(Updated With Pricing) Nexus S Product Page Goes Live, Available December 16th At Best Buy, First Review Is In

Updated: Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract.  Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile’s network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.

It’s finally final and official; the Nexus S lives on T-Mobile.  There were never any moments of doubt but seeing the words “Availability and T-Mobile” in the same line just makes us tingle a little.  The only real disappointment we can see thus far is no HSPA+ but we might be able to let that slide for a handset that’s likely to not have to wait for months and months for updates as well as coming straight out of the box running Android 2.3 or Gingerbread.  The Nexus S will be available from Best Buy (both online and in store) for T-Mobile on December 16th in both unlocked and with contract offerings.

Official specs include 6 hour talk time, 512 RAM, 16Gb internal storage, a 1GHZ Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and a 4.0 inch screen with 800 x 480 resolution and, last but certainly not least, running Android 2.3.

Of course, where our jealously kicks in is that Michael Arrington of TechCrunch has apparently been reviewing the device over the past few days.  You really need to read the whole review but we’ll highlight some of the main points here:

“The phone does not fail to please. It is significantly faster than the Nexus One (and most current generation phones), has a high-end AMOLED 400 x 800 resolution screen that is second only to the iPhone 4, and is NFC-enabled.”

“The Nexus S uses the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, which absolutely zooms and also seems to handle running multiple apps and background processes well compared to previous Android devices I’ve used.”

“Google’s noise cancellation software is also present. When combined with the excellent audio hardware it results in very high quality calls. In test calls from my car the recipient said they heard very little background noise – the iPhone in particular performed terribly in a similar test.

So far, not one dropped call.”

“Best of all, of course, is the fact that the Nexus S is a clean install of Android, and a pure Google experience. There is no messy third-party software to muck things up.”

“The Nexus S will almost certainly be my go-to phone for the next few months. I’m leaving today for a week in Europe, and taking only this phone with me.”

Full review over at TechCrunch

Google Nexus S Product Page


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  • Anonymous

    It says “HSPA” on the network support specification.

  • Anonymous

    The only reason I stepped away from my nexus one to the mytouch4g is the 4g speed and being that the nexus s doesn’t have it plus the fact of no type of memory expansion this phone is a waste for me

  • thaghost

    It looks very good but flawed just like every other phone out here. after all of the hype and finally seeing the phone and the specs, im happy i jumped on the mt4g. no 4g is crazy. the other “rumored specs”, 8mp camera, dual core, higher resolution, etc is all missing. again, very good but not perfect. it falls in line with the current crop. expected more from google. and i hope that samsung doesnt screw it up either.

    • Tortionist

      Of course every other phone out there is flawed. It’s pure economics. If they put out a great phone that had everything on it and it wasn’t flawed it would destroy the market(saturate it with phones that would not sell), and sales would drop. They have to make them all flawed in one way or another so they can sell as many phones and services as they can. This seems like a decent phone, but it’s not on the same level as the MyTouch4g. I’m happy with my Optimus T.

  • http://SanDiegoRealEstateAgent.net San Diego Real Estate Agent

    GARBAGE…single core processor and no HSPA+!

  • Martin

    Can you upgrade a family line or does it have to be a single tmobile line like with the Nexus One?

    • Vibrant Addict

      I’m gonna take a guess and say since the phone is available in T-Mobile stores, you can do anything really. Thank goodness there’s no more Google online store, that was a fail.

      • Anonymous

        That is completely wrong, it’s exclusive to best buy.

        • Vibrant Addict

          My mistake, I meant to say Best Buy stores. So with that I assume they will allow any plan.

      • Anonymous

        That is completely wrong, it’s exclusive to best buy.

    • Vibrant Addict

      I’m gonna take a guess and say since the phone is available in T-Mobile stores, you can do anything really. Thank goodness there’s no more Google online store, that was a fail.

  • Mark

    I’m not bashing the phone, because it seems like it’s going to be awesome. But it kind of seems like it’s the Vibrant on Gingerbread with a FFC. Am I wrong?

