Haters of bloatware, buggy Android skins and all forms of proprietary software rejoice: the Samsung Nexus S 4G is here to take away all the pain.
The Nexus sports the most up to date version of Android, Gingerbread. It gives you five home screens, fully customizable with widgets, folders and shortcuts. Other welcome features include the new copy and paste system, a revamped virtual keyboard and a new app management system.
Even better, the Nexus lets you to experience all these features the way Google intended, since it ships with stock Android. That means there is no third-party interface added on top of it. The result is one of the most user-friendly Android devices to date with a clean UI that operates smoothly. That alone is a major plus and selling point of the device, along with the fact that the Nexus is one of the first devices to get future Android updates.
Sprint's Nexus is very similar to the original Nexus from T-Mobile. It features a contour design that gives the device a slightly curved shape. At a time when most devices are rectangles that can be awkward to make phone calls on, it's refreshing to hold the Nexus and have its rounded edges and curved design fit the side of your face.
The shape of the device is great, but overall build quality feels a bit flimsy. Its plastic material makes it almost too light, and gives the impression that a single drop on a hard surface will be curtains for the device. The Nexus is stronger than it looks, but after you hold it for yourself, you're won't have much faith in testing it out.
The display is absolutely top-notch, just like in its T-Mobile cousin. The 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen won't equal the iPhone's Retina display in resolution, but it compares to the best of any other device on the market, especially considering the screen is half an inch larger than iPhone's 3.5-inch display. Vibrant colors, deep blacks and sharp lines all make the Nexus the very best LCD available on an Android handset.
The Nexus also delivers in the camera department. Don't let the fact that it only features a 5-megapixel lens fool you -- the Nexus lens is on par with some of the best today. Colors are true to life and there are several different options for resolution, auto-focus and exposure settings. Filters -- like the different color modes for different lightning -- provide nice solutions to common photo problems, like warped lighting.
If there's one area to nitpick, it's the single-core processor. But the Nexus doesn't suffer in performance -- in fact, it's one of the snappiest Android devices, dual-core or otherwise.
Don't let the plastic feel and single-core chip keep you from picking it up. It would be your loss. There is no better Android device on the market, and now that it's on Sprint's 4G network, its data speeds are on par with the rest of this quality device. ♦
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