[How-to] Nexus S Answers
No LED notification light
Get NoLED from the Android Market
The Nexus S does take advantage of T-Mobile's 4G but can only get speeds up to 7.2mbps.
No SD Card
16GB of internal storage should be enough just sync stuff from one device to your phone. Fast, Easy, Simple. You can also use dropbox.
No HD recording
The Nexus S does not have HD recording because it has stock Android and the stock Android NOW does not allow HD recording. In the future it might but at the current moment it doesn't.
Just download Vignette from the market!
Go to your g-mail on your computer and go to your contacts. Check the contacts you want in a group and and click on group and then make a new group. If this does not work then download Clix Groups Manager from the market.
For a longer lasting battery kill all apps you are not using.
Here are some tips:
1. When charging try not to use the phone a lot.
2. Charge before the phone gets to 20%.
3. If possible turn the phone off to charge, this is preferably done at night if you don't use your phone as an alarm. If you can't do this it is fine.
Here is some more information -> How to prolong lithium-based batteries <-
Download apk. Files
You can download a .apk and put it in your internal storage to install via third party app. Also try app installer.
Convert Video Format
The Nexus S only takes certain video formats and many want to convert certain videos to put them on their Nexus S. Here is a good video converter to help you do so: Freemake Video Converter
If you have any other questions or better answers then please post them here.
Thanks to TrivalTweeter, Grimmy, and Neuromatico for helping with these answers.
- 12-21-2010, 02:10 AM #2
In terms of no 4G, it really isn't a big deal at all. I'll tell you why. I really hope people would stop listing it as an issue, or a reason not to get a Nexus S.
As of right now you'll see the same speeds on a Nexus S as you would on a "4G" G2 or MT4G on T-Mo's "4G network". The Nexus S is able to take advantage of the increased speeds on T-Mobiles networks where HSPA+ has been deployed. The Nexus S' radio supports a max download speed of 7.2 Mbps while the G2 and MT4G have 14.4Mbps radios. That 14.4Mbps radio is what T-Mobile refers to as a "4G" capable phone.
The difference in radio speed doesn't really come into play in current real world situations. The fastest network speeds I have found in my area (L.A.) has been a little above 5Mbps down and close to 2Mbps up. I'm able to get those speeds on both a G2 (4G HSPA+ phone) and the Nexus S.
So, for now, you're going to get the same speeds with the Nexus S as you would with a "4G" HSPA+ phone on T-Mobiles network. At least until they increase the network speeds again. When that happens, the "4G" HSPA+ devices will be in better shape because they'll be able to take advantage of that added bandwidth. However, right now all that is irrelevant.
My Nexus S is 4G Hell, when all the carriers call their networks 4G when they aren't......why shouldn't we all just say that the Nexus S is a "4G" phone. After all, it can handle the full capacity of the current "4G" network.....So doesn't that make it a "4G" device??
I apologize for going on about this issue, but I'm kinda sick of hearing so many people point out this "lack of 4G" and complain like a little girl. I'm perfectly happy with 5-6Mbps downloads on the cell network until I get my next device in a year or so.
- 12-21-2010, 09:11 AM #4
The lack of "4G" will be felt greater when it becomes the standard in 2011, as all carriers are pushing for this. The Nexus S just doesn't seem as 'future-proof' as a top branded Android device should be (this is without mentioning the lack of 720p, which is a hardware limitation; lack of camera zoom; etc.)
To essentially say "one doesn't need 4G" doesn't abate the disappointment that it lacks 4G. I'm glad people are happy with their Nexus S, but consumers have every right to be disappointed, and to voice that disappointment, about a device lacking "4G" support (and once again, this is without mentioning other devices on the market already feature this).
- 12-21-2010, 12:51 PM #5
this article? Interesting the video was shot in 720P, huh? I'm pretty sure well see this feature added in a future update.
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- 12-26-2010, 05:36 AM #12
I would like to ask whether .apk files can be installed without the need for an SD card. I will be using the phone outside the US mainly, where there is no access to the Android Market, so can I install apk's without having a Market app like Dropbox, AppsInstaller and the like? Thanks.
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