The Google Nexus S is the follow on from the Nexus One. It’s a Samsung production, which explains why its aesthetics are fairly similar to the Samsung Galaxy S. So, is the new phone from Google any good? Well, the opinions on it seem to be fairly mixed overall. The phone feels light and less substantial than the iPhone4, for example, and the curved screen seems to have little point except for looking nice. Also, the headphone jack is at the bottom, a move that’s received mixed responses.
As the phone operates using Android 2.3, it does have some excellent features, such as the feature that closes down any open apps if you’ve not use them for a while. This is great for power management and the potential for future upgrades is definitely a point in the phone’s favor. Another good thing is the Samsung 1GHz Hummingbird processor. This means that there is very little screen juddering when you use the phone and it also helps to reach some impressive speeds, which is definitely very attractive.
However, the performance of the phone is affected in a couple of ways. One of these is that the phone sometimes shuts itself down for seemingly no reason, whether you’re using it or not. Google are aware of the problem and are looking into it, so a fix should be imminent, but for the time being it’s a bit annoying. Also, apps – particularly third party apps – have a negative impact on the phone’s performance. One good thing, though: the cool 3D scrolling menus are better than the Nexus One.
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