Reviewed by kwudude (Currently owns)
At current prices, the Nexus S is an absolute steal.Shopping around, prices of under $300 off contract are easily found.
The curved screen design doesn't seem to offer any real usability benefit but it's so damn cool that everyone wants to touch it. And don't let the "plastic" casing fool you...it does feel like a quality device in your hands, albeit not quite HTC-aluminum-monocoque quality.
Super AMOLED is, in short, amazing. Blacks that look like they're part of the bezel! I dock off a point for Pentile and the average resolution.
The 1GHz Exynos inside seems lacking by today's standards but is easily overclocked to 1.3GHz+. Snappy menus, snappy browser...everything is in fine but not blazing working order.
Camera is lackluster. Yes, it is 5MP and yes, it can shoot decent photos, but it's a step down from the likes of many other 5MP sensors, ex. iPhone 4
Software is where the SNS really excels. Ice cream sandwich, an update many high end phones can't even dream of, is already available here.
Overall, incredible for the price.
- Design 9
- Display 9
- Camera(s) 6
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 8
- Software 10
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 9