The first factor you observe about Google's new Nexus S is its curved screen, gently shaped to suit in a pocket or toward your encounter.
Not only does the manufacturer of this telephone produce a sequence of handsets that are all basically the same (the Galaxy S line), but numerous other OEMs are cranking away on hardware for the platform. Useless to say, the Nexus S is a decidedly different telephone altar. Picking up exactly where the company's Nexus One left off, the S continues Google's legacy of generating standalone, "pure Android" phone experiences, seemingly aiming less on the mainstream and more towards developers.
And what a device it is the Nexus S boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch, 800 x 480 curved Super AMOLED display (dubbed the Contour Display), 16GB of storage, a five megapixel rear and VGA front- facing camera, and shut to field communication capabilities. But hardware is only 50 percent the story here – the significant news is that the Nexus S showcases the next main evolution in the Android OS, namely, Gingerbread (or version 2.3).
Even around the prototype version we tried, Android 2.3 Gingerbread was shockingly fast. The person interface was zippy and smooth, along with the Internet pages we tested loaded swiftly and precisely. Regrettably, our check sample did not have Flash put in, but the last phone will play Flash within the browser. Increased pace is likely to be the biggest change you will notice in situation you swap in the direction of the Nexus S from a phone working Android two.two Froyo. Several tweaks have also been produced in direction of the user interface, although. Amongst them will likely be the presence of a great offer more black everywhere.
The much-touted "Near subject communication", so far, can be a let down nonetheless. That's since few people – in the UK at least – are yet making use of it. But as with so extremely a few Google characteristics it could, in due program, be innovative: payments, transport tickets and more could – and really actually should – all soon be determined by this technology. For now, suddenheless, it is just a way of taking males and women to net websites quickly.
You've probably heard the fuss over this, but yes, the display and entrance glass from the system have a minor, concave curve which sits properly when nuzzled against your deal with. It's not a dramatic distinction, but it provides the phone a fairly unique look. In basic, even so, the layout does not feel wildly diverse from other Galaxy S phones – particularly when it comes to materials. Samsung appears focused on using gentle (and somewhat inexpensive feeling) plastic for its housings, although they deviated around the Captivate, which we felt was an improvement.
The other headline operate for Gingerbread is SIP – the protocol that permits you to make voice calls through the Net, also referred to as VoIP calls. The Nexus S has SIP built in, so you can make calls about the Internet with out installing a VoIP app from the Android Marketplace. Google says this may allow you to dial VoIP calls straight out of your tackle guide or the phone's dialer, but, sadly, we have not been in a placement to check this feature but. This feature does not use Google Voice, Google's personal VoIP service, since it is not accessible in the UK but. Instead, you'll require an account with 1 in the different SIP providers.
We're impressed by the shooter around the Nexus S, but there's something in the high quality of its photos that still feel very phone-like to us. In particular, we felt that images seemed washed out and grainy even in well lit circumstances. It might be a fault with the vehicle white stability or ISO settings, but we were unduly had been able to create greater outputs with other phones in this class.
If you're looking for an Android wise telephone, though, the Nexus S looks like it'll be quick and powerful, even when you're not bothered about which model of Android it runs. The hardware just bids to make Android bigger than in the past.