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68 customer reviews

+ This mobile phone scores high on features. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 68 reviews.
Google Nexus S: Smartphone with 5MP camera, Touchscreen and 480 x 800 display. See full product description

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V, Business or web user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very good design, ease of use
Bad points:
Got a built-in memory of 16 gb but it would have been great if it had got a memory slot
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Nov 2011

Nigel, Winnersh Business or web user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Has NFC capability
generally conventient to activate all connectivities wifi, bluetooth etc
Many good features
Excellent screen display bright and easy to see.
Signal strength reception better than my previous phone.
Used as GPRS modem with my laptop, excellent.
Bad points:
Camera should have a button to activate instantly, not through touch screen, takes too long to start.
The same problem as other smart phones, battery life is not long, this needs daily charge.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Sep 2011

RYAN, Waterville, Maine Music and entertainment lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Surprisingly good battery life versus my old Palm Pre. Great, vibrant screen despite not being the Super AMOLED version of the phone. Fluid animations and snappy changes despite only being a single-core device.
Bad points:
Android is clunky compared to WebOS, just not as intuitive. No Gorilla Glass. No Micro USB expansion slot. Will NFC ever be used?
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Sep 2011

Imran, London Business or web user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Standard Android Gingerbread, strong specs.
Bad points:
Wish it had a notification light or something.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2011

Simon , Kent, UK Business or web user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great size, ergonomics make it fit nicely in the hand, vanilla Android so nice and fast. It was for my mother and even she's had no problems figuring it out!
Bad points:
Hardware is slightly outdated compared to some of the latest dual core handsets; this doesn't take anything away from the user experience though and it's a Google phone so will continue to receive updates.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Dec 2011

Lee, Snodland Basic text and chat user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Nice look - apart from the power button
Very speedy
Bad points:
Power on / off button very easy to knock
Battery life about 2 days with battery extender app JuiceDefender
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Dec 2011

Sami,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Absolutely fantastic smartphone! Pure Google Android experience without anything futile. I got this phone with Android 2.3 and instantly recommended upgrading to 4.0 version. Design makes this very easy to use with one hand. Overall the phone corresponds to your commands like you want.
Bad points:
3,5mm audio jack could be on top. Screen is sometimes too sensitive, but you can adjust it to lower sensitivity.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Dec 2011

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Product Features

Operating system Android
Screen size (Inches) 4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 480x800
Type of phone Smartphone
Shape of phone bar
3G Yes
Touchscreen or keypad Touchscreen
Connections WiFi
Connections Bluetooth
Connections USB
Extra functions Flash
Extra functions Camera
Extra functions Instant messaging
Extra functions Satellite navigation
Extra functions Email
Band Quad
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 480
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 800
Camera resolution (MegaPixels) 5
Talk time (Hours) 6.7
Stand-by time (Days) 0.7
Depth in cm 1.09
Height in cm 12.39
Width in cm 6.3
Memory card slot No
Autofocus Yes
Weight (g) 129
EDGE Yes
FM tuner Yes
MP3 playback capable Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Yes
Java Yes
Release date 2010/12/21

Also known as: : Google Nexus S, SAMSUNG Nexus S, Samsung Google Nexus S, i9023 Nexus S

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Manufacturer's Description

Google Nexus S is not released until December 21st 2010.

Gingerbread pre-installed

Nexus S is the first phone to run Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android yet.

Gingerbread builds on some of the most popular Android features like multi-tasking and Wi-Fi hotspot and adds a refreshed user interface, an improved keyboard, near field communication (NFC) support, and more.

Refined look and feel

There’s a slick black notification bar that’s easier to read and an improved on-screen keyboard with multi-touch support that makes typing faster and more accurate.

One-touch word selection and improved copy-paste

With Gingerbread, copying and pasting text is easier than ever. Use the new text selection tool to copy and paste when entering text or viewing a webpage.

Internet calling (VoIP/ SIP support)

Gingerbread allows Nexus S to place Internet calls with a SIP account. This allows for enhanced VoIP dialing to other SIP accounts and even phone numbers.

Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

Nexus S can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to six portable devices such as laptops or tablets. Once connected, these devices will have access to the Internet with no additional carrier fees.

Fast just got faster

A 1 GHz Hummingbird processor paired with 16GB of internal memory makes Nexus S one of the fastest phones on the market.

Menus open faster, tabs are more responsive, and web pages load quicker with virtually no lag time. Switch between apps effortlessly with true multitasking on Android.

Nexus S has a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Playing mobile games, browsing the web, and watching videos are fast, fluid, and smooth. It’s like having a pocket-sized multimedia and game console.

Brilliant 4” Contour Display

Nexus S is manufactured by Samsung, and it is the first smartphone to launch with a Contour Display. The curved glass screen fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face.

A brighter screen with higher contrast means colors are incredibly vibrant, text is crisp at any size, and luminance is up to 1.5x higher than conventional LCD displays.

Outdoor viewing

Take Nexus S outside, there’s 75% less glare than on other smartphone displays. Your videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.
Lighter and thinner profile

The Contour Display uses a thin-profile glass panel, making Nexus S uniquely slim and trim. It’s subtle but you’ll notice.
Near Field Communication (NFC)

Nexus S can read information from “smart” tags, or everyday objects that have NFC chips in them. These can be anything from stickers and movie posters to t-shirts.

Rear and front-facing cameras

The rear-facing 5 megapixel camera is capable of taking stunning pictures and HD videos that you can share with friends and family. The front-facing camera can take VGA quality images and video.

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