Samsung finally decided to put me through to one of their corporate people who realized what a stupid thing it was to jerk a customer around as they had done. She was kind enough to overnight me a box to return the broken phone in, overnighting me a new phone the next day. The new one hasn’t had any of the problems I described previously. I don’t think the problems I had were endemic to the model. I think they were problem with that particular phone. Only time will tell.
Nexus S, second stab, here we go.