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Google Nexus S
Nexus S coming December 16

We've seen leaked information on Google's latest smartphone for the past month or so, but Google today made the Nexus S official. The Nexus S is made by Samsung and will be the flagship for Google's new Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" smartphone OS.

The Nexus S is a GSM phone that also comes packed with 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Near Field Communication (NFC) and A-GPS. The screen is a gorgeous 4.0" (480x800) Super AMOLED, and a front-facing VGA camera sits right above the screen. On the back, the Nexus S features a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash (it also support H.264 720p video).

The Nexus S packs a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 16GB of internal storage. The phone measures 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm and weighs 4.51 ounces.

The Nexus S will be available for purchase starting December 16 online or at Best Buy stores.

In other news, Google has announced it Android 2.3 SDK and has cited some new features/improvements for the popular smartphone OS. These include:

  • Redesigned keyboard with multi-touch support
  • An improved copy/paste and word selection interface
  • Improved power management
  • Improved application management
  • NFC support
  • Redesigned Downloads manager

Android 2.3 also includes a number of new features to aid video game developers. You can check out a whole slew of Android 2.3 enhancements here.



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LAME
By mavricxx on 12/6/2010 11:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
I can't beleive Google put its stamp on an inferior phone! This phone should have had been done with the BEST specs available meaning- dual HD cams like the LG STAR (also with 1080p recording), USB 3.0, HDMI out, Dual core processor, 1gb RAM, 4G and World bands so those of us who travel abroad constantly don't have to be using a different phone if we switch SIMs. Also, if they made it with world bands it would expedite fabrication as they don't have to make 2 or 3 different phones, this is practically the MyTouch 4G with a slightly bigger screen, Gingerbread OS and no 4G!




RE: LAME
By ScotterQX6700 on 12/7/2010 12:02:48 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you 100%.


RE: LAME
By semo on 12/7/2010 3:25:39 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with half of what you said!

The thing that bugs me the most though is that since this is not a subsidized phone, why didn't they make it dual SIM? There are many Chinese fakes that can take calls from 2 different lines simultaneously but they usually use outdated hardware, are flimsy and everything else associated with fakes!


RE: LAME
By Breakfast Susej on 12/7/2010 9:39:12 AM , Rating: 2
I am a little disappointed as well. I would still consider it just for being unlocked though, and out of the incredibly poor choice we have in Canada from our horrible carriers. (unlocked would be preferred for overseas travel)

But then it doesn't support the bands necessary for AT&T, and Bell/Telus. So out of luck there unless the UK version does, or unless they release a version for Canada like the nexus one.

Sad to say I am one that would probably still go for this phone simply for having access to the latest possible updates without having to root my phone or wait for carriers.

I had a Galaxy S Captivate for a bit but the GPS problems and other quirks put me off so I returned it. Overall it was a nice phone but GPS was important to me and it just irked me considering the very high outright purchase cost of the phone.

I am definitely wanting for a perfect android phone, sadly we just have such poor choices in Canada.


RE: LAME
By ryedizzel on 12/7/2010 3:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
maybe they actually valued battery life.


RE: LAME
By bug77 on 12/9/2010 5:09:47 AM , Rating: 2
No, they didn't. The battery is supposed to last a less than Galaxy S. Which isn't exactly stellar either.


Integrated SIP stack
By hinchesk on 12/6/2010 1:14:29 PM , Rating: 2
It'll be interesting to see how well the integrated SIP stack works. A free SIP account (freephoneline.ca) + Android 2.3 phone + $35, 5Gb data-only plan would be good way to get most of the smartphone experience for less money.

The carriers of course will put up roadblocks at every opportunity... at least in Canada anyway.




AT&T
By TxT on 12/6/2010 1:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
Since it's it will be available for T-Mobile which runs on GSM, I take it, it will also work on AT&T Network without any issues?




Engadget jumped the gun. :(
By tdawg on 12/6/2010 2:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, the previous reports that 2.3 was rolling out to us N1 owners was erroneous. Instead, those that reported an update with their phone were just getting some more mundane update with no Gingerbread in sight.

