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Good: Screen, Shape and Feel
Comment: Superb phone and unique with a button-less front screen and general minimalistic feel. I've compared this phone side by side with my friends Galaxy S3 and there is no difference whatsoever in speed of operation. Why have quad cores when two will do? The Nexus appears to be coming down in price a lot with the sites I've seen. My advice - buy one now, you wont be disappointed. Plus being a Google phone you're guaranteed the latest operating system updates first.
Good: Excellent screen amoled fast smooth slick large
Bad: no sd, a littel heavy
Comment: This nexus is fantastic lovely smmoth and bright screen i love it just wish it had sd slot and was a littel lighter samsung phones have to be the best i think tried so many others and they work better look better and the battery lasts longer oh and the internal memory is allways larger get one its excellent.
Good: Fast, Sleek, Beautiful Screen, Great battery life
Comment: Best phone I've ever had, glad I got this phone instead of another Iphone. The large screen makes it great for browsing the internet and watching videos on.
Good: screen size, fast prcessor
Bad: cheap plastic, flimsy,
Comment: It keeps locking up and i have to remove the battery and insert it again. it has been back to o2 twice but they give a very good impression of not knowing thier arse from their elbow.
When it works it is very good. The various apps that are available adds to its variety of uses.
Hopefully o2 will eventually give me a replacement unit that will continue working on an ongoing basis,
Good: screen, ICS, and did i say ice scream sandwich
Bad: memory cant be expanded and camera could have been better
Comment: Love the phone. Love the fact that it works flawlessly in any network and that its buttery smooth. Looks very different in the crow and offers incredible services like Google wallet. There is much to like about this phone ans really it was all said in the review. It just works. Great for movies, and browsing the net is a breeze. A+ gadget.
Good: sexy, smooth, fast and smart. If James Bond had a phone this would be it
Bad: Speaker, no SD, no Gorilla glass.
Comment: I have not given this phone the full 5 starts because 1) The speaker sound is low, 2) No SD card, 3) No Gorilla Glass, AND 5) Knowing that in a few months time the Galaxy S3 will come out and trump this in every way possible. But until then I will rejoice knowing I have the best phone in the world and once GS3 is out i'll swap ship.
Comment: Good review n all but concentrates too much on the software. Provided that ICS will be on most smartphones coming forward people should look into what makes it different.
Folks should check out this detailed review too: http://www.stuff-review.com/2011-12/samsung-galaxy-nexus-complete-review/
Good: Android 4.0
Bad: Build quality could have been better.
Comment: Awesome Device!
Comment: I have this phone for two weeks now and i'm really glad that this was my choice. I spent a
lot of time checking reviews and playing with all the available smartphones but this is the
best, maybe better than iPhone (though i was interested only in Android OS phones). And it seems like Galaxy Nexus is the best phone for 2012, at least till CES.
Best phones 2012
Good: Gorgeous screen, Build quality, Android 4.0, Call Quality
Bad: No micro SD card slot, Camera, There are some minor bugs
Gorgeous screen. It's a 1280x720 screen. That's 720p Super AmoLED. Although the screen isn't the Super AmoLED+ that's in the Galaxy S II (GSII), the screen in the Galaxy Nexus is still gorgeous giving the vibrant colors (a bit over saturated for some) and rich deep blacks that Samsung has become know for.
Build quality. Samsung is known for using a lot of plastics in their devices and that would still be the case here. But just the same as the GSII, it's a solid build. The Galaxy Nexus feels light, but not necessarily cheap. The back panel is smooth and textured with the body have nice curves and a thinner form factor. The device may have a 4.6 inch screen but it still feels good in the hand overall. The exception would be when you try to touch something on the far opposite side of the screen away from your thumb. Sometimes it can be awkward but not a deal breaker.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) This is the star of this show when it's all said and done and rightly so. Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is hands down THE best version of Android that Google has made to date. On the Galaxy Nexus, it's fast. very fast. I found myself going from swiping through launcher screens, app tray/widget panel, multitask pane to market, download, back to launcher screen very easily and very quickly. Android has been simplified in many ways that may not seem substantial at first glance, but during actual real world use, these aspects are great additions. For instance, the notification bar in Android has clearly been one of the best on a mobile device since it was introduced. But now, a quick swipe will remove specific entries in the notification bar. If you just updated 10 apps but you also received 3 emails, it's very easy to swipe away all of the downloaded app notifications leaving the emails in the notification bar for late viewing. The multitask pane which is lifted directly from Android 3.x Honeycomb works as one familiar with Android tablets would expect. Touch the multitask pane and it brings up the last 10 or so apps that you last ran. Scroll through the list, touch an app and you pick up right where you left off, nothing skips a beat. Except, now, if you swipe across an app, you can remove it from the list, exiting the app. (*with the except of apps that have background services. Those apps will have to be stopped from the application tab in "Settings")
Another great addition is the settings button is now in the notification bar. Pull it down, touch settings and you're there. There are many other great additions to ICS that are too numerous to list here, movie studio from Honeycomb is included for editing videos taken with your mobile device, better camera software, NFC beam, Panorama software, Sound EQ as standard with a FX booster, bass boost and 3D effects, and more.
Call Quality - although smart phones are great devices, at the end of the day, they're still phones. If they can't function as such, it doesn't matter what CPU/GPU/RAM or OS it runs. The Galaxy Nexus has served me well thus far. Call quality is good, if not the best and I didn't experience any dropped calls, which speaks of the device and the T-mobile service in my area. Sound from the speaker is loud as well while on speaker or listening to music but the speaker can be a bit flat at times. Setting the EQ parameters did help with this though while playing back music.
Misc. Tethering is still available, wifi calling, and as mentioned many times before, this phone works on Tmobile and AT&T 3g/4g.
No micro SD card slot- This is a deal breaker for anyone that's not using cloud services. Fortunately I do, so this wasn't a negative for me. I game though OnLive on my Transformer, I watch movies through Netflix and Google Movies so I'm covered there. I listen to music through Google Music. 16GBs of storage is fine for me but there are many people that still don't use cloud services and for them, 16GBs may not be enough.
Camera - I found the camera in the Galaxy Nexus to be decent. It's not terrible, but it's not as good as it should be. I hoped Google and Samsung would match or surpass the great camera that's in the GSII but alas, they did not. ALthough the shutter speeds are awesome the actual quality of the photos I've taken, even with optimal lighting always topped out at being "good" not "great." Video fared a bit better for me. HD quality video was also good but I'd a say a bit more impressive in part because of the screen in combination with actual moving subject matter. Lighting still plays a part obviously.
There are some minor bugs I've found with audio cues with the keyboard and a couple of apps force closed more often than I would have liked but overall, these are the only cons that I've found thus far. Using the Galaxy Nexus has been a joy. It's the kind of device that Android enthusiasts can hold up to iOS5 and WP7 as to why they wouldn't switch at this point. The Galaxy Nexus is a sexy phone with a gorgeous screen that's running a truly great version of Android and yet another reason why it's still better to buy Nexus phones before any other. No UI skins, faster updates, better support.
Lastly, before you will buy this smartphone I suggest you have to check for best price at: Droppingprices.info/galaxy-nexus/
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