Built by Samsung but driven by Google, the Nexus S’ all-black design is enhanced by both a slightly curved back and screen. It’s a bit thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S due to the curves on the end of the phone, but thanks to a few mm cut off on both its length and its height it does not come across as too plump. The big differences though are not found externally, but rather on the inside.
There’s another thing Android fans can smile broadly about since the Nexus S contains the most up to date Android operating system (for smartphones) currently in SA namely Android Gingerbread version 2.3.4. Android 2.3 brings a few valuable improvements to the platform, most notable when using the onscreen keyboard, since cursor control on copying and pasting is much better than ever before, while the keyboard itself also works a lot smoother.
The Nexus S runs on the same 1 GHz processor found on the Galaxy S, meaning it is very fast, but not quite on par with some of the dual-core processors found on some of the new “superphones”, such as the Samsung Galaxy SII, coming soon. A good dollop of 8 GB worth of onboard storage space is included but much to our disappointment no SD card is provided – a headache if you stored lots of data on your previous phone’s microSD card and want to make use of it again, or simply want to expand your memory.
If you’re looking for a plain and simple Android experience, the Nexus S is the route to go. It offers Android Gingerbread without all the bells and whistles of a customised interface offered on other manufacturers' phones. It’s not a basic phone in any regard, containing all the mod cons expected from a modern smartphone (sans SD card and HD-ready video), but that said this phone is starting to show its age compared to a number of new "superphones" entering the market. It retails for R6299.
Android 2.3.4 onboard, manageable size, no customised interface.
Photo and video below par, no microSD card slot.