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5 Alternative Smartphones To The Google Nexus S

The Nexus S might be a great phone but it is still too expensive for what it offers; at £549 SIM-free, it is almost £200 more expensive than competing handsets.

This is why we put together a list of alternative handsets that deliver everything the Nexus S does (except for Gingerbread and NFC) but for much less.

The first candidate is unsurprisingly the Galaxy S, which is the direct precursor of the Nexus S. It has the same underlying hardware specification. You can pick a Samsung Galaxy S handset for around £350, £200 less than the Nexus S and apart from the flash Gingerbread and NFC, there won't be much left out.

The other smartphone that we'd pitched again the Nexus S is the Orange San Francisco, otherwise known as the ZTE Blade. It costs a sixth of the Nexus S (at around £89) and yet provides with most of its features. You get a 3.5-inch WVGA screen with a powerful processor and a microSD card reader as well as Android OS 2.2.

The third obvious competitor to the Nexus S is the iPhone 4 which can be had for roughly the same budget. The iPhone 4 uses an altogether different OS but yet manages to outdo the Nexus S when it comes to screen resolution and memory capacity.

The HTC Desire HD is yet another contender, one is genuinely better than the Nexus S. It has a bigger screen, a microSD card reader, a similar processor to the Hummingbird (which powers the Galaxy S) and costs significantly less than the Nexus S. Expect its successor to come with Gingerbread and NFC capabilities.

The last alternative smartphone to the Nexus S is the Motorola Milestone XT720, the keyboard-less version of the Motorola Milestone 2. As for the other handsets, it can be had for around £200 less than the Nexus S and provides with most of the features.

There's simply no reason why Google should charge that much for a handset that features yesteryear's technology that are set to be obsolete in a few weeks' 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.