Vodafone Australia is yet to announce an onsale date or pricing, but customers can register their interest in the Google Nexus S here.
Why so much excitement about the Google Nexus S? We're already posted our frst look at the phone here - in short, if you're looking for a feature packed smartphone, this should be on your radar.
Android 2.3 is the phone's drawcard. The Google Nexus S will be the first phone in the world with this version of the OS - leapfrogging last year's crop of handsets, some of which are still waiting for official updates.
On our trip to CES in Las Vegas in January, we got some hands on time with Android 2.3 on the Nexus S and were impressed with the level of fine grain adjustments that have been made. Tweaks have been made to increase to increase responsiveness, while video acceleration assists games. Even the keyboard has been redesigned to make it easier to type more accurately.
With a 4in screen the Nexus S follows the trend for big screens in 2011, though it's not as large a screen as those in handsets like the 4.3in HTC HD7 or 4.3in Droid X (not available in Australia). Dual cameras allowing video chat are de-rigueur for smartphones and tablets this year, and the Nexus S has them. The Nexus S also lets you connect up to 6 devices using a WiFi hotspot function. VOIP calls can be made without using third party applications.
Unlike the previous Nexus, the Nexus S is made by Samsung
The phone's Near Field Communication (NFC) function is technically impressive, though exactly how useful it will be remains to be seen. The feature uses wireless technology to allow the user to "swipe" special tags in restaurants or advertisements, launching a web browser to get more information.
Google claims the Samsung-manufactured phone will have 75% less screen glare - a big claim considering the glare issues still plaguing many phones and tablets. At CES we noticed several brands being pushed, with QHD screen technology on Motorola's Atrix and "Nova" on the LG Optimus Black. Our review calls the Nexus S screen "eyeball-searing in its brightness", in case you're wondering. You'll also want to have a play with the Nexus S before buying to see if you like the phone's curved screen.
Overall these features make for an impressive device, though not one that blows the competition out of the water in terms of sheer features. There are bigger screens on the way, as well as dual core phones like the Atrix and Optimus 2X, and over the top features like the Atrix's laptop dock.
Still, having every feature under the sun does not necessarily make for a good smartphone experience. There's a lot to like about the Nexus S, and while it's not the flashiest phone we saw at CES (that honour probably goes to the Atrix), it's Android 2.3 and all the associated benefits that's the drawcard here.
Given the negative publicity Vodafone has been receiving in Australia of late, carrier choice might be a concern for some potential Nexus S owners. The Vodafone site says the phone will be coming "soon" and will be "exclusive to Vodafone". Overseas the Nexus S is unlocked, a favoured approach by some early adopters.