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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review
19 December 2011
Conclusion: Undeniably, Verizon Wireless customers are surely lucky because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus managed to make its landing this year – as opposed to being delayed to next year. Who cares that the carrier missed out with a Galaxy S II model of its own, well, customers have consolation knowing that the Galaxy Nexus makes for a wonderful alternative seeing it’s the first device stateside to land with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Pros: Clean, complete, and thought-out interface, Large & sharp looking display, Offers 4G LTE connectivity
Cons: Constantly losing 4G LTE connection, Poor battery life
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless is one of our top picks for that carrier. Yes, 3G reception could be better, but Verizon says they're working on an update. And in the meantime, LTE works very well in our tests, data speeds on 3G are decent and voice quality is tops. The phone is fast and pure. For enthusiasts, it's exciting to get Ice Cream Sandwich RIGHT NOW.
Pros: First phone with Android 4, fast and clean, great call quality.
Cons: 3G reception not among the best, battery life isn't great.
Excerpt: We review a lot of phones , tablets , gadgets, and gizmos at Digital Trends, but very few of them are unique. Most of the time, only one or two small features differentiate a new device from all that came before it, if that. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with this, but with the number of device makers in the world, it’s reality. When an idea hits, everybody copies it.
Pros: New Android Ice Cream Sandwich rocks, Fast camera shutter speed, Clean, buttonless design, Feels great to hold, 4G LTE, dual-core, and NFC included, Screen is big, but manageable
Cons: Battery life isn’t great, Many apps don't take advantage of swiping, Camera gets trigger happy, Contacts app still needs improving
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: 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.
Conclusion: Ultimately, what we took most from the Galaxy Nexus was a sense of renewed excitement about the other Ice Cream Sandwich phones that will appear over the coming weeks and months. The Nexus is ‘pure’ Android, it is fast due to its lack of customisations and will no doubt be first to receive updates in future.