Samsung Google Nexus S, old but good

Samsung Google Nexus S

The Samsung Google Nexus S was launched in December 2010 but after four months in April 2011 a new version of Google Nexus S appeared. The main difference between the two versions is the screen; the first one has a Super AMOLED display and the second one has a Super LCD display. The rest of the specs are the same on both phones. Now let’s see the main features of the Nexus S:

  • Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
  • HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • 4.0″ WVGA (480×800) Super AMOLED/S-LCD Contour Display with curved glass screen
  • Android OS, v2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 16GB storage, 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Portable Wi-Fi hotspot and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Near Field Communication chip
  • Accelerometer, proximity and light sensors
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging)
  • Adobe Flash support out of the box
  • Latest Google Mobile apps

I have to say from the start that the phone doesn’t have slot card support nor FM radio.

The display measures 4 inches and supports a resolution of 480×800 pixels with a pixel density of 233ppi. It supports multitouch and has an oleophobic coating. The glass screen is slightly curved so it matches the face contour. The difference between the two versions of display is that the Super AMOLED consumes less battery energy if you don’t make abuse of the internet browsing because it consumes more power when white color is displayed. The S-LCD display has constant battery consumption even if you use the internet browsing or not. So if you know you don’t browse too much on the internet choose the Super AMOLED display otherwise choose the S-LCD one. Both of them are bright in sun light conditions. The phone weighs 129 grams and measures 123.9x63x10.9mm.

What is the nice thing at Google Nexus S is that it came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, then Google updated it to version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and now again it was just updated to the last Android version 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. It still has good software support even it was launched almost 2 years ago.

The connectivity is not something extraordinary. It has Wi-Fi with b/g/n standards, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, microUSB slot v2.0 and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP. As it has the same configuration at connectivity and hardware as the Galaxy S you can imagine that the Google Nexus S offers an excellent and fast browsing experience. The browser has Adobe Flash support.

Speaking of hardware; it comes with the Hummingbird chipset and the ARM Cortex-A8 processor at 1GHz. The graphic accelerator is a PowerVR SGX540 helped by 512 Mb of RAM memory and 1GB ROM. Internal storage has a capacity of 16GB and unfortunately it can’t be expanded. The gyro, accelerometer, compass, proximity and light sensors are present on the phone.

The camera has a 5MP sensor with autofocus and LED flash. Compared to the Galaxy S it has LED flash but it can’t shoot 720p videos, only WVGA at 30 fps. The camera has touch focus and doesn’t have too many features; is the basic Google camera interface. The pictures are good and have sharp colors.

The battery has 1500 mAh and can last between one and two days of use. Its life depends on how you use the phone and which display you have chosen.

Overall the Samsung Google Nexus S is a good smartphone and it can be found at a good price on and you can have the latest software with all its goodies.


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