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samsung nexus s super amoled (i9020) review only...,
This review is from: GOOGLE NEXUS S UNLOCKED CELL PHONE (Electronics)
the samsung nexus s i9020 has been released for just over a year now and despite being one of google's flagship android phones - never really sold well, this was due to the phone missing things like a sd card slot and a underwhelming camera, but, in fact, the nexus s is a impressive and a must buy phone even to this day.
i heard a rumour a few days ago - that this phone was being sold for £199.99 sim free online, so, i checked out that rumour and my decision upon viewing it was made within seconds, i made the purchase without the slightest hesitation and decided to sell my htc desire hd (a great phone and i'll miss it) the biggest selling point of the nexus s is the super amoled screen and it easily out performed my htc by a mile. also, its a google phone with a fully stock android experience, meaning, no branding gimmicks and bloatware like motoblur, htc sense and touchwiz, i much prefer this, as its possible to fully customize the whole phone without problems. also, like i said, its a google phone meaning, it will always be first to receive new android firmware updates for quite sometime. this is something that my htc desire hd did not offer despite only being out for only a year. android 4.0 or ice cream sandwich is the new os that has just started rolling-out - but only new phones are down for the latest updates, but the google nexus s will be getting this update very soon, so, its quite the bargain at £199.99.
the phone itself is very impressive the super amoled 4.0" inch screen displays very deep blacks, super bright whites, rich vivid colours and ultra crisp images, it mite not be as good as newer amoled screens - but its still a amazing screen. the camera is 5 mega pixel and pictures look very good on this screen, sadly, no hd support on the camera or video recording, also, no zoom option but may change when updated to 4.0. no sd card slot - but the nexus s has 16gb built-in storage and if you own a pc, it can easily be saved to the hard drive or other sd card files transferred via usb cable.
the build quality is not bad actually, considering its plastic - the screen is glass and very responsive to the touch, the glass screen also features a curved design that looks really nice and the phone feels solid in the hand without feeling cheap. the screen has a blue tinted internal coating that helps improve outdoor viewing - its very good and looks a lot less washed-out than other phone screens when outside. as good as the screen is, i'm afraid both the screen and the phone are a fingerprint magnet despite samsung claiming that the screen features a anti fingerprint coating, it does help - but not much, so, if you buy this phone, buy a good quality cloth and leather pouch for it.
the phone call quality is crystal clear and the volume is very loud, i've had no drop calls so far. the text messaging is excellent and i really like the gingerbread keyboard its very easy to use as well. the overall performance is great and everything runs super quick, surfing the internet is fast and looks amazing on the super amoled screen.
a word of warning here, like some reviewers point-out, the uk is now completely flooded with cheaper european imports that do not have the super amoled screen - the model of that cheaper nexus s is i9023 it uses a super clear lcd screen instead, while the super amoled is i9020 just make sure you look-up that number if you buy the phone.