  • Anonymous

    I spoke to a t-mobile rep and asked if it would be 4G, she said if it was “optimized for-mobile” then it had to be.
    Also she said that the vibrant was going to receive an update really soon and it would be 4G capable just like the mytouch 4g.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Wow, you can’t software update to 4G, it’s hardware based. The Nexus S won’t be updated either, it’s in the hardware. She’s wrong.

      • Anonymous

        o well.
        Can you tell us about the 2011 phones?

    • Anonymous

      Dislike

  • Vibrant Addict

    I’m more disappointed in the fact that it’s not dual core, rather than no HSPA+. There was a chance to step up the bar for smartphones, but we’ll have to wait till next year I guess.

  • Vibrant Addict

    I’m more disappointed in the fact that it’s not dual core, rather than no HSPA+. There was a chance to step up the bar for smartphones, but we’ll have to wait till next year I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/ochunshoney ochunshoney

    I think the phone will be fine. I’m getting it… I think

    • thereugo

      I can totally agree with you, as long as it does what the other phones do, who wants 1080 recording, dam soon enough people out there will want CABLE or Direct TV on there phone. A phone is to be used make calls, get the latest updates with the OS and have the best apps that real people used and thats getting from point one to point 2 which Google does.

  • Anonymous
  • Bobert

    LOL no SD slot?
    Wow that seems like a retarded move.

    • robo

      and don’t forget No Headphone Jack either lol

      • cb2

        there is a headphone jack look at the official pic on the google site http://www.google.com/nexus its at the bottom, and with 16gb internal i wouldn’t need a sd card maybe it’s b/c i’ve come from apple which also didn’t use sd cards but i never needed extra space with 16gb unless you plan on downloading ridiculous things to your phone. the only deal breaker I see here is HSPA+ and it’s Samsung, but then again i really don’t get HSPA+ here in Pittsburgh but I get strong 3G so maybe this phone will work in my favor

  • Jcarlosw2

    why first nexus was made by HTC and this One is make by Sansung… that sucks..
    htc is the best….

  • Tmonews_reader

    This is garbage. No ethernet port, no CRT display, no floppy drive, no GPRS!!! JK, this is a fantastic device! Tie to ditch the iPhone.

  • ThreeFourSeven

    I actually think the phone looks good. One problem though, I can get over the fact its a single core cause a dual core isn’t coming till early next year but atleast make it HSPA+.

  • ch kh ch kh slim

    Are you sure there’s no video chat on this thing? a bunch of other sites say otherwise.

  • the BB guy that likes android

    i trully dont care about dual core, or hsps or if has condoms included :) just hope it wont have the same restrictions as the original (you have to have an specific rate plan, no family plans), nore i dont want to deal with google, i want to be able to pick it up at a tmobile store and i have problems, call tmobile and if needs an exchange, tmobile can handle it….if you give me that…im cool, im cool…..

  • Zafsultan

    Why the hell No HSPA 4G ??? Are they drunk

  • Zztop

    They always invent new ways to disappoint people

  • http://twitter.com/trini_pirate trini_pirate

    this is the best phone tmobile has ever seen so suck it up and buy it or not you ingrates

  • Quailallstar

    Not much here to make me jump into one of these from a Samsung Galaxy S [Vibrant] phone. Less standby time :(

    Only perk is 2.3, front facing camera and thats about it for me.

  • RICO

    I can’t beleive Google put its stamp on an inferior phone! This phone should have had been done with the BEST specs available meaning- dual HD cams like the LG STAR (also with 1080p recording), Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI out, Dual core processor, 1gb RAM, Expandable memory- via MicroSD card, 4G and World bands so those of us who travel abroad constantly don’t have to be using a different phone if we switch SIMs. Also, if they made it with world bands it would expedite fabrication as they don’t have to make 2 or 3 different phones, this is practically the MyTouch 4G with a slightly bigger screen, Gingerbread OS and no 4G!

