Samsung Nexus S 4G

6.0
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Reviewed by brianse (Currently owns)

If I'm being honest about this phone, it's a great phone. Up to a point. The display still looks great, even though it's a pentile display, and the slight jaggedness is noticeable if you're coming from a nice LCD or non-pentile display. That said, once you're used to it, the brightness, clarity, and usability in sunlight is very nice.

The camera is passable, and the low light performance of it is quite nice.

But the real downfall of the phone, and the real reason why I only think the phone is worth a 6 is the reception. Calling the reception of the phone terrible would be being generous. The dropped calls, lost signal, and slow data speeds off the 4g network are flat out embarrassing. Everyone harps about dropped calls on iPhones on AT&T, but as a former iPhone user on AT&T, I can say it's literally night and day difference. I can't speak to someone for more than 20 minutes without dropping a call, and often times in a 30 minute conversation with someone the call will drop 3 or more times.

Other phones on Sprint perform much better with calls in the exact same area. I'd stay away from this, because unless you are using wifi, and never make phone calls, this thing barely qualifies as a phone.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 7
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 2
  • Performance 8
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 6
  • Ecosystem 8
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