First steps with a Nexus S

Christmas Eve: go out with friends, drink a beer or three, walk out of the pub, slip over on ice, severely bruise leg, severely jar back, limp very slowly home.

Christmas Day morning: realise that my phone, my lovely Nexus One, isn’t working, and that this is because the internal screen is smashed beyond recognition: the cracks in it look like a hundred spiderwebs all on top of one another.

No phone. No connection to the internet. This is not good.

There’s only one thing for it! Go out and buy a Nexus S!

Said Nexus S is now charging for the first time. Are you supposed to use a phone while it’s on its Big First Charge? I’m never sure. Anyway, while that’s happening: in the box is a charger (phone charges on standard micro USB), a standard micro USB to USB lead, and a set of headphones. Interestingly, there is no manual. This is a good sign — no-one ever reads the manual anyway. There’s a transparent sticker on the back of the phone showing how to take the back cover off so you can put the battery in, which is the only thing I ever use the manual for. Good work Nexus people on saving paper.

Aside: should I be thanking Google or Samsung for this?

The headphones are a little nicer than the ones that came with my Nexus One — they have soft ear cups, rather than the hard plastic — but also a bit less nice in that they appear to have only one button on the wire (what’s that? Play? Is there no “skip to next track”?). Doubtless I shall find out once I try using them.

The charger is rather nice; it’s small, unlike most phone chargers which are massive. It’s actually smaller than a standard UK plug. I am all in favour of this, I have to say.

It feels nice in my hand. Lighter than the Nexus One.

Right, the hell with this, I’m turning it on. I don’t care about battery charge memory, I want to play with it.

Holy crap that started quick. I’m used to the N1’s take-a-minute-to-boot thing.

Aaahhhhhh, my phone back. Hooray hooray. I shall teach it about my wifi network, Google, and Ubuntu One to get all my data back, and then we’re good. Hooray.