Samsung Nexus S Unlocked Phone–U.S. Warranty (Black)

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  1. Mr. Ben "ctsamurai" says:
    134 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent phone, January 26, 2011
    Mr. Ben “ctsamurai” (mid-michigan) –

    (I would expect someone investigating purchasing a cell phone would do some price comparison, $700 for this phone is a bit steep.)

    The Nexus S is an interesting phone. It is the sequel to Google and HTC’s Nexus One (incorrectly regarded as a flop) and like the iPhone 4 it sets the bar for the current generation of smart phones.
    I bought this phone on its release day, so I am very familiar with what it can do. I came from using a Nokia N900 Unlocked Phone/Mobile Computer with 3.5-Inch Touchscreen, QWERTY, 5 MP Camera, Maemo Browser, 32 GB–U.S. Version with Full Warranty which was another great unlocked phone. But this year alone has seen a lot of improvements in what phones can do.
    The Nexus S, made by Samsung, is a gorgeous gadget. It is a little underwhelming in person, glossy all-black, but its a sleak package and it has some definite power under the hood. The 1GHz Hummingbird processor absolutely blows through apps, I have not experienced anything I would consider lag. I’ve encountered latency and bad apps, but those are not the phone’s fault. The Gingerbread version of Android is a real stunner. I still read about issues with 2.2 (Froyo) and just have to shrug because this phone does very well with every app i’ve installed.
    The camera(s) and other features function very well. The optics of this camera are not all that impressive, but the software behind the camera works very well and even resource hungry apps like Photoshop Express function very nicely on the Nexus S. As for displaying those pictures, this is one of the most beautiful displays on any phone. The “contour” glass is curved just enough to be comfortable when held up to your ear, and it separates it from all the “slabs”. The glass coating is wonderful to touch and fingerprints wipe off without a lot of smearing.

    One of the big gripes I’ve heard since this phone was announced was that it lacked an SD card. I was nervous stepping down to a 16GB phone after having 32GB plus an SD card slot on the n900, but now I do not miss it. The streaming apps (youtube, do a great job of keeping me entertained and I’ve gotten quite good at plugging in to my computer every so often to move media onto and off of the device. An interesting thing to note: The 16GB is partitioned similar to a phone with SD card, So you have about 2GB of “root” space- where the apps and actual Android OS stay, and then the 14GB “SD” partition that will be unmounted when you connect your phone to a computer (if that didn’t make sense to you, don’t worry). You can move apps onto the “SD” partition. In short, I have not missed having a huge hard drive on this thing.

    The other gripe is “No 4G” and this one is more of a “religious debate”. We are only seeing the tip of 4G. Every carrier claims to have 4G service, but that’s a debatable statement. Its pretty clear that carriers didn’t even roll out 3G as much as they could have, so really we’re waiting for proper high speed connection of any sort in most areas of the country. If you are one of the fortunate few who lives in 4G land, and you KNOW that you need extreme speeds NOW (and you won’t travel anywhere, because then you’re back to 3G or EDGE pretty quick) then this is not the phone for you. For the majority of people, 3G speeds are quite adequate for the majority of applications (both software and usage) that people will use, the phone is also 802.11 b/g/n compatible, so using wifi will improve your experience over many 4G connections. Consider also that you get tethering for free with this phone (a very nice feature that makes any Wifi device far more mobile so long as you have your Nexus S with you).

    Now on to the Nexus S’s unlocked status. Is it expensive to buy a phone without a contract? of course, you are only paying for the phone once. If you do the math it is cheaper in the long run (and you have more freedom) if you buy your phone and choose your carrier. Also take into consideration that Google will send the Nexus S Android updates before any other phone on any carrier gets them in the US. This shortcuts all the “fractured” issues with different manufacturers and carriers limiting your access to the latest Android software. This phone’s usability will be extended because of it. There is no carrier in the way who will want you to upgrade to get the next batch of features for Android, instead you’re plugged directly (or more directly) to the source. That is a big advantage.

    UPDATE: Having now used this phone daily for a few months, I am still very pleased. The main comment complement I get when people notice the screen and just how good videos look on it (even rather low quality youtube videos). Having Gingerbread on here is a real treat (ha ha). Its a shame I can’t…

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  2. ranjith says:
    134 of 142 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t get fooled by the low price, June 21, 2011

    This review is from: Samsung Nexus S Unlocked Phone–U.S. Warranty (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    There are many sites which display the model number as i9020 and ship i9023 instead.i9023 is a cheaper model(almost 100$ less) without the Super AMOLED screen which is the best feature of this phone according to me as the processor speed,RAM capacity are not as good as some of the latest dual core phones and this phone has a below average battery which lasts for only one day.I was expecting Amazon to be truthful to the customers and mention the display type in the product description.As the other clever websites,they also chose to misguide the customers by not including that part of the spec in the item description.Try calling the customer care and confirming about this item,you will receive only vague answers.

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  3. erkam says:
    90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    it is not US, it is not Super AMOLED, it is not i9020, May 26, 2011

    This review is from: Samsung Nexus S Unlocked Phone–U.S. Warranty (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I bought it just 2 weeks ago.

    I bought it especially for its Super AMOLED screen.
    But you should know that before buying:
    There is actually 2 kinds of Nexus S:
    i9020 (i9020a i9020t) and i9023

    i9023 is the european version or non-USA/UK version. It has S-LCD screen. Worse colors, worse black.
    google it and check example photos (I found some on flickr)
    Super LCD variant is unable to display black color, it’s just dark grey. More vivid colors are provided by Super AMOLED screen of i9020 variant.

    As far as I know, this is the only difference. If you want to root your phone, it is important again.

    Apart that,
    This is another perfect phone by Google (despite Samsung).

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