Former Engadgeteer Chris Ziegler pens an ode to his third (!) Nexus S smart phone. It's the same model I have, made by Samsung and powered by the purest version of Google's Android system available. Chris is a bit upset that none of the newer and spiffier Android models released this year can beat the total package of the Nexus S. But the phone has great appeal.
I’ve thought a lot about that over the past 24 hours, and I think it has everything to do with quality of the overall experience, not just the hardware or the software alone. The Nexus S is my constant. It does everything pretty well, rather than a few things extremely well and the rest poorly. What I’ve come to realize — for me, personally — is that I’ll take a reliable device with middling specs over a monster with crappy firmware every time. What good is a dual-core phone with a laggy UI?
-This is my Next blog, May 30, 2011
Of course, this is also a pretty stark critique of some of the less-than-great features of current Android models. Worth a read.