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Good: Screen, Speed, Looks...
Bad: USB Mass Storage missing, no SD, glass not as tough as you would like, no flash, face unlock crap.
Comment: Its my first Android phone since I sold my HD2 with gingerbread... Yeah its nice, its just not brilliant.
The USB Mass storage is a crime having been left off, sure it does media, but for just files its lost, and this is a big problem as it does not have the SD card slot.
The screen is scratched already, which comes of it not being a tough as it could be. My iPhone 4 of 18 months is still unscathed so why Samsung could not get this right I don't know.
the Volume bug is a pain, but looks to be fixed now.
Apps work 50% of the time. Sure they are not optimised for ICS, but its still a turkey shoot as to if you get the right App or not. And of course the range of apps is poor compared to IOS.
ICS is a great OS. easily the best Android and one that you will not want to mess with too much.
Comment: Two stars out of five cnet? what have you been smoking? Yes there is a volume issue bug, and yes there is a fix currently being rolled out for it 10 days after the phone went on sale! Yes there is currently no flash support because Adobe haven't released an ICS version yet as you state, but what you fail to update is that this will be here before the end of the year (within 30 days of now and probably sooner!).
I upgraded my galaxy S to the nexus and am so impressed. Build qulaity is great, doesn't feel as plasticy as the GT-I9000 that I had.
ICS is a breath of fresh air, facial unlock is a gimmick (then so is siri) but improved gmail, calendar, youtube etc are just amazing and the hardware really shows this off.
The camera takes great photos even without the flash in low light (number of megapixels is NOT the be-all with cameras and you should know this!!) and the zero shutter time makes a massive difference.
This is a landmark phone - maybe on paper the Galaxy SII has more grunt and a better camera, but to give it 2 out of five is just shockingly bad reviewing.
"we will update this review as soon as there is any news" - FAIL - your review was 21st November, it's now 10 days later and the bug has been a) acknowledged b) fixed and c) rolling out and you've not updated this at all.
Good: Smooth OS, thing and light, bright 720p screen, good battery life
Bad: Some apps need updating to Android 4.0
Comment: Using this on Orange and not had any problems. The handset is amazingly light and thing, whilst still feeling sturdy and well-built. The screen is the best I've ever used.
Android 4.0 is a big step forwards, looks beautiful and has many intuitive touches that make it fantastic to use. The virtual keys are genius - they can dynamically change and hide to show apps with the full 4.6" display.
The only thing I miss is Swype which hasn't been updated to Android 4.0 yet. When it is, this phone will be perfect.
Good: Camera, Screen
Bad: Battery, Volume Issues (Fixable) Samsung
Comment: Poor Service From Samsung After Wanting To Return This Faulty Phone
Didnt Turn On After 3 Hours Of A Black Screen
Good: Great Screen, Great Camera
Bad: Plastic, Poor Design, Poor Battery, Bloody Annoying Volume Spaz!
Comment: After Owning One For A Few Days I Was Extremely Disappointed With The Poor Quality Battery, And How Tacky And Simple The Design Was, A 4 Year Old Could Have Done Better!
After Getting To No Avail With Samsung Customer Support I Had To Return This Product
Maybe This Is My Own Personal experience, but Still I Am Disappointed
Good: Screen unbelievably clear, hires, bright. Android4.0 easy, quick, brilliant apps. Easy setup.
Bad: Have to wait a few weeks for Flash. Not bothered by volume bug. Missed having microSD card but just plug into PC for USB storage.
Comment: I spent an hour in the o2-store choosing between this Nexus and iPhone4S, intending to buy my third iPhone (yes, I'm an Apple fan too). The Nexus screen won me over though - OLED at retina display resolutions is enchanting. At 1280x720 you end up browsing the desktop version of website on this phone, not compromised into mobile versions.
Setup was brilliant - I was nervous about loosing my favorite iPhone apps, but the best ones already exist on Android, and Evernote in particular is wonderful with its Android Widget support. Without ever plugging into the PC, I got everything I wanted over WiFi in the Marketplace, and most of it was free or very cheap. Biggest conceptual leap for me was starting to depend on cloud apps more - DropBox, Gmail, Google+ (inc photo storage) - which effortlessly keep my data in sync between computer and phone at all times. With all that stuff sync'ing in and out of the cloud, the 16Gb storage is fine.
I've now had the phone a few days. Never experienced the volume bug for real (living near London on O2), but I did manage to deliberately trigger it with 10mins of fiddling around. Battery life is charge-every-night, as per all modern phones. Home screen setup, with widgets giving live data for Gmail, weather, news is perfect for customisation, and coming away from iPhone-land I really appreciate the one-touch Bluetooth/Brightness/WiFi toggle icons too.
Comment: everything is good but ill like a battery which will last me days
Bad: possibly battery
Good: ICS, screen quality/resolution, new storage connectivity
Bad: volume bug, but NOTHING else
Comment: I'm an ex-Dell Streak owner, so the 4.65" screen actually seems a little small to me, but the phone is dramatically smaller than the Streak - add in the on-screen buttons (which disappear when an app goes full-screen), and you've got a really small device
The face-unlock is great, although I've NEVER had it unlock with a photo - as the linked Crave article states it MIGHT be unlocked with a photo, but it isn't, so another bit of FANTASTIC reporting from CNET
Add in the new OS, the new widgets, the quality of the screen and it's a SUPERB device
One thing that also seems to get over-looked in reviews is the built-in panorama photo functionality - all you do is switch to the mode and then sweep the phone around and it does all of the work, it's amazingly fast, and the results are spectacular - add in the new face detection & touch to focus, the speed, the 1080p video recording, and you have the best camera on a phone... yes, it's ONLY 5mega pixel, but the sensor is so good that you don't notice that, and if you're never printing your photos, then nobody will notice the difference!
Intelligent use of the widgets and screens makes this device a dream to use, and incredibly useful for giving you information and quick access to useful things, like direct-dial and direct-message...
For CNET's absolutely biased reporting against non-Apple devices - the iPhone 4 has the antenna issue, the iPhone 4S has the battery life issue, but neither were marked down - this has a volume issue only when you go into a 2G area, which if you live near a city, and have 3G everywhere then you NEVER encounter it, while the iPhone bugs ALWAYS happen, no matter what!
CNET should re-score this review, or go back and re-score the iPhone 4 and 4S reviews, as they've clearly over-looked the bugs, especially since the 4 still has the issue unless you pay for an extra bumper, and Apple have no idea how to solve the battery issue in iOS5, even months after release...
Once Google solve the volume issue this will be the best phone on the market, without anything near it's OS, speed and screen (slightly less bright than the S2, but better quality)
Good: New Operating System.
Bad: No Flash. Ugly, fat-arsed phone. High resolution screen but worse than Galxy S2's?
Comment: I can only agree with the earlier poster re: IPhone bias.
I have nothing against IPhones per se but its problems were a humiliating embarrassment. Despite that, it got and gets marks thrown at it and the current battery issues also seem more or less invisible to CNET.
Both of those were/are hardware issues; the software issue affecting call quality on this phone should be rectified relatively easily.
But it seems so much less acceptable because this is not an IPhone, doesn't it?
Go figure, as the American cousins say.
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