Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

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Reviewed by dealzon (Currently owns)

By this point where we're near the middle of 2012, the Galaxy Nexus is about 6 months old. If you're considering this phone, you should obviously also consider the current two top Android smartphones: the HTC One X along with the Galaxy S3. But those considering the Galaxy Nexus at this point probably isn't looking for the greatest and latest but more-so a pure Google stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience without any of the OEMs adding in weird tweaks that are otherwise more for looks than functionality.

For one thing, the stock Android keyboard is retained so that's an immediate plus. Stock ICS is a pleasure to use and while it isn't 100% intuitive UI, most people, even new Android comers should pick things up right away. All the Google suites of apps work perfectly and comes into sync nicely.

On the hardware side, expect performance similar to Galaxy S2, given the old and at this point, slightly outdated OMAP 4460. While its enough to power the 4.65-inch high resolution 720p display, high-end 3D games will have some occasional sluggish moments during gameplay or load time. The display is also questionable for many people, although the particular unit I have only has the black band issue.

Built is decent but battery bay door squeaks and creeks are common, and replacement does seem to solve the problem but makes you wonder on design choice. All in all, its a good phone, and at the price Google is offering, unlocked, straight from the manufacturer, it is an attractive choice for ICS seekers.

The Breakdown

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