Conclusion: The unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the only way to get pure, unadulterated Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), and it's an unusually good deal for a smartphone that doesn't come with a specific carrier attachment.
Pros: Runs Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" out of the box. Fast and responsive. High-definition screen. No bloatware. Great battery life.
Cons: Spotty reception. Slower-than-expected data speeds. Slightly dated hardware.
Summary: Without a doubt, the Galaxy Nexus is the best Android phone I've used to date. It's quick, works almost flawlessly and has pretty decent battery life to boot. It is a large, beautiful device with a fantastic display. I wasn't impressed with the camera, but Web browsing, text messaging and everything in between is a dream come true on the Nexus' 4.65-inch 720p display.
Pros: Large, vibrant display; decent battery life; Android 4.0 is smoother and more polished; thin, gorgeous chassis; great build quality.
Cons: The camera is only good in perfect lighting; the GSM variant is not subsidized in the States yet; loud speaker is very quiet.
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