Google Nexus S goes 4G on Sprint

The Nexus S smartphone from Google is coming to Sprint this spring, with added 4G flavors and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Nexus S smartphone from Google is coming to Sprint this spring, with added 4G flavors and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Manufactured by Samsung, the Nexus S 4G will cost $199 with a two-year contract and will run you at $80 per month (including Sprint's $10 monthly 4G tax) for unlimited Web, texting and calling.

Like its GSM sibling, the Nexus S 4G is powered by a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and has a 4-inch display with a curved design, supposed to be more confortable when held against your face. The camera on the back of the Nexus S clock 5-megapixels, while the front-facing camera for video calls is VGA.

The Nexus S 4G still has just 16GB of on-board storage and there's no SD card slot for memory expansion, like we've come to expect from most Android devices as of late. Connectivity-wise, the Nexus S fares better though, with Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth and GPS, topped up by 3G and 4G mobile hotspot capabilities, which support up to six Wi-Fi devices connected simultaneously.

Sprint's version of the Nexus S will come with Android 2.3 preinstalled, with no manufacturer customizations to the OS (vanilla), which in theory should make upgrading the OS a quick and simple affair. Sprint also enabled Google Voice capabilities on the Nexus S 4G, allowing for up to six devices to be managed via one single Sprint phone number.

Specs compared: Nexus S vs iPhone 4

The Nexus S 4G also features Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, which can be used to read information embedded in stickers and posters with NFC chips built-in, like the ones Google is spreading in Portland.

The Nexus S, originally introduced in December 2010, was available either unlocked for $529 or $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. The GSM version was also compatible with AT&T's network, but because of frequency differences, users are able only to connect to the EDGE network.

In PCWorld's review, the Nexus S received 4 out of 5 stars.

Tags wireless technologysprintGoogleconsumer electronicsAndroidPhones

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Daniel Ionescu

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?