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Samsung Galaxy Nexus review
12 February 2014
Conclusion: While it might be too big for everyone’s taste, the Nexus is a beautiful handset. The screen is vibrant and one of the best we’ve seen on any handset to date. With the addition of Ice Cream Sandwich, which marries great performance and slick features to the already an already potent operating system, it’s one of the best smartphones available at present. We have two minor quibbles, however.
Pros: Beautiful screen, Ice Cream Sandwich, Fantastic power, First to get Android updates being a Nexus phone
Cons: 5MP camera, Missing notifications, No USB Storage mode, no microSD slot
Excerpt: IN THE TRADITION of the Nexus S, which was the first Android Gingerbread phone, Samsung has constructed an elegantly simple, yet powerful, phone to show off the stock version of Google's latest OS, Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Android function buttons are now onscreen only; the bottom bezel holds just a white notification LED.
Pros: Large HD display; screaming‑fast performance; non-skinned Ice Cream Sandwich OS; NFC equipped.
Cons: No microSD slot; no HDMI‑out; Google Wallet not yet equipped; last-generation camera hardware; low display contrast.
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: 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.
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: After spending some quality time with the phone, we have to admit that it didn’t really blow us away, as we had hoped it would. It’s a very good phone, yes, but it left us asking for more. ICS is a definite plus point here, as it’s a very stable (after the update), fast as a stabbed rat and simply gorgeous to look at. Right from the new font, the animations to the new colour style, everything about it gives it a fresh and appealing feel.