The Diary of an Android Virgin: Touched for the very first time

I have to confess, I’ve never been with an Android before. I’ve heard so much about it, though. And everyone who’s had experience with an Android say that they had (and are still having) the time of their life.

The Google Nexus S was officially launched by Maxis in Malaysia on Friday, 18th March 2011 and the people at Maxis were nice enough to loan a unit to GreyReview for the purpose of this exclusive review.

So this will be my first time with an Android. I hope it will be gentle with me just as I will (try to) be gentle with it.

First Base: Undress… errr… Unboxing

For those not familiar with this amazing gadget, the Google Nexus S is a phone built and designed by the folks at Samsung. It is the second Android phone that Google has assisted with a manufacturer to produce, with the first device being the HTC Nexus One.

It is the first device to offer users a taste of Google Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread, it is also the first device to support NFC (Near Field Communication) in its hardware and software. Indeed, this smartphone is literally packed to the brim with features. These are some of the features that caught my attention:

  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Weight: 129g
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 16GB iNAND flash memory
  • 5 megapixels camera (2560×1920)
  • 720 x 480 video resolution
  • H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
  • 4.0″ WVGA (480×800)
  • Super AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
  • Haptic feedback vibration
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity and light sensor

The Nexus S comes in a small white box, just like the earlier Nexus One phone. The phone itself is prominently featured on the front/top of the box, with “Nexus S” written on the side. There’s no mistaking the identity of this baby.

Removing the box cover reveals the beauty that is the Nexus S, which is on a placeholder at the top layer of the box.

The phone feels very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S, but in a way it feels more refined. Unlike the Galaxy S which has a somewhat gaudy chrome plastic accent around the edge; the Nexus S has an all-black body which looks more seamless and oozes sophistication.

Another cool feature of the Nexus S is that this is the first smartphone to feature a Contour Display, meaning the display glass is slightly curved to be more comfortable for users. Aside from the curve, the screen appears to be the same 4-inch, 800 x 480 super AMOLED panel used on the Galaxy S.

The entire back cover comes right off without a fuss; all you have to do is stick your fingernail in the little gap on the top of the phone and then pry off the whole cover. It just snaps off and back on again – no sliding or secret latches. Removing the back cover also reveals the slots for the battery and the sim card (regular sized sim card will do, so there’s no need for you to go and get your existing one changed to a micro SIM).

The standard package includes a wall charger, a microUSB cable, stereo headphones, a 1,500 mAh battery and Health & Safety and Warranty Guide. It’s disappointing that neither screen protector nor a pouch were included with the package but there are third party offerings already available in the market.

Next up, Second Base with this baby!

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