Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)

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As you may know, I posted my first Galaxy Nexus review back on November 17th, when I was able to get my hands on the international, HSPA+ version of the phone. Verizon has finally released its 4G LTE version into American waters, and I've spent some time testing the variant. Overall, there are very few differences between the two models, and as such, much of my review of the GSM version still applies. For this review, I'm only going to be focusing on the notable changes, which center around...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.33 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.65 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless
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 0.37 inches
Weight 0.33 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

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

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

GPU

Model PowerVR SGX540

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 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

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

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

Battery

Capacity 1850 mAh
Removable Yes

Benchmarks

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

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by @ce (Currently owns)

    I love this phone, I am very happy with my purchase coming from a jailbroken iphone 3Gs. It is however not perfect, just as any other phone on the market, but it's the closest to perfection (if there is such a thing) I have seen so far.
    The display is gorgeous and I have no complaints.
    The design is very nice on this phone. The plastic does not feel cheap as on the GSII for example.
    The cameras are the disappointment in this phone but if you're not looking to replace your digital camera then it is just fine. It is capable of taking stunning pics depending on the lighting. The camera shutter is very impressive an there is literally no lag. My favorite part of the camera is the software that comes with it and all the different features you get right out of the box. The front camera is really good for video chatting and is capable of shooting in 720p!
    Reception and call quality are perfect so far.
    The performance is impressive although it has its hiccups but considering all the intense programs and services running in the background at once, it is actually amazing.
    ICS is stunning from the new Roboto font to the entire UI..... I love it!
    Battery life is not so good with the standard battery but for an extra $25 you can get the extended battery that makes it a little better. My phone can last from 9-13 hours on average.
    The ecosystem is not yet what it should be but is very promising!
    This phone is not for everyone (as any other smartphone) but I would say it is one of the safest bet on the market currently especially being a Nexus "pure" Google phone!

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by JRX16 (Previously owned)

    Performance is good until a more detailed live wallpaper is used, then the screens become a laggy sluggish mess. Even the included "microbes" live wallpaper, which should have been optimized for ICS since it is preloaded on ICS, bogs the screen scrolling to a laggy joke. Sure live wallpapers are a gimmick, but this is the flagship Android phone supposedly that has been so overly hyped, how could it lag so bad with live wallpapers? It's performance is below most new high end android phones I've played with. Also there is a huge and unforgivable bug in the keyboard when typing in landscape. After about 4-5 sentences the keyboard starts to lag worse and worse until it is virtually unusable, being behind your fingers by at least a word if not two. The bug is already documented in Googles error log, so perhaps there is a fix by now, but it's unacceptable to release a phone in this condition, the keyboard is such an important feature. The screen is not nearly as good as everyone says. Pentile shows pixels as well as solid colors being noisy and banded. Contrast and colors and blacks are great, but that's more important on an HDTV than a phone. The build is all plastic and the screen is too large. I returned the phone after a day of use, went back to my Incredible 2 which besides not having ICS is a better phone.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by spicyeddie (Currently owns)

    There are many benefits to Apple's closed system: lots of high quality 3rd party applications and a store that is not overloaded with crapware. But there are many faults: No 4G, a tiny screen, an obsession to make their own applications feel too much like their real world counterparts (the wooden bookshelf of iBooks), and a system that is so sandboxed that it lacks the creative possibilities of the Android system. I grew tired of not being able to run apps that can take control of system settings. And so when the Galaxy Nexus was announced alongside ICS, I was ready to make the switch.

    This phone is a beast. It looks like it eats iPhones for breakfast. The 4.65 inch screen is awe inspiring. Unless you are a bassist, this is a two hander for many tasks. I keep my most used applications away from the upper-hand left corner. Removing the physical buttons and replacing them with the same buttons on the screen is a brilliant idea. It feels light enough that it is concerning it could easily slip out of my hands. The build is sturdy, and the battery is easily removed (more on this). 720P video looks amazing on this thing.

    ICS is a fantastic piece of software, but it still lacks some of the cohesion of the iOS ecosystem. It took about an hour to fully figure it out, and since then it has been a pleasure to use. 3rd party software is just not of the same caliber of iOS software. I found similar software for all the things I used on iOS but it lacks the beauty and speed that comes with the iOS SDK. On the other hand, there are some things I can do on Android that I couldn't on iOS, like set up different sound profiles so I can turn off all notifications at night but leave on my ringer in case I get paged for work.

    There are some things I took for granted when it came to the iPhone, and that is a build of the greatest components possible. The speaker on the Nexus is pitiful. The camera's sensor is sub-par. But more important that anything else, every iPhone I owned could go a full 16 hours of normal use without charging it. I cannot say the same for the Nexus, even if I turn off 4G. I've already ordered the extended battery and I have to get used to plugging my device in at work/home/in car.

