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Nexus S 4G: Gingerbread phone gets a 4G boost

Ginny Mies and Mark Sullivan , PCWorld | May 31, 2011
Google and Samsung's joint collaboration is enhanced with Sprint's 4G data speeds, but the Nexus S still has a few hardware oversights.

We took the Nexus S 4G to three locations in San Francisco, and measured the upload and download speeds of the phone each one. We measured at Church and Market, at Moscone Center and at our offices at 2nd and Bryant Street. At each location we measured connection speeds inside the building, and standing just outside.

For our inside measurements, the phone clocked an average download speed of 1.4 megabits per second (mbps) and an average upload speed of .3 mbps. For our outside measurements, the Nexus averaged 2.5 mbps for download speeds and .85 mbps for upload speeds.


Bottom line

The Nexus S is a solid Android phone made even better with Sprint’s 4G data speeds. With the added bonuses of Android Gingerbread, NFC support and a gyroscope, the Nexus S is certainly one of the best phones to get on Sprint as well. We still can’t help but knock it for its lack of expandable memory, though. If you plan on using your phone as a music player or want to take a lot of pictures with it, expandable memory definitely comes in handy.


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