Reviewed by Someguyperson (Currently owns)
The design of the Galaxy Nexus is fantastic. For having a 4.65” screen, the phone feels like it has a very ordinary width and thickness. The phone is a little long, but that doesn’t really matter in the whole scheme of things. While the body is made of plastic, it has a good weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap, like other Samsung phones. The weight of the phone is mainly in the bottom half of the phone, making the phone more comfortable to use. The extended battery is a pleasure to use, the buttons are well designed, and it has the dock connector for some interesting docking solutions.
The 4.65” display is fantastic. The Pentile screen doesn’t show noticeable edges, but the characteristic “hatched” look is prevalent to varying degrees pending on each handset. The colors are more saturated than normal LCD screens, but the Galaxy Nexus screen is actually calibrated quite well. Viewing angles are impeccable and the screen is not that bright, like other AMOLED screens.
The cameras are only as good as you use them. If you take your time, focus the camera, and take a steady shot, you can achieve some very good pictures. If you whip the camera out and start snapping away, your pictures won’t look that great.
Reception/ Call Quality:
The LTE modem is extremely fast, even by current LTE standards. Cellular connectivity seems more consistent than the RAZR in some markets, but seems worse in other markets.
Performance is fantastic and will only get better in the future. If you root the phone, you could replace the kernel and actually clock the phone at 1.5GHz or higher, making it the fastest dual-core CPU and about the second fastest GPU on a phone, next to the iPhone 4S.
Android 4.0 is a pleasure to work with, even with some of the bugs it has. This phone will get every Android update quicker than any other phone and it even had 2 OTAs before it was officially launched. The ease of hacking will also make this device a must-have if you’re into hacking your phone.
The battery life, like the camera, is what you make of. it. The phone drains about 1% of battery/ hour just idling, but the battery can drain much more quickly if you use much more data and set the brightness up more, the battery will last much shorter than that. From 3-4 hours in extreme cases to 10-12 hours in more normal use cases and possibly longer if you don’t use the phone that much.
The Android ecosystem is second only to iOS and is approaching the same level within a year or two.
The Galaxy Nexus is the best Android phone, hands down. Unless you want/ need a phone with specific characteristics, like a hardware keyboard, the Galaxy Nexus is the Android phone to get.
- Design 9
- Display 9
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 10
- Performance 10
- Software 10
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 9