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Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Google Nexus S - Information & Advice

By Ben Avenell

December 2010 saw the release of the latest handset from Google, called the Nexus S. Whereas the previous Google branded handset, the Nexus One, was manufactured by HTC; the new S model is produced by the Korean manufacturer Samsung. Some critics have claimed that the Samsung Google Nexus S is just another model from the Samsung Galaxy range, though there are a number of features that make the Nexus S stand out from the crowd.

So what has this new Google/Samsung collaboration got to set it apart from the competition? The primary feature that has everybody talking is the latest form of the very popular Google Android OS, which has now reached version 2.3. Version 2.3, or Gingerbread to give it its codename, promises to bring much better touchscreen support, faster processing and more complete functioning compared with version 2.2. A super powerful 1GHz Hummingbird central processing unit is being incorporated into the internal specifications, along with 512MBs of RAM to help power Gingerbread to its fullest capabilities.

It is clear that Google wanted the Nexus S to visually stand out from the crowd as Samsung has manufactured the handset with a concave curvature that has been designed to supposedly aid comfort when using the telephone for longer periods, though it is hard to say that it works as it seems to have never been an issue with other models previously; at least in this writers experience. Samsung have also incorporated a super-AMOLED display with a resolution of 480x800 which is truly fantastic at color reproduction and display compared to similar screens.

It is fair to say that Google's target, as with all smartphone manufacturers at the moment, is the Apple iPhone 4G. It is also fair to say that even with an updated OS, the Nexus S is still cowering in the shadow of the beastly 4G. From this collaboration we can see that Samsung have truly delivered a great piece of hardware combining a clever, individual, modern design with very capable internal specifications, but the other side of the partnership have not quite fulfilled their design brief. The Gingerbread software, although good, has just not made the leap that we were all hoping.

It seems that every week there is a new Android handset released that takes the crown of best Android phone and the Google Nexus S continues that tradition in some style. While there are a few flaws with the operating system and a small number of usability issues, if you weigh up the pros and cons then it is a no-brainer, the Samsung Google Nexus S is the best Android phone on the market today.

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