Is there any harm in using a USB data cable of any other phone (say LG) for charging up a Nexus S? "Any harm" here means will it adversely effect my battery life or the Nexus S device in any way?

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USB data cables are pretty much interchangeable. Even on devices that have modified sockets to allow connecting a headset cable to the USB port, you can usually still use a normal USB cable for charging and data with no harm to the device.

  • I use an old Nokia cable on occasion with no problems. Commented May 18, 2011 at 12:07
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    What you might want to watch out for though are dollar-store chargers (either AC or car)... not really sure how the regulation on those is. Commented May 18, 2011 at 15:35
  • My HTC Desire and Kindle share the same style USB connector which is handy while traveling, I wish everyone would standardize on the same connector :)
    – Alastair
    Commented May 19, 2011 at 7:47
  • Apple-related, but relevant to @ChrisStratton's comment: righto.com/2014/05/a-look-inside-ipad-chargers-pricey.html (related to chargers, not cables).
    – Jason C
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 20:38

As far as I know, Nexus S uses the so called micro-USB cable, the same my Galaxy 5 does.

This is very good, because you can buy a generic cable like that in retail stores or shops that sells electronic stuff. I did so a few days after I bought my cell phone, and it costed the equivalent of US$4.00 in my country (Chile).

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