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I've been using this one before I switched to Nexus 5. The "third" Nexus is quite a solid device with great display and camera! The storage is not expandable, but still I could shoot almost all of my vacation (around 500 photos) and I used it on daily basis for making about 10-20 photos everyday. Plus, I keep around 2 gigs of music on it. So, the 16GB storage is quite enough for average user. Talking about gaming, I am not really into games, but I played NFS Most Wanted and it went smooth. But newer games might rub with lags. So, if you want to play a lot, you should miss this device. Generally, processor is quite enough for everything. But I have to admit, that after a while (two years in my case), with new updates the system in general began to work slower and slower. This is why I switched to Nexus 5.
The good part is NFC. I can easily share my content with any other NFC-compatible device by simply sticking my phone to another one. It triggers bluetooth connection.
iPhone users told my a lot that Android in kind of a bad system. But I am not agree. Stock Android is nice. My experience with HTC or Samsung was disappointing.
This flagship model of Google and Samsung was the first mobile phone comming with Android 4. This was THE criterium for me to buy this mobile phone and I don't regret my decission! The new Android Version (alias 'Ice Cream Sandwich') is very stable, has got many bugfixes. In comparison with the previous Android versions this version is quite different because Android 4 has been rebuild and only has little parallels with the previous versions.
Other factors for selecting this phone was its 1.2 Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of ram, so it is very powerful, applications and games are run fluently without lagging, it doesn't load too long and the frames per second are very high altough it has a brilliant HD display panel.
The screen is 4.7 inches big and is quite amazing because of the super high resolution and very bright and 'strong' colors thanks to it SuperAMOLED Display.
But there is a bad side too: you can not extend the memory capacity with an micro SD card or similar. This phone is only available as a 16GB version or 32GB (like the iPhones), but I think this is not so tragic.
Excellent phone, powerful processor and super sharp screen. Nice OS.
I've had the Galaxy Nexus a fair few months now and, having been an avid android user since 2.1, I feel well placed to give a solid review.
Firstly, the design/body of the phone can be scary at first glance, you may feel you do not need a phone of this size, and whilst it is not necessarily a necessity, it is undoubtedly a grand benefit in terms of everyday use. I say it's a benefit because with a larger footprint comes a larger screen - 4.65 inches to be exact - which makes everything, from browsing the internet to playing games, that much more engaging. The exclusion of any physical buttons, except for those which change volume and power, only adds to this sense of engagement as you are completely engrossed within the experience. Furthermore, the body is sleek and although made from a high grade plastic is surprisingly durable having taken quite a few falls unprotected.
As I have already mentioned the Super AMOLED screen (read: prettier and brighter) sits at a grand 4.65", with fortified glass protecting it, meaning it is safe from any fear of scratches. To put it simply it is beautiful, and again the quality of the display only adds to the enjoyment and end-user experience! The touchscreen works flawlessly recognizing the faintest of touches and swipes meaning that the experience of using the phone is really and truly effortless.
The back camera is fantastic and is one of, if not the, best cameras I have seen on a phone, it produces great photos both it bright and low light environments and even shoots in 1080P, which can be outputted to a HDTV. The front camera also pulls it's weight and comes into its own when using the faceunlock feature.
As for the specs, they are fantastic, the processor is powerful enough, coupled with enough RAM, to run multiple applications without disrupting the buttery smooth experience. The specs, however, would be useless without the best mobile operating system, in my humble opinion, available - Android 4.0, which has built upon the solid foundations of previous iterations.
The only draw back with this phone would be the battery life, but this is true of any modern smart phone, often lasting 'til bedtime at which time it is promptly recharged!
This is an amazing phone, the user experience is really friendly, I'd recommend it to all people - even if you don't think you need a phone of this caliber, you'd find a way of getting the most out of it!
The Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to be running the Android 4 operation system, and what an operating system it is. Android 4 was perhaps the most attractive aspect of the Galaxy Nexus for me and it didn't disappoint! The Android 4 operating system is clean, user friendly and powerful. Those of you out there familiar with previous versions of Android might have felt that it lacked the usability of the iOS, but not any more. Android 4 is a complete rebuild that has little resemblance to previous versions.
Another major factor when I was choosing my Smartphone was the power, and with its 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 1GB of ram, the Galaxy Nexus was the obvious choice for power. It runs games flawlessly, the loading times are short and the frame rate high. It also plays HD video really nicely.
The 4.65 inch screen is amazing and looks super sharp with some really nice and deep colours. The ownlu downside is that there are only 4 brightness setting compared to the continuous brightness adjustment on the iPhone, but this is probably something that can be changed in a system update.
The only other disadvantage is the storage capacity, 16GB or 32GB. This limits what music and movie lovers can store, but isn't such a problem now with the popularity and cost of cloud services.
