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Product review: Google Nexus S

20110818SamsungNexusS Google Nexus S, Android’s best in your hands

The Samsung Company became the second to bring a Google telephone onto the market, the Nexus S. This smartphone is currently the only one on the market to officially support the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the most modern Android to be integrated into this type of telephone.

This device includes the latest technology available in a smartphone for business operations, games, multimedia and, of course, communications. Signs of this include the presence of a gyroscope and wireless connectivity with the support of the latest NFC (Near field communication) standards, which guarantees that the telephone will be compatible with the latest functions that appear on the market.

You can look up technical specifics on the official website for the Nexus S.

Let’s talk accessibility

This device does not have physical buttons on the face meaning that every command can be entered in through a capacitive pointer for people with severe physical disabilities. The physical buttons, like volume control and the button to block the device, are found on the side of the telephone and protrude enough to be pressed by people with motor skill deficiencies still partially able to use their fingers.

For people with physical disabilities the primary accessibility issue is that the telephone has a bulge on the backside, which encases part of the circuitry. This means that the device cannot be stably rested on a flat surface meaning that people who need to use the telephone in this position will find that the device will not sit flat.

 The 4 inch screen has good quality which makes for a greater display of content compared to other similar devices. The frontal camera records video at a sufficient enough resolution to capture the details of hands and fingers in the case of a videoconference call in sign language.

The primary accessibility barriers will be most noted by users with visual disabilities as the Android 2.3 does not include a sufficient enough accessibility support for blind users nor does it include a screen magnifier. This lack of accessibility for the blind is a shame due to the fact that NFC technology really allows for development of tools to identify objects that use compatible labels with this technology, which could help quite a bit towards the autonomy of a blind user.

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