Hardware & Design
The Nexus S 4G is all about the pure Google experience with a 4 inch OLED display that’s curved up just a bit for better viewing. There is a VGA front facing camera above the screen for video chat and touch sensitive menu keys for home, back, menu and search, The phone takes a minimalist approach with buttons and ports on the sides with volume and power buttons on the side, micro USB and 3.5 MM headphone jack in the all plastic but solid build.
The main camera is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash but doesn’t record HD video. The images are good for a 5 megapixel camera with good enough quality to upload to Facebook, Twitter and other social sharing sites.
Internally there is a 1 Ghz processor, 16GB of storage with no way to expand, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 4G WiMax data speeds. The phone is a great build that is light and comfortable to hold.
Software & Usability
The Nexus S runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread stock with no preinstall bloatware. Being stock makes the phone very fast and responsive. Any customizations you want to make you’ll need to do yourself which will delight those who love to tweak their phone to fit them exactly. For some other that may not some of android’s weak points that are usually covered over by a handset manufactures custom UI is prevalent and may annoy them. This is also the first phone that support Google Wallet which is an NFC based technology that lets you read devices with NFC chips just by tapping on it.
Call quality is good with clear sound and no dropped calls on either end. Battery life is standard android battery life. If you are a moderate user you can go on a full day’s charge but for heavy user you will need to charge through the day. 4G data speeds also work well and as expected.
The Nexus S 4G is a solid phone for those that want a no-nonsense android phone. With the 4G speeds the phone up part with today’s offerings. It’s not the newest phone out there but it’s one of the top android phone available.