November 24, 2014

Quick Poll - Was the Nexus S Worth the Wait?

The Samsung Nexus S is now official and we have another Android super phone lurking around the corner.   Our question to you is this – Was it worth the wait?  Was there too much hype around the phone or not enough?  We know it’s going to run $529 without contract and/or $200 with a two-year T-Mobile agreement.  We also know it doesn’t feature a microSD card, leaving the memory capped at 16GB.  But… on the other hand, it runs Android 2.3 and is the purest form of Google one can get on a device. Taking everything you learned today into consideration, is it worth it?

Vote in the poll below and then hit the comments to justify your answer.  Why did you choose yes or no?  What would have made your decision different?


  • Benji Hertel

    The one thing it’ll be good for is the Vibrant users…at least that’s my theory.

    • Rizo

      Yes sir… At least I hope so!!!

    • Matthew

      Or for any Galaxy S user for that matter.

    • John D. Marks

      Having been a smartphone user for the last 5 years, most recently the Nexus One I am
      very dissapointed and can’t understand what was going through their minds when they
      designed this. First off, NO 4g coverage with Tmobile? That is all you hear about lately
      is that they have the largest 4g network. Seriiously?
      Other negatives that will steer me away: 5mp camera? AGAIN?
      NO micro sd slot? unbelievable!
      1 ghz processor? AGAIN?
      cheap plastic cover? really?
      720p, no 1080p?
      Not really sure why they even bothered.
      Minus the gingerbread, screen and memory-
      I don’t see enough of a difference in it from
      the Nexus One to justify having produced it in the first place. In 2-3 months it will
      be obsolete with upcoming hardware specs. Wow, still shaking my head in disbelief.
      VERY BAD BUSINESS MOVE!Q

      • smartaddict

        You people must not know your specs nexus 1 no super amoled vibrant no nfc no gyroscope witch is big list is large

        • tkjtkj

          No, it was not worth the wait.

          Capping the SD was a stupid idea whose time never was.

          i couldn’t live without my N1’s 32gig card ..

          NFC ?? who cares! Gyro?? likewise .. I’ll grant the amoled screen might be superior, but the trade-off’s are too much ..

  • AndGuy

    I would have bought into this if it wasn’t capped at 16gb, had dual-core, and something better than 5mp rear camera.

  • Elvis

    I was expecting a little more out of the processor, lack of SD card is GARBAGE… BUT other than that the phone looks amazing, other than it only being on T-Mobile :/

  • Brad Pitcher

    Without HSPA+ it’s not future-proof, so no it wasn’t worth the wait

    • Chahk

      HSPA+ isn’t future-proof either. Sooner or later all carriers will switch to LTE/WiMax/whatever. No phone will ever be future-proof, but at least the “flagship” handset shouldn’t have less features than the current lineup.

      • McParty

        Well Duh, brilliant! No one plans on using it that long. But not only is this NOT future proof, it’s a step backwards. What will they try to sell us Next, the old brick phone I had in the 80’s??

      • 4G or Not 4G That Is The Question

        Forget the future HSPA+ WIMAX and LTE is here now.as well as dual core and front facing cameras…this phone is dead on arrival except to the uneducated crowd…and maybe developers who need a device for development purposes

  • Chahk

    It’s a disappointment. Samsung is taking one step forward and two steps back. Google should’ve gone with HTC again this time around, but I think they really wanted those Super AMOLEDs that Samsung is hogging all for themselves.

  • lowlevelninja

    The poll should have read: “Was Android 2.3 Worth the Wait?”
    I think most people were waiting for the OS, not the phone, especially once Samsung was announced as the partner. It’s not a true replacement for the original Nexus, at least in terms of it’s specs & physical build.

  • http://www.memyselfandroid.com Nick

    not worth the wait. No SD slot, and still a 1GHz hummingbird. The Nexus line is suppose to raise the bar, not equal it!

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      Wrong. Google never claimed that. The Nexus line is designed to provide users a stock Android experience with the latest version of Android. It provides this with spades.

      For anyone who bought their phone in 2010 it’s obviously too earl to expect a phone that blows away the competition. Especially not considering the explosive growth of Android phones in 2010 in not only in numbers but also capabilities.

      Everyone complaining sounds like a spoiled brat.

  • JoonatanO

    I’d say it was worth the wait. If I won some contest and was told I could choose ANY Android phone out there, I would choose the Nexus S.

  • Skyste

    Needed a dual core CPU in my opinion, while it is better than the Nexus One, I’m not sure I can justify the price tag for such a relatively small upgrade, maybe once its been around a bit and come down in price in time for Honeycomb.

