I'm a total Nexus S fanboy. Ask away
I don't even try to hide the fact that I'm a fanboy of the highest caliber when it comes to the Nexus S. Sprint and I parted ways a while back when I finally got some choice in 3G providers in my area, and I thought nothing could replace my lowly Hero -- but the Nexus S does it. Feels good man.
Anyhoo, I've been using one since 10 minutes after my local Best buy doors opened on launch day, so fire away with mundane questions (tech stuff might differ slightly between my GSM version and the Sprint version, but not too much) and I'll do my best to answer them.
And welcome to the best phone currently available on any platform, or any carrier.
- 04-22-2011, 08:02 PM #2
- 04-22-2011, 08:26 PM #3
Stock Nexus S -- ~2200
Hacked to hell and back Evo -- ~3100
Hacked to hell and back Nexus S -- ~4500 with zero score added in for 2D and 3D (my quadrant version is old and doesn't support 2.3.3 on the NS, and I refuse to buy again because I'm stubborn like that)
But to be honest, stock NS is as fast as you'll ever need it to be. I don't read much into benchmark numbers. NS hacked quadrant screenie attached for those that do.
- 04-22-2011, 08:44 PM #5
https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result It uses the home, back, search and menu key backlights as notification lights. Works great.
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- 04-22-2011, 09:49 PM #11Retired Moderator
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How is the Google voice integration?
If im not mistaken it has the new sprint google voice with the cell number as your Gvoice number and all the new do dads correct?
And for anyone thinking of grabbing this over an Evo3D, I cant blame you one bit (especially if its locked up as much as the Desire S). A buddy has a tmo NS that he allowed me to hack/root ( ) and its faster than you'll ever need a phone to be, definately kills my overclocked/rooted up evo.
- 04-22-2011, 09:50 PM #12
No need to worry if an upgrade will bust your jailbreak
No proprietary connectors
Software is subjective.
I have no hate for Apple products (except for their computer OS) but the above keeps me from using any of them.
It should work exactly the same on the NS4G. On my T-Mo NS, G Voice works great. I use it for both calls and texts.
It's got a small hump at the bottom on the back, and fits pretty good in your hand. But there's no texture to the back, so it could get slippery. I have to take a bunch of phones to Google i/o so I went ahead and got a case. I ended up with this one http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-...amsung-nexus-s . I usually have a giveaway after I review a case for the blog, but I liked this one enough to keep it.
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- 04-22-2011, 11:32 PM #15
Do you know if I will be able to download Sprint Navigation AKA Telenav from the market somehow for the Nexus S 4G? I am not the biggest fan of Google Nav because of the fact the voice directions sound like they are coming from Ventrilo or something of that nature. I have become quite used to Sprint Nav on my Pre as it always finds location fast and has a clear speaking person who doesn't run on sentences like a 4th grader...
- 04-23-2011, 09:40 AM #17
Im glad to see someone is such a fan of the NS! Theres nothing wrong with being a fanboy and wanting to know everything possible about your favorite device. I'm still on a blackberry, but have been looking at android devices since December. I was looking at an evo, but have totally fallen in love with the NS4G and have found myself looking to learn everything possible about it, and this thread has answered a lot of questions so thank you for creating it!
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The only point of hesitation for me is the lack of LED. You mentioned that BLN is the solution, however I never felt the need to root so I know absolutely nothing about it and feel intimidated by it. I don't want to turn this into a rooting thread, but if I root in order to get BLN, and the next official Android update gets released, is it pretty easy to keep updating?
- 04-23-2011, 11:21 AM #20
- 04-23-2011, 12:34 PM #21
Question About Rooting
Ok so I'm coming from a blackberry and will be getting the NS4G for my first android phone. I'm not looking to load any custom roms yet, but plan on rooting the phone to take advantage of the wireless tethering and using titanium backup. I'm gonna install clockwork and superuser, but after that will probably not let CW disappear when I reboot it. With that setup and just SU installed will I be able to still receive updates from Google and actually be able to update the phone like that or would I have to go back to stock to update? I'm sure this has been asked a bunch and I'm sorry if it has, the main answers I've seen have been this question from people running custom roms and I didn't know if this would be any different or not. Thanks for the answers!
The NS4G is a developer unlocked phone, so things are going to be a bit different for many of you. There is no need to look for a root exploit, just use the tools built into Android to flash a recovery with all the options enabled. Then you can flash anything you want to flash to the phone, including the files needed to run root as a normal user. Google encourages this. THAT'S what makes the NS4G special, and IMO a much better choice than the Evo 3D.
How things work now, for the GSM version --
Google releases an update.
Folks like myself roll their phone back to stock and apply it.
We flash a custom recovery back to the phone
We flash files needed to run apps as root
People will then pull the files, package them, and provide an update for users that aren't tech savvy/don't have time to do it the long way, and provide a version of the update that's already rooted.
You flash that version, and you're done.
This will all happen the same day, and there's a very good chance you can be updated this way long before the OTA would have rolled out to you. It's easy, and it's the way the phone was designed to work
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