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Day 8 with Nexus S: High end specs, Hidden apps #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 8

Tech Specs Review

Samsung Hummingbird

Being the first Android device to run the new Gingerbread and the second official Google phone, Samsung knew that the specifications for Google Nexus S must be somewhat at the high end level to showcase the performance of newly optimized and refined Gingerbread without tagging the device at a screaming price, therefore the one-year-old ARM Cortex A8 (similar to the processor powered the Apple iPad) based Samsung Hummingbird processor is definitely is the right choice to go, since Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy Tab has been using the same processor (thus the lower production cost), and this 1GHz processor feature a very good balance between performance and power consumption. While it is still slightly disappointing that Google (or Samsung?) does not choose to equip Nexus S with the best specs currently available (Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset for instance), but all in all, Samsung Hummingbird processor is still piece of pretty impressive hardware in modern mobile devices.

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Day 7 with Nexus S: Tasty Gingerbread, tasty features #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 7

GingerbreadThanks to the ‘Google’ in the Google Samsung Nexus S, this second Google official Android device has the privilege to run the latest version of AndroidGingerbread or 2.3.3, and the only word I can used to describe it is – Tasty. In general, Gingerbread has a well-refined user interface, better keyboard than the one in Éclair and Froyo, some new features like Car Home, NFC, and some butter.

If you have been using Android devices running Android 2.0/2.1 (Éclair) or Android 2.2 (Froyo), you won’t find Gingerbread a stranger as it is still pretty similar to the previous version of Android in terms of appearance except some enhancements, added support and refinement, and Gingerbread’s color scheme is now in black by default. And the butter I am talking about, it is all about the smoothness and user experience exists in Gingerbread – agreed by all of my friends using Froyo and Éclair devices. Even some of my friends using iPhones feel pretty impressed for Nexus S that Google and Samsung brought together – it is definitely something great to know.

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Day 6 with Nexus S: Apps heaven, no 3G video call #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 6

Day 6 with Nexus S, and I think I really liked this phone. Slick outlook, smooth Gingerbread, high end specs – I am sold. Since it is a Gingerbread Android phone, one of the advantages is the Android Market which contains thousands of good apps and games. Therefore, it is totally reasonable to fill up the phone with tons of apps, err… good apps.

So after a few hours of installation and testing, here comes the list of apps (more to come for sure!) that passed my strict tests, in terms of usability and user experience:

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Day 5 with Nexus S: Lasting battery, Fingerprint magnet #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 5

Reflective Back Cover of Nexus SDay 5 with Nexus S started off with 66% of battery life, which is merely 1% drop in battery life after 7 hours – couldn’t ask for more. Similar to Day 4, the settings are remained and the usage of the phone are pretty much the same, so it won’t be surprised to have it last for another day.

One thing I really liked in Nexus S is the cool effect when the screen turning off – something that you can’t usually seen on most of the phones. I must say that it feels so natural with the screen and backlit touch-sensitive buttons on the Nexus S.

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Day 4 with Nexus S: Average GPS, Bad Speaker Location #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 4

Google Nexus S - BackGoogle Nexus S is fully charged on day 4, and it is ready to go for a *rough* battery life test under optimized settings and average usage. The optimized settings I am talking about including lowest brightness (thanks to the Super LCD, it is still very viewable at lowest brightness), no vibration, no 3G mode, no push email, no auto-sync. With these settings, the phone is used for a few callings, text messaging, manual email and calendar synchronization with WiFi, some gaming, a few photo shooting etc.

Well, you might think that this test isn’t too useful to tell the battery life of Nexus S since 3G mode is turned off. However, it really depends on the end user. I believe some of the end users will have wireless internet connection for the entire day – both in office and home, without the need of the mobile internet, therefore I believe it is still an interesting test, though I am sure it is not for everyone.

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Day 3 with Nexus S: Good gaming capability, SIM card import bug #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 3

Dungeon DefendersInitial plan for testing out the maximum battery performance is decided to be postponed as I have decided to test the gaming performance of Nexus S. With the Quadrant score of unofficial 1402, I am very interested to see how Nexus S can cope up with the latest 3D games in Android, such as Need for Speed Shift and Dungeon Defenders, as well as the battery performance in gaming.

I got the phone installed with Angry Birds Season, Need for Speed Shift, and Dungeon Defenders. The latter took quite some times as it is a quite a huge game, and not to forget it is the first game in Android which is powered by Unreal Engine 3 Technology. It is a little bit disappointing that Nexus S doesn’t comes with the new nVidia Tegra 2 chip for maximum gaming performance, but the PowerVR SGX540 GPU on the Samsung Hummingbird won’t be too disappointing either.

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Day 2 with Nexus S: Camera is OK, Impressive Battery Life #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 2

After an overnight charge, Nexus S is ready to be used with 100% battery life. Just so happen that this day is my convocation ceremony, so Nexus S can be a perfect companion for calling and photo/video shooting. And this day I have decided to use the phone at full brightness (the auto-brightness is turned off), just to see how well can the battery performed.

Google Nexus S - Screen OnCall quality is really good, as mentioned in Day 1, and the user interface for calling is pretty intuitive. Texting with this phone is not bad with the new keyboard in Gingerbread, but it definitely wasn’t designed to be used with one hand. When I am texting one-handed, my thumb always tend to touch the smiley key on the keyboard, which considerably delayed the texting process. To resolve this issue, I decided to install Swype beta in the Nexus S, and this is no longer an issue. However, I have to say the default keyboard definitely works well with two-handed texting, both in landscape and portrait mode.

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