Speculation has it that we won't see an OTA for the N1 until the S is released, as it's stated to be "the first phone with Gingerbread" to hit the market.




GPS
By Desslok on 12/6/2010 2:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't been following the tech news as of late, did Samsung ever fix their horrid GPS reception problems?




By Tony Swash on 12/6/2010 6:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
Google's Android sales rate may have leveled off, according to details the company gave out with the Nexus S launch on Monday. It reported that it was activating about 1.5 million Android devices of all kinds each week, or just over 214,000 devices each day. The figure is just a small step up from 200,000 per day in August and a much smaller increase than with its previous growth rate.
The number would also come in spite of the addition of tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which accounted for one million sales in its two months in stores. Google's activation rates only for smartphones may have been virtually unchanged as a result, since it would have had to activate about 16,700 Galaxy Tabs each day.




Too little
By ScotterQX6700 on 12/6/2010 11:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
I bought my Nexus One in January of 2010 because it was state of the art and even a little bit ahead of its time. I wanted a phone that would last. It is sturdy, elegant, and still, about a year after release, more powerful than most Android phones.

So what is up with the Nexus S? It is *barely* superior to Samsung's Galaxy phones, with only a few incremental improvements. With dual core phones just around the corner, the only incentive to buy the Nexus S is that it will be unlocked and get fast updates. I've really enjoyed getting fast updates on my Nexus One but I'm OK (but sad) giving that up and going back to rooting like I did with my G1, in order to wait another month and get a phone that is ahead of the curve. This is what I'm holding out for: dual core (Tegra would be nice), no physical keyboard, 4.3 to 4.5" screen, super thin bezel, 8-16gig ROM, 1gig RAM, sdcard slot, standard headphone jack, front video cam, and HDMI out. Also: I prefer the "back" key, which is the one I use most, to be on the far left, easy for fingers to reach.

I'm betting it will be HTC who delivers my next phone. I'm even hoping that, as the Android OS matures, we will see less carrier-added OS mods and/or easier/faster updates for non Nexus-class phones. Google are you listening? HTC & Samsung are you listening? T-mobile are you listening?




Too little
By ScotterQX6700 on 12/6/2010 11:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
I bought my Nexus One in January of 2010 because it was state of the art and even a little bit ahead of its time. I wanted a phone that would last. It is sturdy, elegant, and still, about a year after release, more powerful than most Android phones.

So what is up with the Nexus S? It is *barely* superior to Samsung's Galaxy phones, with only a few incremental improvements. With dual core phones just around the corner, the only incentive to buy the Nexus S is that it will be unlocked and get fast updates. I've really enjoyed getting fast updates on my Nexus One but I'm OK (but sad) giving that up and going back to rooting like I did with my G1, in order to wait another month and get a phone that is ahead of the curve. This is what I'm holding out for: dual core (Tegra would be nice), 4G capable, no physical keyboard, 4.3 to 4.5" screen, super thin bezel, 8-16gig ROM, 1gig RAM, sdcard slot, standard headphone jack, front video cam, and HDMI out. Also: I prefer the "back" key, which is the one I use most, to be on the far left, easy for fingers to reach.

I'm betting it will be HTC who delivers my next phone. I'm even hoping that, as the Android OS matures, we will see less carrier-added OS mods and/or easier/faster updates for non Nexus-class phones. Google are you listening? HTC & Samsung are you listening? T-mobile are you listening?




SuperAMOLED 2
By Visual on 12/7/2010 4:40:28 AM , Rating: 2
I though it was supposed to use an updated version of SuperAMOLED - SuperAMOLED 2 or something... has that been canned? Or is it still the case, just not directly advertised in the specs?
How does it compare to the Galaxy S?




Underwhelming
By kaosstar on 12/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Underwhelming
By DanNeely on 12/6/2010 11:56:47 AM , Rating: 4
Seems a reasonable choice to me. The Galaxy S is one of the most popular android phones on the market today, and the Nexus 1 didn't sell well enough to justify major hardware work. Google just needs a phone it can sell that doesn't need rooted to allow developers to switch between firmware versions.


