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Price Of Google Nexus S Phone Slashed Ahead Of Cheap iPhone 5 Launch

We remember fondly that when the Samsung Google Nexus S was unveiled last year with a suggested retail price of £549, we criticised it for being way too expensive.

The criticism about the price, it seems, hasn't fallen on deaf eyes as the smartphone is now available from Prepaymania for almost half the price at £285.65 including free delivery.

We guess that customers who purchased it eight months ago at full price must be slightly miffed now, especially since better handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S2 have had their prices reduced significantly over the past few weeks.

The i9023 is slightly different to the original Nexus S as it comes with an S-LCD capacitive touchscreen rather than the Super AMOLED plus one; Samsung swapped screen technologies to reduce the bill of materials and to allocate more production lines to its own Galaxy S2.

The Nexus S though is still a great phone, especially at this price. It comes with roughly the same hardware specs as the Samsung Galaxy S.

There's a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 4-inch WVGA screen with an oleophobic surface, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a VGA front facing camera, NFC functionality, a five megapixel rear model with an LED flash, HD video recording and autofocus, Wi-Fi, GPS, a USB port and Android 2.3 Gingerbread plus a great curved design.

The only two shortcomings of the handset are its lack of microSD slot and the absence of an FM radio.

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.