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Samsung Nexus S 4G Review

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PROS / The Samsung Nexus S 4G runs on the Android 2.3 operating system.

CONS / This smartphone offers poor battery life with only 360 minutes of talk time.

 VERDICT / The Nexus S 4G has a lot to offer users but doesn’t provide any outstanding features that would make this smartphone stand out among others.

The Samsung Nexus S 4G is the first Nexus S device with 4G capabilities. This smartphone runs on the Android 2.3 operating system, giving it fast speeds, access to the Android Marketplace and a variety of Google applications. This smartphone doesn’t offer the most advanced multimedia features or lengthy battery life, but it does offer a beautiful display, 16GB of internal memory and all the basic tools you need to have a high-performing smartphone.

The Nexus S 4G offers a Super AMOLED touchscreen that provides stunning images. The Super AMOLED screen is a benefit because it's energy-efficient technology, saving you battery life. The 4-inch touchscreen is large enough that you can easily view webpages, movies, TV shows or games without any hassle. The screen offers 480 x 800 pixel resolution, which makes the images on the display screen vivid, crisp and bright.

This smartphone is tall, with a height of 4.88 inches, which may be a bit of an annoyance if you slip it into your pants pocket. It's also 0.44 inches thick and 2.48 inches wide, so it's a pretty large device. It does weigh only 4.55 ounces, which is light for a smartphone of this size.

Dual cameras are available on the Nexus S 4G. A 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera are available, but we were disappointed with their low resolution. The dual cameras make it possible to video chat on this device and the flash and auto focus features enhance the image quality.

All of your basic multimedia features are available on this smartphone. You can store and play music using the digital music player. You can also access your email on the Nexus S 4G. There is 16GB of memory available on the device, which gives you some additional space for storing a large collection of music, pictures and videos on the smartphone.

You have access to all the basic calling features on this smartphone. The Samsung Nexus S 4G has call holding and call waiting features. You can view your call history, use the caller ID and put your contacts in a practically limitless address book. And if you want to place phone calls between several individuals at once, this smartphone supports conference calling.

The battery life available on the Nexus S 4G is fairly low compared to several similar devices. This smartphone offers up to 360 minutes of talk time. Anytime the display is active or the calling features are in use is considered talk time. The Nexus S 4G offers only 230 hours of standby time. Even though this may seem like a significant amount of time, most smartphones offer at least 325 hours of standby time.

We were pleased to see the Samsung Nexus S 4G runs on the Android 2.3 operating system, also known as Gingerbread. This OS gives you access to more than 150,000 apps, including a handful of Google applications such as YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps. This smartphone also offers Bluetooth capabilities, Wi-Fi and GPS.


The Samsung Nexus S 4G is a smartphone with 4G capabilities, dual cameras and the Android 2.3 operating system. However, this device doesn’t offer any features that really stand out among other smartphones. The 4-inch touchscreen is a benefit when using this device, along with its video chat capabilities. This smartphone has a lot to offer – you just can’t set your expectations too high.