Google Nexus S by Samsung

The Good Runs the latest version of Android, 2.3 Gingerbread; big, beautiful screen; fast; packed with features; likely to get updates promptly.

The Bad Some features are complicated to set up; no big changes in Gingerbread; NFC wireless technology isn't that useful yet; no memory-card slot.

The Bottom Line If you want bells and whistles, the Google Nexus S smart phone has plenty to offer. It's not cheap, and it's complicated in places, but it's on the cutting edge of Android and it's likely to stay there for a while.

Editors' Rating
8.8 Overall

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Review

Google Nexus S by Samsung

Dec 2010

The Nexus S has popped out of the oven stuffed with freshly baked Gingerbread -- it's the first phone to run the latest version of Google's Android software. It combines Samsung's slick hardware with Android 2.3's seemingly endless features, and the result is a confection that's worth nibbling. But don't expect massive changes compared to Android 2.2 Froyo or the Samsung Galaxy S' hardware. The Nexus S is a subtly refined dessert, rather than a gastronomic innovation.

The Nexus S will be available from 20 December for free on a £35-a-month contract, or £550 without a contract, exclusively from Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy. Either way, the phone will come unlocked so you can use it on any network.

Android Gingerbread OS

The Nexus S is Google's latest flagship phone, following in the footsteps of the T-Mobile G1 and Google Nexus One. The 'S' in its name signifies its Samsung origins -- and that's a company that knows how to make some very sexy hardware. But the software that Samsung added to phones like the Galaxy S did more harm than good in places, so it's a pleasure to see pure Android running on the Nexus S.

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