Pros -Super Amoled Screen
-Good Screen Size
-Gingerbread out of the box
-It's very Sleek
-Doesn't feel Plasticky
-Very good Performer
-Android is now VERY SLICK
-Lot's of Usability updates
-Very Attracitive Phone.
Cons -It feels sort of Fragile, but i do think that it would survive a drop, but only one.
-No HSPA+ support
-No SD Card Slot
Summary The thing with this phone is that I completely understand where all the "it's not that much better" vibes are coming from. However I also I think that the next major update to how phones are made won't be defined by one phone, the time where a manufacturer could pull that off is gone, cause the tech is too good and some companies only have access to certain materials such as if HTC made this phone, it would either be 3.7 inches or 4.3 inches and wouldn't have a SAMOLED screen, but would probably sport like a 8mp shooter. While there are something that I can't understand why people left out, I think most people are understating what this phone has to offer, let's be frank it has Gingerbread, which this phone has the only other phone that will get these update around the same time is the N1 and the G2, and the N1 is inferior to this, so the only real thing that is on completely equal footing with this phone is the G2, but that for later, now that I made sure you know what I think on to the review, To start off with a summary this phone has everything you need. This phone has a great screen; actually it is the best screen on the market right now, also it has some of the most advanced hardware out there right now, it has a front facing camera, a 1 GHz hummingbird processor which is faster than the Evo's snapdragon processor and is as fast as the A4 chip in the iPhone4. Also it had the most advanced version of android and will continue to get updates as soon as they are released, plus this phone can go head to head with any phone on the market, whether it is spec wise, performance wise, or looks wise. This phone is just a Overall killer.*Quick Edit around the last paragraph where it says "or have a stronger connection", i actually meant that Some Phones may have a Bigger Screen, but i accidentally talked about the connection.
Now for the things that are bad about this phone, The first one is that expandable memory, and, There is no way around this one thing, the simple fact is that this phone is not for a mediaphile or an appphile, and I doubt that it was ever intended for them, it was intended for normal people, and for normal people those 16 gigs of memory will do fine, however it is a sticking point and it does make me nervous.
As for the fragileness yes the phone does feel fragile, but the thing whether I was getting this phone or the phone or the Evo or any Smartphone, no matter how durable, I was going to buy it a case and a screen protector no matter what, it just makes sense to me, if your spending so much money, than you shouldn't mind throwing in a few extra bucks to secure you "investment".
Then the third con is the fact that there is no HSPA+ support, and honestly I don't pretend to understand why this went on, but as much as I love T-Mobile and their service I think that they have a hand in this, probably along the lines of them saying "what no bloatware able to be added?well no HSPA+ then." And Google had to agree to leave the NS untainted. However it is not really a sticking point, because T-Mobile's 3G is fast enough, and I don't know what other people are saying but when I tried to use my cousins at&t's sim card I got 3G connection without fail, so while it may not have that 4G or HSPA+, the 3G is speed is admirable and very workable with.
The Final Con was that no HDMI, and this is easily remedied, I connect my Phone to me Laptop and my laptop to my T.V and stream the video problem solved, while this is more work than simply directly connecting your phone to the T.V at least you cans still stream those HD videos.
The bottom line is that, this phone is one of the most lust worthy phones out there, and the only one that is really on equal footing with this phone is the G2, and by equal footing I mean most of the same features and stuff, putting that Aside, I do not believe that this phone is beaten full on by any other phone on the market, while some phones may have some more features more or have a faster connection, or have a stronger connection, or have more Applications available to it(iPhone), they do not completely beat the Nexus S, and the Nexus S actually beat's them in some categories, If you're looking for a fast attractive phone, with a sleek design and a slick UI and plenty of Apps then this phone is the perfect one for you.
Updated on Dec 9, 2010
Updated on Dec 15, 2010@ Scrooge, yes i did get a 3G connection on my Unlocked one, using my cousins At&T sim card, in fact i thought i might be a fluke, so i tried mutliple AT&T sims including my cousin, his dad and moms, and my friends and all times i got a 3G connection and continued to get a 3G connection wherever it was availible so i hope thats answers your question
Updated on Dec 18, 2010I retested the at&t sim card, with the Nexus S, and this time all i got was edge, then while i was working, i got a 3G connection again, I was intrigued, so after some negotiating with my cousin(Come on man, it is in the name of helpign other), some days i would get a 3G connection others i would only EDGE, others i would get both.......what this led me too believe is that 3G connection IS supported, but is spotty..and i mean VERY spotty, but when you get it, it is strong, and u do keep it for quite awhile, but it seems that EDGE is preferred on the Nexus Swhen on at&t, but 3G is supported kinda....but i dont reccomend it if u are going to NEED 3G 24/7, but if you are okay with getting spotty 3G connection then you should try the Nexus S on at&t, also one more thing, i pbrly live in a different city than you so my connection requirements and conditions will be different so plz keep that in mind too.
