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Samsung Nexus S Review
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    2011-02-22

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    The Samsung Nexus S is the first smartphone to carry the Android Gingerbread operating system. The Nexus S offers great design, features, and performance, making it an attractive choice for those seeking a new Android smartphone.

    The Nexus S can be purchased from Best Buy for $529.99, or $199.99 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile.

    The Nexus S comes loaded with the Android 2.3 operating system, also known as Gingerbread. It's the first phone that comes with the new Google mobile operating system, which gives it some added appeal.  Gingerbread is the fastest version of the Android OS, and it comes with improvements like a better keyboard for faster, more accurate typing thanks to better spacing among the keys. You won't get to use the popular Swype feature right away on the Nexus S, but the keyboard is in fact improved, making the omission easier to swallow. Copying and pasting text is an easier task, and you can edit words quickly using a voice input feature. Typing capital letters and numbers is improved via multi-touch support.  

    Another plus of the new OS is that it allows you to convert your Nexus S into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to six other devices. It also makes Internet calls a possibility with VOIP and SIP support. One of the more futuristic features of Gingerbread is its support for near field communication (NFC). This allows users to use the phone's camera to scan tags on objects like posters, t-shirts, stickers, and other objects that have NFC chips embedded. Scanning the tags gives the phone information on the objects, which you can access via a menu on the phone.

    Of course, the Nexus S wouldn't be an Android smartphone without Google-based features. You get access to Google's Android Market and its catalog of over 100,000 apps. If you prefer apps that do not come from the Android Market, the Nexus S supports those as well. You also get several Google apps pre-installed, such as Gmail, Google Talk, Google Earth, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Search, Voice Actions, Mobile Instant, YouTube, and more. Fans of Google and its style will undoubtedly love the plethora of the brand's features that come pre-loaded, as it really gives you an impressive lineup that is hard to match. Google's navigational apps are excellent on the phone, and those who are on the road frequently should find them to be a big help.  You can use Navigation for voice-guided directions and Places to find local hotspots.  You can also view cities in 3D for a more hands-on approach to travel.

    The Samsung Nexus S is powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor. It's not a dual-core processor, but it does give the Nexus S snappy performance. The processor works great with the phone's multitasking, and switching between apps is done with ease. There is essentially zero lag time when opening menus, and web pages load quickly as well. The smartphone also has a dedicated graphics processing unit, making it a worthy device for gaming and multimedia. Other core features include 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The phone does not have room for memory card expansion, so the 16 GB will have to suffice.

    The basic features of the Nexus S include a speakerphone, a calculator, an alarm clock, a calendar, and other organization features you would come to expect. The phone can hold as many contacts as will fit into its available memory. For each contact, you can input several phone numbers, email addresses, a physical address, notes, and more. You also have the option to pair contacts with a photo or ringtone. 

    Advanced features of the Nexus S begin with Bluetooth 2.1 with support for stereo headsets, hands-free car kits, A2DP, and more. As mentioned earlier, the phone has integrated GPS for all of your navigational needs. PC syncing and USB mass storage are supported, as are voice commands and USB tethering.  Another user-friendly feature on the Nexus S is its ability to read text aloud. Security features are solid as well. The phone can be secured via a password, a PIN, or even a pattern on screen. International travelers will like the fact that the Nexus S is a quad-band GSM phone.

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