The Samsung Nexus S has been guessed about for a few weeks. Now that it is finally here it looks like the new smartphone is a combination of a Galaxy S and parts of the last Google Phone. Get a closer look at the Samsung Nexus S here in this snappy article.
Failures can be followed by successes. In the case of the Samsung Nexus S, it looks to be a true success. The first Google Phone, the Nexus One ( built by HTC ) was a lackluster seller in the end, though it had a good start. This latest smartphone is crafted by a manufacturer that has one model, the Galaxy S series, across all major carriers. The Nexus S is a lot like the Galaxy S models. The screen is the same size as the Epic 4G, but has no 4G capabilities.
Speaking of the screen, it is a fully featured part of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus S. One of the newer features is the gyroscope. This allows the use of games or programs that can register movement in 360 degrees. The surface has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. An accelerometer and proximity sensor, touch controls and multi touch input are all standard for the Nexus S. The screen is curved, unlike other smartphones. What does this do for the user ? Perhaps nothing, but it is different and makes a good selling point. The display resolution is 480 by 800 pixels and is created out of super AMOLED. Sixteen million colors can be created on this screen. Nice work on the screen, Samsung.
Running the show for the Nexus S is a Samsung one gigahertz hummingbird processor. No dual core chip ? Not this time. The last Nexus One was also running at one gigahertz, so there is no improvement. This is matched up with 16 gigabytes of internal memory and 512 of RAM. The problem with the limited internal memory is that there is no MicroSD card slot. This comes standard even on mid-range smartphones. This is a big black mark against Samsung and Google, especially since the last Nexus One had a MicroSD card slot.
The wait on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus S was for the Android 2.3 Gingerbread version of android. This is free ( as in money ) software that the Google distributes to the world. It has the “gingerbread” name, to continue the Google tradition of using sweets to describe their android versions. Version 2.3 is advanced in more than just a few ways. One of the major things that the Nexus S can do is accept payments using NFC technology. NFC stands for “Near Field Communication” and uses a special chip to allow monetary transactions. The Nokia C7 has had this for a while, and now the Nexus S also has it. Since the Nexus S does not have a manual keyboard, users must type on the virtual keyboard. Gingerbread has improvements in the virtual keyboard, including more spaces between the virtual buttons. Using the autocomplete tool is also easier, with letters appearing in a brighter yellowish orange color. Power management is addressed head-on in this version of android. Just access the settings>applications menus to see what is going on with the battery. Internet calling with a front camera is easier, thanks to a new development in Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The battery is a full size model ( 1500 mAh ) and provides an impressive 14 hours of talk time on 2G networks. The Nexus S is priced outright at $529 dollars.