Nexus S - A Look At Its Specifications And Features

The Nexus S is the latest offering from Google. Its an Android phone that follows on from the Nexus One, which came under some fire for appearing to be a phone that appealed more to developers than users. It seems, though, that Google has taken a more realistic approach to the Nexus S in order to make it more user friendly and give it more reach than the Nexus One. On the face of it, it boasts some spectacularly advanced capabilities, but does it make the grade?

The hardware of the Nexus S is very attractive at first glance. Its very glossy and has an unusual shape when compared with all the other smartphones it has a curvy, concave screen that fits well against your face when youre on the phone. The volume control is found to the left of the phone and the on/off function to the right, both of which are fine but the headphone jack below has received a mixed response. The plastic of the body also feels cheap, which lets it down.

The Nexus S also packs a lot of technology into its small frame. At less than half an inch thick and with a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, it offers great performance prospects. The 16Gb of storage is also an appealing feature and the WiFi capabilities are also a good draw. However, the quality of the 800x480 pixel Super AMOLED display looks a little bit yellow and the arrangement of the touchscreen means you find yourself opening up menus you didnt ask for.

One of the biggest draws of the Nexus S is the call quality, where some reviewers have been saying it far outstrips the iPhone in terms of its signal capabilities. The call quality isnt affected by a crowded room and both the earpiece and speakerphone options are loud, clear and generally very good. While the WiFi speeds are good, theres definitely room for improvement on this front as currently they do let the phone down a bit in terms of its connectivity, which is otherwise brilliant.

The Nexus S has received an upgrade in terms of its user interface and software when compared with the Nexus One. This is more than welcome but there are still issues to work on. The screen of the phone feels a bit cramped and while efforts have been made to improve the onscreen QWERTY keyboard, the iPhone still beats it in this regard. However, its now much easier to access the task manager function and the display is very sophisticated and streamlined. This is, generally, a good showing for Google.

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