iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Google Nexus S Now Down To £199.95

Carphone Warehouse has cut the price of the Google Nexus S, down to £199.95; the smartphone is SIM Free, unbranded and comes with free delivery.

The smartphone - which is manufactured by Samsung - was unveiled by Eric Schmidt and launched just over one year ago.

The phone cost £550 initially but saw its price cut to £430 within weeks; we criticised it for being too expensive and not cutting edge enough compared to the Samsung Galaxy S, on which it is loosely based.

The Nexus S, which has already started to receive the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3, has a 4-inch Super AMOLED 800x480 pixel PenTile matrix display, a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird system on chip, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, NFC, a curvy chassis, a five-megapixel camera and a front facing VGA one.

It's worth noting that while the Nexus S has received Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy Tab will not receive it, despite the fact that all three have almost the same configuration.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play still remains our firm favourite south of £200 as it comes with almost the same configuration, a handful of games and costs 25 per cent less.