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Android's New Poster Child
20 May 2012
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest showcase device developed under Google’s close supervision, built for one purpose: to make Android’s latest incarnation look like the belle of the smartphone ball. Its 4.65-inch, curved contour glass, HD Super AMOLED display boasting a legitimate 1,280 x 720 (720p) resolution is just the start of a stellar spec list that includes a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear camera (with zero...
Summary: Though Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus retains the cache of being an official showpiece for Ice Cream Sandwich, it's no longer the only kid on the block. The fact that Sprint’s LTE network is not operational yet doesn’t help the phone, either.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus marries the power of the Ice Cream Sandwich with a stock Andorid OS. The phone's beautiful screen and performance are top-notch, and unlike its Verizon counterpart, the Google Wallet payment app is onboard.
Cons: The Galaxy Nexus lacks a slot for expandable memory, the 5-megapixel camera isn't Samsung's best, and battery life could be longer. We’re also still waiting for phone’s connection to Sprint’s LTE network.
Summary: As with the Verizon and the unlocked version, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint has a lot going for it: a brilliant screen, a powerful processor and the latest Android 4.0 operating system. However, at the moment, its 3G-only speeds are significantly slower than competing 4G phones on the other three major carriers.
Conclusion: First and foremost, if you’re a Sprint customer who simply can’t wait any longer to experience the bountiful features associated with Ice Cream Sandwich, you should no doubt check out the Samsung Galaxy Nexus . However, bear in mind that the handset is brandishing a $200 on-contract price, which seems normal at first, but considering that it’s essentially a 5-month old model, we actually would’ve liked to see it come in at a lower price point.
Pros: Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, Still has an attractive display, 4G LTE enabled
Cons: Sluggish performance, Choppy web browsing, Poor quality video recording, Poor battery life, Low signal strength
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is Google’s latest Nexus smartphone, and it comes with a range of impressive specifications, plus the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Pros: Incredible screen, Super-fast performance, Beautiful and thought-out interface
Cons: Poor video recording, Unimpressive design and construction
Conclusion: Purpose built for Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus works harmoniously with its operating system. The button-less OS is showcased by its curved, smooth fascia. With its large HD Super AMOLED screen the form complements the engaging new Ice Cream Sandwich widgets and with the slightly lower resolution camera, takes pictures astoundingly quickly. Despite a volume dropping issue facing specific handsets, we can comfortably say we’re impressed.
Pros: Pure Android is much improved, Beautiful, HD Super AMOLED display, Light for its size
Cons: Not as solid as other flagship phones, Camera suffers at night, Volume drop bug affecting some users
Conclusion: This is almost comical at this point, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is my favorite Android device in the world. Easily replacing the HTC Rezound, the Motorola DROID RAZR, and Samsung Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Nexus champions in a brand new version of Android that pushes itself further than almost any other mobile OS in the industry.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus — bow to our Android overlords
18 March 2012
Excerpt: If brilliance is a crime, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is a mass-murderer. From tip to toe, the Nexus exudes class. It doesn’t have the glass and metal knockout combo of the iPhone 4S, rather a plastic shell with a screen which seems to melt into the sides of the phone. At 135g, the Nexus is a heavyweight which is baffling considering the all-plastic exterior. We can chalk this up to the massive battery which lurks inside.
Conclusion: Ratings breakdown. I’ve docked a point in the display based on .5 deduction for PenTile Matrix and .5 deduction for color accuracy. The processor is a perfect 10. The RAM and Storage is a 9/10 since there’s no expandable memory. I deducted 2 points from the camera since the quality of still shots is average. With a year between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Nexus I expected a lot more from Samsung. The battery was the weak spot and earning an 8/10.
Summary: Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a very flat slate-like device with a rather large screen at this point of time. The Nexus is sometimes known as a Google phone, meaning that the owner of the Android OS worked with Samsung in developing the hardware and software combination that would work best for the Android 4.0 operating system.