Nexus S with Stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread Is Finally Here!

December 6, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

The phone we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Google and Samsung announced today the Nexus S phone that will start selling on December 16th at Best Buy and T-mobile and on December 20th at Carphone Warehouse in UK.

Nexus S is the first Android phone to come with a stock version of Gingerbread, which is great news for all Android fans. If Samsung promotes it the way they promoted Galaxy S all over the world, it’s going to be much more popular than Nexus ¬†One, and it would be good if Samsung themselves, as well as other manufacturers see that people want a stock version of Android on their phones.

That being said, I don’t think the Nexus S phone even the new version of Android are some kind of breakthroughs. They both seem minor updates. Nexus S doesn’t seem to be much more than a rehashed version of Galaxy S spec wise.

It features the same Hummingbird chip, an AMOLED display that seems to be of high quality, 16 GB of internal storage which I hope  becomes a standard for all new Android phones, a 5 MP back camera, a VGA front-camera, gyroscope and movement sensors, a NFC sensor which should be useful for many things in the near future, and of course the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 n, GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0.

Unfortunately, Nexus S doesn’t seem as groundbreaking as Nexus One was almost a year ago and it won’t set the standard performance wise going into 2011. It would be much more exciting if it would be the first Android phone with a dual-core chip, just like Nexus One was the first Android phone with a 1 Ghz CPU. Surely a Tegra 2 chip should have been put in it, since there are already Tegra 2 tablets out, but I think Google didn’t have the code ready for dual cores in time. Android will start being optimized for dual core chips and hardware acceleration with version 3.0.

Still, I hope Nexus S will gain some popularity, because we need to make a statement that we want more stock Android phones, and who knows when it will be the next time we’ll see a pure Android experience phone again. Maybe with Android 3.0 or maybe not.

Nexus S will be available for $529 unlocked, or $199 on a 2 year contract on T-mobile. If you want to read the Android 2.3 guide, get it here.