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Review: Samsung Nexus S

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Frankly, multimedia support is an embarrassment on the Samsung Nexus S. The fantastic 4-inch display is almost wasted with no good video playback options. Even after a search through the App Market, the only robust players I could find that would support my favorite video formats were pricey and/or buggy. Apple’s iOS platform, and now Windows Phone 7, are both taking multimedia very seriously with good conversion software on the desktop and easy, appealing music and video players on the device. Google has essentially conceded this point to the competition.

Even music playback is sub-par on the Nexus S. Sound quality was great, but the stock music player is bare bones. You can’t even control music from the lock screen with the stock player, you have to unlock the screen and jump to the app or the player itself, unless you download a third party option. There are plenty of good music player options, far more than there are video options, but even with the best software, like DoubleTwist or WinAmp, the Nexus S seriously lags behind the competition.

 

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