I've just purchased a galaxy nexus 2 weeks ago and what can I say-I'm just blown away by alot of its features.As humans we tend to be excited by 'first impressions' and to say this is pleasant on the eye would be an understatement.This is the first ever android 4.0 icecream sandwich smartphone and is quite a big phone!
Mine is not the most common seen black cased one.Instead I managed to get my hands on a pearl white coloured one which is a soft shimmery cream back and the traditional black front-and does stand out considering that I've found the iphone 4s quite a washed out shade where as black is too common.The edging is much softer than the galaxy sII-thus the more oval like appearance..I personally appreciate this,because in a strange way, it feels more better to hold.The touchscreen is breathtakingly clear with 4.6-inch Super Amoled HD capacitive touchscreen (or so I've been told) and the resolution is 720x1280 pxls so as can be imagined the colours and clarity are very clear.Unfortunately it doesn't have an SD card slot but that because it can contain upto a whopping 32 gbs of data- however mine is a 16 gb version...which is still huge!You also have volume control on the left side of the handset.Power on and off button on the right.Something to take into account,and which I find very easy to use is,by gently pressing the power on/off button you can lock the phone(just by touching it) and by pressing it harder you'll get a notification asking if you want to put it on silent mode,aeroplane mode or power off.Also externally has a frontscreen camera(ideal for,unfortunately not so great quality video calls) and a camera on the back which is a slightely disappointing 5mp.
Onto the actual functions now.When the phone has not been active then by pressing the side power button you have to slide the padlock to the right and are presented with several options.What I love is that the wireless,bluetooth and brightness setting are on the front screen,so to turn these on and off you just simply touch them without having to go through a million settings! Very well thought of!Another plus is when you no longer require an app then all it takes is to hold the app button down and a small recycle bin will appear at the bottom of the screen,to which you drag the item/app and voila, deleted!Has the time and date on the front screen,aswell as browser, phone,and main menu icons.The touchscreen is really easy to use,and although I use a see through cover to protect my phone from scratches I've had no difficulty whatsoever with the touchscreen-so no complaints there.
My biggest disappointment,was as previously mentioned the camera-Even at 5 mp for some reason I don't find the quality of pictures all that great.I think for a smartphone at that price(and it doesn't come cheap) it should have had an 8mp camera-considering its competitor is the iphone 4s.Having said that,I can't flaw the phone in any other way.Every feature(aside from the camera)has been very carefully thought out and designed to make it as simple to use as possible(I haven't even been through the instruction manual!)Simple things like shutter speed,or the drag and drop function,make life that little bit easier.The phone is definately set to be the next 'big thing' and rightly so,but I really hope that if samsung have another version released in the next few years they definately up the pixels for the camera.
Now, before I go any further, I'll tell you a story. I am an Android fanboy. I have been for a year. I've been a Google lover for longer than that, but after moving from a Blackberry Curve to a HTC Desire HD, I fell in love. However, I made the mistake of taking up a 24 month contract and although there's nothing wrong with the Desire HD as such, I'd seen the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and had been lusting after it. But with a year left to go on my contract, I couldn't really justify £500 just to get a new phone. I was drawn in though by the adverts, the features and just the sheer awesomeness of it. The Galaxy Nexus is instantly appealing to any Android fan because it's the standard Android phone. There are no manufacturer extras (like HTC Sense) which will stop you getting updates, no, the Galaxy Nexus gets the official Android updates straight from Google. Which is brilliant.
There are plenty of other features which are instantly appealing. The panoramic camera which automatically stitches together snaps to make one long picture, the gimmicky face unlock which makes getting into your phone fun, Android Beam, the sexy interface, the speed. There's plenty to love. But I couldn't have one.
So I entered the competition and forgot about it. I knew I'd never win, I never win anything. That's life. But then I did win and what a day that was! Now I've had the Galaxy Nexus for a while, so I'm going to write a review from the perspective of an Android lover who won the awesome phone he was lusting after.
Now, I'm not going to go into massive detail, because there are plenty of other reviews out there from professionals who do it properly and in-depth. Instead, I'll just tell you what I like.
Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus arrived at work, and I was quite pleased.
Alas, my wife had just renewed her contract and got one that way, so it wasn't the first time I'd seen one in the flesh (so to speak) but it was mine. My first impressions were much like everyone else's and you'll see this a lot on the web - it's massive, it's light and it feels cheap. I think I need to clarify that quite quickly, especially that last point. It feels cheap because it's made mostly of plastic, but once you turn the screen on, you see the value. It has a truly magnificent screen that has an amazing resolution (1280 x 720p) which, when you think about it, is pretty impressive. That's nearly a full HD screen on a 4.65″ screen. Imagine if it was blown up to the size of your TV while maintaining that ratio of pixels - you'd be looking at something that would make your current HD TV look like a black and white set from the 1950′s.
