Samsung Galaxy Nexus review: smartest Android phone

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    The latest Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – Google’s latest mobile OS version.

    The phone measures 136 x 68mm and measures a pleasantly slim 9mm. The all-plastic casing also renders it pretty light at 135g. Though the phone has a 4.65inch capacitive touch screen that takes up most of the front, it disappears into a glossy black externals when the phone powers down.

    It is embellished with a Super AMOLED HD, with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution breathtakingly packed in at 316ppi. This results in ultra sharp and crisp images and bright, vivid and clear text sans any visible aberrations. On this screen reading and Web browsing is a joy.

    This is even better display than Samsung’s Galaxy S II! This one even has a perfect wide viewing angle. On the large screen, 1080p HD video recording and viewing is great experience. At the bottom of this screen comes a touch sensitive panel with home and back button and a multitasking button that shows all your currently running apps as thumbnails – this is two of the standard four Android controls.

    The new version looks like its ancestor, but is easier to use and more fluid and intuitive. The phone has flamed such reviews that some are even claiming it to be the one for which iPhone 4S can be ditched!

    Another feature that surprised many was the fast camera shutter. The shutter lag here is alsmost zero and images are captured as soon as you press the on-screen shutter key.

    However, the external speaker volume is a dampener. The ringtone volumes are so low that a call or message alerts are often missed when the phone is in the pocket. And it sounds more ominous as the lacuna seems to do something with the hardware, so an update might not fix it! Then the battery cover is tough to put back when you take it out.

    The new gimmicky feature Face Unlock, is a pain as it seems more like a hit and miss affair. It gets affected by a lack of light, especially when used indoors.

    Specs
    Weight     135 g
    Display    Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size         720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)
    – Multi-touch input method
    – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    Memory     Internal     16/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM
    Data     GPRS     Yes
    EDGE     Yes
    3G     HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE
    WLAN     Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
    Bluetooth     Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
    USB     Yes, v2.0 microUSB
    Camera     rear    5 MP, 2592×1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    Features     Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, 1080p@30fps
    Front camera     1.3 MP
    Features     OS     Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    CPU     Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, TI OMAP 4460 chipset
    Talk time     Up to 17 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 20 min (3G)

    5 COMMENTS

    1. The new gimmicky feature Face Unlock, is a pain as it seems more like a hit and miss affair. It gets affected by a lack of light, especially when used indoors.

      Show me a camera that isn’t affected by light, more or less. This is just as saying photosensitive device are affected by light. Outright idiotic. Nut. Gotta laugh.

    2. Simon why you so mad bro? Mad because they dinged down the overrated iPhone of the Android world? The Pixel Prime? Seriously I have seen the screen on the GSM version and you can see the pixelation. The screen banding on this phone lol! Overrated trash phone is overrated. Once ICS hits other phones forget the Nexus. This Nexus is a disappointment as well as the S. Nothing revolutionary about them. They should just call it “standard phone with pixelated screen but has ICS YAY!”.

    3. FailReviewsFail … Really was laughing toward the last comment about gimmicky and a pain to use. What da hell … this is new innovation here, and we’re talking about features that are toys.

      You gotta have toys in these thing. New innovation aren’t perfect but leads the way to something will be. Take Siri for example. Pretty much a hit and miss, and heck who would really want to talk to your phone all day (except for the first couple days). But hey it is nice to have, fun and is pretty cool. (Note that Google voice also has been around for years)

      We (wife) already have a 4S, it is perfect excellent almost at everything it does. Descent and a must have so we did … but we still have to have an Android in the family. So I hope you are wrong about the GN because i am so leaning toward GN here. dying to see it one on hand for the camera speed, and video scren. So let do hope you are wrong or I will be damn disappointed for the wait.

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