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    [Quick Review] Galaxy Nexus





    Last month a device was announced that was set to change the way Android phones would look and feel. The Galaxy Nexus was announced as the first Android device to be able to run the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software and that's just what it was. Released earlier last week, the device comes to us as the first phone ever to have no button in the front (iPhone has one) just a sexy curved display. Let's give this new pure Android device a quick review, and see how we feel about it at the end of the day.




    Overview:
    Getting this device, I was instantly impressed by how sleek, clean, and nice it looked. The front of the phone only has the speaker grill, front facing camera, some sensors, and a really useful LED indicator, nothing more or less. The rear of the phone has a 5 megapixel no lag back-lit camera with a single LED flash which produces decent pictures; these pictures weren't as good as those on the Rezound (which took the pictures being used in this review) or the Galaxy S II but they're still up there. The phone in general is quite nice, slim, unique and just plain sexy.




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    The software part of this phone is another thing I really loved about the device. Google really outdid themselves when they finished Android 4.0, the OS is quite simply amazing. I've experienced no lag, switching apps is a breeze, and even the browser experience has been touched up. The software included with the phone is pure Android, and as far as I can tell, there was no Verizon bloatware installed on the device (no Google wallet either though). The facial recognition software is pretty cool, but it's mostly for showing off to iPhone owners, because it doesn't really enhance security. The UI that comes stock, IMHO, is far better than anything else. Android 4.0 is, all-together, the best OS I've used to date and the Galaxy Nexus's hardware complements it in every way.


    Slow speed compared to the 39MB/s I got the first time I tested last week.


    Now here's the breakdown:

    Good:

    • HD 720p resolution
    • Fast 1.2 Ghz Dual-core processor
    • No Lag Camera
    • Fast 4G
    • Android 4.0
    • No Bloat-ware
    • Sleek design
    • Pretty good battery life for an LTE device
    • Development community backed (Droidforums.net)

    Bad:
    • Camera quality could be improved
    • No hard camera button
    • Price

    Ratings:

    10/10: Speed and Multitasking
    8/10: Camera Quality
    10/10: Browsing Experience
    9/10: Music Playback
    10/10: Network
    7/10: Pricing
    9/10: Overall Rating






    Would I buy it?
    Yes I really would. I currently own the Galaxy S II, amongst other devices, and I enjoy using the Galaxy Nexus more than all of them. The device, with it's sleek design and no front buttons, looks really nice and I feel cool every time I pull it out of my pocket.



    Recommend it?
    Yes; If you have the money to buy one of these, do it. $299 with a contract is not a cheap price but if you're going to be married to a phone for 2 years then you shouldn't settle for anything less than the best.

    Congrats Google and Samsung, you've made a heck of a device and I congratulate you for it.
    Merry Christmas to all, and I hope your day was nothing less than perfect.

    Photos taken with a Rezound!
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    Do you mind elaborating on this point? "Screen technology isn't a smart choice"

    Btw, you do know Amazon is offering it for under $190 with a two year contract on Verizon.
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    Very good honest review (like usual!) I would have probably said about the same things! Although the camera isn't the best, it certainly doesn't disappoint. I still don't think I've gotten one picture (as long as I'm paying attention, and focusing) that disappoints. I'm all around very happy! Especially with the unlocked Bootloader!


    Sadly, I can't argue with the bad points you presented. They're pretty much the standards now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsnack View Post
    Do you mind elaborating on this point? "Screen technology isn't a smart choice"

    Btw, you do know Amazon is offering it for under $190 with a two year contract on Verizon.
    The pentile matrix. It's not really noticeable and a whole lot less so than the Bionic, but it still is there if you look carefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsnack View Post
    Do you mind elaborating on this point? "Screen technology isn't a smart choice"

    Btw, you do know Amazon is offering it for under $190 with a two year contract on Verizon.
    i actually think since it is still back oredered, they pulled it,
    i will get the phone as soon as it hits 200
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    ok. Left out one important feature: build quality = 5 or 6. Very cheap. I doubt these phones will last 6 months after hard use or normal wear and tear. We all know it is the software which makes this phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwebb View Post
    ok. Left out one important feature: build quality = 5 or 6. Very cheap. I doubt these phones will last 6 months after hard use or normal wear and tear. We all know it is the software which makes this phone.
    im sure it will last but I will agree the quality just isn't there

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    Thanks for posting this Wen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwebb View Post
    ok. Left out one important feature: build quality = 5 or 6. Very cheap. I doubt these phones will last 6 months after hard use or normal wear and tear. We all know it is the software which makes this phone.
    What do you plan on doing with your phone that would cause it to wear down so fast? I mean no it's not as rugged as the D1 but c'mon I don't plan on putting my phone in the dryer and just watching it bang against the sides or playing pass with my phone with the neighborhood kids. If you do plan on doing either of those things just put a case on it.
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    Thanks for the review Wen. Can't wait to go pick mine up!
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