Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)

9.0
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Reviewed by tylerbrainerd (Currently owns)

I came to this phone from an HTC Desire that I'd had for right around 2 years. That phone was really fantastic, and I was actually quite nervous about upgrading. The android phone market can be a messy thing to jump into if you are not absolutely sure, and I knew that there were a bunch of new devices just on the horizon (for instance HTC's new phones).

However, the decision was essentially forced on me to go and not wait, so I went with the Nexus. Overall, this experience has been exceedingly great.

The best is clearly the software. I've been running custom roms on the Desire, but getting a clean stock 4.0 was incredible, and this phone could actually handle the performance. The screen is quite nice too, mainly for it's size and pixel density. As others have noted, it seems to have issues with low brightness and white settings, almost giving white backgrounds a textured grainy look. However, anything about about 30% looks fine, and unless you're looking for it, it's great.

The biggest disappointments were the battery and the camera. The camera is not bad, but it's not as much of a step up as every other part of the phone. The Desire was a higher end device in it's time, but it was never noted for an amazing camera. The gnexus' camera is only a slight step up, primarily in shutter speed. The photo's are technically better, but they will not blow you away or stun you.
And of course battery is not super great. Truthfully, with the exact same usage as my Desire I'm seeing around the same battery life, but that's with heavy battery saving and no 4g. I just got the extended 2100 battery today (which is really not noticeable in terms of how much thickness it adds and really should have come standard), and hopefully that will give a little bit of padding.

Overall, really great phone and a step in the right direction for android, but still a sadly incremental upgrade in many ways, rather than a new paradigm.

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  • Design 8
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 10
  • Software 10
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 9
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