So a few hours ago I picked up a galaxy nexus coming from a thunderbolt. Here are my first impressions. I'm going to nit pick due to the hype around the phone.
Screen - easily the biggest hype outside of ics. I was a tad underwhelmed believe it or not. From hearing everyone else, I expected a screen better than the iPhones. I do notice pixelation however it is SUPER tiny. I was expecting crystal clear. The colors are great and full and the screen is very bright and easy to see outside, especially over my thunderbolt. So in all honesty the screen is fantastic, but I was expecting perfection, but a 9.9 out of 10 is close enough.
Camera - I was actually impressed. Everyone harps on it, but it takes better pics than my og or my thunderbolt by far. Sure it isn't a rezound or iPhone camera but it is still very good.
Build - thin, light, solid. I am having a hard time adjusting to typing because it is so thin. For now that's a con but obviously I will adjust. Great build.
ICS - So intuitive and polished. I really like it. I was experiencing lag but after using the phone for a few hours it has gone from laggy to snappy quick. Super smooth and very fast. Right now I have very little desire to even root it because I have 0 gripes about the current software. It would take more energy than its worth at this point I feel. (This is without having been able to test the battery, its all riding on how the battery performs)
Battery - haven't used it long enough to tell. I have the extended and stock so I'll update this later.
Speaker - very surprised, and pleasantly at that. I find it more than loud enough. It is MUCH louder than my thunderbolt. I have no idea why people are complaining about it.
Keyboard - fantastic keyboard. Typing is a joy. Super accurate and snappy. Correcting mispellings has never been so easy. I love it. I did have a problem with the placement of the comma button, but found out that can be changed in settings
Signal - I have had no problems. I get the same, or better signal with this phone than I do my thunderbolt or Droid.
Voice calls - haven't made any yet. I'll update this later.
Overall I am very impressed. Love the phone from what I've seen so far. I greatly encourage anyone who is on the fence to get this phone. By far the best I've ever used.
My biggest problem with the phone is the placement of the comma button. If that doesn't hold testament to how great this thing is, I don't know if anything else can.
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