Samsung Galaxy Nexus
A phone powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich
It’s a known fact that Android has, these past months, gone to extreme lengths to improve itself. How: by adding more and more new and exciting options that will lure users more than ever. Samsung reps said that the South Korean’s latest smartphone, dubbed Galaxy Nexus, will be the first one to run version 4 of Android, namely Ice Cream Sandwich. Since we were very curious to see if this follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S was up to par or better than the previous model, we tested the phone. Our review will tell you everything you want to know about this smartphone.
There’s no surprise when it comes to the design of this Samsung Galaxy Nexus, because this smartphone doesn’t look too different from the Nexus version with its curved frame, grey coating and rounded edges. We’ll point out that the curved chassis measures only 7mm. On the downside, the device’s camera was bulging out of the frame in a way we didn’t like, but fortunately the snapper didn’t look as ugly as we’d feared when we actually held it for our analysis. The screen is a 4.65″ and this makes for quite a big smartphone, but the thinness is 9mm, so it’s alright and besides, it makes fitting the device into a bag a really easy affair; the 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and the 100.000:1 contrast ratio make this smartphone a real HD one, so that colors, details and sharpness were all one of a kind in terms of quality. The 135 g it weighs make the Galaxy Nexus a pleasure to hold for this review, because it’s so incredibly light.
Without physical keyboard
We also saw that the smartphone had no actual keys, and by that we also mean there were no touch sensitive buttons, too. This is in part due to the fact that the device operates on Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest edition of Android. So coming back to the buttons subject, this operating system brings with it on-screen keys; the Home, Back and Multitasking buttons are all borrowed from Honeycomb; when we tapped the latter key it opened the apps we were running at a certain time and when we wanted to open a certain one, we just scrolled through and tapped on it. In our opinion, this option made Android a whole lot easier to use. And the browser enabled us to save pages for later offline reading.
Medium battery life
Resizing widgets was easier than ever with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, we could open 16 tabs and keep them open at the same time we were able to request desktop versions of websites; among its many other improvements is the possibility of dictating a message to this smartphone by using your voice.
The camera is 5-megapixels and this shows in the quality of the photos we took, because they weren’t as good as the ones taken with cameras installed on iPhone 4. The battery life being better than other phones in our test.
Should you want to be kept up to date with the processing power of the apps, then you will only have to take a peek at a data-management tool which is very fun to use. And, if you’re tired of the old way of unlocking the device, the Galaxy Nexus does that by a technology called Face recognition.
On a conclusive note of this article, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is quite a catch, with interesting specs, despite the camera’s poor resolution.