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TechCrunch
"The bottom line is this. If you are an iPhone user this isn’t going to make you switch. If you’re an Android user you will want this phone more than any other. If you’re currently neither, we recommend that you go with the Nexus S. It is better than the iPhone in most ways. What you lose with the slightly less impressive screen and iOS’s slightly slicker user experience you will more than make up for with the Nexus S’s ability to actually make phone calls that don’t drop and Google’s exceptional Navigation and voice input applications. The fact that the phone is unlocked and can be used abroad with other carriers is also a very big plus."
TechRadar
"if you're into Android and looking for a new phone, there's very little to find fault with here. The UI is quick to understand and slick under the finger, and while it lacks the simplicity of the iPhone 4, it is very much its equal with features such as upgraded widgets on offer."
Engadget
"There's no shortage of great phones available right now, and there's no question that 2011 will usher in a flood of devices that make 2010's offerings seem forgettable. Like we said earlier, this isn't a perfect device -- and in fact a lot of what's exciting about this phone is what's happening behind the scenes. It's as if the stage is set for the arrival of Honeycomb along with a slew of features. Still, when it comes to state of the art for Android right now, the buck stops here."
Slashgear
"The Google Nexus One was a game-changer among Android devices, and it set a blueprint for hardware that has persisted throughout 2010. The Nexus S, meanwhile, has a tougher challenge: a balance between hardware and software that, the search giant hopes, will shape the development and feature-adoption of future Android devices from third-party manufacturers. With Gingerbread, Google has hit the reset button on a worrying trend of increasingly power-hungry handsets, and that’s something we particularly hope new devices continue."
Android Community
"If you’re in the market for a new Android device then the Nexus S is the best around at the moment. Its window to shine will likely be short-lived, however, as dual-core Android handsets reach the market early in the new year. Critics may eventually suggest that the Nexus S missed the mark, but as long as it puts NFC on the radar, we’ve a feeling Google will consider it a success."
Gizmodo
"Overall, the Nexus S isn't breathtaking. It's a good baseline phone, which does a few things really well (the screen and speed), a few things okay (the camera, see full-size samples here) and a few things not so great (build quality and materials). The real reason to buy it? The promise that you'll get the full Android experience and Google's latest and greatest software before anybody else."
Phone Arena
"Rather than looking at its design or hardware, the biggest thing about the Google Nexus S is its prestigious title of being the very first Android 2.3 Gingerbread device on the market. On the surface, it might not be considered a monumental leap over Froyo, but it manages to employ some minor new aesthetics with the platform to truly make it a refreshing experience. And it is these small things that manage to deliver a delightful experience that caters to the needs of even the most stringent users out there. It might not be the best looking on the block right now, nor does it boast drastically better specs, but it has enough new hardware under the hood and an untouched stock Android experience to provide a sensual experience that's sure to live up to its Nexus moniker."
CNet
"The Samsung Nexus S gets points for its slick design, satisfying performance, and authentic Android user interface. But outside of the new Gingerbread OS and a faster processor, it doesn't offer as many new features as we had hoped."
Pocket-lint
"We love the hardware the Google Nexus S presents. Even if it is “just” an update of the Samsung Galaxy S (remember we loved that too…) the curved screen and the shapely back make the Nexus S a distinctive and comfortable phone to use. The screen is a star too and we’ve been singing the praises for Super AMOLED for a while, with the Nexus S bringing bucket loads of colour to the party."
BGR
"While there are some things we wish Samsung and Google did differently with the Nexus S, at the end of the day, this is, in our opinion, the finest Android device on the market. It’s not the perfect phone, but Google’s latest “pure vision” handset beautifully combines hardware and software together into a great package that is now more consumer and mass-market friendly than ever. Sure, part of the reasons why this phone is currently so appealing is due to the latest Android OS release, and an even bigger part is due to the fact that it’s running an unmodified version of said OS (read: unmolested by carriers and manufacturers), but there is no other Android phone available that can rival the Nexus S at this point in time. If you’re a Nexus One owner, a big part of us feels like you will be more than happy running Gingerbread on it and aren’t missing out on too much here — in fact, the only thing we can think of would be the NFC capability which as of now isn’t very useful — but if you’re hopping into the Android game and are on T-Mobile (or a carrier in Europe) we would recommend picking up the Google Nexus S. It’s available starting today at Best Buy stores in the US for $199 with new two-year T-Mobile service agreement and $529 with no contract, both options are for unlocked devices. The Nexus S will be available in the UK at Carphone Warehouse in the next few weeks."