Nexus S review incoming


This is just a quick note that I broke down and replaced my ageing iPhone 3G with a brand new unlocked Google Nexus S. I got it in my hands last Saturday and by the end of the first day it did 90% of what I used my iPhone for and by the end of day two it did 100% of what I used my phone for before this and did it better than the iPhone. I will give it a week and then write up a bigger thing on all the good and bad things I notices from my migration from iPhone to Nexus S.

If you want to know something specific about Nexus S, Android 2.3, its interaction with Debian/Ubuntu, ... this is the time to ask.

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Alex 10 years, 1 month ago


it would be nice if you could describe what exactly you had to do in order to get the device "unlocked".

I know that you can "root"/"jailbreak" almost any modern smartphone, but IMHO I should not need to do such "stunts".

In a perfect world, there would simply be a section in the manual, titled "Getting root access on your phone". Is this the case with the Nexus S?

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Christopher Browne 10 years, 1 month ago

I'll be glad to hear of it. I have been using a G1/Dream, which is essentially the 2-generations-back equivalent, for nearly a year now. It's pretty underpowered, so I'm interested in looking at newer hardware.

I'd be particularly interested in Debian-specific things that you discover. I haven't yet seen much that integrates in that fashion, outside of in the blandest sorts of ways:

- I often install things (notably, upgraded firmware, from the CyanogenMod project) using the development tool, "adb." That's not terribly Debian-specific, seeing as how adb runs equally happily on MacOS, Windows, and sundry flavours of Linux.

- Most information services (e.g. - calendar, contacts) are most nicely managed on the "desktop" via web browser access to Google Mail, Calendar, Contacts. Web browsers don't care about desktop OS platform terribly much.

- I have done a bit of contact data remapping, generally conversion between Emacs BBDB and vCard. Again, the attendant software doesn't much care about the differences between Windows and Unix.

- I wonder if there's a place for some "increased awareness" vis-a-vis the handling of backups.

One ought to be able to mount the phone as a filesystem, and use Unison (or similar) to copy whatever has changed over to a desktop machine. I haven't been doing such; it's not notably friendly when the filesystems on SD cards are on VFAT.

If the Nexus S is using Ext4, that might be an interesting difference, and when there's no slot for a card, it's much more interesting to backup against a desktop.

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foo 10 years, 1 month ago

Why not install Debian on your Nexus S??

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Roger 10 years, 1 month ago

I'd be very interested in any info about NFC functions of this phone, its integration with Android (some API?), supported tag types etc. Thanks.

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