November 13th 2010 10:52 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Phone does well in low-signal areas. I do not consistantly find calls being dropped. good
  • Display Bright screen, highly adjustable brightness and color settings good
  • Battery life running ICS 4.0.3 battery has been lasting well over a day. much improved over 2.3.6, where I was mostly getting a day of life. good
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use It's a phone, ICS has proven to be extremely intuitive and easy to learn. Call buttons are large and easy to distinguish from backgrounds. great!
  • Design and form factor Curved screen seems to make the phone fit in hand very nicely. good
  • Portability (size / weight) screen is not overly large and the phone is very light. It fits in a front pocket of normal jeans (not skinny, you damn hipsters!) well. good
  • Media support More a function of the system, but the phone can play anything I throw at it, Netflix plays like a dream, no stuttering. great!
  • Durability I took one star away for not having gorilla glass, so now I have to use a screen protector. other than that, no protection, and no need for it yet. good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Android Market has impressed me with the wide variety of apps. I do wish more apps would take advantage of the NFC function. great!
Detailed review
I bought the Nexus S off ebay several months back after tiring of my Captivate. I have to say that it was a major upgrade in terms of quality and functionality. Like any good tinkerer, I have rooted the phone and installed the cyanogenMod Alpha 13 ROM. So far so good. I found I am able to use Google Wallet for purchases, which is apparently a mind-blowing feature for a lot of cashiers when I make purchases. I find it extremely convenient and so far it has worked perfectly every time I've tried to use it.

The phone came with a rubber case from the previous owner, but I have found that to be unnecessary in daily use. I did put a screen protector on , as the glass is not the Corning Gorilla Glass type, so I wanted to make sure it was protected. The back is a single plastic shell that pops off easily (but not too easily!) to reveal the battery, and SIM.

The only complaint I really have about this phone is the lack of expandable storage. It came with 16GB, but only ~13GB is available for use. I make up for it by making most of my media take advantage of streaming, since I have an unlimited data plan.

Overall a very nice phone, easy to use, comfortable, the battery lasts a good long while, and it has a ton of features.