|To the big names in the telecommunications industry, the launch of the Google Nexus S came as a surprise. A year after the Google Nexus One was introduced, Google partnered with Korean electronics manufacturer; Samsung; to develop the Google Nexus S. Previously, the Google Nexus One was made available only through Google supply chains. This limited market placement of the Google Nexus One ultimately contributed to its poor sales. Now, Google has bounced back by producing its second phone, the Nexus S and improving its marketing plan to make it more accessible to consumers.
Within the Nexus S is the fastest and latest Android Operating System – the Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This gives the Nexus X the edge over other droids like Vibrant from T-Mobile which runs on the 2.2 Froyo. Another notable feature of the Nexus S is its Near Field Communication (NFC) chip. The NFC chip enables the transmission of data over limited distances. Although the NFC chip has not been widely adopted and accepted in countries like the U.K. and the U.S.; it is a big hit in Japan as a means of mobile money transfer.
Another fantastic feature of the Nexus S is its intelligent keyboard. Users will warm up to the keyboard in no time as it remembers more words and recognises frequently used words. This makes text messaging a breeze. The front-facing camera allows for video-calling and self portrait photography. The camera also supports video recording but only at a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, which is unimpressive for a smartphone.
The AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution displays 16M colors, and is great for watching videos on YouTube. Images are crisp and bright, with just the right dimensions, as opposed to the awkward display on the considerably larger screen sported by HTC Desire HD. However, upon closer inspection, the screen seems to emit an odd greenish hue.
Pros and Cons
However, a major shortcoming of the Nexus S is its sound quality. Although the rear speakers are capable of emitting exceptionally loud sound, in-call sound quality is poor – voices sound unclear and distant. However, sound clarity during calls to and from land lines is much better. In terms of aesthetics, the Nexus S falls short. Compared to the more popular smartphones like the iPhone 4 and HTC Desire, the Nexus S gives off a cheap feel because of its heavy use of light plastic.