Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

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To say I've been eagerly awaiting a chance to review the Galaxy Nexus would be an understatement. As I mentioned last week, I've been thinking pretty seriously that this device would be the next phone I lay out cold cash for. And really, is that so crazy? The Galaxy Nexus is a beast of a device. The phone — which was built by Samsung in conjunction with Google — is the same thickness as the iPhone 4S, but sports a massive, 4.65-inch, 720p display, and a speedy dual-core CPU. In the US, it...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.35 inches
Weight 0.3 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.65 inches
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.0.1

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.33 inches
Width 2.67 inches
Thickness 0.35 inches
Weight 0.3 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.65 inches
Technology Super AMOLED HD
Pixel arrangement RGBG (PenTile)
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 720 px
PPI 316
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1700, 1900, 850
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer TI
Brand / family OMAP 4
Model OMAP4460
Clock speed 1.2 GHz
Number of cores 2

GPU

Manufacturer Imagination Technologies
Model PowerVR SGX540

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 32 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p
Video framerate 30

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.0.1

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer

Battery

Capacity 1750 mAh
Removable Yes

Benchmarks

Quadrant 2002
Vellamo 1065
GLBenchmark 720p 28 FPS
GLBenchmark 1080p 14 FPS
AnTuTu 6079

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8.9

Average User Review

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  • Performance 9
  • Software 10
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 9

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Azdian (Currently owns)

    I can't understand how people give the reception in this phone a score above 7, seriously!
    also I'm not satisfied with the camera pictures quality, and the battery life.
    Performance? believe it or not, its way smoother and faster than any 2012 flagship phone, "after Jellybean update".
    despite the flaws I love this phone, and planing to keep it till the 2013 nexus!

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    Reviewed by thanos.tsimopoulos (Currently owns)

    coming from a 3-year duty at iPhones (not saying there's no android experience) I just wanna say that it is STILL the best smartphone out there. design seems not a big deal, unless you give more attention to it, than the other specs. display's a good one, vivid colours and covering what a pretentious user will need. camera is just okay, based on my needs. I think that a 5MP shooter does the job. No problems with call quality, even in loud environments. mentioning the processor/GPU I don't like keep telling it is outdated and stuff, while being blind from the competition. result matters. and with the PERFECT combination between stock, pure, Jelly Bean, the experience is blazing. you can also overclock if you like, but I don't think it is a need. well if you need really anticipating battery, you should go with the 2000mAh one which samsung provides, it will handle very well. all in all, it's the android definition.if you are a spec freak, go with the GS3/oneX. a 9 from me.

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    Reviewed by rod (Currently owns)

    I have the updated Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1) version. It's a really good phone. I'm a super heavy user and would like the battery to last longer, but comparing that I do and how I multitask, it's way better than the iPhone 4S. The camera is not the best, but works perfectly for my use. I like taking picture of paper notes and references, since I operate paperless... and for that it is very good. Display is very good and the overall design is much better in your hands than looking at photos. Since it's a Nexus phone without any stupid manufacturer or operator trash installed, for me it's the BEST phone in the market. Not spec wise, but functionality-design-use perspective.

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    Reviewed by Neel.P (Currently owns)

    This is my first smartphone, and its amazing. I love the white back that stands out from other phones. The battery life is disappointing coming from a feature phone which would last a few days. The camera is also not very good, especially in the dark. The phone is nicely designed, and i like the notification light! overall its a very nice phone

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    Reviewed by montelco (Currently owns)

    After having owned this phone for an entire day (wow) now, I am loving it. I plan on putting JB on soon, but for now ICS will do. I love the pure vanilla experience of the Galaxy Nexus. Google has struck gold with the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and I can only imagine what it'll be like once I put Jelly Bean onto it.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by geodunn86 (Currently owns)

    The contract with my iPhone 4 just ended and i decided to pick up the Nexus to get AT&Ts 4G LTE speeds and it works phenomenally. I work as a graphic designer and i am able to create and send out presentations to my customers directly on the device's stunning display.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by robbieelias (Currently owns)

    I've owned this phone for about a week now after previously owning the HTC One S and Galaxy S2. In terms of design, the front looks great, I enjoy the color and the build is pretty good for a plastic phone. Also, it feels great in the hand.

