The Google Nexus S Gets Unboxed

We’re just 6 days away from the launch of the Google/Samsung Nexus S and luckily for all of us watching at home, videos the device in hand are popping up. Thanks to the folks at Phonedog and Intomobile we’ve got a detailed look at both the hardware and the software. If you were on the fence for picking one of these up, perhaps seeing it in live action will help convince you, if not, well just watch anyway.

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  • NexyOneFtw

    i just want that software(gingerbread 2.3) on my sexy nexy one,it’ll look way better on it than the “S”. ;)

    • Anonymous

      Not really you can’t beat the display of Super Amoled unless another Samsung Display tops it.

      • Dma

        I agree with the N-S, the black phone with the black notification bar is so hot! and do be honest the other things don’t bother me (with the exception of no sd card slot) Notification LED initially was a big deal, but after I thought about it, I look at my phone every 5 minutes whether or not my track ball is lit lol

        • Tcontento

          I have the Vibrant (rooted 2.2) and really didnt like not having the led notification, but there is an app for that now too…. makes it all better!

        • Tcontento

          I have the Vibrant (rooted 2.2) and really didnt like not having the led notification, but there is an app for that now too…. makes it all better!

      • Dma

        I agree with the N-S, the black phone with the black notification bar is so hot! and do be honest the other things don’t bother me (with the exception of no sd card slot) Notification LED initially was a big deal, but after I thought about it, I look at my phone every 5 minutes whether or not my track ball is lit lol

  • Anonymous

    Great phone

  • http://twitter.com/girlwonder24 M. Banks

    Should I get the T-Mobile G2 or Nexus S?

  • http://twitter.com/girlwonder24 M. Banks

    Should I get the T-Mobile G2 or Nexus S?

    • Anonymous

      nexus s

    • http://www.facebook.com/christnroc Josh Smith

      G2, HSPA+

      • Anonymous

        Go ahead and get the G2… The Nexus S is a nice phone, but I cannot deal with the cheap plastic..

    • Anonymous

      you probably wont have hspa+ within a year or two

    • Dma

      I think the biggest question is do you want a hard keyboard? if yes then g2 if not then I would go with the Nexus, having the N1 i can’t tell you how great being the first to get the updates is, and not just major updates like gingerbread, but even the minor updates and google app updates come to you first. And because this is the official google experience phone line, their testing of new things is done on these phones, so you know what they’re working on is going to be awesome on these phones. If you download a lot of stuff and aren’t on wifi a lot, but in an area that has HSPA+ then maybe that would sway me towards the G2 or mytouch 4g (which don’t get me wrong, are great phones) but in my experience when i’m out and about 3g is fast enough to get what i want and not feel like I have a tumbling hour glass stuck over my head, anything really large i usually can wait until i’m on wifi.

    • Timbois44

      Get the MyTouch 4G I have one. It is great….I also have the Nexus One.. I like the My Touch better..It has not messed up 1 Time.. It is great…

      • Hughck

        I got the MyTouch 4G best phone I’ve ever owned.

  • Schneider2020

    Gingerbread should be able to run on most android devices out now although the nexus s is one sharp looking phone. The hardware is nothing extraordinary in today’s cell phone market, don’t get me wrong its sweet just nothing really new we haven’t seen before. Having said that i entry wish the manufacturers and tele coms would allow us to just get the next update.
    Can you imagine getting a windows pc and being told you have to get a new machine just to run the latest OS that’s totally capable of running not only ok your machine but older ones. There would be an uproar! Nexus S nice phone android users it’s time to unite behind the OS to stop this fragmentation.

  • Patrick

    over hyped, but hey. my G2 will get it. oh well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    - SD card slot
    - Gorilla glass
    5mpxl
    800×480
    plastic, shinny/scratchy/sumdgugable plastic

    and for HOW MUCH!?!?!?!

    if it were $399 id buy one but il pass

    its the Galaxy S + 2.3 – the goodstuff of galaxy S

    • Dma

      this doesn’t have gorilla glass? are you sure?

