Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

Verge Review

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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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by freyberry (Currently owns)

    Okay, actually I would give this phone a 9.5 instead of a ten, because I think the Galaxy S II hardware is a bit better (it has the better camera and it's the right size, whereas the Nexus is a bit too big IMO). The software (Android 4.0) however is way ahead of any software offering to date and represents what's possible today for an operating system. Giving a 9 wouldn't do it justice, so I decided for 10. Awesome phone and far better than any other phone on the market right now (until the Galaxy S II gets its Android 4.0 update).

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    • Battery life 8
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by PlainNiceOne (Currently owns)

    Im with josh on this one. This phone is amazing and only a few thing here and there that makes it from being prefect. Battery life and camera are good but not great. The UI has gotten much better but still some weird inconsistencies. If you come from older android phones and have used android for a while, there is a learning curve, more like relearning. These are very small issues and do not take away too much from the actual experience of the phone. AMAZING Phone.

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  • 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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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by the_cardinal (Currently owns)

    Really love what Google have done with ICS. Screen size is awesome. Just the right size. Camera is great is good lighting. Very snappy UI. Love the thinness. A couple of issues is with the speed of updates (still on 4.01) and the auto brightness settings (too dark). Oh and of couse the android ecosystem is still lacking (although getting better).

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    • Battery life 6
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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by transistor (Currently owns)

    Yesterday, my brand new Galaxy Nexus (nice phone, ICS is great, runs circles around my old Galaxy S) fell into a bucket full of water (don't ask, human stupidity knows no bounds). It was in there for about 5 seconds, its screen glowing up from the bottom. Pulled it out, dried it off (there was little to no water in the battery compartment) and it still works. Perfectly. This is just crazy. While I hate what Samsung did to Android on their other phones (Touchwiz), I'm now entirely sold on their build quality. My Galaxy S fell at least 20 times to the floor (yes, I am very clumsy) and while the plastic feels less robust than, say, an iPhone 4S, after this latest episode I'm amazed at how well built these Samsung things really are.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by brandonfro (Currently owns)

    This device exceeded my expectations. I first heard rumors of a new Nexus device from BGR several months ago. Having previously been underwhelmed by Google's decision to go with Samsung for the Nexus S, I was less than enthused when more and more rumors suggested Samsung would manufacture this years Nexus device as well. After purchasing the Galaxy Nexus from Handtec, I immediately fell in love with the hardware.
    One thing I was really impressed with is the pentaband GSM radio. I was envious of the iPhone 4S when Apple announced this capability and then relieved when Samsung/Google announced it for the Galaxy Nexus.
    The camera is really good in my opinion. I recorded some video samples and the audio and video quality is simply amazing for a mobile phone. It's not quite as good as the iPhone 4S' camera, but it is significantly better than the previous Nexus devices (Nexus One, Nexus S) while still having the same megapixel count.
    The software is what's most amazing about the Galaxy Nexus. I already knew what to expect from Android 4.0 from running an early build on my Nexus S, but the experience on the Galaxy Nexus is a lot better. There are issues, of course, but I expected that from a developer phone.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Undefined (Currently owns)

    I was willing to get an Android phone for some time, and when this phone was announced, I knew I will most definitely get it. So, it is a really, really good phone. Yes it is big, but it still can be usable thanks to its shape and curved screen. I have not really big hands, so I was surprised about that. Then there's the display, well, it is worth the size. It has really deep blacks and it is bright even on low setting. The auto-brightness setting is slightly too agressive though, so I recommend turning it off. I am in love with the design of the Galaxy Nexus, yes, it is not so premium as the iPhone, but it does not feel too cheap either, plus it looks quite durable. And the fact that there are no buttons in the front of the Nexus makes it look even more awesome. The side button placement is ingenious, though only if you hold it in right hand, also you may push the volume rocker if you want just to lock the device. The camera... well, my previous phone was iPhone 3G, so I am really pleased with it, and it does make good photos, but only if you take some time to focus it. And yes, it does have that no-shutter lag. Then, call quality was awesome here, along with reception. I have not encountered that volume bug, even though the affected spectrum is widely used here. Now, the software. I am new to Android, but ICS is really, really awesome. Everything is intuitive, but not too simple as with iOS. It has enough eye candy, and rarely lags, and when it does, it is either in the launcher or in browser (sometimes also in legacy apps). The Galaxy Nexus is a fast phone, maybe it does not have the best specs, but it has optimized hardware, so you really rarely see some lag there. Some apps are susceptible to crash, and some apps are not compatible with ICS (yet). Overall, would I recommend this phone? Well, I would, but people who have to ask that aren't probably the target audience for this phone, even though you can see that Google made it more of a consumer phone than it was with Nexus One or Nexus S. So, yeah, this phone is awesome, and if you want an Android phone, this is the one to get.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by KevinQian (Currently owns)

    I deducted two points for the design, because firstly, the screen is a little bit too large for me (that's just me), and secondly the plastic feels a little cheap, but I'm sure it's flexible and strong. Only problem with the camera is the 500 mega pixel, compared to phones of the same level out there, such as the iPhone 4s. Battery is fine so far, but not really impressive. I'll find out more later.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by RandomName (Currently owns)

    The Galaxy Nexus is a huge improvement on previous Android devices. The screen is beautiful and detailed. Its large, but thin and light so it doesn't feel like the 4.65 inch device that it is.

    Web browsing is fast and fluid (as is everything else). Google has always had the best cloud integration and that continues here.

    Simply the best Android phone out there.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by AlecWiese (Currently owns)

    Best Phone I've ever used.

    Camera
    Yes the camera has its short comings, but coming from owning an iPhone 4 before this device it seems to be pretty on par as long as the lighting is good. The zero shutter lag as to be seen to really understand how fast this camera takes pictures.

    Display/Design
    The PenTile matrix gave me no trouble on a 720p display. Now about the Size of the phone itself, I'm 6'7" and thus have big hands to say the least, so the phone actually fists quite comfortably. I held a friends iPhone 4 recently and it almost seemed laughably small in comparison, so I got used to its size. That being said most of my fiends and family seem to think the phone is still to big to use, but it all comes down to personal opinion.

    Software
    Not enough can be said about how awesome ICS is and how it is leaps and bounds better than any android version before it.

    Battery/Performance
    The biggest thing for me was battery life and performance, and the Galaxy Nexus excels at both. While im not getting 20hrs out of a charge like my iPhone, I'm averaging about 12hrs per charge with moderate to heavy usage(Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Texts, And few games). But as a University student it gets me through a week day, and night, seeing as its in my pocket most of the daylight hours. I was used to having a slightly sluggish feeling in android phones, but that doesn't exist in this phone.

    While is defiantly not the right phone for everyone It's defiantly my favorite phone I've used so far, I've spent generous amounts of time with all the major OSs save for Symbian, and ICS is my favorite by miles. If you love android and don't have small hands then thisisyournext phone!

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