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Google Nexus S Review

As an avid fan of the Nexus One, despite it being billed by many as a 'mistake', I was keen to see the Nexus S to see how it compared to the One. For starters, Google have made a good move opting to distribute the phone through stores rather than direct from them. Importing my Nexus from the US was expensive and I believe there should have been easier methods of purchasing the phone outside the states. Never-the-less, the Nexus S is on sale at The Carphone Warehouse in the UK.

The Nexus S boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch, 800 x 480 curved Super AMOLED display (aka the Contour Display), 16GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear and VGA front-facing camera, and near field communication capabilities with the biggest news about the S being that the phone runs the latest version of the Android OS, Gingerbread which comes with a host of updates as well as re-vamped UI!!!

Compared to the Nexus One, the Nexus S hardware is pretty similar both featuring a 1GHz processor. The Nexus S features a 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor while the Nexus One features a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon. The S is limited in the storage stakes shipping with 16GB internal memory with no expansion. The One shipped with an 8GB microSD which of course could be upgraded, something which wont be possible on the S.

The S features a 5.0 megapixel camera complete with flash (as did the one) however the S also sports a front facing camera for video chat. Other than that the devices are pretty similar. The real question is....Would I trade my $500 Nexus One for a (£)550 Nexus S....the answer, no I wouldn't. I don't see the S as a large enough jump in tech to justify the £200 price increase but then I suppose that's what happens when UK distributors get hold of an export.

Specs
Battery
Type: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH)
Talk time: 6 hours
Standby time (max): 428 hours

Connectivity
Network support: Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1
Infrared
GPS

Display
Screen size: 4.0 inches
Screen resolution: WVGA (800 x 480)
Touch screen

Android
OS Version: Android 2.3

Size and Weight
Dimensions:
W: 63.0 mm
H: 123.9 mm
D: 10.88 mm
Weight: 129.0 grams

Hardware
CPU: 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
USB: USB 2.0
Audio / headphone jack: 3.5mm
FM Radio
Physical keyboard
Accelerometer

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