      • cb2

        No it’s Super AMOLED

        • fester99

          you do realize the glass and the screen are 2 different layers that make the display. This screen can be amoled and be protected by gorilla glass.

      • cb2

        No it’s Super AMOLED

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    - SD card slot
    - Gorilla glass
    5mpxl
    800×480
    plastic, shinny/scratchy/sumdgugable plastic

    and for HOW MUCH!?!?!?!

    if it were $399 id buy one but il pass

    its the Galaxy S + 2.3 – the goodstuff of galaxy S

  • Petey

    No impressed.

  • Petey

    No impressed.

  • Petey

    No impressed.

  • Anonymous

    The little I’ve seen on gingerbread features aren’t that bad at all. I sure don’t want another Samsung phone; I’ll wait for another gingerbread device that will come out after the new year’s

  • Anonymous

    The little I’ve seen on gingerbread features aren’t that bad at all. I sure don’t want another Samsung phone; I’ll wait for another gingerbread device that will come out after the new year’s

  • Anonymous

    The little I’ve seen on gingerbread features aren’t that bad at all. I sure don’t want another Samsung phone; I’ll wait for another gingerbread device that will come out after the new year’s

  • http://twitter.com/girlwonder24 M. Banks

    no dedicated camera key?

    • Petey

      the vibrant doesn’t have a dedicated camera key either (same with the iphone) at times it’s very difficult to take pictures if you wanted to be in there as well.

      this is one failed phone.

      • Anonymous

        Fail and Nexus S doesn’t go in the same sentence unless its Nexus S DOESN’T fail.

        There is a FFC so you just make due with taking pictures with that way. Or you can set the timer to get in a picture. Not really difficult at all.

    • Petey

      the vibrant doesn’t have a dedicated camera key either (same with the iphone) at times it’s very difficult to take pictures if you wanted to be in there as well.

      this is one failed phone.

  • FreddyFlints

    Can’t wait to get this! you can stick to your dual core phones stuck on 2.3 while this gets updated!

  • Joejoe

    NO HSPA+ NO BUY.. will keep my MYTOUCH 4G

    • somebody

      i believe you have a problem with that equation

    • Rich

      Absolutely! No way in hell I’m giving the myTouch 4G up for this.

  • zapata714

    can you get this for att? i have tmobile but just curious, and by the way how much more is it to have HSPA+ on your HSPA+ enabled phone?

    • Dma

      It’s unlocked, so you can use it on AT&T (if you buy it unlocked full price) but it only has 3g bands for T-mobile, so on AT&T you’d be stuck on edge, which isn’t horrible for average stuff, but obviously isn’t as good as 3G. There is no upcharge for HSPA+, if you have a phone that is compatible (Mytouch 4g or G2) then as long as your in an area with HSPA+ you’ll have it.

      • Anonymous

        Well he could get the European Version but their price is in Euros and what that’ll translate to is maybe 2/3rds higher price.

    • Mrmerk05

      HSPA+ is not a feature add-on. It’s just the network that the phone runs on. Unlike Sprint or Verizon, T-Mobile don’t charge any extra to take advantage of a faster connection. That’s why T-Mobile is the Best!!!

    • Mrmerk05

      HSPA+ is not a feature add-on. It’s just the network that the phone runs on. Unlike Sprint or Verizon, T-Mobile don’t charge any extra to take advantage of a faster connection. That’s why T-Mobile is the Best!!!

  • Anonymous

    Cue the “no hspa??! No DUAL CORE??!! etc etc

    News flash, dual core right now is overkill. Android OS needs more gaming API’s for developers to be able to utilize the hardware better.

    Also, its pointless having a monster dual cored phone if your getting OS updates a year later. Thats unless your sitting there tinkering with your phone all the time. Even then. It’s a pain for the majority.

