Google Nexus S 4 Stars

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Look and feel

The Nexus S is easy on the eye, thanks to its glossy black plastic chassis, and when it’s switched on, that AMOLED display is really eye-catching. It’s not too weighty and is comfortable in the hand.

Ease of use

The lack of buttons may not be to everyone’s taste, but once you’ve got the hang of it, the phone is simple to use. But be aware that the Android buttons may not be in the order you expect. We’d have liked to see the power button away from fingers, but otherwise it’s well designed ergonomically


This is the first handset to feature Gingerbread so has the benefit of extra features such as Wi-Fi hotspot and power management. They’re not exactly revolutionary, though, apart from NFC, which is so new that there are not many opportunities to use it as yet.


Thanks to the 1GHZ chip and the upgrades of Android Gingerbread, there is plenty to impress with this high-performance handset.

Battery life

High-end smartphones drain power quickly, so it’s nice to see that you can get through a whole day without recharging.

Stylish hardware and the latest Android OS, plus some fun added extras.
A lack of removable storage and no facility for HD video recording.
  • Look and Feel 4 Stars
  • Ease of use 4 Stars
  • Features 4 Stars
  • Performance 5 Stars
  • Battery life 4 Stars

Final verdict: 4 Stars

The retro design impresses and basic operation is easy, but in some instances the phone’s lack of features can hamper use.

Review by Mobile Choice