Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

9.0
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Reviewed by SimonCamp (Currently owns)

My first smartphone was an iPhone 4. I sold that for a Samsung Omnia 7 and then that for a Dell Venue Pro, both on Windows Phone 7. I bought the Galaxy Nexus about a month ago, so I think I've got fairly good experience with all three mobile OSes now.

This is my favourite phone of all that I've used. Performance is top-notch and Ice Cream Sandwich is excellent. Most of the time I have the screen at full brightness, so I actually think the display is gorgeous. The buttonless front face of the device makes it look like a real monolith, which is very sexy. The back of the device is nothing to write home about, but I don't look at that much, so it's fine. As a lot of reviews have said, the camera leaves a lot to be desired - but I'm looking to get a DSLR soon, so that doesn't bother me either.

All in all, my experience with my first Android phone has been phenomenal. Android has truly matured now - I would never have touched it with its old design (or lack thereof) - and the device itself is right up there with the best of them. Now if we could only get some Siri-level voice control, we'd be laughing...

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