    Right now overclockers are for epen0r and hand warming.

    When honeycomb comes (probably a year from now give or take) then yeah you’ll probably need
    More demanding

    • hello yo

      First off, dual core is not pointless. You are retarded for saying that. Programs that are not written for dual core will still run faster than single core almost 100% of the time, the programs just will not be as efficient in using the dual cores opposed to if the programs were written for dual core cpu. Secondly, by the time the first dual core phone is released, there are going to be already programs updated and made to work efficiently with a dual core cpu. If people acted like you and said a dual core cpu is pointless because programs blah blah blah, my desktop computer right now would still have only a dual cpu in it instead of six core cpu. I will tell you right now that programs that aren’t written for my 6 core cpu most definitely run faster still than if I had a single core cpu the program was written for. And another thing I kind of already said. I bought my six core cpu when it first came out. After my cpu came out, all the new games that came out were made to utilize 6 cores, and high end programs/software utilize the 6 cores, not all programs/software utilize all 6 cores but they still run faster. Same thing is going to happen when the dual core phones start selling. And your an idiot, no OS update is coming out a year later – that is what android 2.3 is. It will utilize both dual cores in the most efficient manner. AND the dual core tegra 2 is faster than any phone out there on the market currently and the phones are running android 2.2 which aren’t written for dual core cpus. Since your dumb this means when android 2.3 comes out dual core phones are going to be really really fast, compared to its single core counter parts.

    • hello yo

      First off, dual core is not pointless. You are retarded for saying that. Programs that are not written for dual core will still run faster than single core almost 100% of the time, the programs just will not be as efficient in using the dual cores opposed to if the programs were written for dual core cpu. Secondly, by the time the first dual core phone is released, there are going to be already programs updated and made to work efficiently with a dual core cpu. If people acted like you and said a dual core cpu is pointless because programs blah blah blah, my desktop computer right now would still have only a dual cpu in it instead of six core cpu. I will tell you right now that programs that aren’t written for my 6 core cpu most definitely run faster still than if I had a single core cpu the program was written for. And another thing I kind of already said. I bought my six core cpu when it first came out. After my cpu came out, all the new games that came out were made to utilize 6 cores, and high end programs/software utilize the 6 cores, not all programs/software utilize all 6 cores but they still run faster. Same thing is going to happen when the dual core phones start selling. And your an idiot, no OS update is coming out a year later – that is what android 2.3 is. It will utilize both dual cores in the most efficient manner. AND the dual core tegra 2 is faster than any phone out there on the market currently and the phones are running android 2.2 which aren’t written for dual core cpus. Since your dumb this means when android 2.3 comes out dual core phones are going to be really really fast, compared to its single core counter parts.

  • Anonymous

    Cue the “no hspa??! No DUAL CORE??!! etc etc

    News flash, dual core right now is overkill. Android OS needs more gaming API’s for developers to be able to utilize the hardware better.

    Also, its pointless having a monster dual cored phone if your getting OS updates a year later. Thats unless your sitting there tinkering with your phone all the time. Even then. It’s a pain for the majority.

    Right now overclockers are for epen0r and hand warming.

    When honeycomb comes (probably a year from now give or take) then yeah you’ll probably need
    More demanding

  • Parker

    Why couldn’t they include a notification LED? It would drive me crazy to not have one. On my Nexus One it drove me crazy when it was only white.

    • CactusCat

      Why do you guys whine about no LED? Just d/l the noLED app and your problem is solved. Sheesh….

  • DMa

    One thing I hope that comes out soon is a real timeline as to when the mytouch 4g adn g2 will get gingerbread, because if it’s soon then that might sway me to get the mytouch again…I also hope that t-mobile releases wifi calling app on the Nexus S, which might sway me for sure towards the Nexus S…oh why oh why couldn’t samsung just added 3 things, which would have made everything a complete no brainer… LED light, removable SD and HSPA+…I don’t even need dual core (orion would have been nice though) but out of that list, removable SD shouldn’t even have to be on there, that should be a standard!

