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Samsung Google Nexus S Smartphone with US 3G, 5MP Camera, Android OS, Touch Screen - No Warranty - Black

3.7 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews
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  • Frequency: GSM Quad-band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; UMTS Tri-band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • Gingerbread pre-installed,Latest Google Mobile apps. 1 GHz processor, 16 GB of internal memory Brilliant 4" contour display
  • Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. It works on 2G for only GSM carriers and 3G for AT&T and any carriers that use the same bands.
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 4.88 inches, 0.43 inches, 2.48 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
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Product Description

Product Description

Android Version 2.3


Get the ultimate Google experience at 3G speeds which pairs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and integrated Google Voice capabilities. A thin-profile contour display gives the Nexus S a unique slim and trim size that fits easily in the palm of your hand, and its brighter, high-contrast screen means colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size--even when viewed in bright sunlight.

The Nexus S 3G is packed with the latest technologies (view larger).

The 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with Curved Display (view larger).

The Nexus S is packed with the latest mobile technologies, including a Super AMOLED Contour Display with curved glass screen, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, and Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking plus 3G Mobile Hotspot capability for sharing your 3G connection with up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. And with support for Near Field Communications (NFC), the Nexus S can read information from "smart" tags, or everyday objects that have NFC chips in them--from stickers and movie posters to t-shirts.

The phone is outfitted with a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera plus a front-facing camera for easy video chats on the go. Other features include assisted GPS (A-GPS) for navigation and location-based services, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, haptic feedback vibration, access to both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 6 hours of talk time. And with the Nexus S, you'll always be the first to receive software upgrades and new Google mobile apps as soon as they become available.

Google Voice Integration

With Google Voice, your phone number is more than just 10 digits--it's the main hub of your voice communications. You get one number that rings all your phones--up to six different phones--with intelligent call routing and advanced features like call screening, blocking, and recording. You also get transcribed voicemail that's sent to you via email and/or text message, low-priced international calling, custom voicemail greeting capabilities, and more.

Android, 2.3 (Gingerbread) Platform

The Nexus S 3G runs the Android 2.3 platform (dubbed "Gingerbread")--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation. Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming email and then switch back to the game without losing your place.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

Voice Actions.

With Voice Actions for Android, you can press and hold the Search button from anywhere and speak almost anything--text messages and emails, navigation direction queries, opening web pages, and more. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The Nexus S 3G also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Picasa, and YouTube. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Near-Field Communications

An NFC Reader application lets your read and interact with near-field communication (NFC) tags. For example, you can "touch" or "swipe" an NFC tag that might be embedded in a poster, sticker, or advertisement, then act on the data read from the tag. A typical use would be to read a tag at a restaurant, store, or event and then rate or register by jumping to a web site whose URL is included in the tag data.

Vital Statistics

The Nexus S weighs 4.6 ounces and measures 4.87 x 2.48 x 0.44 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of talk time.

What's in the Box

Nexus S handset, rechargeable battery, AC charger/USB cable combo, 3.5mm headset, quick start guide


  • Ultra-fast 3G connectivity with simultaneous voice and data capability (peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps)
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) in areas not yet served by 3G (peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation and location services
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)

Google Integration

  • Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Preloaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Communications & Internet

  • Full HTML Web Browser with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
  • Easy access to social networks including Facebook and LinkedIn


  • 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED Plus display reproduces sharper and brighter colors with improved visibility in bright light (480 x 800 pixels; 235 ppi).
  • Contour Display with curved glass screen fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face.
  • MicroUSB port
  • Removable battery
  • Sensors: three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity and light sensors.


  • 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus lens and flash.
  • Front-facing VGA camera for easy video chats (640 x 480 pixels).
  • DVD-quality video capture (720 x 480 pixels) with recording in MPEG4, H.264, and H.263 formats.


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263


  • 16 GB internal memory (non-expandable)

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Organizer tools including calculator, world clock, stopwatch, countdown timer, and memo
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: M4

Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Picasa, & YouTube are trademarks of Google, Inc.


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Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.9 x 0.4 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 4.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number I9020A
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #242,895 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 26, 2011
(I would expect someone investigating purchasing a cell phone would do some price comparison, $700 for this phone is a bit steep.)

