The Googlephone, mark ii: the Nexus S

You might remember a few months ago the press getting very hot and bothered about Google 'launching a phone.' Of course, the search giant wasn't really doing that - it had just made a deal with manufacturer HTC to sell a phone that was Google-branded. The Nexus One, as it was known, was designed to provide Android developers with a pure, un-fiddled-with Android phone to work with and to show the world what a good, clean Android installation (without lots of extra rubbish added by the manufacturer) looked like.

Fast-forward a few months, and they're at it again. The Nexus S, which launched this week, is made not by HTC but by Samsung, and the Korean manufacturer have enough clout to ensure that it's an official Samsung product rather than pretending to have been made by Google. Stats-wise, it's unremarkable: it's got a 5MP camera, a 1GHz processor, and a 4-in screen. But it has two striking features: one, a slightly curved screen which reportedly reduces glare and distortion for users; and two, more importantly, a clean, unmodified version of Android 2.3.

Basically the Nexus S is a big advert for Android, and by all accounts it's a pretty effective one. The influential blog TechCrunch went as far as to say: 'It is better than the iPhone in most ways. What you lose with the slightly less impressive screen and iOS's slightly slicker user experience you will more than make up for with the Nexus S's ability to actually make phone calls that don't drop and Google's exceptional Navigation and voice input applications.'

That's geek-speak for 'go buy one.' It's out soon in the UK, so get going!

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