Updated on Dec 22, 2010....after further testing the at& 3G i simply dont know what to say, so im going to say, that 3G is supported, but is SO spotty that i wouldnt reccomend it.....AT ALL,the very first time i only tested for a day so i must have been lucky , the second time i tested for a week, and it was decent but not great, and now after 5 more days with it, im appalled at reccomending it..so i do not reccomend using it for at&t 3G.
Pros Does not have a disruptive loud jingle when you turn it on or off - like the Vibrant.
Earpiece for calls and speaker for media are slightly better than the Vibrant.
Has WiFi Teathering built in.
Text editing has adopted some IPad features.
Cons WiFi connection is not as good as the Vibrant.
No memory expansion.
Video Player does not have aspect ratio adjustment - like the Vibrant
Battery life shorter than Vibrant.
Dialer takes an extra click to get to the keypad.
Thicker than Vibrant.
Summary I added the Nexus S to my family plan because my wife needed a Christmas gift suggestion for me. I already have the Samsung Vibrant so my review is really a comparison between two great phones. Except for the the "pros" listed I have not really found any general advantage in having the new operating system. My Vibrant has no noticable lag in the interface and Adroid 2.3 is not a significant upgrade for my uses of the phone. To be fair, there are new features in the Nexus S that have been written about that I don't use.
The biggest plus for me is simply having the new cleaner physical design, but the added thickness at the bottom of the phone seems excessive. It is thicker than my Vibrant even with the Vibrant in its Case-Mate 'barely there' shell case.
The weaker WiFi performance is a small disapointment. I work and live in Wifi environments and have been able to get by with the 200M data plan by using WiFi almost all of the time. The effective WiFi coverage of the Nexus S is a smaller pattern around our access points. This is not a subjective comparison . . I have precisely tested Nexus S WiFi performance against the Vibrant and the Vibrant is better. I was not holding the phones for these tests, to prevent the comparison from being skewed by hand or antenna positioning.
Video Player: I have converted some movies and videos to play on phones but it not easy to exactly maintain the original aspect ratio in every case. The Vibrant Video player lets you page through different playback aspect ratios on the fly. I have not found a Market player for the Nexus S that works as well as the player on the Vibrant.
The built-in WiFi teathering is great if can pay $45 per month for your data plan. I already pay for internet access 3 times between a home, a cabin and an IPad. I don't want to add a 4th full broadband bill for a single phone. I have been using Wifi teathering with the (rooted) Vibrant and Nexus S on rare occassions within the 200M plan to access my office network when I have no other WiFi available.
Overall I would chose the Nexus S over the Vibrant but the preference is bases primarliy on the physical appearance. The Nexus S may have real functional advantages for some users, but its a funcitonal 'wash' for me.
Pros Crisp AMOLED screen, fast processor, lots of apps.
Cons Unreliable cut copy & paste, smaller than usual keyboard keys.
Summary Rather than giving a full review, I'll concentrate on the cut & paste issue. I was looking forward to an improved cut, copy and paste capability in Android 2.3.1 but was sorely disappointed; it isn't even quarter-baked. Selecting a portion of text for copy & paste is a crap shoot. Sure, two indicator pointers appear, but trying to move them for precise text selection is totally unreliable: Sometimes those indicators don't budge no matter how hard one tries to move them, other times one moves but not the other, and more often than not the entire selection disappears and one has to start from scratch (which means tapping on Menu, then More, then Select Text). Here is a specific example: I got an email with a tracking number. Selecting that number for copying took me at least 30 attempts! That is ridiculous to say the least. Compare that with iOS, where you don't even have to copy the number at all since it shows up as a link, and you get the idea about user friendliness in iOS versus lack thereof in Android. There is no excuse, at this stage of its development, for such a poor cut & paste performance in Android. This may not be a big issue for all users, but for me it was a deal breaker.
Pros touch screen, voice, cameras, easily access any type of network.
Cons battery life is configurable but it still drains moderately fast. Volume and speakers not that great.
Pros -Super AMOLED screen is the most beautiful touch screen ever! Including iPhone 4's Retina Display.
-Takes a decent still photos
-Call quality was amazing
-Speaker was pretty decent
-1GHz Hummingbird processor is lightening fast
-Awesome contour display
Cons -Lack of external memory support
-Lack of ports (HDMI port and such)
-Lack of 720p HD video recording
Summary Overall, you won't be disappointed with Nexus S ;)