  • anakin78z

    I think that compared to what’s come out these last few months, it was probably worth the wait, if only because it’s pure Gingerbread, and you don’t have to worry about carriers stripping anything out. But if you went ahead and got a phone anyway, you’re probably not kicking yourself.
    I think that the curved screen is hella sexy though.

  • MaxLaw843

    If it had sported the Orion (or some other dual core) processor and had the HSPA+, I might have upgraded from my Nexus One. Since it doesn’t have those, I won’t. Don’t care that it “only” has 16 GB as that is almost twice what I have with an 8 GB micro SD on my Nexus. Still have less than half of that SD card filled with music and books—lots of room.

    For the record, I have been on T-mobile for some time and am very happy with service.

  • Dara Parsavand

    I’m Still Waiting.

    Though the reviewers at Tech Crunch liked it quite a lot (http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/06/google-nexus-s-review/), I’m not convinced this is the phone I’m looking for. I suppose I’ll head over to Best Buy and check it out when they arrive, but I don’t anticipate getting one (and my iPhone 3G contract is over, a phone that I really hate ever since iOS 4 came out, I’m looking for options).

    Here’s what is missing for me. It might be unrealistic to expect all these things from one phone, but I’m not getting any of them with the Nexus S.

    High Speed Data: As many have said, no HSPA+? Why would anyone on T-mobile (who isn’t a developer) want this phone when they have several choices with the faster data transfer?

    Better Camera: 5 MP is not that much and true, a phone sensor is not the place to use 20 MP, but the Nokia N8 gets very good results with 12, I would have expected at least 8 with a larger sensor (no details available here, but shots I’ve seen so far do not impress)

    Better Video Camera: Only 480p? I want 720p at a minimum and I was hoping for 1080p (which probably needs a better processor for encoding)

    Better Processor: By now, there is just too much talk about dual core to be excited by another 1 GHz single core phone. I’d want dual core, with one core optimized for low power.

    Better Screen: With Apple setting the bar at 326 DPI, I want a 4.5” screen with the same DPI (which gets you to 1280×720). Google says the display is up to 1.5 times brighter – OK, but current screens are almost always too bright for me must of the time – I’m always turning them down. I don’t get the curve at all – if they can do it for an extra cost that is less than a few dollars then I guess it doesn’t hurt (it’s not that curved), but it seems like a waste of time.

    The only interesting hardware addition is NFC which will be interseting when most phones have it (for ease of phone to phone transfers and using the phone as a credit card, car key, etc.), but for now it doesn’t help me at all.

    I love the idea of a stock phone available on contract or not (you choose the price that makes sense to you). I hope there will be more phones sold like this next year with this option and it would be nice if they supported AT&T 3G data also (so at least people have the choice of two carriers in the US).

    I’ve read that the main point of this phone is to offer a reference phone for Gingerbread. OK, I suppose that is useful. I just wished it could have also been a flagship phone which it definitely isn’t.

  • Scmo

    I have a n1 and this is no way in heck a true successor to that phone. If they are going to sell a phone slightly better than the vibrant they should have it at the same price or lower cost not 529.99 with no memory card slot. The nexus one was well ahead of its time at launch and nearly a year since its release and its still considered a top rated phone. I like samsung as a company but people have high expectations for this nexus series and they can’t deliver. Please google stick with htc, they are the best at hardware. And doesn’t have hspa+ capable speeds? Samsung what are you thinking!!!

  • Nathan

    a simple yes or no really doesn’t work.

    For some people, this will be a huge step up, anyone who’s still running a G1 or MT3G should upgrade to this as soon as possible, but for others it’s not really worth it.

    The lack of a dual core and 4G is slightly disappointing. Though in all honesty if anyone seriously thought we’d see a dual core phone on the market (not announced, i mean in stores, being sold) before Q2 2011 then your insane. No 4G is a bit of a buzz kill but no where near a deal breaker for me personally.

    I only get 2Mbs download in my area anyway on my N1, and the NS will support up to 7.2Mbs down, which is 4.2Mbs better than my home internet. SO what if it can’t go up to 21, t-mobile won’t have that country wide until the end of next year, if not 2012.

    What really turns me off is the lack of an SD card, though with 13GB for storage (assuming 2GB for apps like in the galaxy s phones) that should be more than enough, but it would of been nice to have my 8GB card as well.

    And then personally, the biggest turnoff is that they changed the damn touch buttons again. I really wish google would just make up their mind about where the buttons are going to be, this will be my 4th android phone, and it’ll be the 4th button layout as well.

    Now with all that said, I personally will probably pick it up, though i’ll be saving up a lot of reward zone points to do so.

    My reasoning is because i’m sick of being forced to run custom roms on the N1 to get all the features of the device, and the Galaxy S processor puts the N1 to shame in any 3d graphics, and with more and more 3d games coming out for the phones, it would be nice to have a superior device.

