Nexus a slick contender
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.