Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Google's very own "future-proof" phone
Samsung GT i9023 Nexus S
Member Name: sam236589
Samsung GT i9023 Nexus S
Advantages: Looks & feels nice, simple to use (android interface is great), beautiful display, NFC capabilities
Disadvantages: Heavy-use drains the battery a lot, camera doesn't have zoom, nothing uses NFC yet
I have to confess; my purchase of the Samsung Nexus S was a completely impulsive and industry-buzz fuelled decision. I was eager to get rid of my BlackBerry and, being a bit of an anti-Apple kind of guy (don't hate!), I was eager to join the growing Android user base. The Nexus S was Google's own creation and so I figured that this would be the best choice of phone, seeing as Android is created by Google.
(If you're already an android buff you may want to skip this paragraph.) The software itself is fantastic, I really do love the android platform. Like all new platforms it takes some getting used to, but the usability is actually very simple. My favourite feature being the widgets which enable parts of applications to be directly integrated with the home screen. For example music controls and a streaming news feed. The system rarely crashes and is very reliable. The only struggle I've had with it were working out how to answer the phone! (You have to slide the screen to accept the call, whereas I though you had to tap it...)
Onto the hardware. The phone is 'ergonomically designed' with a curved screen so that it's more comfortable when you're making a call, however it honestly doesn't make a difference. The camera and video camera are both reasonably good (you have front and forward facing cameras), except there is no zoom functionality, which is actually annoying. The screen display is STUNNING. However, unless you want to charge the phone every three hours it's best that the brightness is turned to minimum, which ruins the beauty of it a little. Which brings me to battery life; it's not fantastic and heavy-usage will mean regular charges. That said, I stopped using the phone for music and the battery life has increased considerably. I'm not a very heavy user though, with the exception of my angry birds addiction.
The 'future-proof' part of my title refers to the phones built in NFC (near field communication) chip. It works via tapping onto other NFC receivers- however nothing exists at the moment to use this with so I have never had a chance to use it. Speed-wise I believe the phone is very fast and slick, however I'm not the best person when it comes to technical specifications.
To conclude; I am very satisfied with my Nexus S. However, were I to make my purchase decision again, I would opt for the BlackBerry Torch. My reason; I simply struggle to type on touch screens and have discovered that I most definitely need a keypad. Were this not an issue for me then I would be extremely satisfied with the phone. If you are considering purchasing this though, perhaps have a look at the new Samsung Galaxy S II first... my friend has one and I must admit it is definitely better!
Summary: Very good Android phone, fast and easy to use, however there are better alternatives available now
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