Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

8.0
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Reviewed by kris.narowski (Currently owns)

When I received my Galaxy Nexus I was both impressed and disappointed at the same time. Coming from the iPhone 4S I instantly noticed an inferior quality display. The light grays and whites seemed grainy and almost patterned. The size, responsiveness, and utilization of the display is great however. Having also owned the Nexus S prior to buying this I can say the dual core processor and Ice Cream Sandwich operating system make the phone a pleasure to use and Google has improved their OS by leaps and bounds.

My two biggest gripes with the Galaxy Nexus are the camera and battery life. I'm sorry but 6 hours of battery just isn't going to cut it. My 4S lasts me a whole day while I find myself always bringing a charger if I'm using the Nexus. The camera is terrible, flat out simply terrible. My 3GS took better pictures. The flash makes things yellow and the autofocus never works. The only way to get a good picture is outside on a bright day standing very still.

Overall the Galaxy Nexus is still the absolute best Android phone I have ever used and is one of the best smart phones ever made (although most of the credit goes to ICS). I would be using this phone as my main device if I wasn't so attached to a certain bunch of iPhone apps I use daily.

Oh and NFC and Android Beam are f***ing awesome.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 9
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Reception / call quality 10
  • Performance 10
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 8
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