Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

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Reviewed by Infiniti (Currently owns)

The design of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is beautiful. On the front there's no branding or buttons; the only thing you see is the lovely contour display. It's just a treat to look at. The build quality of this phone is fantastic, in my opinion. It doesn't feel cheap at all, unlike the other Samsung Galaxy models (Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Note). I was very surprised by the build of the phone since I had expected it to be no different than the other Samsung phones out in the market.

The display is top notch. I won't say it's the best display in the market right now but it still definitely is 'one of the best'. My only problem with the display is it doesn't look that great at low brightness. But that's only a minor con when you see the 720P HD quality graphics and text produced by the display. The contrast ratios are mind blowing. The Pentile nature of the display is noticeable but only if you look at it from a very small distance. Fortunately, you won't notice it from normal distance.
Camera on this phone is pretty decent. Lots of reviewers bashed the camera on the phone but I found it to be decent enough for my usage. The video recording quality is amazing and the ability to shoot TimeLapse video is one of the best kept secrets of this phone. The image quality is good, although not as good as that offered by other top-of-the-line phones in the market. Not a major issue, though.

Call Quality is excellent. No problems whatsoever for me.

Performance is excellent, for the most part. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich truly shines here. It's a major improvement over previous Android releases in every possible way. Believe me, it is just that good. There are minor hiccups during heavy multitasking or web usage with Flash but that's bearable considering all the good things you get with Android. Android is almost on par with the competition in terms of responsiveness now, I'd say. There are still many areas for improvement though. The prolonged update support from Google is a major win for me. :)

The Battery Life on this phone is OK. Personally, I was expecting a little bit more from the battery of this phone. Needless to say, I'm a little underwhelmed by the battery life but again, that's a minor hiccup only. Extended battery and future software update can resolve this minor issue.

Conclusion: The Galaxy Nexus is truly a game changing phone and it is still one of the best, if not the best smartphone you can buy today. Like Joshua Topolsky put in his review, the Galaxy Nexus is one of the few devices 'which has actually lived up to my expectations'.

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  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 9
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