    It's an a amazing device with a beautiful screen. But it's not yet the complete picture for me. If Apple comes out with an iPhone 5 with 4G, a slightly bigger screen, widgets, solid battery, and better system access, then I will switch back. Until then, the Galaxy Nexus reigns supreme.

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    • Reception / call quality 8
    • Performance 10
    • Software 7
    • Battery life 5
    • Ecosystem 10
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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by tonysam1 (Currently owns)

    The Galaxy Nexus is an amazing device. It can easily be described in as little as 3 words; smooth, beautiful and functional.

    First off, the screen is fantastic. Better than any other screen I have had the pleasure of using on any other mobile device. The blacks are deep and the colors are vibrant.

    Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version Android, is truly in a league of its own. In terms of functionality the operating system is unmatched and, I'm happy to report, Android is finally beautiful. Everything from swiping through screens to swiftly switching apps is fluid and pleasant. Over a fantastic experience.

    Call quality and data performance is fantastic - as expected from a Samsung device running on Verizon's network.

    The only real disappointment is the camera sensor itself - which is still an OK sensor, just not the best. With that said, the new camera application is AMAZING. A great improvement over Android 2.x.

    Honestly, the Galaxy Nexus is the only phone I can consciously recommend to anyone looking for a new phone - especially an Android device. This is, undoubtedly, the best smartphone on the market today.

    -Tony

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    • Software 10
    • Battery life 8
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by mass88 (Currently owns)

    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is easily the best phone I have ever owned. In the past few years I have owned the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and BlackBerry Tour (The Tour was a work phone). I decided to try Android as I wanted an LTE phone and did not want to wait 2 years for one via my upgrade situation.

    The first thing that people should know is that this is pretty much a pure Android experience. No Touchwiz, Sense or Blur. That is big right off the bat. I bought a Droid Razr and returned it in favor of this phone, Blur is a terrible skin.

    The camera is not top of the line, but it is still a solid one. It takes pictures very fast thanks to almost no shutter lag. The panorama mode is impressive and great. The LED flash works very well and the interface is easy to use and intuitive. Overall I am pleased with the camera. The camera on this phone is just fine in my opinion.

    The screen is amazing and provides excellent viewing angles. It's bright and everything appears crisp. I am still holding out for a phone that has a very small bezel, so far there hasn't been a phone with that.

    The battery is pretty good. With LTE, it suffers drain, but that's only with heavy use. You can switch to CDMA which makes a big difference. You can also use WiFi where available and that is another option. I have never had to worry about charging with normal use throughout the day. .

    Call quality on this phone is great. With good service I have never experienced any issues. The speaker on the phone and overall volume is a bit low. This can be problematic should you use this phone as your alarm clock as I do. I downloaded a volume enhancer app and that took care of the problem.

    The GN also has very little Verizon bloatware. I counted 3 apps. With my previous Droid Razr I had well over a dozen bloatware apps.

    Pros:
    -ICS out of the box and free of a manufacturer skin
    -Screen looks great, good view angles
    -LTE is fast
    -Great call quality
    -Almost free of carrier bloatware (only a couple of pre installed Verizon appps. Compare that to the Rezound for example)
    -Smooth UI and overall experience

    Cons
    -Camera quality could be better
    -Battery life is not as good via LTE
    -Speaker not as loud as other phones

    Bottom line if you need a phone and have Verizon, I would go with this phone. It's their best offering and is easily one of the best phones around, period. The pros of this phone far outweigh the negatives. The specs are solid and will be competitive for the next year or so at least. ICS out of the box cannot be beat.

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    • Reception / call quality 10
    • Performance 9
    • Software 10
    • Battery life 7
    • Ecosystem 10
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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by nealibob (Currently owns)

    This is an absolutely terrific phone, but Samsung went cheap on two critical areas: the display, and the camera. PenTile simply isn't acceptable, regardless of how good the screen looks 50% of the time. If the screen can't reproduce solid colors with any amount of accuracy, it has no business in a flagship phone. For $600+, there is no excuse for not using a full resolution display.

    The camera is good, but also should be better for a top-of-the-line device. This phone is going up against the iPhone 4S, and should be able to beat it in just about every area since there is much more space to work with.

    Despite these two major flaws, the device is fantastic. It's absurdly fast, and the battery life is also good enough to last a full day with light use. The battery does seem to drain abnormally quickly while in use, but that's probably from such a large screen.

