The Nexus series of devices is supposed to represent the best possible Android experience. As was the case with the Nexus One, the Nexus S is a well-tuned Android smartphone with the latest software release (in this case, Gingerbread 2.3). Plus, it has no added interface, making the phone as fast as it can possibly be. Beyond that, the Nexus S provides a few features that Google is trying to encourage OEMs to include in future Android phones, like an NFC sensor, and a front-facing camera.
If the Nexus S turns out to inherit the same virtues as the Nexus One, we’re in store for a fast device with great battery life, and tons of developer support. More importantly, we’re in for a device that will be still as relevant in a year from now than it is today, thanks to a steady stream of Android updates from Google.
In this video we unbox the Nexus S. First impressions of the device? Yeah, it looks and feels a lot like a Galaxy S, but the curved screen (which isn’t as curved as you think) gives it some pizazz. We’ll be testing the Nexus S over AT&T’s network instead of T-Mobile as intended, meaning EDGE data is the best we can hope for, unless there’s a possibility of unlocking hidden bands for AT&T through software, as was the case with the T-Mobile Vibrant.
Right now you can grab a Nexus S from Best Buy for $529 without a plan, or $199-$249 with a new T-Mobile plan. The device comes unlocked so you can use it on any GSM carrier, but since it’s kicking the UMTS 900/1700/2100 bands, it’s optimized for T-Mobile 3G (yet can’t do HSPA+).