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Quick Look: Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Review
16 December 2011
Excerpt: The newest member of Google’s Nexus family of smartphones — the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung — has finally arrived on Verizon with 4G LTE. While Julie will be posting a full, in-depth review here soon, these are my impressions after spending a day with this latest incarnation of Android. HARDWARE The Verizon CDMA/LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus (hereafter “VGN”) is a terrific phone, but it’s an evolutionary improvement over other Android phones.
Pros: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Giant 720p Super AMOLED display, Fast 4G LTE service
Summary: There was a good reason why we saw people lined up outside Verizon stores the day the Galaxy Nexus went on sale. Although it's a handful, we love the big and bright HD display, as well as Verizon's super-fast 4G LTE speeds. But the real killer feature here is Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the most polished version of the OS to date. We just wish the Verizon Galaxy Nexus lasted longer on a charge.
Excerpt: Like the T-1000 standing in a sea of Arnolds, the Galaxy Nexus is better, faster and smarter than any other Android phone on the market. Not that current Android phones fall short in machine power. Rather, much like the androids of the silver screen, the operating system has been the weak point. Previous versions of Android have lacked some intangible spark.
Summary: As the first U.S. phone with Ice Cream Sandwich, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus takes a coveted, solitary step forward. However, once other premium handsets receive the updated Android OS, the Galaxy Nexus will lose some of its competitive edge.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus marries the power of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS with the speed of Verizon's LTE network. The phone's beautiful screen and internal performance are top-notch.
Cons: The Galaxy Nexus lacks a slot for expandable memory, and the 5-megapixel camera isn't Samsung's best. There's no support for Google Wallet, and several Ice Cream Sandwich features take some getting used to.
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first Android smartphone, featuring Google's brand new Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich platform. Announced back in October , the Galaxy Nexus is Samsung's second Nexus smartphone which was developed for Google. Powered by a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core CPU at 1.2 GHz, the Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.1 and the 2G/3G version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as pentaband UMTS/HSDPA+ up to 21 Mbps/HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps at...
Excerpt: For three years in a row now, Google has released a flagship Nexus-branded phone in collaboration with another OEM to show off the best of Android. These releases happen to correspond to the unveiling of a new version of Android. These devices often represent the state-of-the-art in terms of smartphone technology, and, characteristically, they have no third-party interface, but rather use the stock Android interface.
Pros: + Android 4.0 is fast, polished, and innovative
Conclusion: on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fine. The handset is equipped with a decent earpiece, which manages to emit some natural tones. On the other end of the line, things to sound a bit more robotic, especially when the Nexus user is at a loud location, when the noise-cancellation would kick in. But the mic is also quite strong, so you'll surely be heard on the other side. Unfortunately, the loudspeaker of the device is on the quieter side.
Pros: Incredible screen, Super-fast performance, Beautiful and thought-out interface
Cons: Poor video recording, Unimpressive design and construction
Summary: Google's Nexus line is meant to set the bar for what an Android phone should be, and the new Galaxy Nexus does not disappoint. The Galaxy Nexus is sleek and attractive, with a thin, light body and a beautiful HD display. It's screamingly fast, too, delivering what may be the best overall performance of any mobile device available.
Summary: The Galaxy Nexus isn't just a new Android flavor of the week. Android Ice Cream Sandwich represents a big step forward for the OS in terms of usability and polish. The physical design itself may be too big for some, but Samsung has done a nice job keeping the weight and thickness down to counterbalance the big and beautiful 720p screen.