Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

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Reviewed by gbkumbuns (Currently owns)

I got this on contract with Three UK.

Design: This is a truly beautiful phone. When the screen is off, it is just a shiny black slab like a canvas awaiting for you to personalize it. The tapered and curved edges make it look classy and unique. Only problem is poor build quality with the use of plastic and the battery cover does not snap tightly enough..

Display: I don't know why so few people rate the screen as 10. Sure, the colour reproduction isn't the most accurate but it is very vibrant and beautiful to look at. It's more accurate than the Galaxy S. It also makes up for the huge screen estate and insane resolution that can match most laptops.

Camera: Image quality is a letdown, especially with a high resolution screen, the flaws in the camera are more obvious. It makes up with the zero shutter lag but under medium to low light all you get is blur.

Reception/Call quality: With Three UK, the signal does not penetrate buildings well but outdoors its fast and currently has the fastest HSPA+ speed in the UK.

Performance: The Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread is already faster than the iPhone 4. With ICS optimized for the hardware in the Galaxy Nexus, it is easily the fastest smartphone in the market.

Software: ICS is still a bit inconsistent throughout the OS. For example the menu icon can appear at the top or bottom of the screen depending on the app. It is still far more refined than any other Android version so kudos to Google for slowly improving the usability.

Battery life: It is surprisingly good, no doubt to the optimization Google and Samsung did on the phone. It can easily last a whole day as long as you're not dumb enough to have GPS and Bluetooth turned on 24/7.

Ecosystem: Android Market is still behind the Apple App store but I have used Android since 1.5 Cupcake with the black themed Market and today's selection of apps is world class. It is far ahead of any other OS apart from iOS so a score of 8 is quite deserving.

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