The Galaxy Nexus has been released as a phone that offers the best of Samsung and Google – a marriage of excellent hardware and excellent software. The device looks quite similar to the Nexus of old, though has many of the Samsung tweaks that make a phone a solid and undisputedly nice piece of work. While the hardware is fairly impressive, not all areas are the most cutting edge. What is really the standout feature of the Galaxy Nexus is the new Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android.
Samsung has included the same 1.2Gz chip in the Galaxy Nexus that it has in the Galaxy S2 – meaning it is a slouch in no way. The phone is very fast and also very capable and, with 1GB RAM, is better suited for multitasking and for slightly more ambitious use than devices like the iPhone 4S. With less hype surrounding it, Galaxy Nexus contracts are also available for a much more affordable price than those for Apple’s current flagship phone.
The coming of Android Ice Cream Sandwich also added a certain element of smoothness to the interface and it really manages to impress even the most experienced Android users. The new Ice Cream Sandwich brings a number of nice additions to Android. The most technologically impressive improvement comes with the face recognition software to unlock the phone – however it is tweaks to the notifications bar and in other little areas that make it all the more user friendly. The Galaxy Nexus really benefits from this and Google has thought of a number of things to make the phone all the more user friendly and continue on the ground it made with Android Gingerbread.
The screen on the phone is also very impressive and at 4.65 inches in width it is by no means a small screen. This Super AMOLED display offers all that is needed for amazing images and for browsing or for watching footage it is one of the best screens available from any manufacturer. Its ability to pick up colours and the smooth movement involved in the phone make it a wonderful sight. Samsung have not just increased the screen size but also the resolution, with the Galaxy Nexus being the first phone to come with a 720p screen resolution.
The phone itself impresses in the looks department and it is quite slim at 8.8mm and also feels a lot smaller than you would imagine it to be because of the rounded edges on the phone. In fact we found little problem fitting it into trouser or coat pockets and though it seems large it doesn’t feel much larger than many of the 4.3inch phones out there – which obviously works in its favour.
We must say we liked the Galaxy Nexus and can see Samsung doing quite well with this eagerly anticipated phone due to the mixture of power, innovation and the introduction of the excellent game-changing Ice Cream Sandwich. If there is one mobile phone contract that you should look into buying this year – it is for the Galaxy Nexus.