Review: Samsung Nexus S
For the most part, touch response on the Samsung Nexus S was flawless, though some apparent bugs in the system did cause problems with the touchscreen. After my initial startup, the phone was a bit laggy to the touch, but that's because Android downloads and installs all of the apps I use on my other Android devices, and app installation tends to slow down the phone considerably. Once my 40 or so apps were installed, the phone responded more smoothly to the touch.
A few times, though, the touchscreen simply stopped working. I would swipe the screen lock to open the homescreen, and that gesture worked fine, but once I was looking at the homescreen I got no response. App icons and shortcuts would not register my taps, and I could not swipe from one homescreen panel to the next. It was very disconcerting. This always cleared itself up after a couple minutes, so it seems more like a serious system bug than a problem with the touchscreen. Thankfully it never happened during my phone calls, and hopefully a future software update will clear up this problem.
Hands-On with Google Wallet
A quick tour of Google Wallet in action, using a Samsung Nexus S 4G for Sprint.
Hands-On: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
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Swype and Sprint Giving Nexus S Owners an Exclusive
Swype and Sprint today announced that owners of the Samsung Nexus S will be the first to have access to a new version of Swype's Android keyboard starting today. In addition to a newly revised version of the Swype keyboard, the update includes a custom skin, tap correction, horizontal word choice list, personal dictionary management, and shortcut gestures to perform actions such as select all, or launch Google Maps or Twitter.
Swype Opens Latest Beta to All
Swype has made version 3.25 beta of its Android keyboard software available to all Android users. The beta was previously only available for the Nexus S on Sprint.
Google Wallet Goes Live at More Retail Locations
Google today announced that a larger selection of retail locations are now accepting its Google Wallet-based payment service. The service, which ties a phone-based near-field communications chip to a credit card account, has been up and running at Subway and Walgreens locations in New York City and San Francisco for about a month.
Samsung Nexus S
4" display 480 x 800 pixels
Samsung Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor
1,500 mAh battery
NFC, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)