Samsung Nexus S Clearly Outruns HTC Nexus One

By Avik, Gaea News Network
Friday, December 10, 2010


The Samsung Nexus S happens to be the new official phone from Google and guess what it is powered by Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread.


The phone has already gained immense popularity, most of which can undoubtedly be credited to the Gingerbread OS. Reportedly, this operating system as it comes power-packed with a refreshed user interface, provides better keyboard and copy-paste, support for VoIP calls to SIP addresses and has a concurrent garbage collector the Dalvik VM, which Google says “minimizes application pauses, helping to ensure smoother animation and increased responsiveness in games and similar applications.”

Google on their way to promote their new phone stated,

With this device, users will also be the first to receive software upgrades and new Google mobile apps as soon as they become available.

The Nexus S from the house of Samsung, comes in with a 4-inch 800×480 Super AMOLED “Contour Display,” and the popular 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird processor. The Nexus S features 16GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, as well as a gyroscope and VoIP support. It also flaunts 5MP camera with Flash on its back and a front VGA camera for video calls.

Well, you can get your hands on the Nexus S December 16 onwards, unlocked for $529 or with a 2 year T-Mobile plan for $199.


  • Super Amoled Screen
  • Good Screen Size
  • Gingerbread out of the box
  • No Bloatware
  • Pure Android
  • It’s very Sleek
  • Doesn’t feel Plasticky
  • Very good Performer
  • Android is now VERY SLICK
  • Lot’s of Usability updates
  • Very Attracitive Phone.


  • It feels sort of Fragile, but i do think that it would survive a drop, but only one.
  • No HSPA+ support
  • No SD Card Slot

Analytical View ( COMPARISON )

Now, if we recall the previous Nexus — the One by HTC then a comparison will prove that Samsung has definitely put in a lot of improvisations. The reasons can be backed up by a detailed analysis.

Design Issue

Winner: Nexus S — 123.9 x 63 x 10.9mm; 129g
Loser: Nexus One — 119 x 59.8 x 11.5mm; 130g

When you are going out there to get yourself a mobile device, I guess you are eying on something that’s sleek, pocket-sized and is definitely light-weight. Well, the Nexus One comes in with a smaller size, yes, but it is a gram heavier than the Nexus S. The extended length of the Nexus S can be explained on the ground of its larger display than that featured by the Nexus One.

Display Quality

Winner: Nexus S — 4-inch, 800 x 480, Super AMOLED
Loser: Nexus One — 3.7-inch, 800 x 480, AMOLED

Both the phones have used similar technology except for the use of the word ’super’ which can be ignored for now, and the fact remains that both deliver a brighter screen that uses less power and also performs well in bright sunshine. The pixel count being the same, both the screens provide with an equal picture sharpness. But, the Nexus S snatches victory flaunting a .3 inch larger display.

Powerhouse Status

Winner: Nexus S — 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor, 512MB RAM
Loser: Nexus One — 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB RAM

While, the technical specifications of the phones remain equivalent, the brand name changes. The Hummingbird chipset is said to performs much better than the Snapdragon chip. Now, if time be considered as a constraint then of-course this can be explained as the graphical necessity in a system has increased over the years with richer apps coming in.

Storage Space

Loser: Nexus S — 16GB, not expandable
Winner: Nexus One — 4GB, microSD expandable to 32GB

This is where the Nexus S gets beaten. Apparently, though it would seem that where lies the problem, but then, when you require that upgrade for some extra space, you aren’t left with a choice. Nexus S though provides a four times larger 16GB upfront memory but the Nexus One coming in with 4GB delivers the liberty of expansion upto a massive 32GB twice as large as the Nexus S.


Winner: Nexus S — 5MP, flash, front facing, 720p video capture
Loser: Nexus One — 5MP, flash, SD video capture

Nexus S gets the bonus straight-away with an additional front-facing camera. Apart from this the new Nexus also features HD video capture. Nexus One lags behind with standard definition (720 x 480) even though technically both the cams share same specs.

Operating System

Winner: Nexus S — Android UI + Android 2.3
Loser: Nexus One — Android UI + Android 2.1 (2.3 upgrade due)

Nexus S enjoys exclusivity being the very first in the line to be powered by the Gingerbread. Google stated, Android 2.3 to be the fastest android so far with included support for Near Field Communication (NFC), a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, internet calling, and a new user interface. On the other side of the story, the Nexus One still awaits an upgrade which Google has officiated to be coming up by the end of 2010.


Winner: Nexus S — Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA
Loser: Nexus One — Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0

Nexus S provides way better connectivity and is said to support VoIP calls to be made to SIP addresses. The upgradations in Nexus S are pretty clear, it uses the nex-gen bluetooth. DLNA allows Nexus S to stream content between compatible devices. So, definitely Nexus One doesn’t stand a chance on this ground so far.


Well, the only reason that can lead you to a second thought if Nexus S and Nexus One are kept on the table, is the price. The Nexus S comes around with a much higher price-tag compared to the Nexus One. Now, if you happen to be a Nexus One owner why don’t you share your views with us. What do you think? Would you upgrade or would you switch-over?

December 13, 2010: 9:48 pm

I am very old I only have a phone that was used for getting ahold of me be the transplant center. I don’t know what an android is but I know they are high tech and I would like one but I would never figure out how to use it Yes it will be unveiled today i do believe

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