‘interface, we would say that it is not as oily as the iPhone 4. Images on web pages using multitouch gestures, for example, are a bit more of an experience of reasoning than what is found on the phone Apple.
But the web browser in Android 2.3 seems faster than ever, and it competes with the speed of the iPhone 4. The web pages are checked, downloaded quickly and accurately, and you get a bonus of Flash Player 10.1 support, so you can see every web browser, site as it was designed to look.
In our tests Flash worked very well in the browser. We’ve noticed occasional hiccups, especially when dealing with a site that wasn’t designed with a small screen in mind. But we think Flash support is a good thing to have, and we didn’t find that the Nexus S crashed or slowed down as a result.
But we were faced with one brick wall – the BBC iPlayerdid did not recognize the Nexus S, and the site did not appear. There is everything we know about it that would prevent the Nexus S from accessing iPlayer, unless it is on the list of supported BBC phones, so we hope Beebwill will sort it out by the time the Nexus S is available in stores.
In addition to the dizzying web browser, several settings also looked like Android’s majestic – it’s darker and prettier than before. The notification bar at the top of the screen and the background in the menu are displayed in black with updated icons. The curved edges of icons and interface elements, such as checkboxes, now also look more angular.
These changes make Android look smart, and will definitely appeal if you are in Darth Vader’s view. But according to Google, they also have the advantage that the screen consumes less power, which extends battery life. This seems like an obvious way to make batteries in dizzying phones last longer, especially as they get more enjoyable features inside like GPS and Wi-Fi. But just turning off the lights seems like a scam, and the new look of the interface may not be forever.
We welcome the updated interface, but one thing it doesn’t do is make Androideasier for use. Compared to some competing smart phone operating systems, Android is not the most intuitive software. It does just about anything you can reduce, and it’s insanely flexible, but it’s also a jack of menus, options, and choices. If you want to tweak your phone to your taste after a while, the Nexus S will be a great choice. But if you want a phone that doesn’t challenge brain cells, stay away.
In addition to a custom interface, the most important Gingerbread features may not benefit many users.
For example, the Nexus S supports NFC (near field communication). This is an unusual technology that allows you to wrap your phone around stickers that are supported near NFC to do things like a quick browser session. These sides of the technology will use your mobile phone as an Oystercard in the London tube, or pay for your tastes through contactless payment systems.
But it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to use the Nexus S any time soon for any of these purposes – the NFC is, like many interesting things, mostly large in Japan. see how NFC is used to expose us to a bumf of marketing – for example, movie posters that download an anonymous website when you wave on your phone. But, hey, that’s how QR codes started, and now they are being used as a way to share Android apps.
Another feature of the gingerbread header is SIP, a protocol that allows you to make voice calls over the Internet, also known as VoIP calls. Nexus S has built-in SIP, so you can make online calls without installing a VoIP application from the Android Market. This feature does not use GoogleVoice, Google’s own VoIP service since it is not yet available in the UK. , you will need an account from one of the various SIP service providers.
We tested SIP with Sipgate, which has attractive free quality. Configuring this feature isn’t exactly intuitive, and we’ve found that we need to go to retro PDFmanual Google. But as soon as we exchanged, setting up an account in the phone settings and receiving SIP accounts of our contacts, this feature worked. The call quality was very poor, with a great delay, but you can not deny it if you do not pay for your data.
Like the tether that allows you to turn your phone into a mobile hotspot, networks can turn off SIP calls when Gingerbread is coming to other phones. But Google wants the Nexus S to showcase everything Android can do, so it won’t be locked on this phone, no matter what network you buy it from.
SIP calls and NFC are good features if you can make the transition. But we believe that Gingerbread will not be a changing update for the average user. However, the Nexus S is undeniably powerful, and its hardware makes Android better than ever.
Google is launching the Nexus S on its website, but it looks more like its Samsung brother, the Galaxy S. It has the same attractive, surprisingly quirky body and a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen that manages to be as bright as standard AMOLED screen, but does not dazzle in bright light. We can vouch for Super AMOLED supermodels – the Super AMOLED Nexus S screen is a big improvement on the regular Nexus One AMOLED display, and it’s even brighter and clearer.
The Nexus S has an 800×480 pixel display that measures 233 pixels per inch – not as much as 330ppi, packaged on the smaller 3.5-inch iPhone 4 screen, but still impressive.
We weren’t sure about the Galaxy S when we first caressed it, since we’re not used to making the smartphone so light, especially with such a large screen. But now that we know that the phone can be both light and lush, the Nexus S feels good. This is much lighter than midsize smartphones such as the HTCDesire HD, as such phones typically have metal cases. But if you like heavier, more genuine phones, you can always blurt out on the Nexus S.
The Nexus S knocks out a chrome finish that made the Galaxy Slook look like an iPhone clone. When the screen is off, the backlight on the touch buttons turns off, and the Nexus S has a nice black monolithic appearance.
The Nexus S has an unusual curved screen that should feel comfortable on the face. We welcome this feature because we are on a large touch screen phone, as if pushing a fridge on our bonus. After the face test we cannot say that the curve is noticeable – in fact you can barely see it. But, whether psycho-psychomatic or not, we feel that the Nexus S is relatively comfortable to communicate with, and the quality of the calls was also good in our tests.
Processing capability and memory
The Nexus S follows the trend started by iPhones and WindowsPhone 7 without offering a suitable memory card slot. But it has 16GB of internal memory, which should be enough for most people. Also, with Android, it is not easy to make slides, music and videos on your phone because you can connect it to your computer as an aflash drive and not use sync software like iTunes.
We think we will use some of this memory for games, because theNexus S may be the best Android gaming phone ever. Not only does it have a bright 4-inch WVGA touch screen, but it also gets a grand 1 GHz Hummingbird the processor is the same as in the Galaxy S. Plus, it is a dedicated graphics processor that takes the voltage to twist three-dimensional graphics for the main processor. Finally, the Nexus S has on board a gyroscope that should inspire game makers and other app developers to get started.
The Google Nexus S is basically the Samsung Galaxy S, a bit more sophisticated. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is turning your phone into a demonstration, and since it is a clean, pristine, undisturbed version of the operating system, we will likely see Android updates on this phone before they appear on the rest of the generally accepted crowd. This self-reliance of this phone has considerable appeal to technocrats.
Updating Android gingerbread cookies will not light the world, and software is not as easy to use as some competing operating systems. But if you have deep pockets and an iyen for a smarter phone than you, the Nexus S won’t hurt.
Edited by Charles Clough