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Do NFC Feature On Google Nexus S Handset Really Cost £200?

One has to wonder why the Nexus S is so expensive relative to the phone from which it is clearly inspired from, the Samsung Galaxy S.

As we showed yesterday, on paper at least, the Nexus S is not very different from the Galaxy S except for the additional NFC features, Android OSO 2.3 (Gingerbread), twice the memory and a flash for the camera.

Yet, the Nexus S costs nearly two hundred pounds more than the Galaxy S and the price difference is likely to be even more on pay monthly contracts.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S though, there's no FM Radio and no microSD card reader which means that you won't be able to increase your phone's storage capacity.

Given that Samsung will sooner or later release Android OS 2.3 for the Galaxy S, the only remaining unique selling point of the Nexus S is its NFC capabilities (and the flash).

Does it warrant a near £200 price increase over the Galaxy S? Not in our books. Would we therefore advise our readers to buy it now? No.

Unfortunately, given that the phone is available from Carphone Warehouse (on Vodafone) only for a foreseeable future, the situation is likely to last for quite some time.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.