Reviewed by nealibob (Currently owns)
This is an absolutely terrific phone, but Samsung went cheap on two critical areas: the display, and the camera. PenTile simply isn't acceptable, regardless of how good the screen looks 50% of the time. If the screen can't reproduce solid colors with any amount of accuracy, it has no business in a flagship phone. For $600+, there is no excuse for not using a full resolution display.
The camera is good, but also should be better for a top-of-the-line device. This phone is going up against the iPhone 4S, and should be able to beat it in just about every area since there is much more space to work with.
Despite these two major flaws, the device is fantastic. It's absurdly fast, and the battery life is also good enough to last a full day with light use. The battery does seem to drain abnormally quickly while in use, but that's probably from such a large screen.
Again, had Samsung not skimped on the display and camera, this phone would easily be the best I've ever used. I had planned to use this phone side-by-side with an iPhone 4S, and take advantage of each device's strengths. As it stands, I'm inclined to return the Nexus and stick with my iPhone.
- Design 7
- Display 3
- Camera(s) 6
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 10
- Software 9
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 8