    • ANDROIDFANATIC

      You know the G2 and Samsung Vibrant both already got their Wi-Fi Calling update from T-Mobile

      • http://thechrisdavis.com Chris

        Really? I have a Vibrant, and I’m pretty damn sure it can’t make Wi-Fi calls. I’m sure the technology supports it, but I’m also sure that Google and T-Mobile will never release it for anything but their flagship phones.

  • Timbois44

    I have the Nexus One and the My Touch4G,, Both are great. I don’t see any WOW factor with the Nexus S.
    I am so not liking it. I thought it would Blow everything else away like the Nexus One did…I will wait for my Nexus One to update. Then same phone….

    • Timbois44

      Oh and no 4G ,,,, What is up with that…

    • DMa

      Android is the “open” OS, and the one that gives consumers the ability to get something that suits them, both on the hardware side and cusomization of software. Maybe google will propegate the Nexus line even fuller and not stick to apples, 1 phone a year. I think that every manufacturer’s flagship line should have a Nexus version, pure google, and also should always be on T-mobile =)

  • Timbois44

    I have the Nexus One and the My Touch4G,, Both are great. I don’t see any WOW factor with the Nexus S.
    I am so not liking it. I thought it would Blow everything else away like the Nexus One did…I will wait for my Nexus One to update. Then same phone….

  • Sixmilliondollarman

    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first best cell phone. The Nexus S will be that phone. Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster.

    YA RIGHT!!!! No HSPA+ and No Dual Core? This is JUNK and outdated phone already.

  • Gingerbread

    I am a great operating system – my name is gingerbread – I hope you like me. I will be on other phones soon and not on this outdated phone for long. I will be on your N1′s soon. You MyTouch 4G’s will see me soon as well. I am the reason why your looking at this phone. This phone is obsolete at the moment and I know it hasn’t hit the stores yet. But I am not obsolete till 3.0 comes out. Enjoy me while you can.

    • Anonymous

      Cool story bro.

      I’ll be looking at a samoled screen.

      Stock android straight from the source.

      Understated minimalistic look with a eye catching curved screen. Not to mention a better gpu than the nexus one and a lil better than the mytouch4g. But it’s outdated!

      Personally, if I was in a business meeting and pulled out that teeny bopper looking mytouch4g, and looking at that AWFUL looking ear piece grill with mytouch logo underneath it LOL and using that hilarious looking mytouch sense U.I. I’d be embarrassed.

      Curved Super amoled screen, minimalistic look and stock android that’s first in line to receive updates > mytouch4g.

      To each their own!

      • Hughck

        You call the mt4g teeny bopper looking, but I do not buy a phone for looks. The mt4g is a better phone than this Nexus S. By the way you sound like a kid, but if you are an adult, then you better get your self esteem up to a level, where you would not be embarrassed over what type of phone you use.

      • Bratty

        Pulling out an Android at a meeting shows how lame you are. BB or iPhone – or just go home.

        • Anonymous

          Um no. G1 (when launched) nexus one, G2 is professional looking and now the nexus S with it’s minimalistic look is not lame.

          Your lame!

        • Bratty

          All those phones combined did not outsell the iPhone in ONE year just looking at corporate sales. Stop being myopic. Also, the phrase applicable to you us – you are lame (not “your lame”). Here, helped your grammar too. But your lack of intelligence is coming through in your comment so you may as well crawl back to your basement.

        • Anonymous

          I’m typing this on my 32gb wifi iPad that was purchased at launch last April.

          I don’t need you educating me about the iPhone or any iOS device for that matter. How it outsold this and that.

          Sitting across the table holding an iPhone doesn’t make you cooler than me. Just means your on AT&T. That or have one that’s unlocked.