    That, and i’m not leaving t-mobile anytime soon and i doubt t-mobile is going to get anything better.

    • Usman

      The Nexus One can do up to 7.2mbps down, but only something like 1.2mbps up. The Nexus S does the same theoretical 7.2mbps down, but something like 5.6mbps up. Frankly, I’ve played with my gf’s G2 side by side with my N1 on T-mo’s HSPA+ network. While the speedtest.net app score was higher… there wasn’t really noticeable difference in real world surfing speed.

  • Hanson

    Disappointed in no HSPA+, no sd card, same processor as Vibrant instead of dual or faster processor, same resolution display instead of improved one from Vibrant. Based on this I will either wait or get another HSPA+ phone.

  • Jose

    So, does this have a chance for VZW? My contract was up last month and I was hanging on with the rumors about the Nexus S… It is a huge step up from what I had….and my other option is a Droid X. So, now…do I just get a DX, wait until a Nexus S comes out on VZW or wait until Q1 hoping that VZW puts out a dual core with a 4″ screen?

    aahhh…I need some inside information about what VZW is planning on releasing! lol

  • Haggie

    Dual-core or its a bore…

  • Doug Fiedor

    Truth is, I’ve very happy with my EVO and don’t really know how much more I can expect from a pocket computer/phone. Therefore, I have no plans to update unless something really special comes out — a little larger screen, much more memory and processing power, etc. and even then, I would update just for playing around and bragging rights. It wouldn’t be because I actually *need* anything more than what I already have in my EVO.

    Will the EVO get even better with Android 2.3? Maybe. Probably. But it already does everything I need and want quite briskly.

  • archboy69

    Man, I don’t know what the guys at Google have been thinking lately. Maybe they have been working too hard on Gingerbread their sense of reasoning or Rubin have lost his marbles because of the spending spree they’ve been on.

    Firstly, letting Samsung build a “Nexus” branded phone. This is basically a glorified Galaxy S which they should have just promoted as that. It doesn’t really have anything that pushes the OS. It just uses the new features unlike the N1 (which I love and own).

    Now lets say it was a dual core, 720hd recording, high res screen with 8mp camera, HDPSA on TMo and we might be talking here. The ‘curved’ screen is about bs as the retina display and the NFC is probably as usefully as the front facing camera which I’m sure everyone uses.

  • ironic

    so a lot of ppl said that you don’t need a task killer for android….but now it is integrated even deeper into the operating system. Which is it?

  • Pelic4n

    I’ve been waiting for it. I’m happy with the Specs, and the 199 price is good too. Do Want!

  • mike

    all that excitement quenched by a single core processor and limited storage.

  • JasonDroid

    Should have waited for Verizon LTE and dual-core CPU. I would pay for an unlocked LTE/GSM phone that works anywhere in the world. I do think the NFC is forward thinking, might be awhile before it becomes useful.

  • Usman

    The Nexus One can do up to 7.2mbps down, but only something like 1.2mbps up. The Nexus S does the same theoretical 7.2mbps down, but something like 5.6mbps up. Frankly, I’ve played with my gf’s G2 side by side with my N1 on T-mo’s HSPA+ network. While the speedtest.net app score was higher… there wasn’t really noticeable difference in real world surfing speed.

  • Simon

    A definite NO. I can’t believe i gave away my HTC desire HD for this! (gave it away as a present to my sis, so no harm there)

    The HD has more memory, bigger display, 720p recording, microSD and easily rootable with flashable with cyanogenMod which will make it get new updates nearly as quick as the Nexus

  • http://about.me/ipaulpro iPaulPro

    No microSD, No HSPA+, Samsung Plastic, Average CPU – looks like I’ll be waiting for Moto’s Nexus M – I believe Motorola was announced (on stage) as one of the Nexus partners when N1 was introduced. Things may have changed since then.. I sure hope not.

  • James

    Aww com’on guys other than the build, network speed, camera, CPU, and storage it looks like a winner! So sad. Crossing my fingers for a Nexus H.

    • shhon75

      Yes! I want a Nexus H, but it will probably end up being Nexus M(otrola) :(

  • Sid

    I own a nexus one. Wasn’t exactly planning to plan this iteration of the Nexus series. However “Nexus” is supposed to be a flagship device. The Nexus S seems like anything but both in terms of hardware or software. It seems to be only a slight improvement over the Nexus One. I’d rather wait for the “Nexus 3″ with dual/multiple core processor like Tegra, better battery life and a completely revamped UI (Honeycomb or later). There is also no expansion slot.

    • Sid

      *planning to buy

  • Rei

    the “nexus” title is teh only thing that made this phone a buzz. google didnt let us doen i think it was samsung. it could have gone 100 great ways, but alas it did not. and i agree googlr should have gone with HTC as it was the android flagship device.

