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The Samsung Nexus S 4G brings an unadulterated Android experience to Sprint along with fast data speeds and Google Voice integration.
The Samsung Nexus S is a powerful, candybar touchscreen featuring a beautiful 4-inch, 480 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED display, making it one of the best screens available.
Running on Android 2.3, the Nexus S is packed with sought-after features, including mobile hotspot connectivity, GPS supporting location based navigation (turn by turn directions), Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, and tethering capability.
This exciting phone also boasts a 5MP camera with a suite of editing tools, an additional front-facing camera, video record, MP3 player and a complete set of basic features (alarm, calculator, speakerphone, etc.).
Whether you enjoy threaded messaging or just browsing the web in fully rendered pages, this phone can handle it. The Samsung Nexus S has a talk time of up to 6.7 hours and a standby time of up to 427 hours.
Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)
This smartphone has a lot to offer – you just can’t set your expectations too high
Delivers a fast, pure Android experience
As far as high-speed performance goes, the Nexus S 4G proves that Sprint’s WiMax service is progressively reaching the lightening-fast pace of Verizon’s LTE network. If you can pull a strong signal, that is. Besides the addition of Google Voice, it carries the same spec sheet and design as its T-Mobile counterpart. Android’s Gingerbread OS is more polished than the standard Froyo software and its performance upgrades do enhance the user experience as far as command execution and navigation.
We wish there the storage options were more flexible, especially considerin... Full review
There will probably be users who are prepared to cope with Nexus S’ drawbacks in order to achieve that feeling of owning an elite device
Despite what you may be thinking, although Nexus S is an upgrade of Galaxy S to a certain extent, the changes are simply too numerous for Nexus S to be regarded simply as such, a rebranded and repacked device. One of the things that’s supposed to add value to this new device is the presence of the NFC chip (you can read more about it in a separate box) and the possibility of using it. Unfortunately, this feature has yet to come alive in Europe. As far as other exclusive stuff goes, you get premium Google support and the latest available versions of Android OS. For the puritans, instead of... Full review
Gingerbread phone gets a 4G boost
Very fast, unadulterated Android experience
The Nexus S 4G brings an unadulterated Android experience to Sprint along with fast data speeds and Google Voice integration
In some ways the Nexus S 4G is behind the curve among $199 Android phones. It doesn't boast a dual-core processor or HD video recording. What this device brings to the table is an interface that's not cluttered with carrier apps and the ability to leverage new features as Google rolls them out. We also love how Netflix movies and TV shows look on the Super AMOLED screen, and that you can use your Sprint number as your Google Voice number. Some Sprint customers may prefer to wait for the dual core-powered EVO 3D due out this summer, but if you want a pure Google experience in a device that's... Full review
The Nexus S 4G offers a great combination of design, features, and performance
With Google Voice integration and 4G speeds, the Nexus S 4G is even better than before
Sprint customers are lucky. The Nexus S 4G is one of the premiere phones on the market at the current moment. But this phone is not for everyone. It pertains to the user who wishes to remain off the grid, safe from the throes of manufacturer and carrier-specific content that attacks the device's ability to perform optimally. At the end of our quest with the Nexus S 4G, we were more than happy.
The 4G speeds and Google Voice integration made Sprint's model even more powerful than T-Mobile's regular old Nexus S. However, we, as always, had a few gripes. First off, we need a better main... Full review
An extremely well-crafted device
If you’ve never held a Nexus S in your hand before, I suggest you head out to the store tonight just to get a fix. It’s clearly made to fit in the palm of your hand, and the curved display makes you fall in love the same way the curved Gorilla Glass does on the LG G2x. Speaking of that heavy competitor, you’re soon going to have to decide between the two. Why? Because they’ve both got a vanilla Android going on, and sooner than later the G2x will be running Gingerbread, with a dual-core processor, and curved gorilla glass, and an 8 megapixel camera on the back, 1.3 megapixel... Full review
Impressive hardware coupled with the latest software make the Nexus S much to be desired
I think that Nexus S is a sturdy, functional Android device running the latest and fastest version of the platform. It’s got sufficiently powerful hardware that should hold up, and will continue to perform well as Android scales, much like the Nexus One continues to excel.
Your motivation for purchasing the Nexus S will derive from what your desires are in a smartphone, and how it can meet your expectations. Out of the box, the Android you will interact with on the Nexus S may not be exceedingly pretty (though some would argue it’s a heck of a lot more attractive and functional tha... Full review
Do not purchase a samsung phone
After less than 1.5 years with this phone, the battery will not charge. More specifically, the phone will not allow the battery to charge. Samsung only provides a 1 year warranty on its products. I am now stuck with this paperweight, and a data and voice contract that I have not been able to use. I have been very disappointed. I will be switching back to my iphone.Less
In love with Anroid!
This was my first smartphone and I was very apprehensive about chosing a phone. I decided to go with the Nexus as Android sounded appealing any my friend loved hers. I don't often use mobile data so usually I'm on WiFi and have no problems connecting or being dropped/cut off like the other user. I love it! Pros: 1. Touch screen is so so so easy to use. I get the most out of my phone and web browsing. I thought I would go crazy without actual buttons especially a keyboard but it did not bother me at all. 2. Android means free apps for anything you could want. 3. Fully customizable in terms of display, arranging icons, assigning ring tones, volumne, etc. Nothing bugs me more than not being able to customize my gadgets. 4. Messaging. As an avid texter it is great having a conversation history for each contact, something I did not have with my simple phones. I love the little Android emoticons even though everyone without an Android can't see them. Their loss! 5. Screen display is a large gorgeous colourful stunner that automatically adjusts to the light outside so I can always see my screen. 6. Takes gorgeous pictures. In fact, much better than my cheapo Canon camera. 7. Not an iphone. ;) Top cons: 1. Biggest con for me is the size. Quite large/heavy especially with a silicone case. Took getting used to from having tiny flip phones that weighed nothing. But this makes for a nicer larger screen. 2. Can't zoom with the camera although I've read that you can download zoom apps. 3. Can't turn phone to silent from outside volume control. You can turn it to buzz but it would be nice if you could turn off the buzz. My list of pros could go on! I have not come across anything on other people's smartphones that mine does not have. Besides still occasionally wishing my phone would fit in my smaller pockets, I am 100% happy with it.Less
Returned it ......
After much research, I picked the Nexus S as my first smartphone, due to the mostly excellent reviews. I spent 10 days fighting to keep this phone connected, whether on Wifi or 3G. It constantly dropped the wifi connection, and my friends Blackberry Curve consistantly blew it away loading webpages in a strong 3g area. I loved everything else about the phone, but Samsung obviously dropped the ball when picking an antenna for this phone. I replaced it with a BB Torch (with all the poor reviews) and haven't looked back.Less
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