Screen shot 2010-12-20 at 2.09.51 AM

Given the incredible durability (and entertainment) that Gorilla Glass has provided the Galaxy S phones with, one might think that Samsung would be eager to carry the feature over to the Nexus S. Unfortunately, like 720p video recording, LED notifications (which are available on some Galaxy S variants but not others), and a microSD card slot, Gorilla Glass has not been included in the world's first Gingerbread phone.


The omission was probably necessitated by the curved glass that covers the phone's mug, but that doesn't make it any less disappointing, especially since the effects of the so-called "Contour Display" are barely noticeable (from what I hear). Nonetheless, I know plenty of phones that aren't covered by Gorilla Glass, and most of them - including my daily driver, the EVO 4G - are quite durable even without the extra protection.

Just remember - if you were planning to scratch test your new phone to get some attention from your mates, make sure you use a fake nail - otherwise, your device could end up looking a lot like this.

Source: @Samsungservice (Twitter) via Geekword, Engadget

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Letroy

    I've decied that I will buy a high end Android phone in January. I was pretty sure that I'll buy the Nexus S. But it seems that it's not that easy decision..

    -No SD card slot
    -No gorilla glass
    -No physical home button (I like that!)


    -No NFC (nobody cares)
    -No curved display (NOBODY cares)
    -No updates, no vanilla android

    Why, Google? :'(

    • http://nextparadigms.com Lucian Armasu

      +No dual core?

      I think that's by far the biggest dissapointment since the LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 will be available next month.

      • Jay

        Only in Asia in limited quantities.

    • Jay

      Frankly, your last point - "No updates" overrules all. No point in a superior phone with a dated OS and with updates trailing behind official google supported phones. You've seen how well froyo has been distributed thus far. If you're happy waiting 4-6 months for a gingerbread release for your dual-core phone then that's fine. Because none of the dual-core phones thus far are being released with anything above froyo.

      There is far more to an android phone than hardware. Keeping in mind the nexus s hardware is top quality for a single core phone anyway. You compare the nexus s with phones that don't even exist yet, which isn't really that fair. And comparing with current phones shows its core features are on par with the best.

      Sure dual core is coming, but no-one knows when it will actually be here. Remember that announcement of a dual-core phone are different to an actual release date.

      PS. Capacitive buttons are far better because they don't wear out. No SD card is meh when you have 16GB of fast sanddisk iNAND storage already (which trumps any other internal storage or sd card speed), and no 720p recording isn't a biggie either (and an xda mod will bring that eventually anyway). And use a screen protector.

      People have seemed to try and talk themselves out of this phone like no other.

      Let me help you:
      It's directly supported by google = buy.

  • mdj

    Samsung updates come thick and fast if you have an unlocked "vanilla" Galaxy S without the carrier addins and it can be easily flashed to make it like that as long as there is no network or sim lock.

  • theandroidoctor

    First off I tweeted this question two weeks ago, and yes it's a deal breaker for me. I hate those screen protectors especially on a super Amoled screen! No s for me.. and who do we blame for another colossal nexus s mistake Google or Samsung?

  • BobbyPhoenix

    This phone had so much promise, but miss after miss, it now looks like it turned out to be a throw-away phone for kids in grade school. IMO

  • Michael Smith

    I agree this phone is not desirable. Plus, the T mobile service that goes along with it suck!