Google Android 2.3

78
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Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Nexus S review

It can be difficult to review a phone like Google's Nexus S in a world already populated by so many outstanding Android devices. Not only does the manufacturer of this phone make a series of handsets that are all essentially the same (the Galaxy S line), but countless other OEMs are cranking away on hardware for the platform. Of course, the Nexus S is a decidedly different phone altogether. Picking up where the company's Nexus One left off, the S continues Google's legacy of creating standalone, "pure Android" phone experiences, seemingly aimed less at the mainstream and more towards developers. Unlike the failed experiment of the Nexus One, Google appears to be taking a more realistic approach to the S; the phone will be sold through Best Buy (and Carphone Warehouse across the pond), which suggests that the company has bigger plans for this device. And what a device it is -- the Nexus S boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch, 800 x 480 curved Super AMOLED display (dubbed the Contour Display), 16GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear and VGA front-facing camera, and near field communication capabilities. But hardware is only half the story here -- the big news is that the Nexus S showcases the next major evolution of the Android OS, namely, Gingerbread (or version 2.3). The update comes with a slew of new features alongside some UI improvements that show Google isn't slowing down when it comes to pushing its mobile operating system forward. So is the Nexus S a real standout in the Android world, or is it more of the "me too" tech we've seen lately? Read on after the break for the full Engadget review to find out!

Pros
  • Super fast CPUAndroid 2.3 is a major improvementUnique design
Cons
  • Screen had some coloring issuesUI is still counterintuitive in some casesNo native use for front-facing cam
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Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)

80
 

Speed

83
 

Ease of use

69
 

Configurability

80
 

How It Stacks Up

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72
 

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91

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91
 

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82
 

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79
 

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54
 

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48
 
73

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73
 

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72
 

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91

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91
 

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79
 

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