Nexus S by Samsung/Google
Samsung provided a Google Nexus S for field tests on a recent trip to Phoenix, AZ. I am not very familiar with the Phoenix/Scottsdale area so we hoped the Nexus S would help us get around and maybe save us some rental car fuel as well as conserve some bucks when dining out. Out of the box, Nexus S is unlocked, so it will work with any GSM carrier. The SIM card that came with the test phone was for T-Mobile service.
In the Box
Nexus S from Google
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Android Phones require a Google Account/Gmail right at the beginning of their setup. If you have setup one Android phone you should have no issues with most future Android units.
One of the best functions I have found on all the Android phones I have tested is the ability to sync my entire phone contact list during the first day of use. The Nexus S was no exception. All contacts with phone numbers, email addresses, and other pertinent info synced without fail.
Until it was pointed out to me in the specs I never noticed the Contour Display feature. The touch screen and entire face of the phone is contoured so as to give you a better feel when next to your ear as well as in your hand.
The Nexus S is a thin shiny black phone. It is the first to use Gingerbread the fastest Android version at this point. It is uses a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor that makes for very good graphics. I understand it does 3D as well but did not test that. 16 GB of memory is included. The 5 Megapixel camera has both front and rear facing lenses for decent photos and videos as well as video conversations with family and friends. The camera is fully equipped with flash, white balance, location history, and a number of focus modes. I DID NOT SEE A ZOOM on this version. Zoom capability is mentioned as being available in some versions in the Nexus S manual on line. Be sure to check on this if you feel Zoom is a function you require. To view Photos taken during this test go to my FLICKR SITE BY CLICKING HERE.
The 4" WVGA display with 480 x 800 resolution gives very good access to photos, video and text. The touch screen was very useable. I found the CAR MODE was very easy to use. Unfortunately I am a one task at a time person so am not comfortable using the phone while driving. Those of you who do feel at ease with hands-free operation while in the car will be very happy with this version.
After using the Nexus S for over three weeks, at home and while traveling, I found it to be a very capable phone. It fit in my pocket, provided great directions, took very acceptable photos, and roamed the internet quickly and easily. I was able to locate bookstores, restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and much other needed information. I tracked flight arrivals using an app from Delta. That helped me track delays as well as concourse and gate number for my next flight out of Atlanta. This was super valuable on a foggy day when all planes, in and out, were delayed. We did make our flight.
Other functions or apps that were fun and/or useful:
The Weather Channel to track 3 or four cities at once
Google Earth for just the fun of seeing places we visited close up.
Easy texting with or without attachments.
The Heart Monitor App.
Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
Android phones are fun to use as well as easy to setup. They continue to amaze me with added capabilities. The Samsung Nexus S is one phone you will want to check out when searching for a replacement for your old one. There are many more functions than covered here.
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