Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)

7.0
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Reviewed by malikona (Currently owns)

I picked up the LTE Nexus on release day, my first Android phone, and my first on Verizon. I bought out my AT&T contract to switch because data service in my area is so bad on AT&T, and Verizon offers LTE in my small town. I've had every iPhone since day one, waited in line for all of them.

The average of the scores I gave the Nexus comes to 7, and I would say that's about right. (I continually revise this review.) Many things about the phone are awesome, but most of them don't have to do with the phone itself.

Android 4.0 is, in my opinion, better than iOS 5 in terms of versatility and aesthetics. It's just more fun to use, and I find myself whipping between apps and tabs much more comfortably, almost like it's a little desktop computer. iOS - while I love it - just isn't like that. iOS is designed to run one app at a time, and do it great, which it does. Android 4.0 is designed as an actual operating system in the traditional sense, and while that doesn't appeal to everyone on their phone, I am looking more for a pocket computer and less for a phone. So it works for me. Plus there are some very cool innovations in the UI like the Labs option for full-screen browsing where you swipe from the edge to get toolbar commands. SO cool. Browsing in full-screen on this 4.7" display is awesome.

That said, the UI does lag sometimes. An hour after I started it up I began to notice stutter as I swiped from one home screen to another, and it's persisted since. It isn't terrible, but it is just not buttery smooth like iOS, and you notice it. That is one of the tradeoffs Apple made in design, but it's a tradeoff I'm willing to make for Android to have the benefit of widgets, real multitasking, a file system, and the like (not to mention LTE). Also the Android Market feels more like a Wal Mart whereas the iOS App Store feels more like, well, an Apple Store. The apps, for the most part, seem better and more thoughtfully designed for iOS. I'm not sure why that is, and maybe it will change, but that's my impression. Finally while I do like the look and feel of the phone, I always feel like I am going to snap it apart by accident. It just feels sort of flimsy, & slippery too. It will eventually slip out of my hands.

Overall I love this phone, and I'm happy I switched. I'm keeping my iPhone 4 though, so I can have the best of both worlds.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 7
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 5
  • Reception / call quality 7
  • Performance 9
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 8
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