Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review: Android 4.0 and Sprint LTE

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 7
      • Performance
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great screen
    • Plenty of storage
  • Cons

    • Large size
    • No SIM card slot

Quick Take

A nice Android smartphone, but not as impressive as it was when it first debuted in the U.S. six months ago.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is still a strong, noteworthy device, but it isn\’t nearly as impressive as it was when it debuted in the U.S. six months ago. The first thing that grabs your attention about the Galaxy Nexus is its size. Luckily, while the device is rather large, it is not overly thick or heavy, making it still manageable to handle.

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The crowned jewel of the Galaxy Nexus is definitely its 4.65-inch screen; at full 1280 x 720 HD resolution and 315 DPI, it\’s among the top tier of phones available. Its AMOLED screen augments the already splendid visuals offering a deeper contrast and rich color pallet.

Besides offering strong visuals the Galaxy Nexus also houses Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). With new features and a revamped interface, this device offers better performance than a large portion of the competition that continues to run on Android 2.3. In line with the new OS the Galaxy Nexus sports a 1.2 GHz processor that is comparable to most current high-end phones. However, in actual practice the Galaxy Nexus tends to fall off a bit, most likely thanks in large part to its enormous display that requires a great deal more processing power than other devices. Such is the price of vanity.

The Galaxy Nexus only houses a 5 megapixel camera, but still manages to produce standard quality images. Like many other phones the Nexus does not perform well in less than ideal light, though it tries to make up for this with a strong LED flash. While the flash helps to alleviate the problem, it by no means solves it. The Nexus camera will get the job done, but it may not be your best option if you\’re looking for high quality images.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus used to rest among the upper echelon of smartphones, thanks to its strong performance and HD screen. However, with plenty of suitable replacements on the horizon such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Droid Razer HD, the Galaxy Nexus\’ faults have become far more apparent. Paired with Sprint\’s network troubles, the Galaxy Nexus has been transformed from \’cutting edge\’ to \’average\’.


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