2Nexus S Unboxed
4Two Separate Cameras
According to Google’s Android marketing materials, the Nexus S’ Android 2.3 user interface includes “visual theme of colors against black brings vividness and contrast to the notification bar, menus, and other parts of the UI. Changes in menus and settings make it easier for the user to navigate and control the features of the system and device.”
7Near Field Communications
8NFC Test Run
9About Android 2.3
11Android 2.2 vs. Android 2.3 Keyboard
Android 2.3 provides an overhauled keyboard. Note the longer, narrower keys of the Android 2.2-based Droid X on the left vs. the shorter, wider keys of the Android 2.3 Nexus S on the right. Google says, “The soft keyboard is redesigned and optimized for faster text input and editing.” We’re thinking it takes time to get used to. There are some obvious improvements though.
12Faster, More Intuitive Text Input
13Compared to Android 2.2
Note the differences between text input options from the Android 2.2 Droid X on the left and the Nexus S. When entering text or viewing a Web page in Android 2.3, the user can select a word via press-hold, then copy to the clipboard and paste. Pressing on a word enters a free-selection mode so the user can adjust the selection area by dragging a set of bounding arrows to new positions, then copy the bounded area by pressing anywhere in the selection area. This was actually really neat.
17Fresh New Feature
Then we tested Voice Search. It worked perfectly. It should be much improved when personalized recognition kicks in, or so Google hopes.