Samsung Nexus S Review: Second Google Phone, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

This is the retail box that the Samsung Nexus S came in, and unfortunately, the smartphone only comes in one design – black.

 Samsung Nexus S Review: Second Google Phone, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The bundled accessories include the obligatory power adapter, earpiece, USB cable, warranty card and safety precautions manual.

 Samsung Nexus S Review: Second Google Phone, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

It sports a 4-inch Super LCD screen that supports 800×480 pixel resolution, and from the above picture, you can see that the Nexus S is using the stock Android 2.3 user interface, rather than Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz UI. Below the display are four touch-sensitive buttons – back, menu, search and home.

  Samsung Nexus S Review: Second Google Phone, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

On the left of the Nexus S are the volume controls for the phone ringer and also media/game audio playback. As you can see, the phone has a slightly curved screen; the display itself is flat, but the glass surface layer on top is curved, which is supposed to give a wider view.

 Samsung Nexus S Review: Second Google Phone, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Over to the right of the smartphone, there is only the power (also the phone lock) button. One feature we like is that when you press briefly to activate the phone lock, the screen shuts off like how a television would.

 Samsung Nexus S Review: Second Google Phone, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The rear holds the built-in 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. You can see that aside from the Samsung brand, the Google logo is also printed on the rear cover.

 Samsung Nexus S Review: Second Google Phone, but first with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Removing the rear cover reveals the SIM card slot which is just below the camera, and a 3.7V 5.55Wh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. There is no microSD expansion card slot, but the Nexus S comes with 16GB internal storage which should suffice to hold your media files.