Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Samsung Nexus S's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Samsung Hummingbird Cortex A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 29.5 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 402 minutes (3G).



The Samsung Nexus S 4G brings an unadulterated Android experience to Sprint along with fast data speeds and Google Voice integration.

- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine 

Reviews summary

7.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 20 reviews

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.

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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)


Top Ten Reviews

This smartphone has a lot to offer – you just can’t set your expectations too high

from Top Ten Reviews
The Samsung Nexus S 4G is a smartphone with 4G capabilities, dual cameras and the Android 2.3 operating system. However, this device doesn’t offer any features that really stand out among other smartphones. The 4-inch touchscreen is a benefit when using this device, along with its video chat capabilities. This smartphone has a lot to offer – you just can’t set your expectations too high... Full review
Complex

Delivers a fast, pure Android experience

from Complex

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

InsideHW

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

from InsideHW

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

PCWorld

Gingerbread phone gets a 4G boost

from PCWorld
The Nexus S is a solid Android phone made even better with Sprint's 4G data speeds. With the added bonuses of Android Gingerbread, NFC support and a gyroscope, the Nexus S is certainly one of the best phones to get on Sprint as well. We still can't help but knock it for its lack of expandable memory, though. If you plan on using your phone as a music player or want to take a lot of pictures with it, expandable memory definitely comes in handy... Full review
PhoneArena

Very fast, unadulterated Android experience

from PhoneArena
Overall, the Google Nexus S 4G is a very good phone, if not a little late. If it were any other device we’d probably chide Sprint more for taking so long to pick it up, but it’s more about what the Nexus S 4G represents than the actual handset itself. Having a second carrier offer a pure Google phone is only a good thing for consumers and for the Android platform. The smartphone itself is still pretty capable though. Although it relies on a single-core processor, it's still very speedy, while it also doesn't miss on any other crucial feature, except for HD video capture... Full review
Laptop Magazine

The Nexus S 4G brings an unadulterated Android experience to Sprint along with fast data speeds and Google Voice integration

from Laptop Magazine

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

Cnet

The Nexus S 4G offers a great combination of design, features, and performance

from Cnet
The Samsung Nexus S 4G offers a great combination of design, features, and performance. The 4G connection could be more reliable, but the Gingerbread OS, stock Android UI, and admirable call quality make for a satisfying.. Full review
InfoSync

With Google Voice integration and 4G speeds, the Nexus S 4G is even better than before

from InfoSync

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

Android Community

An extremely well-crafted device

from Android Community

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

Mobile Syrup

Impressive hardware coupled with the latest software make the Nexus S much to be desired

from Mobile Syrup

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.... More
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 l... More
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... More
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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Full Specs

Overview
Release date December 16, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, India, Philippines, Russia
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
variations
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Samsung Hummingbird Cortex A8 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.58 W/kg
Body: 0.9 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
840 minutes (2G)
402 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 29.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 6.3 x 1.1 cm
(4.9 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 129 grams
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom No
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters 720 x 480 pixels, 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Nexus Two, Google Nexus 2, Google Nexus Two, Google Nexus S, Samsung GT-I9020A

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