March 24, 2011

Interesting facts about the Google Nexus S

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The Google Nexus S was recently launched in Malaysia last weekend. I had a chance to play around with it and here’s some interesting observation on Google’s latest Nexus.

Countour Display


Contour display

Contour display

The “Countour display”, Google and Samsung claims that the Nexus S is the first device to offer such a display, looking at all the other flat touchscreen displays out there currently this really made the Nexus S special. Holding  against your cheeks feel really natural as the curvature of the glass hugs the curvature of the cheeks. With a contoured screen, coupled with a ridge on the back of the phone makes it easy and comfortable to type with. I was intrigued with this little technological marvel and decided to dig deeper.

Nexus S teardown

Nexus S teardown

iFixit recently took the Nexus S apart and what do you know, the screen of the phone was actually flat, a curved piece of glass is the one that gives the Contour Display it’s shape. The glass is solidly glued right onto the AMOLED display and after some heavy heat gun action they manage to detach it from the housing. Don’t you just love the marketing people right now ? 🙂


Nexus S glass

Nexus S glass

Either way flat or curved, Nexus S users still enjoy the curved exterior surface with an ergonomic bend to it. I was really hoping to see a truly curved AMOLED panel. I still think Contour Display is a neat idea.

No microSD Slot

Yes, strange but true. The Nexus S doesn’t have SD slot and has no support for any form of memory expansion. You’ll have to make use of the built in 16 GB memory. It’s sad to know that Google for whatever reason has not chosen to include a SD slot. Definitely will be a deal breaker for some especially those that like to carry a lot of music and movies around in their phone.

No HD Recording

Like OMG !! The phone is capable of HD playback @ 720p and yet it can’t record HD videos. Why would they want to cripple their latest device in such a way when HD recording is a plus point nowadays ? I just hope this issue can be resolved with an update from Google.

No ARM A9 Chipset

Nexus S comes with the A8 processor and is not dual core. C’mon Samsung/Google, the A8 processor was used in the Galaxy S which was launched last year. The Nexus was suppose to set the way for future Android phones not sit in a corner and bask in the glory of last year’s technology !! Pretty sure Gingerbread with it’s optimised core would still be able to run smoothly on the 1Ghz processor but it would have been nice to have a dual core in it.

No Bluetooth 3.0

It’s another no for Nexus S. Samsung had Bluetooth 3.0 support on the Galaxy S and yet in the Nexus S it somehow went missing and all we’re left with is support for Bluetooth 2.1. I don’t use bluetooth that often but it’s nice to know that if and when I need it, my spanking brand new phone from Google will support Bluetooth 3.0 which has a higher bandwidth and utilises a lot less energy.

No digital zoom

This might not be a problem for many as digital zoom does nothing other than crop the image to a larger size when taking picutres. To those who frequently use this option will definitely be disappointed with the Nexus S, such a simple feature left out from the camera app. Hopefully Google patches this one up as well together with the 720p recording feature.


Nexus S camera app

Nexus S camera app


Supports VoIP/ SIP Calling

Nexus S users will be able to place VoIP calls, or calls made over the Internet, without the need for any third-party client, like Skype, thanks to new SIP support in the Android Gingerbread OS–though you’ll need a SIP account and you’ll only be able to call others who use SIP. SIP can help save on your monthly allotment of voice minutes, since your calls go directly over the Web.


VOIP calls

VOIP calls

New Support for Near Field Communications (NFC)

The Nexus S with Android Gingerbread has new support for near field communication (NFC) technologies. NFC is a short-range, wireless technology that allows for quick and easy data-transfer between devices and objects with embedded NFC-tags. NFC can be used for a variety of purposes, including gaining additional information about a product or service by “scanning” it’s respective NFC tag, and enabling various forms of mobile payments.

Near fields communication

Near fields communication

I must say after playing around with the device and knowing what’s under to hood I’m a little dissapointed. Google’s flagship phone which used to be the envy of many is now left playing catch up with the newer batch of phones running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). I guess second time’s not really the charm in this case.

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  1. SIP is available on all Android Gingerbread device.. 😉

    Comment by Azam — March 24, 2011 @ 10:54 am | Reply

    • Yup yup but Nexus S the first one to use/introduce it 😉

      Comment by yoga — March 24, 2011 @ 11:19 am | Reply

      • I thought Nokia N900 can make VoIP calls without the need for 3rd party app too, no?

        Comment by Bryan — March 25, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      • Will have to check and see on that. I’ve not owned a Nokia phone ever since the E71.

        Comment by yoga — March 25, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

      • I’ve used the N900 to make VoIP calls before like SkypeOut straight from the contact.
        Maemo has it integrated but sadly we still don’t see any Maemo phone yet.

        Comment by Bryan — March 25, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

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