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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nexus S: The Best Android Phone

The first phone to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread which unlike their predecessor who only runs on Android 2.2, Google proudly claims Nexus S as the best Android Phone. “Pure Google” That’s the tagline Google is using to promote the Nexus S. The Nexus S’s distribution strategy is more conventional. It’ll be sold at Best Buy for $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract or $599 with no commitment. The 4-inches screen size is just right which makes it noticeably roomy. The screen uses AMOLED technology, which makes for vivid colors and deep blacks. Another Nexus S feature, its support for a technology known as near-field communications (NFC), it lets the phone communicate wirelessly with other NFC-equipped objects that are no more than 4 inches away. Setting up the phone doesn’t involve much more than entering your Google account name and password, Android then automatically configures services such as Gmail and Google Calendar.

Google Nexus S and iPhone 4-Comparison

Exterior Look and Feel

The most obvious and important difference between these two elite smartphones is the exterior. While the Nexus S looks pretty elegant with its rounded and curved case, the iPhone 4 has more of an industrial look and feel, which may put off some people. The Nexus S actually looks more like the older iPhone 3GS than the new iPhone. The difference in size is negligible, though the iPhone 4 is smaller overall at 115.2×58.6×9.3 mm, but taking into consideration the bigger 4 inch display on the Nexus S, its 123.9x63x10.9 mm aren’t that much of a difference, and it actually makes it feel better in your hand.


Both the iPhone 4 and Nexus S have beautiful screens, but there are a few important differences between them. The iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inch unit with an amazing resolution of 960×640, making it the most pixel packed display on any smartphone. The picture is simply incredible – very crisp and clear. The only bad thing is that the LCD backlight limits the potential contrast and it’s very hard to read the text on the screen in its normal size on a website from a distance of more than 5-10 inches

Processor, Graphics and RAM

The processor, video adapter and RAM type and amount are the same on both the Nexus S and the iPhone 4. The Nexus S has the Samsung Hummingbird 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 video graphics adapter and 512 MB of RAM, which should provide enough performance for any task for years to come.

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