Summary: If you're looking for an
clone that runs Android, the
Samsung Nexus S 4G
is pretty much right for you. It may not be the most original design available, but it's fast, light, powerful, and meets the demands that most users would place on it.
It doesn't have the cutting-edge features like a qHD screen, dual-core processor, or HDMI video-out, but with 4G data on Sprint's network, it offers a lot for the Internet hungry user who doesn't care about a keyboard.
Pros: Fast performance, Good quality screen, Robust communications suite with 4G and NFC
Summary: At Rs. 29,590, the Nexus S is slightly overpriced in a price segment that is becoming ever increasingly populous and competitive. While we appreciate our first look at a pure Android system with Gingerbread, the device itself was underwhelming for a number of small reasons that just pile up, and detract from the overall experience. It's not a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination, but as it stands, the Nexus S didn't quite bowl us over.
Pros: Pure Android experience for tweakers, Nice bundled earphones, and good music performance, The phone is fast and responsive, Very frequent patches and updates
Cons: A number of small usability-affecting glitches are present, Battery life isn't as good as expected, As a phone, we found the ringer and vibration system too weak, incoming calls get easily missed
Summary: In some ways the Nexus S 4G is behind the curve among $199 Android phones. It doesn't boast a dual-core processor or HD video recording. What this device brings to the table is an interface that's not cluttered with carrier apps and the ability to leverage new features as Google rolls them out. We also love how Netflix movies and TV shows look on the Super AMOLED screen, and that you can use your Sprint number as your Google Voice number.
Pros: Crisp and colorful Super AMOLED display, Can use Sprint number as Google Voice number, High-quality Google video calls, Works with Netflix
Cons: Feels a bit slower than dual-core phones, Doesn't record HD video
Conclusion: If you're looking for an Android phone with the latest greatest OS and a guarantee that you'll see future OS updates too, the Google Nexus S by Samsung is hard to beat. It's sleek, light, has a wonderful Super AMOLED display and 4G. The pure Google experience means earlier access to OS updates and a faster phone. It's also a more pocketable phone than the HTC EVO 4G for those of you looking for a candybar Android 4G smartphone. The only drawback?
Pros: Latest Android OS, excellent display, pure Android.