    • None

      None of those features provide a tangible benefit to the average user. It’s fast, it’s got plenty of storage, it has a front-facing camera, it has bluetooth, *and* it’s running Gingerbread, which is better than their “2010 phones will get 2.2″ promise.

      Also, the Nexus S *is* a world-band phone (“quad-band GSM”). You don’t have to switch phones when you travel abroad. You just won’t get 3G service unless you’re under the umbrella of a compatible provider. EDGE and SMS/calls will work just fine.

      • Ken

        not sure if u checked out the frequencies for nokia n8? that has all the 3G bands of the world. that is a true world phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewSki Matthew Kalinowski

      the mytouch 4g is better for the most part

  • SEFan

    OK, so what’s different about the phone if I get one that’s “optimized for T-Mobile’s network” instead of unlocked? And will T-Mobile stores be handling the Nexus S, or do I have to go to Best Buy to see one? And what’s the return policy, since this is a Google phone rather than a T-Mobile device?

    • Cj

      I got a email yesterday from Best Buy stating it is exclusive to them. And if was truly Optimized for T-Mobile it should be HSPA+ capable. And T-Mobile won’t warranty it, which is dumb because of the curved glass display, lets hope Best Buy will.

  • oman222

    I thought the Google phones were supposed to set the bar not stand below it.

  • sprinTmobile

    ehhh Nexus One still holds the crown.just another cheap plastic Samsung.

    • Anonymous

      You said it, no SD card, no FM tuner, no thanks. One word Google next time “HTC”

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    I find it funny that Tmobile is dumping on the Iphone 4 although when it was released it was a HUGE improvement over its predecessor. This device is an Improvement, however not a HUGE improvement as the aforementioned Iphone was. Besides the FFC what is the main difference between this device and a samsung vibrant which one can buy lightly used for under 300 bucks easily? Same processor, same memory and same screen. Sure android 2.3 is good and all but XDA has proven time and again that those limitation mean nothing. The first Nexus One was a powerhouse, this device however is just a slight improvement IMO

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    I find it funny that Tmobile is dumping on the Iphone 4 although when it was released it was a HUGE improvement over its predecessor. This device is an Improvement, however not a HUGE improvement as the aforementioned Iphone was. Besides the FFC what is the main difference between this device and a samsung vibrant which one can buy lightly used for under 300 bucks easily? Same processor, same memory and same screen. Sure android 2.3 is good and all but XDA has proven time and again that those limitation mean nothing. The first Nexus One was a powerhouse, this device however is just a slight improvement IMO

  • http://twitter.com/GregDaGentleman C.Gregory

    I think everybody is being too harsh on this phone. It’s not the best out there, but the way I see it it’s better then the Vibrant, and the rest of the Galaxy S phones on other carriers… so what it may not have a HD camera, or a front facing camera… We all know we were not gonna utilize these features for what they’re worth anyways, and I must say Video Chatting over a Wireless Network and Not on Wifi is a Super Crappy experience… waste of all our times. I say let the phone live lol someone out there likes it.

  • CaLLedIT

    HTC to take part on actual dual core Nexus phone (2011). “HTC and Samsung announce IP partnership with Intellectual Ventures”

  • egyzpr

    I really want this phone but the only deal breaker about this phone it has the lack of the hspa+… which doesn’t make any sense in the T-mobile hype of the hspa+… You would think that since it this enter the era of 4g it would come with 4g speeds. And that there is no expandable sd slot, granted 16gb is a lot of memory but even the vibrant came with a expandable slot. I love the vibrant but samsung is pissing me off because the game of catch up with Froyo. I could say the Evo will get 2.3 before Vibrant user will get 2.2 I am quite disappointed with samsung about these issue. If it atleast this phone had hspa+, I would atleast considering purchasing this phone.

  • swap_n_green

    This is a bad phone I like it a lot but not as much as I like the new iPhone 4 that thing is nice man.

  • swap_n_green

    Also remember we buy phones at swapngreen.com

  • swap_n_green

    Also remember we buy phones at swapngreen.com