Review: Samsung Nexus S
The new Android 2.3 software offers no improvements to the stock Android messaging experience. You still get the same basic toolkit. The text messaging app is solid, with threaded, conversational messaging and picture messages that show up in line with the text. There is Google Talk on board for IM chatting, but that's all; you'll have to download clients for other IM services. For email, you get Gmail for Google's own mail service, and a slightly inferior Email app for Exchange, POP and IMAP accounts.
I won't beat a dead horse about all the bonuses you'll get with a tweaked manufacturer's phone. But I am disappointed that Google hasn't improved its own apps. It seems like video chat in Google Talk would be a no-brainer. Hopefully Google will add the feature in the near future.
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The software keyboard has seen some improvements, but it still isn't the best available. The keys are more separated, but also a bit smaller. The auto correct worked nicely, though, and you can now hold down a key to activate the corresponding number or symbol. This has long been a feature of other software keyboards. I prefer Swype to the stock Android design, but Swype is still in a closed beta trial, so if you're not already in, you can't get the gesture-based keyboard on this phone.
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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
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), NFC