The Google Nexus S is the first Android phone to run Android 2.3; dubbed "Gingerbread", 2.3 is the latest version of the Google-backed mobile operating system. The Google Nexus S is without doubt an impressive smartphone, but, like the Google Nexus One before it, it is not really a revolutionary handset.
It's certainly not aesthetically challenged, but the plastic body is not quite as impressive as Apple's iPhone 4 or the Android-based HTC Desire. It does have an excellent 4in Super AMOLED touchscreen, however.
On the inside the Nexus S is equipped with a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. Sadly, there is no memory card slot for expanding storage.
Gingerbread refines the Android user experience in a number of areas, particularly text entry and editing. Its interface is also more impressive than Froyo's (version 2.2 of Android). Battery life has also been improved.
The Google Nexus S will be offered by Vodafone in Australia.
Original review: Ross Catanzariti, PC World Australia