RE: Underwhelming
By weskurtz0081 on 12/6/2010 12:00:42 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, I would probably buy this one over the Galaxy S due to the fact it runs vanilla Android (Nexus One owner.... love vanilla Android).


RE: Underwhelming
By Da W on 12/6/2010 3:06:05 PM , Rating: 1
Gingerbread is a minor update at best. I guess everything has been done on the cell phone front. Or Google is running out of ideas. Probably waiting for Apple / Microsoft to come up with something new to design a cheap-ass way to copy it and make it open-source.


RE: Underwhelming
By thrust2night on 12/6/2010 7:21:10 PM , Rating: 2
They did a GUI rehaul plus added Near Field Communication for using phones for payment transactions. Also, they've improved the OS for game development, which will be of great benefit to the Playstation Phone.

That sounds like more than just a minor update.


Yippie
By cknobman on 12/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Yippie
By dvinnen on 12/6/2010 12:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't true at all.


RE: Yippie
By Stoanhart on 12/6/2010 12:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Galaxy S and find it to be a very well constructed phone, with the best display I've ever seen in my life (yes, I've seen the iPhone 4's screen). Plastic doesn't equal poor quality.


RE: Yippie
By theapparition on 12/6/2010 1:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
While the OP was just trying to be negative, he did bring up some vaild points. Samsung build quality has been suspect in many models, but the Galaxy S, while overly plasticly, is fairly solid. Plus the SuperAMOLED screen does in fact take signifigantly more power than LCD techs.

I can't believe you actually like that SuperAMOLED screen. Better than AMOLED, but horridly over saturated colors, no true white (everything has bluish tint), and effectively 2/3rds the resolution due to the pentile matrix. Text looks terrible (again due to pentile matrix).

It does pop though, and contrast can't be matched, but I'd prefer more color accuracy, real whites, and readable text any day over it.


RE: Yippie
By Murst on 12/6/2010 1:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I don't see what you mean by blueish whites, and hard to read text. Although I don't have a Galaxy S, I do have a Focus (which is basically the same thing), and the whites look white on my phone, and text is very clear to read.


RE: Yippie
By Solandri on 12/6/2010 2:11:05 PM , Rating: 2
White is relative. What looks white in one setting can appear yellow or blue in another. Photographers and videographers have to deal with all the time when they do a color balance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_balance

Holding my Galaxy S phone next to my 6500K color calibrated screen, I can see that it has a slight green-blue tint. 6500K is about the same as sunlight, so the phone's screen is venturing slightly into fluorescent light color territory. But until I did this little experiment, I never really noticed a tint. And I do a lot of photo work so I'm pretty sensitive to color tints. Looking at the phone alone, the whites look fine to me (your brain constantly does an automatic white balance of everything it sees).

It is hands-down the best screen I've used, with perfect blacks. I wish my laptop screen were as good.


RE: Yippie
By DanNeely on 12/6/2010 2:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't realize the suns light had its color balance changed that heavily via the atmosphere. It's black body temperature is only 5770K.


RE: Yippie
By Solandri on 12/7/2010 1:09:19 AM , Rating: 2
The US spec for daylight is 5500K for pure sunlight. The EU spec is 6500K for a combination of sunlight + blue sky. It's kind of a toss-up which one you pick when taking photos, but most monitors are calibrated (or quasi-calibrated out of the factory) for 6500K.


RE: Yippie
By Rocket321 on 12/6/2010 3:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
Just to throw in my expirence with the epic:
With the brightness below 50% it does have a slight blue tint, but if you set brightness at or above 50% it looks crisp white.

As for the build quality...I know its not saying much, but it is MUCH more solid than the palm pre. No flex, squeeks, clicks or groans. It feels quite solid to me.


RE: Yippie
By Solandri on 12/7/2010 1:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, you guys got me curious enough to check it out. I popped out the colorimeter. At max brightness displaying (R255 G255 B255) pure white, my Sprint Epic Galaxy S measured 7730-7740 K, and 162.3-162.5 cd/m^2 (candela per square meter) brightness.