No, once you turn it on, the quality is instantly apparent. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn't care about looking flash or shiny. It's not a fashion statement, it's just an amazingly brilliant product. Sure, there are complaints - there's only 16gb of internal storage (unless you're lucky enough to be American in which case you can get 32gb) and there's no SD card slot. The camera is a measly 5mp (but let's be honest, if you want amazing pictures, you won't be using your phone) and it's brown, but otherwise, it's a work of art.
Compared to the HTC Desire HD, the screen isn't a great deal bigger. It is taller and thus won't fit properly in the pouch I used to use for the Desire HD, but it isn't offensively huge and it just works really well. It's instantly obvious that there's a clarity and quality to the screen that you won't see elsewhere. It's vibrant, impressive and beautiful - especially if you turn off automatic brightness and whack it up to maximum.
What's the difference between the Nexus and the Desire HD? Well, plenty. For a start, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is running Ice Cream Sandwich which is version 4 of the Android operating system, while HTC's lack of updates leaves the Desire HD stuck at 2.35 (for the moment). This in itself was a treat, but not the only benefit. As a test, we put my new phone next to my colleagues rooted Desire (with ICS running) and checked to see the difference.
The Galaxy Nexus was visibly quicker and smoother between windows and applications. Impressively so. I wasn't expecting to be blown away by the Galaxy Nexus after using the Desire HD as it was only a year old and had been a good spec when I bought it, but I wasn't let down by the Galaxy Nexus either. The first thing I noticed was web pages seemed to render more quickly, even with only G signal, which I was both impressed and surprised by. It might less time waiting on the train for pages to load.
Multi-tasking seemed to work well too, though that was the case on the Desire as well. But the introduction of new features meant my old apps were no longer necessary. You don't need advanced task killer on the Galaxy Nexus, pressing the application button (bottom right) brings up the current apps running and you can just swipe them off to close them. You don't need an app to monitor your data - there's data usage built into the operating system so you can set data limits, restrict background data and more. It's just sleek and sexy.
One of my favourite new features isn't phone specific, but belongs to the OS and that's screenshots. Pressing and holding both the power button and the volume down button at the same time snaps a pic of what you're looking at on screen which makes it handy to show off your apps or current setup.
You have 5 home screens on which to arrange apps and (resizable) widgets, but a new addition to Android is the ability to be able to drop apps on top of each other and create folders. I've got one for email, one for Google apps, one for social and one for games. The default buttons across the bottom include phone, contacts, messaging, web and apps. But you can move and change these to your will. These buttons remain static which ever screen you're on, so you can always easily access them.
For Android lovers, there's plenty of interface updates and improvements which just make ICS the best operating system yet, but also work well with the new phone. The music player has been updated with a new look and a graphic equaliser and integrated to work with the lock screen.
The contacts page has been tweaked, so you can easily reach all the necessary info. It's clever too, it took people/companies I was following on Google+ and stuck all their information right there for me to see - including all the phone numbers, email addresses and more, swipe sideways and you've got access to live updates of their social profile which is handy if you don't want to trawl through all the messages out there to see what one person is saying.
Disturbingly, I found contact phone numbers for people I didn't even know, taken straight off the web.
The browser seems faster and can import your Google Chrome bookmarks, which is another improvement. With the Labs settings, you can even ditch the traditional address bar when viewing pages and opt for the rather stylish menu system which is accessed by touching the very edge of the screen.
To give the phone a proper test, I bought a film from Google videos and I have to say, the picture was impressive, even if it was on a small phone screen (rather than tablet or PC). It wasn't an HD video, but you'd have trouble telling with the quality of the screen and the sheer presence of the pixels. It's delightfully delicious.Watching HD videos on the Youtube app is both impressive and immersive. The quality is far superior to my old phone and no doubt it's the best on the market.
But still, one of the best features has to be the panoramic camera, which lets you take wide shots by just moving the camera side to side. If you aren't careful and steady you can see stitching or blurring, but it's a very cool toy.
I think if I lost this phone or it was stolen, I'd have to buy it to have it again, it's just that much better. The only complaints are easily dismissable. Especially the size of the storage - when you consider that Google Music is out there (and hopefully will make it to the UK) then you can store all your songs in the cloud. The battery life is short, but it is with any smart phone and if you turn the brightness down or limit background data and other things, then you can easily manage that - personally I just charge it when I'm at my desk - USB charging makes life easy. As for feeling cheap, that soon fades and you have a fantastic phone which is a joy to own.
I'd highly recommend the Galaxy Nexus to anyone.