Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

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Reviewed by adamanthil (Currently owns)

This is a fantastic smartphone. I imported mine early from Europe and have been extremely pleased with that decision.

The software is powerful, flexible, and beautiful. Integration with Google services is phenomenal, especially gmail, calendar, and voice. The new browser is really snappy and the tabs feature is extremely useful and intuitive. The new copy/paste functionality is perfect and simple as well. I don't know how we lived without it for so long. And the software keyboard is vastly improved. There is just polish throughout the ICS experience, and it is a pleasure to use.

The hardware is quite nice as well. Build quality and design are solid and the device feels great in the hand. I think the textured back and subtle teardrop shape really help with that. Battery life is good, especially for such a capable smartphone. The display is gorgeous, although there is some subtle grain in solid white at very low brightness levels. The pentile layout is not noticeable, however, and it looks fantastic in everyday use. Reception is much better than past phones I've used as well.

What more is there? This is easily the best phone I've ever used.

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  • Performance 9
  • Software 10
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 10
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