November 13th 2010 10:52 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Very clear call quality especially in the Dallas Metro area. good
  • Display Stunningly sharp screen. Hard to tell the difference when lined up to my iPod Touch. great!
  • Battery life One of the best smartphones I've owned in terms of battery life & standby time. great!
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use Android Gingerbread is absolutely easy to use & the widget preloaded helps to familiarize new users. great!
  • Design and form factor Slim, comfortable to hold, very nice curved screen. Definitely not an iPhone, but that's a very good thing. good
  • Portability (size / weight) As light as my iPod Touch & very easy to use with an appropriate case. great!
  • Media support Not quite as easy as an iPod Touch, but not having to use iTunes is a very big plus. Enough supported mainstream files to easy of use. good
  • Durability Materials could be better here. But it's something that could be better. so-so
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Don't feel I'm missing anything at all. The Android Market is robust enough to handle many different app needs. great!
Detailed review
The Nexus S 4G is only a slight improvement over the Nexus One but is by far one of the best Android devices I've experienced. The Pure Google Experience guarantees that none of the carrier or manufacturer bloat is on this phone. Applications launch extremely fast, the 4G speeds are a major improvement to any 3G network, & makes a real difference in how this phone responds. The robust Android Market has more than enough apps & diversity to handle almost any situation. It's very comfortable to use. The Nexus S has incredible standby time and I've gone days without having to recharge. The materials for the Nexus S exterior does feel a bit cheap & that's something that Google should look into. It would be nice to replace the plastic back with something of higher quality. Other than that, this is definitely one of the best smartphones I've had to use. Would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

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I got one nearly as soon as it was available on Sprint. I too would highly recommend it. But to say its only a slight improvement is a stretch. The Nexus one had a year head start so, one year in mobile device technology is like 12 dog years. Every technical aspect of the S model is an improvement over the One. My complaint(s) are- speakerphone/ringer volume is was too low, I found this out only after I bought it off contract. I decided I could live with it because there are a few workarounds. The other thing is no removable SD card, only the 16Gb internal. If you like this phone, do your homework and fully understand what a Nexus device is, and what it isn't. If you still want a Nexus device, you cant go wrong with the S 4G.