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Samsung Nexus S Review: Second “Google Phone”, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Samsung Nexus S

The Samsung Nexus S has landed in Singapore. If you didn't have the chance to purchase online in December last year, well, the good news is that you don't have to look for it online. The phone is available at all mobile phone retailers here. We at VR-Zone managed to get one in for this review. 

In early 2010, Google caught everyone by surprise when it announced its own branded Nexus One Android smartphone. Dubbed "the Google phone", the Nexus One was manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC and was preloaded with Android 2.1 (Eclair) mobile operating system. To date, the smartphone has received updates to the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

While Google had said that it will not come up with another smartphone, the search engine giant launched the Nexus S, the successor to the Nexus One, in December 2010. Manufactured by Samsung, the Google Nexus S features the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it was available for online purchase in US and UK. No luck for those of us here in Singapore then. 

Thankfully, in mid March, Samsung officially announced that the Nexus S is selling here. However, note that it is called the Samsung Nexus S rather than Google Nexus S and there's a slight difference: the Samsung Nexus S uses the Super LCD screen, while the Google Nexus S is equipped with Super AMOLED.

For those into the full specifications, here you go:-

  Samsung Nexus S
CPU 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird S5PC110
Memory Internal phone: 512MB
Storage 16GB internal
Screen 4-inches (WVGA) Super LCD
Graphics 800 x 480
Display Resolution 5-MP camera w/ auto focus, LED flash
Connectivity 3.5mm audio, micro-USB, 802.11b/g/n
  Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A-GPS
Expansion Slot n/a
Battery life 1500mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion
Talk time Up to 427 hour standby time; 
  Up to 402 min talk time
Platform Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dimensions 123.9 x 63 x 10.8mm
Weight 129g

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