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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus which was formerly known as the Samsung Nexus Prime is the third Nexus-branded smartphone to launch from Google, and yet the latest in the range of ‘orientation handsets’ that it links with hardware makers, being driven by Android OS, free from any mediator discrepancies. In view of the fact that it has the latest most Android OS 4.0 -Ice Cream sandwich- running, and has some serious punch of hardware specifications we rolled up our sleeves and took one Samsung galaxy Nexus unit for reviewing it through every single aspect.

Pros

  • Ice-cream sandwich hosts a lot of new features
  • Large screen
  • Interesting user interface
  • Classically fast browser experience
  • Multitasking available
  • Fast zero-shutter lag shooter
  • Cleanly designed with sharp edges
  • Display quality is nice
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent performance with snappy navigation

Cons

  • Ice Cream Sandwich has a limited selection of apps
  • An unpolished (first-attempt) OS that is running the phone
  • No SD card slot
  • The build-quality is not so good, feels like if the phone will shatter easily

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specifications

GENERAL

2G Network    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

– LTE (depends on region)

Announced    2011, October

Status        Available. Out in 2011, November

SIZE

Dimensions    135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight    135 g

DISPLAY

Type    Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen unit, with 16M colors

Size    720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)

– Oleo phobic surface
– Multi-touch input method
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Touch-sensitive controls
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– Three-axis gyro sensor

SOUNDS

Alert types    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker    Yes

3.5mm jack    Yes

MEMORY

Phonebook    Virtually limitless entries and fields, (Photocall)

Call records    Virtually limitless

Built-in    16/32GB memory, 1 GB RAM

Card slot    No

DATA

GPRS    Yes

EDGE    Yes

3G    HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE

WLAN    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth    Yes, v3.0 with A2DP

Infrared port    No

USB    Yes, v2.0 microUSB

CAMERA

Primary    5 MP, 2592×1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Features    Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection

Video        Yes, 1080p@30fps

Secondary    Yes, 1.3 MP

FEATURES

Operating System    Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

CPU            Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, TI OMAP 4460 chipset

Messaging        SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser        HTML

Radio            Stereo FM radio with RDS

Games            Yes

Colors            Black

GPS            Yes, with A-GPS support, barometer sensor

Java            Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

– NFC support
– Digital compass
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
– Adobe Flash support
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input

BATTERY

Type     Regular battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAh

The front of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is dominated by a huge 4.65 inch Super AMOLED HD display unit with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display quality is superb while it is also made in such a way that it assists in escalating the battery timing and the screen contrast, simultaneously.

As for the camera department, we were a bit disappointed for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to have a 5 mega pixel; (primary) camera and that’s what we’re concerned about. Yet the 1.3 mega pixel camera on the front seems OK. But when we compared the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with previous Samsung phones for instance the phones with 8 mega pixel cameras so this 5-mega pixel camera unit seems a bit odd and behind the trails. Nonetheless, to make things up the Samsung galaxy nexus has pioneering camera software credit to Ice cream sandwich which may prove it right, and may perhaps even beat the 8 mega pixel camera in regards to image quality.

Disappointingly yet again, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have a SD card slot. To make things up, there’s 16GB/32GB of built-in storage memory, but if there was a SD slot, it would have been better.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a major step forward for Android in the right path, but it’s not such a massive jump you may well have been waiting for. As inspiring as it is, Ice Cream Sandwich can be cluttered, and exclusive of it, the Galaxy Nexus might be entitled as another ordinary Android smartphone.

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