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- HD Super AMOLED
- 1.2GHz dual core processor
- Simple & Curved Design
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|Display Size||4.65 inches||5.5 inches||5 inches||5 inches||3.5 inches||5.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions||1.19 x 13.54 x 6.78 cm||7.66 x 0.98 x 15.3 cm||4 x 8 x 6 cm||0.79 x 7.1 x 14.23 cm||0.59 x 5.9 x 11.2 cm||8 x 15.5 x 6 cm|
|Item Weight||159 grams||155 grams||359 grams||138 grams||113 grams||159 grams|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 GB||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB||32 GB||16 GB|
|Special Feature||GPS; radio; wifi; usb; touchscreen; e-mail; flash; face_detection; front_camera; dual_core_processor; mp3_ringtones||camera; face_detection; flash; front_camera; GPS; mp3_ringtones; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; e-mail; usb; wifi||Gravity sensor;Proximity sensor;Light sensor||camera||camera; e-mail; face_detection; flash; GPS; internet; mp3_ringtones; stereo_jack_connector; radio; touchscreen; usb; wifi||Accelerometer^Alarm clock, Calculator, Notes, To-do list^Ambient light sensor^Assisted GPS (A-GPS)^Bluetooth^Built-in flash^Call divert^Call timer^Call waiting^Caller ID^Chat^Conference call^Flight mode^GPS^Geotagging^Instant messaging (IM)^MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)^Microphone mute^Near Field Communication (NFC)^Orientation sensor^Proximity sensor^Second camera^Secondary camera resolution:5 MP^Short Message Service (SMS)^Speakerphone^Speed dialing^Support for contact groups^Tethering (modem-mode)^Touch sensitive screen^Vibrating alert^Video call^Video recording^Warranty card^Wi-Fi Direct^bluetooth: 4.1^touchscreen:Capacitive|
|Wireless Communication Technology||4G; 3G; GSM; GPRS; Edge; WiFi; Bluetooth||3G; 4G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA; UMTS; WiFi||—||4G||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA; WiFi||4G|
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Expect outstanding performance from a powerful dual core processor everything from faster connectivity and web-loading, seamless multitasking, softer UI transitions. HSPA+ delivers incredibly fast data speeds, up to three times faster than previous HSDPA of 7.2Mbps so you can get your content sooner and enjoy videos, movies, music and games in a flash. Things happen fast so with Zero Shutter Lag users can truly capture the moment. Improved Zoom-in provides larger, clearer previews and sharper close-up shots
With the latest Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 operating system and brilliant 4.65” HD Super AMOLED screen, the Galaxy Nexus is without doubt the next-generation Android™ smartphone. New applications, such as Face Unlock for extra security and Android Beam for enhanced content sharing, will utterly blow your mind. The curved and stylish design also packs in a powerful 1.2GHz dual core processor for PC-like performance while on the go and a 5mp camera with fast image, panoramic shot and HD video recording. The Galaxy Nexus - Simple. Beautiful. Beyond smart.
Simple & Curved Design
Revel in the sleekly curved design and hyper slim 8.94mm form factor. Sublime curves, premium minimal 4.29mm bezel edge and clean lines embody an enviable minimalist aesthetic. Keyless design preserves an immaculate exterior with Hyper Skin cover that is pleasing to touch – beautiful to hold and behold.
FAST & POWERFUL performance
Expect outstanding performance from a powerful dual core processor __ everything from faster connectivity and web-loading, seamless multitasking, softer UI transitions. HSPA+ delivers incredibly fast data speeds, up to three times faster than previous HSDPA of 7.2Mbps so you can get your content sooner and enjoy videos, movies, music and games in a flash.
First android4.0 ICE CREAM SANDWICH
GALAXY Nexus is the world’s first device outfitted with the “Ice Cream Sandwich” OS. Users will be the first in line to enjoy the cutting edge user interface and new applications as they launch on Android Market.
Google + Hangout
With Google+ built in, sharing the right things with the right people is a lot easier. with Hangouts you can now video chat with up to 9 people wherever you are. Google + includes Circles (selected group), Huddle (group chat), Stream (live updates), Photos (instant upload to cloud) . Or just log onto Google Talk, Gmail, email, SMS and Google Voice.
With Face Unlock on Galaxy Nexus you can now unlock your phone with a smile. No complicated passwords to remember, just switch on your phone and look into the camera to quickly unlock your phone.
