Price: $529.99 no contract
Contract price TBD.

Battery:

The Google Nexus S is one of the newest phones to hit the market, and it definitely shows. The criticisms about the Android series of phones are hardly present when you really look at the specs on the Nexus S. For example, you have a phone here with a battery life of about 428 hours in standby mode, and 6 hours of talk time. That’s pretty lengthy compared to say, the BlackBerry Bold or even the new Torch.

Memory and Processor Speed:

There's a lot of power in the Google Nexus S, and you only need to look at the process and memory to see what's up. Indeed, this phone has a great set of processor and memory chops, from the 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor. From the memory side of things, you have a 16GB flash memory onboard, which gives you plenty of room for just about everything you can think of. Now, you don't have external memory capabilities, but the 16GB should give you everything that you need -- really.

Screen:

The screen is really where the Nexus S shines through. You have a 4" WVGA screen with 480x800 resolution -- not too shabby. Add in the fact that you have Super AMOLED on your side, and you can rest assured that you'll be able to watch plenty of movies -- you can even turn the screen into landscape mode to watch your videos in style. After all, you do have 16GB to use as you see fit!

It's a touchscreen to the core, which might please some fans and turn away others. If you haven't had a touchscreen before, try this phone before you decide the touchscreen format just isn't your cup of tea, okay? You just might like it!

Form:

The form is more or less the standard smartphone -- thin, flat, squished candybar style. It's wide -- 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm, but it's definitely light at just 129g. This means that if you're worried about breaking it, you might want to make sure that you actually keep it close to you on a belt or in a holster.

Camera:

If there's one thing that smartphone fans demand, it’s a great camera. One of the things that the Nexus S tried to do was have not only one camera, but two cameras. There's a back-facing camera to take pictures of just about everything the world has to offer. There's also a front facing camera for those self portraits that everyone likes to post on Facebook. It's so much easier to capture that stuff with the front-facing camera.

If you thought that you wouldn't get video recording, you might want to think again -- you actually have plenty of video recording power to play with. The cameras boast flash and auto focus, meaning that you actually might be able to take some good pictures!

Other Features:


Quad-band GSM power -- 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Near Field Communication
Assisted GPS
microUSB 2.0
Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Comments:

There is definitely an audience for this phone, and you shouldn't feel bad if you don't fit into that audience. It's really hard to look at a phone and think "Oh yeah, I want that" if it doesn't meet your needs 100%.

This was a phone that had a huge hype, and a lot of people feel that the hype just doesn’t match the phone. Early reviews were quick to point out the lack of expandable memory. An SD card might have saved the day, but the Google team decided to skip over it. This is going to be a phone that's hot with the teen set and other people that are new to touchscreens.

If you're thinking about this phone because you want to get in to the Android craze, you are in good company. It wouldn't be a bad phone for that purpose, as long as you realize the high and low points of the phone.

Overall, we like the Google Nexus S, but we think that a few firmware updates and maybe an overall hardware update to accommodate expandable memory might be just what the doctor ordered!

Valentine's Day is almost here -- are you ready? With the power of expedited shipping and the Internet, you can be! After all, what sweetie wouldn’t appreciate a new phone? OK, maybe some of you have a Luddite for a sweetheart, but that's an even greater opportunity to bring them into the light -- the light of technology, of course!

We get pretty passionate about Android phones around here, but don't let the frenzy around here keep you away from getting your sweetie an Android phone. Now, you might wonder why we would recommend it, out of all of the gifts that you could give your sweetie this year for Valentine’s Day.

Here are a few things.

First and foremost, it's definitely a functional gift. When it comes time to reflect on the day, something that will last more than a week is definitely more valuable than fleeting things like roses and candies. Besides, who lets Valentine's Day candy last for a day, let alone a week? We're still trying to figure that out.

From there, you also have to think about the fact that it's really all about the experience. Even if your sweetheart isn't a huge technology buff, you can create an awesome experience by being the patient teacher, happy to help your student with all things Android. With our tips and tricks in your back pocket, you'll have no problem winning that little game.

Now then, let's go back to the phones, shall we? After all, you can't really go wrong with a good Android phone, not when the platform has been producing hit after hit. OK, there are some phones that are a little suspect in the execution (we're looking at you, Nexus One!), but there's plenty of gold in these hills, as the saying goes.

Let's start with the Samsung Captivate. It's part of the Galaxy S line, and if you've got some money to really spend, you can't go wrong with a Captivate. The phone boasts super fast 3G technology, a buzzing 1Ghz processor. OK, so you might not be fazed by 1Ghz procs anymore, but the Hummingbird processor still earns mad respect -- with good reason. If your sweetie's going to be around Wi-Fi spots often, the Wireless-N technology will ensure they'll be able to read emails and visit Web sites pretty darn quick. The 5MP camera (with HD abilities, no less) will let your sweetheart take high quality pictures and even record some video -- just in case they wander away from home.

We could gush for pages on the Captivate, but then we wouldn't have space to cover the HTC EVO Shift 4G. It's a Sprint darling, which is a bit of a shift (no pun intended) from the Captivate we mentioned just previously (AT&T has claim to that phone, for the record).  ...continue reading 3 Phones You Might Want to Give Your Sweetie for Valentine’s Day