Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)

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Reviewed by Bryan Bishop (Currently owns)

My expectations for the Galaxy Nexus were admittedly pretty high — it's my first Android smartphone, and my first LTE device — and while there are a lot of things to love about the phone, it's also a grab-bag of mixed blessings. The 4G speeds are incredible (especially for someone coming from AT&T's 3G network), but I've found the battery life to be poor. The screen is lush and vivid, with deep blacks, but it also suffers from a strange texturing that can makes whites look like rumpled paper, and bring out blue / green striations in darker colors. Ice Cream Sandwich is a robust and powerful operating system, yet the move to three software buttons seem to have thrown the consistency of many apps (and the OS itself) for a loop, with random menu buttons popping up all over the device. As many have pointed out, the 5-megapixel camera and speaker also leave much to be desired.

Is it a great device? For me, it's not quite there. Is it a very, very good device? Without question. Am I looking forward to next year's crop of ICS phones, that will hopefully address some of the weaknesses of the Nexus? Absolutely.

The Breakdown

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