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Samsung Google Nexus S (i9020, i9020T, i9023)

We have collected and analyzed 157 expert reviews and 518 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 82/100 and users rate it 79/100. The average review date is Oct 1, 2011. We have compared these reviews to 2673897 reviews from other Cell Phones. The alaScore™ for this product is 88/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 15, 2018.

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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

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This summary is based on the products: Samsung Nexus S 4G Android Phone (Sprint)Samsung Nexus S 4G Android Phone (Sprint)

Dec, 2018

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 : Mark Spoonauer (

Samsung Nexus S 4G


The Samsung Nexus S 4G brings an unadulterated Android experience to Sprint along with fast data speeds and Google Voice integration.

In some ways the Nexus S 4G is behind the curve among $199 Android phones. It doesn't boast a dual-core processor or HD video recording. What this device brings to the table is an interface that's not cluttered with carrier apps and the ability to...

May, 2011

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:1500
Battery performance:1500
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):750
Standby time (3G):628
Talk time (2G):14
Talk time (3G):6.7

Call Management

Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes


Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3
Video capture resolution (max):720 x 480
Video recording: Yes


Color of product:Black, White
Form Factor:Bar


Display Diagonal:4
Display Resolution:480 x 800
Display Type:LCD
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


Chat: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9


Audio formats supported:MP3


Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes


2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G: Yes
3G standards:WCDMA
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A
USB version:2.0


Processor frequency:1


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3


Internal storage capacity:16
USB mass storage: Yes


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions