Nexus a slick con­tender

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an Ap­ple iPhone. Apart from be­ing easy to hold, the Nexus S is also easy to use. The Ginger­bread soft­ware mainly tweaks ex­ist­ing An­droid fea­tures, but it does so in a per­for­mance­boost­ing way.

Multi-task­ing — achieved by hold­ing a fin­ger on the touch-sen­si­tive Home but­ton — is now quick and slick. Like­wise, the bat­tery seems to last longer de­spite its slim size, and copy and paste now fea­tures through­out its menus.

A down­load man­ager helps wran­gle large files, and this phone will act as a mo­bile wi-fi hot spot for up to six de­vices at once. The phone’s voice­ac­ti­va­tion is also good to use, and will let you dic­tate tweets, SMS mes­sages or emails, or de­mand that your phone nav­i­gates to the near­est newsagent. It may look dorky, but it’s use­ful.

Ginger­bread also sup­ports Near-Field Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, or us­ing your mo­bile phone as a credit card, but this is some­thing banks must sup­port be­fore we see it in Aus­tralia. The fact such a main­stream phone is ready for use should has­ten its devel­op­ment.

With hard­ware, this phone has the ba­sics cov­ered, in­clud­ing a 5-megapixel cam­era with LED flash, front-fac­ing VGA cam­era, dig­i­tal com­pass, head­phone jack, plus wi-fi and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

The Nexus S is yet to be of­fi­cially launched in Aus­tralia, but im­porter Mo­bic­ity re­ports that it has been a big seller in the coun­try since its De­cem­ber ar­rival, which is lit­tle sur­prise. It is one of the fastest and slick­est smart­phones around.

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