    Again, had Samsung not skimped on the display and camera, this phone would easily be the best I've ever used. I had planned to use this phone side-by-side with an iPhone 4S, and take advantage of each device's strengths. As it stands, I'm inclined to return the Nexus and stick with my iPhone.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Johnkalas (Currently owns)

    Buying the Galaxy Nexus feels like a great choice for the right now, and I'm sure it will remain a good purchase for another year to come. The software is desktop class squeezed into a phone with a beautiful display and great performance. Contrary to many others, I actually like the phone's design. It looks classy and simple while laying on a desk, and it is very comfortable to hold in hand. The placement of the power button allows the phone to have a huge screen without feeling uncomfortable in one handed use. The fact that this phone is first in line for updates and has plenty of custom ROMs available makes this phone more future-proof than any other Android phone on the market. I have two major complaints with the phone, those being the back camera and battery life. Although the software is top of its class, Samsung (or Google) decided to put a so-so camera that is capable of decent shots, but will have your iPhone wielding friends unimpressed. That also goes for the battery, as it will only sometimes get you through the whole day. In conclusion, the Nexus is the best choice for anyone wanting a smartphone for performance and speed in a sleek package.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by xd1936 (Currently owns)

    I've been on the phone since release day (A little over two weeks), and I must say, this version of Android is a large step in the right direction.

    In general, I feel like Android's learning curve is far too harsh to recommend to many friends and family. ICS smooths over many rough edges, but there is still so much unnecessary complication in the OS. The back/home button situation is still an awful experience. I make it a habit to 'back' out of every app when I'm finished, just so I feel like I won't come into the middle of something confusing later on when it's reopened.

    App selection is fine. I wish more developers would get ICS builds of their apps out more quickly, but that will come with time.

    The menu button placement (top right or bottom right, depending on the app) is annoying as f***.

    The hardware here is perfect for me; big, beautiful screen and LTE that I care about, and average camera and speaker quality that don't matter as much to me. I love the way it feels in the hand, and pentile haters obviously haven't used this screen in person. It looks wonderful, and I came from the AMOLED HTC Incredible.

    Overall: if you consider yourself mildly tech-savvy, then this is THE phone for you. If you don't want to customize anything about your phone, then look elsewhere.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Techie Trav (Currently owns)

    Having used both the iPhone and various Android phones over the last few years, I can say with confidence that the Galaxy Nexus is the first Android phone that does not make me long to go back to iPhone. Coming from the Bionic it was the allure of LTE combined with the vanilla Android experience that prompted me to purchase this phone.

    HARDWARE DESIGN. I really like the physical design of the phone. It's thin, sleek, and feels comfortable in the hand. The single piece of glass on the front makes it feel more like an iPhone. Despite the textured back, the phone can be a bit slippery to hang on to, however.

    SCREEN. Despite its pentile characteristic, the Gnex screen is phenomenal! 720p makes all the difference, and it feels much more like the iPhone’s retina display than the Bionic’s pentile display. The colors are vibrant and bright (once you turn off the conservative Auto Brightness), and the extra resolution really helps when reading text.

    ICE CREAM SANDWICH. Android’s new operating system feels great! I don’t know if it’s the ICS changes in particular or the lack of skinning that I’m noticing, but the overall responsiveness of the phone is superb. There are certainly some OS inconsistencies that remain, and there’s an occasional bug here and there, but it feels very polished and improved.

    LTE. The Gnex is nearly identical to the Bionic in this area: it rarely falls back to 3G and when it does, it’s in pretty much the exact locations as the Bionic. The Gnex does seem to have some issues handing off data between 3G and LTE that hopefully will get fixed in a software update. And it's unfortunate that Verizon has had some LTE outages this month, which make it more difficult to judge the phone's performance. But all in all, LTE rocks and is one of the selling points of the phone.

    BATTERY LIFE. Since all LTE phones struggle with battery life, I opted for the extended battery right off the bat (especially since it was 50% off). After using the Nexus for nearly 2 weeks now under the same circumstances as the Bionic, I can say with good accuracy that the battery life on the Nexus is about what I expected. It doesn’t last as long as my Bionic with its extended battery, but the extra juice in the 2100 mAh battery was well worth the extra $25.

    SUMMARY. Frankly, I am no longer interested in ANY Android phone that isn’t a Nexus from here on. The more I use the phone, the more I love it. It's not perfect: the camera’s sensor is middling (but very fast), battery life is still a struggle, and I’d prefer not having the Verizon logo and apps on a Nexus device. But all in all, THIS is the Android phone I’ve always wanted, and is the first Android phone that doesn’t make we want an iPhone instead.



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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by kyledrandall (Currently owns)

    If you're looking for stock Android with little modifications to it, I would say this is the phone for you. It is for me. Coming from an iPhone 4 with iOS 5, ICS was leaps and bounds for me personally. The battery is the hardest thing to get used to since my iPhone had a Mophie Juicepack Air on it. The screen size and speed of this phone make up for that minuscule issue. If you're feeling a bit on the fence, go check it out. Watching YouTube videos on the screen is drop, dead gorgeous. This is the smartphone I've been waiting for since the first iPhone came out in 2007.

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