The Nexus S is an interesting phone. It is the sequel to Google and HTC's Nexus One (incorrectly regarded as a flop) and like the iPhone 4 it sets the bar for the current generation of smart phones.
I bought this phone on its release day, so I am very familiar with what it can do. I came from using a Nokia N900 Unlocked Phone/Mobile Computer with 3.5-Inch Touchscreen, QWERTY, 5 MP Camera, Maemo Browser, 32 GB--U.S. Version with Full Warranty which was another great unlocked phone. But this year alone has seen a lot of improvements in what phones can do.
The Nexus S, made by Samsung, is a gorgeous gadget. It is a little underwhelming in person, glossy all-black, but its a sleak package and it has some definite power under the hood. The 1GHz Hummingbird processor absolutely blows through apps, I have not experienced anything I would consider lag. I've encountered latency and bad apps, but those are not the phone's fault. The Gingerbread version of Android is a real stunner. I still read about issues with 2.2 (Froyo) and just have to shrug because this phone does very well with every app i've installed.
The camera(s) and other features function very well. The optics of this camera are not all that impressive, but the software behind the camera works very well and even resource hungry apps like Photoshop Express function very nicely on the Nexus S. As for displaying those pictures, this is one of the most beautiful displays on any phone.
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There are many sites which display the model number as i9020 and ship i9023 instead.i9023 is a cheaper model(almost 100$ less) without the Super AMOLED screen which is the best feature of this phone according to me as the processor speed,RAM capacity are not as good as some of the latest dual core phones and this phone has a below average battery which lasts for only one day.I was expecting Amazon to be truthful to the customers and mention the display type in the product description.As the other clever websites,they also chose to misguide the customers by not including that part of the spec in the item description.Try calling the customer care and confirming about this item,you will receive only vague answers.
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I bought it just 2 weeks ago.

I bought it especially for its Super AMOLED screen.
But you should know that before buying:
There is actually 2 kinds of Nexus S:
i9020 (i9020a i9020t) and i9023

i9023 is the european version or non-USA/UK version. It has S-LCD screen. Worse colors, worse black.
google it and check example photos (I found some on flickr)
Super LCD variant is unable to display black color, it's just dark grey. More vivid colors are provided by Super AMOLED screen of i9020 variant.

As far as I know, this is the only difference. If you want to root your phone, it is important again.

Apart that,
This is another perfect phone by Google (despite Samsung).
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I'm surprised to see so many bad reviews. this phone is great, purchased it brand new directly from amazon and very impressed.

PLEASE NOTE: unlocked phones still have different models

I9020T - T-mobile, any GSM network, 3G might not work (AT&T customers will have "edge" only data connection)

I9020A - AT&T, any GSM network, 3G might not work (T-mobile customers buy I9020T, otherwise "edge" only for data)

people on Verizon, Sprint etc. - you have your own models, please check with your carrier before buying any unlocked devices.

ATTENTION: Amazon sells I9020T (08/08/2011), and as AT&T customer, I have to return it, because no 3G. some reviewers mentioned that Amazon sells right model for AT&T - so, you know now, it's not the case (at least it wasn't for me).
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I have been using a iPhone 4 for past year and iPhone 3G since 2008. I got tired of looking at icons and icons of apps and no homescreen. So thought I will give it a try with a android phone.

I have always heard been bad things about android phone battery life, and they were true in many cases which kept me away from any android phones.

Recently at the current job I had to use android phone and this is the phone I purchased. I got it from the local store and it was unlocked when I purchased it.

This is really nice phone and I like it better than iPhone 4.

Reasons why I like it.
1. Customization.
2. Better or at par with iPhone 4's battery life.
3. Lot of applications.
4. Nice to hold and feels solid.
5. Homescreen
6. As a developer, I don't have to pay a dime to anyone to write and install my own software (before I publish it)
7. Finger print proof.
8. Sleek design.
9. Lighter than iPhone 4
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This is a great phone all around. I pretty much agree with the higher rated reviews so no need to reiterate it.

BUT! HUGE NOTE! I wanted to add this review to inform those of the model differences. The phones are the exact same minus the wireless bands inside. Even though Amazon lists this as the i9020T... they actually sent me an i9020A. I had to return it. Amazon sold it to me, not a third party seller so if Amazon does have it back in stock, be aware. The A version supports wireless 3G bands for AT&T. The T version supports wireless 3G bands for T-Mobile. Now regardless of whichever version you get, you'll be able to get internet speeds at 2G/EDGE. But if you're on T-Mobile and get the A version, you won't be able to get 3G on their network. And vice versa for AT&T. Just wanted to make you all aware.
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