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Google Nexus S Smartphone Now Down To £324

When the Google Nexus S went on sale in the UK in December last year, we were very critical of the handset because it was, in our opinion, nothing more than a disappointing hack of the Samsung Galaxy S, and was priced at £549.

Fast forward to April four months later, and we see that the price of the handset has fallen to a surprising £324, a 41 per cent drop which may cause some early buyers to regret their purchases. The phone is available unlocked from Handtec (opens in new tab).

For the rest of us though, the Google Nexus S appears to be a bargain if you cannot (or do not want to) spend nearly £500 on a brand new handset. The handset is the new GT-i9023 which has a Super LCD screen rather than an AMOLED one, but the rest of the configuration is the same as the previous model.

It has a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird system on chip, the same as the Samsung Galaxy S, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, Internet calling capability, Android 2.3 Gignerbread, a VGA front facing camera and a five-megapixel rear camera, a 1500mAh battery, five sensors, NFC, AGPS and a gorgeous 4-inch WVGA capacitive curved touchscreen with anti-fingerprint display coating.

At £324, it is roughly 25 per cent more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire, which is more acceptable as the premium can easily be justified.

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.