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Samsung Nexus S

81
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Computerworld says:

The Nexus S is a nice phone but nothing revolutionary. That's kind of the point. It's designed to be state-of-the-Android and to show the operating system in its best light. If you want a pure, unlocked, up-to-date open-source phone, this is your baby. Happy hacking.
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80
CHALE
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
Topographic
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
hooderick
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
422
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Carriers (US)
T mobile, Other
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to14 hours) (up to6.7 hours)
Standby time (max)
427.2 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1500 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp, Bpp, Pan, Sync)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Im, Maps, Stocks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North america (Us, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)

Display

Screen size
4 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480x800)
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1000 MHz
RAM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
No
TV-out
No
Model
4G

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to6 hours)
Standby time (max)
230 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1500 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp, Bpp, Pan, Sync)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Im, Maps, Stocks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (Us, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)

Display

Screen size
4 inches
Screen resolution
Other (800x480)
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1000 MHz
RAM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
No
TV-out
No
Model
i9023

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to14 hours) (up to6.7 hours)
Standby time (max)
427.2 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1500 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp, Bpp, Pan, Sync)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Im, Maps, Stocks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)

Display

Screen size
4 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480x800)
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1000 MHz
RAM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
No
TV-out
No
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