    The 720p display is amazing especially for the screen size as I have absolutely no issues with quality and colors look stunning!

    The camera is not as good as the One S but it is more than enough for me and the speed and software is more than adequate.

    For now reception and call quality has been the best that I've ever had on a phone, although the speakers could be a little louder.

    With Jelly Bean, this phone somehow feels faster than both the S2 and the One S. It shows how important software can be and how we don't need quad-core....yet. Also, Vanilla Android is way better than HTC Sense(even version 4.0) and it dominates TouchWiz.

    Battery life started not so good but after a few days it improved. It still wasn't as good as the One S, before I flashed franco kernel as it now easily lasts me the day.

    The ecosystem finally feels like one when you compare it to my last two phones, so this area is wonderful.

    Finally, I'd like to say that this is the best phone I've ever owned/played with!

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    Reviewed by phantomash (Currently owns)

    I've used this phone for almost 8 months now, I have to say this phone truly embodies the vision that Google had for Android Ice Cream Sandwich and forward, with its design and the pure Android that it is running.

    The design of this phone is exceptional, with the clean sleek black front curved contour display, void of any manufacturer branding, its just gorgeous. I never got tired looking at it.

    The fact that the power button is placed at the side of the phone made it easy to access, considering the screen is pretty huge, it would require user to stretch the finger if its placed on top.

    The On screen buttons is what make the Galaxy Nexus so special, until this day. Besides it is what Google has envisioned Android to be, it also provides another space for custom developers to play with. There has been tons of mods for the navigation bar, including the look and feel of it, the amount of buttons, the functions of buttons, hiding the bar with the power menu, widget in navigation bar, etc. This I believe is only a start, the possibilities are endless.

    Despite its aging hardware, I have not experienced any case where I'd wish for better CPU and GPU. Every apps and games has been handled well by the Galaxy Nexus. It's a fact that CPU and GPU really doesn't matter so much anymore at this day and age, considering the things we do are still mobile tasks.
    Better hardware probably won't bring any kind of significant difference in user experience, beside having higher benchmark, and launching website few seconds faster, etc etc. They're all irrelevant to how a user use the phone in real life. Hardware spec is only a carrot used by manufacturers to sell their devices, fact is you don't need top of the line CPU and GPU to operate a phone, just like you don't need an i7 CPU and GTX580 GPU to enjoy using a desktop. Most importantly the hardware spec is adequate enough to run the apps, and that is all that matters.

    Most importantly, the Galaxy Nexus runs stock Android, and that makes a whole world of difference. An OS is not just the back end stuff, but the front end accounts major part of it too. In fact, the UI is what determines how the user feel when interacting with the device. What Matias and the design team has done here is amazing, it is what redefines Android. Ever since ICS hit the market,. there have been only positive things to say about. This is largely due to the overhauled UI, which is what makes ICS - ICS.

    All in all, given the choice, between HOX, SGS3, and the "aging" Galaxy Nexus, I'd still pick the Galaxy Nexus.

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    Reviewed by spin (Currently owns)

    Well well, the Galaxy Nexus. As pissed as I am regarding the name (to me, it's a Nexus first and a Galaxy second), I can't stay mad with most of Samsung's decisions.
    It is well-know what the device consists of so I won't repeat.
    Things that really annoy me include the low level of ringtone and the inability of android to de-select any camera sound (terrible with in ear monitors such as my Shure SE425!). I also get -few!- signal drops, but that seems to be O2's fault (my provider in DE).

    Anyway, compared to a friend's One X, this wins because of software (and I hate the One's camera design on the back). Compared to a friend's iPhone 4S, this wins because of screen, plus I usually get things done faster with android than with iOS.

    Worth moving from my Nexus S? You bet.

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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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