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.
Call 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.
This is a really great stuff happening in Techie Talkz. After months of hoping and waiting, the author of Techie Talkz finally get selected for the famous Maxis10 Reviewers Programme (and it’s the 10th!) to review the long awaited, second official phone from Google and the first phone running Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – the Google Nexus S. In this review programme, the author is given a chance to hold the new Google Nexus S for two weeks to do reviewing and experience sharing about the phone, without bias. As a tech blogger (as well as a end user), I will be focusing on the technical review on the phone, as well as the daily experience that Google Nexus S provides me.
While Google is busy with Android 2.3 (Codename: Gingerbread) release, they have already announced and launched Android 3.0 (Codename: Honeycomb) for tablet, and it is a pretty impressive tablet OS if you’d ask me. If you are interested to see how it performs, check out the hands-on of Motorola Xoom running Honeycomb by Engadget.
Besides launching Android 3.0, Google has also finally launched a web-based Android Market which is long-awaited by all the Android users. Though there is already an Android Market previously, but it is pretty useless app browsing site. The new Android Market will now allow the users to install apps OTA (Over-The-Air), and have a better overview of the app in the larger screen. Besides that, it is now easier to manage the apps in your different Android devices, given that you have registered them under the same Google credential. Try to install a high end game in your low end Android device – the Android Market wouldn’t allow you to do so – a step to prevent the infamous (hardware) fragmentation issue affecting the users.
Sometimes typing on a touchscreen device can be a pain since it doesn’t reproduce the feeling of typing as the physical keyboard. T9 predictive text system is there to help, but it still requires a minimal number of typing to be done. A lot of different ideas has been put into production for the text input alternative on smartphone, especially on the Android and iOS devices, such as Swype, the 8pen, SwiftKey etc., and all of them are designed to minimize the input from the user to the touchscreen, and produce the most accurate and precise text input.
I have been a big fans for Swype since Windows Mobile 6.1 as I do find typing on the resistive touchscreen is awful. The time just about right for this to come when I have recently shifted to Android device. Previously Swype for Android is only available for certain devices only, although you can easily have it installed on your Android device if you know where to look for (eg. forum.xda-developers.com).
If you are new to Swype, it is actually a gesture-based keyboard which can easily speed up your text input rate with minimal error. Check the video below for a better picture:
So, if you own an Android device and isn’t too comfortable with the conventional keyboard, give it a try. For a limited time, you are just require to register yourself at http://beta.swype.com/ and the link of Swype for Android installer will be sent into your inbox after the account confirmation – doesn’t take more than 5 minute of your time. The link will be only usable if you access it on your Android device though, so download the installer via WiFi or 3G/4G services.