The Nexus S was finally unveiled today and early reviews are beginning to appear online. The guys over at TechCrunch have been using the Nexus S for the last few days and they are quite impressed, calling it “the best phone on the market today”.
Browsing our reader comments, it appears that the hardcore Android fans are slightly disappointed with the Nexus S hardware but they are eager to get their hands on Android 2.3.
Dual-core devices are going to be announced on January 5th and they are looking more compelling each week, so the general consensus seams to be wait for the next-generation of hardware and hope the handset makers ship them with Android 2.3.
If all you want is the latest version of Android and the speedy software updates from Google, then the Nexus S looks to be an excellent choice.
Highlights from the TechCrunch review include:
- Unlike the Nexus One, the phone was not built from scratch — the starting point was the Samsung Galaxy S, released earlier this year
- The phone does not fail to please. It is significantly faster than the Nexus One (and most current generation phones)
- The phone has a sleeker design than the Nexus One, although its generic black plastic case doesn’t exactly scream for attention. The case also feels somewhat cheap, unlike the solid feel of the iPhone and some previous Android phones
- We’ve been getting 6+ hours of heavy voice/data usage on the removable 1500 mAh Lithium Ion battery
- At this point you probably won’t have many reasons to have it activated (you can shut it off to preserve battery), but NFC is likely to prove very important over the next couple years
- Google’s noise cancellation software is also present. When combined with the excellent audio hardware it results in very high quality calls
- So far, not one dropped call
- If the iPhone is 8/10 on text input, the Nexus One is probably 5/10 and the Nexus S is a solid 6/10
- The bottom line is this. If you are an iPhone user this isn’t going to make you switch
Hit up the source link for the full review.