          And I stand by my quirky, childish “your lame” comeback. It was made to mirror you bratty.

          *pats head* it’s alright bratty. It’s allllright.

          My walk-out basement is radiant floor heated. About lil over 2,000 sq ft alone. Granit furnished Kitchen in it, and a bar too. Also dug out a two car garage sized wine cellar/for smoked meats/pickled vegetables etc.

          You go to ur basement! That’s if you even have one….

        • Anonymous

          Nerd Fight!!

          …lol….

      • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

        MT4 is indeed a great phone. It replaced nexus one and becomes my daily phone.
        Luckily mine doesn’t have any defect (washed out screen, bad battery, nor off center 2nd cam).
        I may consider NS…if it had memory card support.

  • Anonymous

    It looks good, But I’ll wait untill my contract is up on my MTHD. I want to see the NFC tech infrastructure built b4 i make a move….

    Stay thirsty my friends!

  • NexyOneFtw

    here is the dual-core LG Star preview by engadget.http://www.engadget.com/lg-star/preview/

  • Kascadebrown

    Well, I am excited even if no one else is. Not having HSPA+, this is not a big deal since I don’t stay in a major city and it will be about a year before the switch is turned on in my area. No expandable memory. 16GB is plenty enough for me, partly because, I coming from a BB9700 (yes, I’m leaving my trusted blackberry), and that’s what I have a computer for. For me I’m excited because Blackberry has disappointed me over the last year ( I converted so many of my friends to become bb users) and for me, this is a good upgrade. I will say this though no LED flash indicator, say it ain’t so………………….

    • http://twitter.com/trini_pirate trini_pirate

      I too was a strong advocate of BB and got many people to join BB… Mainly because of BBM. I’ve had 3 iPhones in the past and also the G1. And I think it’s high time I go back to Android especially now. Despite all the arguments about the Nexus S that people have, they fail to understand that this phone is light-years ahead of anything RIM can put out now, and also arguably the best android phone on TMobile. So I don’t see what the big cry is about… 4G and all. Either way, I will be satisfied come next week and I bet most of these complainers already have their credit card in hand.

      • Nate

        totally agree, Nexus S FTW.. other phones may have better specs but good luck getting the latest OS from the manufacturer, if ever. Nexus S will always get all the upgrades directly from google! Its all about the support and software..

        And.. somebody mentioned Nokia? are you friggin kidding me? that thing is a POS-OS

      • Nate

        totally agree, Nexus S FTW.. other phones may have better specs but good luck getting the latest OS from the manufacturer, if ever. Nexus S will always get all the upgrades directly from google! Its all about the support and software..

        And.. somebody mentioned Nokia? are you friggin kidding me? that thing is a POS-OS

  • Sean

    hahahaha dead battery…sums up android…can’t stand having a phone that can’t last a days use

  • Really,No 4g?

    I’m sorry, but why would I want a 3g limited phone if I lived anywhere near a major metropolitan area? Is this Google telling us al to stop hogging their bandwidth?

    • Anonymous

      No its google telling you that Hummingbird isn’t compatible with HSPA+

      • Really,No 4g?

        The processor, really? Well, I guess I can see how this would a good idea in Deadwood, South Dakota. When I lock in for two years, I kinda want to take advantage of the newer technologies. I’m still waiting for FROYO on my EPIC at work, so I can do without Gingerbread for a while.

      • Really,No 4g?

        The processor, really? Well, I guess I can see how this would a good idea in Deadwood, South Dakota. When I lock in for two years, I kinda want to take advantage of the newer technologies. I’m still waiting for FROYO on my EPIC at work, so I can do without Gingerbread for a while.

