Alongside the release of Android 2.3, Google has also announced plans to launch the Nexus S, a new smartphone that was developed in collaboration with Samsung. Much like Google’s Nexus One, the new phone in the Nexus series will be available unlocked with a pure Google experience. The unlocked version will be sold at Best Buy for $529 without subsidy, and T-Mobile will be selling it on contract for $199.
The aptly named Nexus S looks like the love child of the Nexus One and the Samsung Galaxy S. The touchscreen-only device has a 4-inch curved “contour” Super AMOLED display, 1-Ghz Hummingbird processor, 1 GB of internal storage, and a 1500-mAH battery rated for 6.7 hours of talk time. The handset showcases some of the new hardware features of Android 2.3, such as support for near-field communication (NFC), which can be used for close-range contactless data exchange.
Interestingly enough, it comes with 16GB of internal storage and no SD expansion slot. Seems like they are trying to move towards the iPhone a bit. But the changes to the Android UI seem like a welcome step.
One thing I will offer, is it would be nice if Google figured out a way to cut out the necessity for so many third-party apps. It would be nice if they had a place where I could manage all my apps, back them up, etc. Seems like Apple has a more thorough system in place and it doesn’t feel like Google has an intention of putting it all together.