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Google Nexus S review

Is Android 2.3 and a curved screen enough of an upgrade?

Google Nexus S review: Camera

Google nexus s review

The camera on the Google Nexus S has come in for some slight criticism, with some detractors calling it underpowered and feature-light.

While the specs do support this theory, the only slight problem we encountered with it was the slightly longer shutter speed and autofocus (and a tap to focus feature would have been nice too).

The features on offer are slightly reminiscent of Nokia phones of yesteryear: Scene modes, including Beach and Firework shots, Macro mode focus, exposure correction and White Balance alteration.

But just because the features have been around for a while means they're bad - most of them had a genuine use, and often altered the quality of the shot. Although we still don't see the point in Sepia, and we never will.

But as you can see, the photos we captured were perfectly acceptable, and a little tinkering with the settings gave us some really great pictures:

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Balanced: General scenes are captured adequately enough, although the background of the shot is mostly lost to glare

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Sharp: The black and white mode adds a clear and arty nature to shots

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Why?: We still don't get Sepia mode - unless you're shooting a wild west mock up

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Why again?: Negative mode - is it included just to show what alien worlds may or may not look like?

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Focused shooting: As you can see, the difference between Auto and Macro focus modes is marked - there's a real reason for using both

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Snappy snaps: Fast movements can be captured pretty well, and detail is preserved

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Adding the light: The exposure settings do have an effect - although turned down too much can damage shots slightly

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Night so good: Even slight motion can affect the night mode, and the colours all blur together

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Flash flop: The single LED flash is OK for taking pictures of close items, but extend the throw and its gets lost in the velvety night

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Snow joke: Snow mode is relatively effective, taking most of the glare from this shot, although it has become a little dark

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Settings win: Tinker about a bit and you can get some really nice shots - this was snapped using Snow Mode, Infinity focus and Black and White mode

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.50 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyNexus S
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack, Silver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time13.33 Hour
Product ModelGT-I9023FSA
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)129 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height123.9 mm
Width63 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time650 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameNexus S Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineNexus S
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I9023FSA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Latest Google Mobile App

Nexus S comes pre-installed with the best of Google apps, including Google Search, Google Maps with Navigation (Beta), Mobile Instant, Voice Actions, Gmail, Google Earth and more.

Fast just got faster

A 1GHz Hummingbird processor paired with 16GB of internal memory and Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android yet, makes Nexus S one of the latest phones on the market. Menus open faster, tabs are more responsive, and web pages load quicker with virtually no lag time. Switch between apps effortlessly with true multitasking on Android.

Package Contents
  • Nexus S Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Headset
  • USB Cable
  • Health & Safety Booklet
  • Warranty Booklet
Limited Warranty2 Year