GALAXY Nexus users enjoy privileged access to the latest updates and services directly from Google. First in line for software upgrades and new Established Google-based features such as Gmail and Google Talk merge with newer offerings like Music Beta across a fully integrated and easily accessible user interface.
HD Super AMOLED
Enjoy a sensational screen experience with HD Super AMOLED(1280 X 720) , a cutting edge high-def screen with the brightest and most vivid colours that burst from the frame . Providing crystal clear images for enhanced viewing experience of all your pictures, videos and webpages. Enjoy a real movie experience in ideal 16:9 full screen ratio.
Instant Capture – zero shutter lag
Things happen fast so with Zero Shutter Lag users can truly capture the moment. Improved Zoom-in provides larger, clearer previews and sharper close-up shots. Excellent HD Video Recording with anti-shake video stabilisation for smoother on-the-move shooting, video snapshot and real-time filters and effects give you more options to seize that special shot.
Simple & Beautiful UI
Android’s latest UI starts at the new homescreen outfitted with 360 degree Action Bar and fresh interactive widgets in an exciting holographic environment. Personalisable Screen Lock, font resizing and data usage checks that allow you to fully control and customise your handset.
Single motion Panoramic Camera
With GALAXY NEXUS you get a high-end camera, automatic focus, top notch low-light performance and a simple , intuitive way to take panoramic pictures . Take amazing photos or 1080p videos, edit and then share them right from your phone
With Galaxy Nexus you can now easily share contacts, websites, apps, maps, directions and YouTube videos to other people close by. SimpSee all Product description
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I've upgraded from another Android phone (the HTC/Google Nexus). All I needed to do was take the SIM out of the old phone, snap the back off the Galaxy Nexus, install the SIM and battery and refit the back cover (a little bit fiddly on first attempt).
Then I plugged it in using the supplied plug adaptor and micro-USB connector and powered it up. After entering wifi network details and the username and password for my Google Apps account, the phone was ready to use.
It immediately began installing the various apps that I had set to AutoUpdate on the old phone and, after a few minutes of that, it told me that there was a firmware update. This took about 3 mins to perform, including a reboot of the phone.
The screen is gorgeous - large, vibrant, and really easy to read. It's much larger than the Nexus One, but it's lighter too. The phone is much faster than my old Google Nexus - apps spring open, and flipping screens / navigating menus is near instantaneous.
One niggle is that the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android works differently to the previous versions. The app tray is swiped sideways rather than up/down - muscle memory/force of habit means that I've found myself performing the old gestures in this first hour or so. I guess that will fade pretty quickly.
I've taken some stills and video. Both are straightforward to perform, and the picture quality seems good (need to check it on a PC screen) but I seem to have put my finger over the microphone a few times while filming - need to work out the best way to hold it to avoid this in future. I have uploaded some photos to the product page. You can find them under the main product image.
The Gmail app is much nicer than on my old phone. Clearer, faster to use, and the menu options seem to be in a better place than the previous one. Calendar seems to have synched up correctly too, with multiple calendars from my Google apps account showing.
UPDATE: About 2 hours in
I tried out the Portable WiFi Hotspot. It works perfectly - managed to get my iPad 2 connected and accessing the outside world. Also, I've got an integrated Bluetooth hands free system in my car and the Nexus paired perfectly with it.
'Contacts' seems to have been replaced by a 'People' app that pulls together contact info from Gmail, Google+, Twitter & WhatsApp and attempts to consolidate each person's Connections under their contact info. It's possible to tweak this so that you don't end up with everyone you follow in Twitter clogging up your contacts. Noticeably, it doesn't offer to integrate information from your Facebook friends. I'm not sure how useful this is, or indeed if I am correctly understanding what info it is pulling together, but I can see a real danger of your genuine contacts being swamped by the profiles of online acquaintances. Consequently, I've chosen not to view any of my Twitter contacts in the People app.
The auto dimming screen brightness seems too low to me - I'll have to poke around to see if I can tweak it.
Call me a Siri Iriot, but I thought I'd try using the microphone icon to tell the phone to 'Call XXX YYY at home' and the speech recognition worked very quickly to find the correct contact details.
I made a call and the quality was perfect. No volume problems. If you have a picture associated with a contact then it takes up the whole screen background when you're talking. The in=call options (keypad, loudspeaker, hold..) appear at the foot of the screen.
