On Dec. 16, Google debuted the Google Nexus S in conjunction with launch partners T-Mobile and Best Buy. The Nexus S is the first phone to feature Gingerbread, Google’s latest version of its Android OS (2.3).
The Nexus S is available at the Pueblo Best Buy store. Launch day saw no lines or people waiting, indicating little interest, at least locally.
NFC is a very short-range (approximately 4-inch distance) high frequency wireless technology that combines a smartcard, and card reader interface, into a single device. Presently, NFC usage is minimal but is expected to grow significantly in the near future.
With Google’s recent acquisition of Zetawire (a mobile payment company), it’s easy to see how the NFC technology can be incorporated into a mobile payment system. Prepare yourself, because soon, your friendly clerk may ask, “Cash, credit card, or smartphone?”
The Nexus S is a functional, full-featured and well equipped smartphone. The features include:
1ghz Hummingbird Processor
512MB Ram, 16 GB Internal Storage
Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
Internet Calling Support: VOIP + SIP
800×480 4.0′ Contour Super AMOLED Display
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Auto-focus 5.0 mega-pixel Camera +VGA front camera
HD Video (720p@30fps)
Network: Quad-Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Tri-Band HSPA: 900/2100/1700
U.S. carrier: T-Mobile
My initial impression? Nexus S is a refined version of the Galaxy S minus the TouchWiz interface and other Samsung add-ons.
As I prefer a pure Google experience, I wish Google would require manufacturers to de-couple their custom interfaces from the OS. This would also keep updates from being unnecessarily delayed due to compatibility problems with custom UIs.
In my brief time with the Nexus S, the handset was very responsive. Gingerbread seems more evolutionary than revolutionary. If you have an Android handset with 2.2 (Froyo) installed with the latest market updates, you would be hard pressed to notice any difference at a glance.
With the many positive attributes of the Nexus S, the lack of support for T-Mobile’s expanding HSPA+ (4G) network and absence of an expandable storage (SD card) support make it a non-starter for me.
The Nexus S is available for $529.99 (upgrade) or $199.99 with a new 2-year contract exclusively through Best Buy.