  • ARUN

    Somehow I never liked this idea of getting a Samsung phone(I have the original Galaxy). They dont bother after they sell.

    I have a choice of switching to HTC Desire(Much Cheaper) or Buy this phone.

    The main advantage I see is its Google roots(Pure Android) other than that I don’t want a Samsung phone. In this side of the world NFC will take another 5 years to become a reality, so no big deal.

    I voted Yes considering a wait for the GingerBread.

    Though Honeycomb and its performance will overshadow this too soon.

    I guess Ill buy the Desire and root it with GingerBread when I have a custom ROM. The only thing I loose is some graphic processing capabilities and 0.2″ of real estate.

  • meanmcclean

    I was waiting anxiously for this device. Unfortunately, being a current vibrant owner i’d loose out if I were to purchase here. The only benefit would be the front facing camera, maybe the curved display. Now with this out and working as of the 16th, It would be nice if Sammy sam would be cool about rolling out stock 2.3 for the vibrant. Wont happen though as they want their horse crap of a UI on top of THEIR flagship phone, which after I put my hands on the Nexus maybe my reason for going ahead with a purchase.

    Rational, I dont really use my 8 gig save for Avatar being loaded. I’d love the flash for the camera, can live without as I have already but a welcomed upgrade. Staying current on all releases without having to root and go custom, and having a head start on the future with NFC. interested to see how well video streaming will work with gingerbread and its webm integration

  • Jeff

    Cheap plastic aside…Samsung makes a good phone. Been pretty happy with my Vibrant, but this phone just isn’t enough of an upgrade from the Vibrant or my Nexus 1 to even think about it. Should have and could have been so much more… I’ll wait for a much better phone that atleast has HSPA+ and a dual core. Nice try Samsung.

  • ACI

    Hi I was just wondering if Nexus S will be bought with 2 year contract from T-mobile, will the phone include some software modification that T-mobile will put on it and that will delay future software updates? I really need to know the answer, because the “fast updates” is the reason I am getting the Google phone. The reason I ask is because as we know, that companies always delay updates, because of their customizations. Thanks

  • Timdawg919

    This is just a vibrant with a foward facing camera and gingerbread but they took away the micro sd so that makes it more like an iphone but they also didn’t make it 4g. I would’ve been happier with a evo type phone 4.3″screen dual core or if not at least 1.2g processor 5+mp camera and its got to have micro sd slot. These are basic things now. I have a nexus one and I’m still pleased with this phone the big mistake google made with the nexus one was not advertising it well. Everytime someone sees my phone they ask me what is it, with the nexus s they will be asking is that the vibrant or the captivate or the fascinate.

  • Timdawg919

    This is just a vibrant with a foward facing camera and gingerbread but they took away the micro sd so that makes it more like an iphone but they also didn’t make it 4g. I would’ve been happier with a evo type phone 4.3″screen dual core or if not at least 1.2g processor 5+mp camera and its got to have micro sd slot. These are basic things now. I have a nexus one and I’m still pleased with this phone the big mistake google made with the nexus one was not advertising it well. Everytime someone sees my phone they ask me what is it, with the nexus s they will be asking is that the vibrant or the captivate or the fascinate. I guess my next android purchase will be the sony psp phone.

  • D$

    Effing FAIL! Just when I think I have found a phone that has it all….No card slot. WTF? C’mon Samsung/Google!!! Seriously, what drugs were you on? EVERY Major Android phone has the card slot. It’s one of the primary hardware advantages over the competition (read: iPhone).
    Just Fail.

  • http://dinandroid.com Daniel

    I lost the hope about this phone being good asap I heard samsung was making it. I’m not a big fan of samsung. Before Galaxy S, they were using Symbian(worst OS ever, not a single animation :( ). Then stock Android with the little arrow box to open the apps, and sort of ugly icons. I don’t like the Galaxy S user interface, also I hate the lockscreen.
    But this was a Google phone, with Stock android 2.3 and hardware chosen by Google, made by Samsung. I thought the OS looked good when I saw it in action, but the phone… The design was terrible to be honest. Also KobeCamp2009 @youtube uploaded a video. He was filming while with his friends, then his friend threw a volleyball or something at KobeCamp2009. He didn’t use much power to throw it, and the phone just fell on the flour. And ye… R.I.P Nexus S.
    I’m not saying that Samsung is bad so don’t take me wrong, they can make phones, but the design and Lockscreen isn’t their speciality.

    -Daniel

  • tkjtkj

    No, it was not worth the wait.

    Capping the SD was a stupid idea whose time never was.

    i couldn’t live without my N1’s 32gig card ..