UPDATE: 6 hours in.
I noticed that some of my photos and videos were crystal clear in the background, but not on the subject. The trick is to tap the screen over the item you want to be in focus. [Correction: tapping the screen focuses on a subject in camera mode. Doing the same in camcorder mode captures a still whilst the video is still being recorded. ]
Seek time for autofocus in low light is slow.
UPDATE: 3 days in.
I've got used to the different gestures in Android 4, which is great.
Tinkering around in the settings I found one that disconnects the WiFi connection when the phone is not being actively used - I've selected that as I think it might extend battery life.
Speaking of which, with normal use (more data access than calls for me) the phone has been running for 20h 14m since the last charge and is still showing 34% battery.
UPDATE: 5 days in
Generally I am delighted with the phone but there are some more niggles that are worth knowing about.
1. The phone has crashed twice and frozen once. The crashes were while opening a contact and while using the Facebook app. The freeze was when opening the app tray. I'm not so worried as I'm sure subsequent updates to the FB app and/or system updates will address such instability.
2. [This now fixed, as Flash for ICS is available from Android Market] There is no Flash support as Adobe has yet to compile a version for Android 4. This means that apps like BBC iPlayer, that depend on Flash, don't work. This is frustrating, but Adobe & Google recently announced that Flash and Adobe Air support will be rolled out soon.
3. Some apps are not yet Android 4 compatible. Again - this is something that should be addressed by publishers of popular apps.
UPDATE: 13 Jan 2012
There was an Over The Air update waiting to be installed this morning. It is a bug fix release of the phone operating system. Now running Android 4.0.2
If you have any specific questions, add them as comments to this review and I'll see if I can answer them.
I'd recommend the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 4s over this device.
...a note on SOFTWARE:
I bought this phone expecting it to be a TRUE Nexus phone, but it was NOT!! I had to unlock the Bootloader and flash the ORIGINAL Google software so as to replace the 'not-so-original' Samsung "Nexus" software. The Galaxy Nexus that I bought was NOT a Takju/Maguro variant (smartphones sold in the USA and directly supported by Google), neither was it an international version (Yakju/Maguro). It was a Samsung supported device.
If you bought one of these then fear not. You can download the ORIGINAL Google supported software (Yakju/Maguro) directly from Google if you wish to receive the LATEST updates from them.
The build is surprisingly good, I was worried about the fact it's mostly plastic but I'm actually really grateful. It's much lighter than my old Desire Z (which doubled as a paperweight) and also incredibly thin. The curved screen is not very noticeable but just exudes awesomeness when you have it casually laying on a table. I really like that the front has very few features when the screen is off, and looks very understated. A lot of my friends have complemented me on it! My biggest issue with the phone is that the screen is huge and really difficult to operate one-handed unless you have big hands (I don't). There's a lot of hand-shuffling from the top to the bottom, or using two hands.
The screen is really nice. I have had no issues with the auto-dimming feature other people have found, it works great. The screen is pin-sharp and colours are simply excellent. My issue is that, despite lots of people saying you cannot notice the "Pentile" type display, you can. I've found it particularly noticeable on thin cyan lines (such as when typing a message in Messaging); it's not a big issue but is a bit of a shame because otherwise the screen is spectacular.
ICS is really cool and a huge leap in terms of visuals for Android. I really, really like it and I also love having pure Android on it, which makes it easier for me as a developer too. The UI is understated and sleek, and much better than HTC Sense and TouchWiz, which are starting to look really stale. I like having the multi-tasking button there (although I'd love to be able to "pin" apps here), but I really would've liked a search button too. Google has once again really pulled it out of the bag with their apps, which are simply fantastic, although 3rd party apps are *still* lightyears behind (I'm looking at you, Facebook). Contact sync with Facebook is currently broken, which is annoying but not a huge issue.
I've had very few issues with performance. Occasionally, the launcher will trip up and lag a bit, but not very often. Saying that, using a live wallpaper tends to really kill the device and I wouldn't recommend one. I've had a couple of app freezes and total lockups, but nothing major and it's stability is a huge leap from Honeycomb. The browser in particular hasn't crashed once.
Overall, I think this phone is a great one to get if you're looking to get updates as soon as they come. I have a feeling that this phone will be very quickly overtaken spec-wise by HTC and even Samsung themselves, but for now, this is the best phone you can buy.
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