Honestly, I get where you're coming from, but at the same time, this phone is fast and smooth, has stock gingerbread (none of the phones announced at CES had any form of Gingerbread) and is just an all-around great phone.
2.3 is yet to be optimized for multi-core cpu's so really, we're talking about 6 months for a version of android capable of taking advantage of hardware just announced, at which point some of these phones may just be getting around to having 2.3. Give them another's 6 months to catch up, and then it's been a year and thus time for the third-gen Nexus.
It's nice to have a completely stock Android reference phone for each new version. I can't recall if the Nexus S has an unlockable bootloader, but I imagine that all of the new handsets coming out will be running some OEM and carrier proprietary cruft. And because it's "cruft"-free, if there really is a 2.4 coming out, it should be available on this handset pretty fast.
It's not necessary for these "pure" phones to be huge sellers, I'm just glad that they are available to developers who want them.
Totally agree with each response here! The phone is great as it is, and we do need to have a stock phone for devs and enthusiasts. The problem with this argument is that the Nexus One still exists. It's pure and un-messed with, and out there for those who want it. And it's specs are nearly identical to the new nexus. And it can get gingerbread or any new updates right away of course. So my original thought still stands.. why did they release a new phone of their own which is hardly different from the previous one, and do it right before the wave of next generation hardware? It seems to me like they should have just stuck it out a little longer with the original N1 and let that carry the torch so to speak, until there was real reason to release a successor to it, apart from an NFC chip and curved display. Maybe I'm just crazy, this is google and they don't often do what makes sense haha
They just wanted to push it out for a Gingerbread showcase device that wasn't a year old already (N1). Also wanted NFC out for developers.
I have a feeling Samsung got screwed over twice. Nexus S in terms of hardware and Tab in terms of software.
True that. Or they screwed themselves by being reliant solely upon google for their software. That's the problem when you don't build your own OS
That's the problem when you're Samsung and not Motorola or HTC.