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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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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.

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.

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