For those who liked the first Nexus S by Samsung, now it is getting revved up. The stronger and faster WiMaX radio is installed in this model. Get a closer look at the Samsung Nexus S 4G here in this informative article.
The first Nexus S was a different beast, with its curved screen and NFC chip. It was rumored to be coming from HTC, but ended up coming from the Korean peninsula. This was hailed as a “great” phone, but the first model, the Nexus One, had to be pulled for lack of sales. Right now, the price of the Nexus S in Europe has been dropped by a few pounds, so sales may not be so bright for it either.
Otherwise, the Nexus S 4G is sporting the same screen as its first sibling. The screen resolution is the same as the Samsung Galaxy S series; 480 by 800 pixels. This is on a four inch screen. For comparison the iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inch screen but has 960 by 640 pixels of resolution. The Nexus screen is curved. It does not increase the viewing of the screen or make it more responsive or use less battery energy. It seems to be a novelty, rather than a useful feature. The screen is treated to resist fingerprints. It has all the “regular” smartphone features like an accelerometer and proximity sensor. This smartphone screen also makes use of a gyrometer ( gyro sensor ) for gaming, maps and other uses.
Having the WiMaX feature is nice, since it beats Wi-Fi by a “country mile”. It reaches farther and and goes faster, as fast as 480 megabits per second, depending on the carrier. Wi-Fi can go as fast as 60 megabits per second. The Nexus S 4G works off of WiMaX, but also does so at the cost of other networks. This smartphone has no GPRS and no EDGE radios. It does have Wi-Fi, 3G and bluetooth. The bluetooth is installed in an older version, 2.1. Version 3.0 is the newest and fastest. There is no FM radio in the Nexus S.
Since this smartphone is released with the Google name on it, it will come with the latest version of the free Android software. This is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Gingerbread version has hidden code in it to make use of NFC in the future. NFC stands for “Near Field Communication” and is touted as a way to get rid of credit and debit cards. The main hindrance to this goal is the lack of security. No public testing has been done in the area of security for NFC, so no one really knows what will happen with it. Otherwise, big companies and bankers are making it sound like it is the next revolution in “easy payments”.
Running everything in the Samsung Nexus S 4G is the one gigahertz ARM Cortex A8 processor. A PowerVR SGX540 graphical processing unit handles the eye candy. This chip is called the Hummingbird and is made by Samsung themselves, not Intel or Qualcomm. The chip is joined by 16 gigabytes of internal storage and 512 megabytes of RAM. If extra storage is needed, there is no flash memory card slot for this smartphone.
The Samsung Nexus S 4G has a large 1500 mAh battery. It may not be big enough with the amount of energy that WiMaX takes up. Look for this smartphone to be selling on the Sprint carrier with a price tag of $200 dollars.