Comparing the Nexus S and Nexus One

Now that the Samsung Nexus S is a reality, CNET compares the specifications of the newest Google Android phone with the previous HTC Nexus One.

Samsung Nexus S

Google and Samsung announced today the availability of Android's latest worst-kept secret, the Nexus S. Though not officially positioned as such, the Nexus S is an update to the now-retired HTC Nexus One. Like its predecessor, the Nexus S offers the "pure Google" experience without a disruptive manufacturer skin. That means you'll get direct access to a full set of Google applications, and both versions of the phone, whether you buy it for $529 or $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract, will be unlocked. Google may be pursuing a quieter product release strategy this time around, but it's clear the company hasn't abandoned the basic Nexus concept despite the first handset's stumbles.

Yet, the Nexus S also stands apart from the Nexus One. It's the first handset with "Gingerbread," the next version of the Android operating system, and it offers a number of feature improvements like a Super AMOLED display with a contour design, an NFC chip, and a second camera. Not everything sounds promising--the Nexus S lacks a memory card slot and support for T-Mobile's HSPA+ network--but we're excited to see it just the same. Look for a review this week.

Feature HTC Nexus One Samsung Nexus S
* Though the Nexus S is compatible with AT&T's voice network, it supports the T-Mobile 3G data network only.  
Android version (at time of release) Eclair (2.1) Gingerbread (2.3)
Processor 1GHz Snapdragon 1GHz Hummingbird
Display type 3.7-inch AMOLED 4-inch Super AMOLED
Display resolution 16.7 million colors; 800x480 pixels 16.7 million colors; 800x480 pixels
Accelerometer? Yes Yes
Camera 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video recording 720x480 pixels; 20fps 720x480 pixels; 30fps
Camera flash Yes Yes
Front-facing camera? No Yes
Bluetooth 2.1 (A2DP) 2.1 (A2DP)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g/n
USB 2.0 2.0
NFC chip? No Yes
3-axis gyroscope? No Yes
Digital compass? Yes Yes
Internal memory 512MB 16GB
microSD card slot Yes, up to 32GB No
RAM 512MB 512MB
Size (inches) 4.56 long by 2.36 wide by 0.47 deep 4.88 long by 2.48 wide by 0.43 deep
Weight (ounces) 4.58 4.55
Cellular bands GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
3G data networks* AWS 900/2100 AWS 900/1700/2100 (no HSPA+ support)
Battery 1,400mAh 1,500mAh
Rated talk time 7 hours 6 hours
Rated standby time 10.4 days 17. 8 days