  • Sammywammysamsng

    Hello Customers. we are Sammy Samsng. I know your not happy about the lack of 4G and Dual Core processor technology. We even left out the SD card slot as well. Why we did this is to save money – so we can have a higher overall profit margin. We also have bonuses that need to be paid out and I have a very high salary that – well to be honest – we want you to pay for. I know we could have created a really nice revolutionary phone like the Nexus One when it came out – but we don’t think you deserve a nice phone like that. So we skimped on the hardware end because we felt the need to do this to you. We are hoping to honestly get customers who are not to educated on technology to sell this phone too. We do appreciate your purchasing this device for $529.00 at Christmas time and in the middle of a recession to buy this inferior product thats is actually outdated at the moment. Thank you,

    Merry Christmas and please buy two.

    • Trill

      This is funny but seriously your an idiot so how about an actual conversation?

    • Trill

      This is funny but seriously your an idiot so how about an actual conversation?

    • Anonymous

      Hilarious hahaha

      Yeah they could of spruced it up more. But that curved super amoled screen is dam it! To die for.

      Picture if htc made it. Would be nice on the solid aluminum accented case front, but screen would lack. CPU/gpu not better than hummingbirds

      I guess samsungs dual core Orion cpu wasn’t ready for mass production by this December. That or too expensive, or like you said sammywammysamsung, profit margin. And bonuses dam it have to be paid.

      I guess gingerbread was in a rush to come out by Christmas. CPU dual cores weren’t.

      Nexus S 9/10. If dual cored, metal cased then 10/10

  • Trill

    All this talk about this phone and it not having 4G is bull since no carrier technically has it and the new 4G on T-Mobile is just an advance version of 3G known as HSPA. You will still Max out at 7.2mpbs which is plenty especially on a phone so if you not getting the phone because it doesn’t support it then your wrong find some other excuse like Jo microsd slot.

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

      yeah hspa+ is nice to have but it shouldn’t be a make or brake most phones don’t have it and i find my self using wifi most of the time anyway.

  • jesus houston mex

    no 4g
    no 720p
    no micro sd card slot
    n buy for me …..

  • jesus houston mex

    no 4g
    no 720p
    no micro sd card slot
    n buy for me …..

    • jesus houston mex

      no buy for me…

    • jesus houston mex

      no buy for me…

  • Jrcade17

    it’s going to end up like the nexus one. except the opposite in some ways.

    The nexus one itself was amazing for a few months and then BAM. The Droids, Evo, and Galaxy S phones came out putting the nexus one, spec wise to shame.

    for the NS, phones will hit it almost instantly, and you’ll hear the reviews and see some benchmarks and then jump up for joy.

    Until you realize that when benchmarked against the google device, despite being weaker, outperforms your phone.

    • http://twitter.com/Wicked_1 Ronnae Dominique

      Exactly, a phone specifically designed by Google should have some new stuff, at the least the best specs available right now, across the board, on every piece of hardware. It doesn’t. Not to mention, Google are gonna have to reign Android in, in order for it to survive long term. There are too many Android phones coming out, right after each other, on different carriers, with custom UIs. 3 months after you buy an Android your phone is behind specs wise. I think Google need to pick maybe 2 carriers to work with, like TMO & Verizon and thats it. And I would like for them to stop letting manufacturers create custom UIs, even though it goes against the whole open-source thing. They need to take a cue from Apple on this one

  • Lopiacha

    No more Samsung phones for me.

  • Someone

    I expected the Google Nexus S to have support for HSPA+, camera on the order of 8 megapixels with HD video recording, minimum 32GB integrated memory and microSD card slot, next generation mobile processor, and Bluetooth 3.0. Currently, my Nokia N8 has the best specifications on paper of ANY mobile phone currently on the market with the penta-band 3G radio, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, FM transmitter, 12 megapixel camera with HD video recording, USB on-the-go, HDMI out, and more. Specs like this is what I expected from a flagship Android device kicking off a new Android OS. There are several devices available now that have MUCH more compelling specifications and features than the Nexus S and it really turns into just another Android device in a crowded market. Its really all about the Android 2.3 update so NFC will be the only real unique feature – thats if you really need NFC technology at the moment.