Like I said above, that's a slight blue-green tint compared to holding a white sheet of paper outdoors in sunlight during the day. Nothing to really get excited about. In fact, use it outdoors in the shade and it will look perfectly white.

For reference:
1850K - candlelight
3000K - incandescent light
5500K-6000K - direct sunlight, typical CRT
6500K - sunlight + blue sky (also cloudy day), typical CRT, sRGB
7500-8000K - shade on a sunny day
9300K - highest color temp option typically used on CRTs.

The people who view 6000+ K as being "too blue" are usually folks who are way too used to working under incandescent lights.


RE: Yippie
By Alexstarfire on 12/6/2010 3:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, the power requirements vary based on the color. With whites I'd agree that it's about 3x the power consumption, based on the articles I've read on it anyway. With black though it uses less. Certainly need to work on the power requirements for it. Viewing angles and contrast can't be beat though.


No thanks
By DigitalFreak on 12/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: No thanks
By amanojaku on 12/6/2010 12:20:42 PM , Rating: 2
I've enjoyed T-Mobile's service for over seven years, I have no complaints. If I was on Verizon I wouldn't switch just to get a phone, however. I'd drop AT&T in a heartbeat, which is how I got to T-Mobile in the first place.

Anyway, T-Mobile has the worst phone offerings of the major US carriers. It's about time we got something modern and nice to look at, in addition to being functional.


RE: No thanks
By Alexstarfire on 12/6/2010 1:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
How do you figure that?

The Nexus One was an unlocked phone so it could run on any supported network. I would assume that they will do about the same thing with this new phone, especially since it's basically just a Galaxy S phone which is already on all major carriers in the US.


RE: No thanks
By hinchesk on 12/6/2010 1:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
Prolly a reference to the phone's supported UMTS bands:
http://www.google.com/phone/detail/nexus-s

Tri-band phones supporting band 1 (2100MHz), 4 (1700MHz), 8 (900MHz) are typically the ones you'll see on T-Mobile in the US and Wind in Canada. Bands 2 (1900MHz) and 5 (850Hz) are missing from the Nexus S which is what AT&T and Rogers/Bell/Telus support.

So ya it'll be unlocked, but won't support the right bands/frequencies to work off T-Mobile... unless they release a second version of the phone, like they did (in Canada anyway) with the Nexus One.


RE: No thanks
By DanNeely on 12/6/2010 1:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
It lists 850/900/1800/1900mhz as GSM bands, and I thought ATT was GSM.


RE: No thanks
By zorxd on 12/6/2010 2:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
yes, but you don't want to use a phone like this on a slow GSM network.


RE: No thanks
By omnicronx on 12/6/2010 3:04:22 PM , Rating: 2
Needs to support at least 850/1900 HSPA bands to be useful.. those are just 2g GSM bands..

Just speaking from experience with the Galaxy S, it won't have the required bands for it to be useful in the US outside of Tmobile in the US and Wind in Canada...

That being said, they usually do make versions for the other bands.. My Galaxy S for example is an i9000 (international Galaxy S).. but has the GT model tagged on.. Pretty much exactly the same phone but it supports the HSPA bands I need for the Bell network. (or Rogers/Telus)


RE: No thanks
By chick0n on 12/6/2010 8:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
who cares AT&T band? AT&T is completely useless anyway.

Unlike AT&T that gets drop calls every 5-10 minutes. T-mobile and its 3G has been working for me since day one. This is from NYC.

I just got a Nokia N8 (switching from Nexus One - Xperia X10 - N8), N8 has an excellent camera thats why I made the switch. Biggest reason I drop Nexus One was because of HTC's garbage support. This one is made by Samsung, so I might switch back.


RE: No thanks
By fearrun on 12/6/2010 11:18:48 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately T-Mobile doesn't have any significant presence within almost a 50 mile radius around the city where I live. I can't even make an account with my home address, only service they have here is with their extended roaming partners. So currently for unlocked GSM phones AT&T is my only option.

I will be sticking with my, AT&T frequency, Nexus One, giving them the middle finger all the while using my free Wi-Fi tethering. Thank you Google.


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