Let’s get something out of the way first, and then we can get into the review proper. Ready?
Better than the iPhone 4. That’s my review in a nutshell: the basic version of the Google Nexus S is better than the basic version of Apple’s iPhone 4, assuming both are on a data contract – and that you have a Google account, which is pretty much essential to use an Android phone. That’s based on nearly two months’ use of the Nexus S, enough to have prodded around all its little foibles and either gotten used to them or remained frustrated by them, and comparing it for some time in parallel to an iPhone 4 (generously loaned by 3) and the rest of the time to an iPod Touch.