    • Really,No 4g?

      Sounds sweet, but what is up with Nokia completely falling of the US side of the planet? I loved all my early Nokia cell devices. Is it the lack of kickbacks to the carriers?

    • Really,No 4g?

      Sounds sweet, but what is up with Nokia completely falling of the US side of the planet? I loved all my early Nokia cell devices. Is it the lack of kickbacks to the carriers?

  • Aneirin

    I guess my opinion will be a bit different from most. It looks for feedback as well, to decide whether this phone is for me or not.

    I have been a BB user for 5 years; I value functionality over everything, design is second.

    Functionality, to me, is comprised by:

    1. High quality PHONE CONVERSATION experience ANYWHERE. Including the deepest places in my house. TMobile has given me that with UMA, which is the reason why I am still a BB9700 user. I wish I knew for sure that TMobile will enable WIFI calling on the Nexus S.

    2. Ease of use of the EMail – texting experience. I take it that Android offers that on ANY set. Blackberry excels at this.

    3. INDEPENDENCE, aka Battery life. I like speedier processors and multiple cores, but NOT if I have to plug a charger every 3 hours. This, is a complicated issue. I will always prefer and require a phone that can give me a FULL day of work before needing to be charged. Please, G2 users, the reviews say this is a weakness of your unit … can you tell me if the reviews are right ?

    4. Internet experience, aka a great browser that works fast, which means both good speed on the network and good speed rendering pages. Here I see where the faster CPU or multiple cores would be of help, but how much? you only need to make it fast enough that the network becomes the weakest link.

    5. About the lack of HSPA+, well … it seems most of you guys do not understand that the 21 Mb&s is THE SIZE OF THE PIE on each and every cell that you happen to be at, NOT the dedicated bandwidth of your connection. In that sense, if ONLY THREE users on a particular cell are using bandwidth, voila! you effective MAX speed is 7.2 Mb/s. In that sense, it REALLY doesn’t make a lot of difference in the real world whether your phone can go faster, it is still the same road for everyone.

    6. Durability of the phone! I don’t want to pay $550 for a phone that will break the first time I drop it.

    7. Text input. I love blackberry keyboards … I am guessing I will be giving up something by going to a keyboardless phone … I hope swipe will help.

    8. Additionals. I carry an IPad with me most of the time, so I could potentially live without music on my phone, but it helps to have some. Same with movies. 16 Gb is enough.

    9. Connectivity. Yes, no HDMI, so what? I have DVD players, Blu-Ray players, Apple TV’s and multiple PC’s from where to stream content. I don;t see why I need one more device for THAT.

    10. EASE of use transferring info to/from the phone. I guess this one might be a bit of a weakness, since there is no SD card that I can take out to do so … but transfers via the USB connection will hopefully work decently.

    11. FUTURE PROOF. This is why to choose a Nexus or G1 or G2 phone. You get them first and do not have to beg the manufacturer to look at you forgotten soul not giving them any new money. The Nexus S has it, so does the G2, the MT4 doesn’t, nor do the Galaxies, Droids and such.

    All in all, if I can get WiFi calling from TMobile, this seems like a good phone. So does the G2, except for battery life.

    Please, I would appreciate SERIOUS opinions.

    • Anonymous

      Just a couple of comments:

      1. The email experience on an Android device is just never going to be equal to a blackberry. Blackberry specializes on email and I have to give that to them. Having said that, I use my N1 for work email with no problems and Swype is really great for email, text, and all typing.

      2. The browser in Android is fantastic and this is where BB is really lacking, even with their OS 6. Also, this whole hoopla over dual core is just people obsessed with spec sheets and not real world functionality. I’ve had my N1 since it came out and never felt envy over the Evo’s, Droids, or whatever else came out this year. I prefer vanilla Android over anything else, and having all the updates first and straight from Google is fantastic. If you just want to do spec sheet competitions in forums then may be spend your whole life waiting for the unicorn device to come out, because there’s always something better spec sheet wise down the line.

