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Google Nexus S Is A "Disappointing Hack" Of The Samsung Galaxy S

The Google Nexus S shares more with the Samsung Galaxy S than just the S in its name; as we dig deeper, it appears clear than the Nexus S is merely a very disappointing upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S.

It has the same processor as the Galaxy S which is a Hummingbird processor running at 1GHz that uses a Cortex A8-core paired with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Sadly, the dual core Cortex A9 Orion processor will likely land next year in another Samsung flagship handset.

The Nexus S has the same screen as the Galaxy S, a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a screen resolution of 800x480 pixels; we were secretly expecting something better from Samsung in order to match Apple's Retina Display; the Galaxy S stands at 233 ppi while the iPhone 4 sports a 332ppi display.

The camera on the Nexus S appears to be the same as the Galaxy S, a five megapixel model with LED flash, autofocus and digital zoom. We haven't seen pictures yet but we wouldn't be surprised if Samsung went for the easier route to benefit from economies of scale.

Ditto for the battery in the Nexus S which we suspect has the same capacity (rated at 1500mAh) as the Galaxy S. Given that the latter is 6g lighter than the former (a weight difference that can be explained by the presence of NFC

components), both handsets have very similar talk times at 6hr36 minutes and 6hr30 minutes.

And, not surprisingly, it sports the same amount of built in memory (512MB RAM) compared to its illustrious predecessor, a handset which was announced more than nine months ago.

So in a nutshell, it appears that the Nexus S is just a redesigned version of the Galaxy S with twice the amount of storage (16GB), Android OS 2.3 and NFC technology built in. Is it worth upgrading, bearing in mind that the SIM free version of the handset costs £549? We'll leave our readers to decide.

You can find the specifications of the Galaxy S and the Google Nexus S here (opens in new tab) and here (opens in new tab).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.