Google Nexus S 

Released December, 2010
  • Android 4.1.2
  • 3.5G
  • 4"
  • 1 GHz
The responsiveness of the capacitive touchscreen is top notch.
by GSM Arena
Messaging for Android as a whole has been impressive since the start of the OS – well, once a keyboard was added to the touchscreen, anyway.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2011)
5.8 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Google Nexus S

Performance

Processing power and speed

Nexus S
5.7
Nexus One
5.7
HTC 8X
9.4
Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Nexus S
n.d.
Nexus One
n.d.
HTC 8X
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus S
5.1
Nexus One
5.1
HTC 8X
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus S
7.3
Nexus One
7.5
HTC 8X
7.3
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com and gsmarena.com

5.8

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Nexus S
5.8
Nexus One
5.8
HTC 8X
8.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Google Nexus S

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus S
6,055 ms
HTC 8X
914 ms
One S
1,592 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Google Nexus S


8.5
Obviously, it would've been nice to see Android music player interface upgraded – even if they're just some minor cosmetic changes.

8.0
3G connectivity was perfectly acceptable too, although gone is the HSDPA icon to signify the faster speeds – it's 3G or nothing here, my friend.

Overall

7.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

At least, the SuperAMOLED screen and its excellent sunlight legibility mean you’ll have no problem framing your shots, even with bright sunlight behind you.
by GSM Arena
Bluetooth transfer times over 2.0 were fine, A2DP didn't bounce about and cut out randomly as it does on other smartphones, and the Wi-Fi hotspot mode (where you can share your 3G signal with other devices) worked first time, with the ability to specify a WPA key a nice touch, too.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2011)
As always, it's also very responsive to the touch, offers good viewing angles, and emits some serious luminance to light up a room.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2010)

Operating system

Another feature of the new Android 2.3 operating system is an improved efficiency around power management.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2011)
Android is an OS that's going places, there's no doubt about that.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2011)
Moreover, those users who want only the latest in terms of software will also adore it seeing that it'll more than likely be treated to the latest and greatest Android version updates before other devices.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2010)

Operating System

But with Android 2.3 Gingerbread inside, speed is not far from the truth either.
by GSM Arena
The Google Nexus S is running on the Hummingbird chipset we’ve seen on the Galaxy S, but Android 2.3 Gingerbread optimizes the performance.
by GSM Arena
The frequency response suffers a bit too, but actually none of those gets too bad.
by GSM Arena

Video

Okay, so maybe a fancy UI for picking a video is not that important, playing videos is what really counts.
by GSM Arena
With its lack of support for shooting 720p videos, it essentially solidifies itself as an unlikely candidate for anyone looking to capture high definition videos.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2010)
If you re-encode your videos before hand, the Google Nexus S can make a good video player.
by GSM Arena

Carrier

Composing a text is a little frustrating as the text box starts off as a single line and grows only to three lines, which makes working with longer texts hard.
by GSM Arena
The three main controls are on the right side of the viewfinder – from top to bottom, they are the gallery shortcut (which shows the thumbnail of the last photo taken), the still shot/video switch and the virtual shutter.
by GSM Arena
Some of the more minor changes include new icons and an orange glow to signify the end of a list.
by GSM Arena

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type AMOLED
Size 4"
Resolution 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 4.1.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1

form factor

Weight 129 g
Thickness 10.9 mm
Size 63 x 123.9 x 10.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores Single core
RAM 0.5 GB
Internal storage 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 5 MP
Resolution 5 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP
Video resolution 720 x 480 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 3.5G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. Unknown (7.2 Mb/s)
  5. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  6. HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 840 min
Talk time (3G) 360 min
Standby time 42,768 min
Standby time (3G) 25,632 min
Capacity 1,500 mA·h
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