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Samsung Google Nexus S (i9020, i9020T, i9023)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 671 reviews of Samsung Google Nexus S (i9020, i9020T, i9023). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The screen and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the sound and portability. There are some negative reviews about the price and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Google Nexus S (i9020, i9020T, i9023) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung Google Nexus S (i9020, i9020T, i9023)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 user reviews of Samsung Google Nexus S (i9020, i9020T, i9023) from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : GSMArena team (

Samsung Google Nexus S review: Royal droid


Another year, another heir to the Droid throne – and Google are trying to be democratic about it. Which is a roundabout way of saying they're not monogamous. For the Nexus One, Google teamed up with HTC. This time around, they trusted Samsung to do the...

Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support ; HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps ; 4.0" WVGA (480x800) Super AMOLED Contour Display with curved glass screen ; Android OS, v2.3 Gingerbread ; 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (Hummingbird) processor ; 16GB storage, 512 MB...

No microSD slot ; No 720p video recording ; All-plastic body, fingerprint magnet ; No DivX and XviD support (no actual video player) out of the box ; No dedicated camera key and no lens cover ; No FM radio ; No smart dialing ; Overly expensive for its...

We don’t quite know what to make of the Google Nexus S. When the Nexus One came out, it packed some of the most powerful hardware available at the time. The Nexus S is the spitting image of the Samsung Galaxy S, which has been around for almost a year.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (

Nexus S review


It can be difficult to review a phone like Google's Nexus S in a world already populated by so many outstanding Android devices. Not only does the

Super fast CPU ; Android 2.3 is a major improvement ; Unique design

Screen had some coloring issues ; UI is still counterintuitive in some cases ; No native use for front-facing cam

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Samsung Nexus S (AT&T)


The Samsung Nexus S for AT&T is a handsome phone which runs stock Android 2.3, but it isn't state-of-the-art in any way.

Slim. Stock Android 2.3. Good call quality.

No removable memory. Some audio/video playback problems.

Since there are no carrier or manufacturer preloads here, the Nexus S is what you make of it. Android Market, with its 200,000 applications, is open to you, and the Nexus S is compatible with nearly everything. That makes sense, given that the Nexus S...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Kent German (

Samsung Nexus S review


Editors' note: Since AT&T's Samsung Nexus S is nearly identical to T-Mobile's, we will focus mainly on performance differences for this review. For CNET's full analysis of the Nexus S series, including design and features, check our review of...

The Samsung Nexus S offers a brilliant display, decent call quality, and enough features to keep you busy. The Gingerbread OS offers usability improvements, and the stock Android is a welcome change for AT&T.

The Samsung Nexus S feels rather fragile, and it lacks a memory card slot and LED notifications. AT&T added no new features, and data speeds were slow.

The Samsung Nexus S brings a much-needed stock Android OS, Gingerbread, to AT&T. But eight months after its original debut, the handset feels underpowered and behind the smartphone curve.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Ziegler (

Google Nexus S 4G: a quick look


Google's Utopian vision for mobile — at least on some purely theoretical level — is for equal access to unrestricted Android on unrestricted hardware, regardless of network. The realities of doing...

Zero carrier or manufacturer crapware ; Curved display still looks and feels great ; Google Wallet support is on tap

Battery life questionable with WiMAX on ; 3G and 4G signal performance underachieves ; Glossy battery cover scuffs as easily as ever

Look: it’s a Nexus S with WiMAX for Sprint

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Ginny Mies and Mark Sullivan (

Samsung Nexus S 4G (Sprint)


Ships with Android 2.3 ; Sprint version has 4G speeds

No expandable memory

Google and Samsung's joint collaboration is enhanced with Sprint's 4G data speeds, but the Nexus S still has a few hardware oversights.

May, 2011

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Google Nexus S (T-Mobile)


The Google Nexus S for T-Mobile promises frequent Android updates, but average consumers can find even-better high-end smartphones.

First phone with Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" OS. Elegant design. Fast UI. Only U.S. phone with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Mediocre voice performance. Multimedia performance behind class leaders. No HSPA+. Not many NFC applications.

The phone registered six hours and 2 minutes of continuous talk time, which is decent, but I had some other battery life issues; read on.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Mat Honan (

Review: Google Nexus S


It's back, baby! Google's Nexux S is a hearty dose of pure Android-y goodness that'll cure even the most diehard Apple fans from an iPhone...

Integrated Google services a snap to set up. Wealth of apps. Super speedy processor makes quick work of tasks. Slick-looking, almost symphonic form-factor; Contour Display and hand-friendly backside are a delight to talk to. More deeply connected to...

Interface seemingly still designed primarily for dudes who dig binary. Greatly improved multitouch text selection means text editing is now merely horrible instead of atrociously shameful. Autocorrect seemingly programmed by non-native English speaker

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (

Nexus S: Excellent, but Doesn't Quite Live Up to Potential


The follow-up to last January's Nexus One, and the first phone to ship with Android 2.3 (aka "Gingerbread"), the Nexus S (available unlocked for $530 or for $200 with a two-year plan from T-Mobile) is a joint effort between Samsung and Google with some...

Beautiful Super AMOLED display ; Android 2.3 is an excellent upgrade

Does not support T-Mobile's fast HSPA+ network ; No expandable memory

Google and Samsung's joint collaboration nicely showcases the latest version of Android, Gingerbread, but the Nexus S has a few hardware oversights.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen (

Nexus S Review


Nexus S Review - This in-depth review of the Google Nexus S (by Samsung) goes over the new features of Android 2.3 (aka gingerbread), the design, usability and battery life.

The Nexus S is a great Android smartphone. To most people, the most visible improvements from Android 2.3 will be the Adobe Flash support, the new keyboard and the overall performance. At the moment, there are no NFC applications so, while NFC is cool...

Jan, 2011

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