      3. The SD card will not be an issue for me because I have my music on my iPod touch. I use my phone for work, and any phone will suck your battery dry fast if you are just listening to music and watching media. On my N1 I do a fair amount of email, web, texting, etc. and my phone always gives me 24 hours. I believe the NS has a larger battery so that’s a plus. On the memory side, I actually prefer having everything internally and 16GB is more than enough.

      4. Transferring into and from the phone should not be a problem since apps like Double Twist now let you transfer all kinds of media via WiFi. I do have some music, videos, and tons of pictures on my N1 and move them to and from my computer with ease using Double Twist.

      5. As far as Future proofing it really all depends on how long you like to hold on to your device. I’m changing from the N1 because I want to, but I do feel that the N1 could get me through another year easily. At the rate in which tech is moving is hard to resist moving up. I’m moving to also gain the larger/nicer screen, FFC, and increased speed/memory. “4G” is not important to me because as you say this phone will pull down up to 7.2, which is more than plenty. You’ll also be hard pressed to find spots where you can pull more than that even with a 4G device. I find that if you are pulling down at least 1.5 Mbps the web and everything (including streaming video) is super fast. Unless you’re downloading the last 6 seasons of Lost on your phone , I’m not sure why you need more than that.

      6. One last point to consider is that even though the G2 has quasi vanilla Android, this does not mean that you get the updates first like the N1 or the NS. The latter devices are updated by Google, which is why you get them first, but the G2 is upgraded by HTC and T-Mobile under their schedule.

      This is of course my opinion, but hope that it helps.

  • Chrisgudino

    Question for the reviewer, the FFC does it allow for video chat?

  • guest

    Did you really post a link to eBay for a seller charging 99¢ for a link to the Best Buy or Google website to buy the phone? What a scam.

  • http://twitter.com/Wicked_1 Ronnae Dominique

    I wish Google would release a phone WITH a physical keyboard. I can’t and refuse to get a touchscreen only phone, but I want a Google phone, stock Android, because you get all the updates fast, as soon as they are released, none of this waiting for the manufacturer and/or carrier to decide when to release or taking forever to modify the update with their custom UI (Motorola & HTC). I’m on a Cliq, so I am so far passed being ready for a new phone. But I’m not about to spend $300+ on the G2 WITH a new 2 year contract, haha. The specs aren’t/ will not be good enough to where I will want to keep it for 2 years. Also, I have 10 months left on my current contract and I’m not sure I want to stay with TMO longer than that. They aren’t getting most of the high end phones, and they take too long to update their phones, Verizon has been looking good for a while. At this point, I’m not willing to spend more than $200 on a phone, if I’m signing a 2 year contract. Speaking of, carriers need to bring back 1 yr contract options. At this point T Mobile has to do something to convince me to stay with them. And not offering PHP insurance for the Nexus S, is not a good start.

    • Manusferrera

      im sorry i just dont understand why people say they wont pay 300+ for a phone on partial upgrade but yet will go to Verizon and spend about 1000 dollars more over the life of your contract it just really bothers me that people worry about cost of phone over plan.

    • Manusferrera

      im sorry i just dont understand why people say they wont pay 300+ for a phone on partial upgrade but yet will go to Verizon and spend about 1000 dollars more over the life of your contract it just really bothers me that people worry about cost of phone over plan.

      • NipplesRunder8ted

        Good point, goes to show you consumers would rather owe money than spend money

  • Jrsystems02

    Nexus S. What a dissapointment

  • Anonymous

    Wow that nexus s is so nice, I mean wow it almost takes out the iPhone 4 and I mean almost not quite there yet, but it is sexy I may get one just to play around with it, but I sold my other nexus to swapngreen.com