Summary: I personally think the pros still outweigh the cons here. That is, while always keeping a constant eye on the battery is a pain in the neck, the beautiful AMOLED HD Screen combined with the speed and smoothness of Ice Cream Sandwich and Verizon's 4G Speed easily make up for it. To be fair, coming from a BlackBerry I'd be quite content with any phone, but now I cannot imagine being locked without 4G LTE speeds.
Conclusion: Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a fantastic smartphone, and it's definitely one of the best devices currently on sale. It offers more power than you'll ever need, a screen that puts rivals to shame, and loads of features. Only the size will put some users off. If you're not one of them, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is well worth saving up for.
Pros: Out of all of its features, the screen on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is undoubtedly the star of the show. It features a staggering 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, bettering any smartphone we've seen to date, and it's easily sharp enough to view any websites without having to scroll from side to side. Super AMOLED technology is also used to provide glorious colours, and it's a great screen for watching movies on. At 4.65 inches, it will be some big for some users, however, ...
Cons: It's very difficult to find flaws with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The design will be too big for some people, and the large screen also has an impact on battery life. That aside, there are very few chinks in its armour.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Ever since the announcement of the HTC Nexus One in late 2009, I've been an Android fan. I had wanted a smartphone, but having never been an Apple fan, I was reticent to embrace the iOS platform and this seemed to tick all the boxes. Once I got the phone in my hand some months later, I was pretty much in love - and I've not looked back. Unfortunately, this brings me to the only real downside of the phone, and the one part reviewers have picked on - and rightly so.
Conclusion: As the first phone to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus is definitely attracting a lot of attention. The phone itself offers a mostly "pure" Android experience without a lot of bloatware, which is a good thing. We also appreciate many of the new features that Google has added to the Android 4.0 operating system.
Pros: First phone with Android 4.0, Gorgeous 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Contour Display (1280 x 720), 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, 4G LTE connectivity
Cons: No microSD card slot, No support for Google Wallet out of the box (but it is installable)
Conclusion: While all of the early reviews of the GSM/UMTS version of the Google Galaxy Nexus out of Europe were full of superlatives and the written equivalent of high-fives, I had only modest expectations for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. I dislike Android 3.x Honeycomb that much, but I'm floored by Ice Cream Sandwich, to be honest. I'm also in love with the the HD resolution display on the Galaxy Nexus.
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
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
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.