Galaxy Nexus Review: Features,Specifications…

Discussion in 'DELETED POSTS' started by Slimderek, Jan 15, 2012.

Users Viewing Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 0)

    • GL Senior Member
    • GL Legend
    • Guru Member
    • Retired Moderator

    Slimderek Retired Moderator

    Member Since:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Message Count:
    11,969
    Likes Received:
    13
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review
    Google and Samsung have come together to create
    one of the most exciting Android devices of the
    year: the Galaxy Nexus, which is the third
    generation successor to Google’s Nexus One and
    Nexus S. The smartphone made its debut in Europe
    on November 17, 2011 and in the U.S. on December
    15, 2011.
    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes loaded with
    some very impressive hardware and more
    importantly, the latest Android OS. However, be
    warned, it also has its fair share of drawbacks.
    Galaxy Nexus Review: Pros
    • Android 4.0
    • Superb HD Screen
    • NFC enabled
    • Face Lock
    Galaxy Nexus Review: Cons
    • 5-magapixel camera (only)
    • No expandable memory
    • No FM radio
    • Relatively limited customization options
    Galaxy Nexus: Hardware
    The Galaxy Nexus packs in some very impressive
    hardware and the crown jewel is arguably the
    720×1280 pixel resolution 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD
    screen. The screen features a 316ppi pixel density,
    which is less dense than the iPhone 4S’s 329ppi
    but it is still the finest in the market right now on
    account of the enhanced resolution.
    It is not just the display that is designed to amaze,
    the Galaxy Nexus also comes with a dual-core
    1.2Ghz TI OMAP 4460 processor and 1GB RAM.
    While users can opt for either the 16GB or 32GB
    variant it is somewhat disappointing to note that
    the Samsung Galaxy Nexus does not feature
    external memory capability. Something that is
    welcome, however, is the inclusion of the NFC chip.
    This technology is yet to mature in the U.S. but as
    retailers around the world begin to experiment and
    deploy the technology in larger numbers, there is
    no doubt that it has a lot of potential.
    • GL Senior Member
    • GL Legend
    • Guru Member
    • Retired Moderator

    Slimderek Retired Moderator

    Member Since:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Message Count:
    11,969
    Likes Received:
    13
    [img width=300 height=213]http://thetechlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/google-samsung-galaxy-nexus-300x213.jpg[/img]
    • GL Senior Member
    • GL Legend
    • Guru Member
    • Retired Moderator

    Slimderek Retired Moderator

    Member Since:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Message Count:
    11,969
    Likes Received:
    13
    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with a not-so-
    spectacular 5 megapixel primary camera with one
    LED flash. The secondary camera (front facing)
    features a decent 1.3 megapixel. This obviously
    does not mean that the camera is disappointing.
    However, given the level of competition that is
    coming out with comparative devices, a more
    powerful camera would have been much
    appreciated.
    Obviously, the Galaxy Nexus also features the
    now-standard sensors including an accelerometer,
    ambient light sensor, barometer, compass,
    gyroscope and proximity sensor. This combination
    of sensors is definitely put to good use through a
    variety of amazing features and apps that have
    now come to redefine the Android experience.
    Galaxy Nexus: Design
    Compared to the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy Nexus is a
    relatively larger at 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9mm. Weighing
    135g, it is also slightly heavier than the Galaxy S2,
    which only weighs 116g. However, it does not feel
    nearly as heavy as it looks. In fact, given its size, it
    actually feels rather light and comfortable. You will
    also notice that it is slightly curved but far less so
    than the Nexus S.
    • GL Senior Member
    • GL Legend
    • Guru Member
    • Retired Moderator

    Slimderek Retired Moderator

    Member Since:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Message Count:
    11,969
    Likes Received:
    13
    [img width=300 height=224]http://thetechlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/440x330-samsung-galaxy-nexus-appmenu-300x224.jpg[/img]
    The front of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus looks very
    clean and futuristic owing to the fact that it does
    not feature any buttons at all. Instead, the only
    things you will see is the screen, the brightness
    sensor and the front-facing camera. On the right,
    you will find the power/standby and on the
    opposite side, you get the volume control. The
    bottom features the 3.5 mm headphone jack and
    the micro USB port. There is nothing on top, which
    in my opinion, is a very positive design feature
    because this means that when the phone is in your
    trouser pocket, you run a smaller risk of pulling out
    the headphones or pressing the power/standby
    button in the process of trying to answer a call or
    read a message (something that happens all too
    often with my Wildfire S). The removable back
    cover of the Galaxy Nexus feels very delicate, so
    much so that it might give you the impression that
    it could snap while you are removing it but
    according to Samsung, it is far stronger than I dare
    test.
    Before moving to the interface, a special mention
    should be made regarding the LED notification light
    which can be found on the bottom of the display.
    The light itself is subtly tucked away and will
    display different colors depending on the
    notifications.
    Galaxy Nexus: Android 4.0 & Interface
    The crown jewel of the Galaxy Nexus is of course
    the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This is
    arguably Google’s most ambitious attempt and it
    will deliver a unified UI for smartphones and
    tablets.
    • GL Senior Member
    • GL Legend
    • Guru Member
    • Retired Moderator

    Slimderek Retired Moderator

    Member Since:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Message Count:
    11,969
    Likes Received:
    13
    [img width=300 height=224]http://thetechlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/samsung-galaxy-nexus-widgets-300x224.jpg[/img]

    You may not find yourself familiar with most of the
    features as soon as you reach the home screen and
    that is because virtually every element has been
    beautifully redesigned. However, it must be noted
    that since ICS is still relatively new, there are only
    a limited amount of customization features (e.g.
    home screens) available right now but that is
    certainly set to change.
    The first thing you will notice is the enhanced
    notifications system. You can quickly access your
    messages through the lock screen (if there is no
    additional layer of security) and even swipe away
    individual notifications.
    One of the most important changes packed into ICS
    include the new lock mechanism. Users will only
    have to swipe the lock icon left to get to the phone
    and right to access the camera. However, this
    feature will not work if you use an additional layer
    of security (e.g. pin, password, face lock or pattern
    lock). Speaking of security, the new Face Lock
    function is both fun and foolproof. If you are not so
    sure about it, then you could always opt for the
    standard mechanisms.
    The app drawer utilizes a grid system that lets you
    quickly access all your apps and widgets. The
    makes it far more easier to quickly customize your
    settings and is certainly a step up from previous
    Android versions. You can also group the apps into
    different categories in a manner that is quite
    similar to iOS.
    Another welcome addition is the ability to
    customize the data usage and notifications based
    on each particular app. Thus, users can set data
    limits, data warnings and monitor data activity
    without much of a hassle. You will realize the
    benefit of this if you are prone to using data
    intensive apps and services.
    Last but not least, you will love the approach taken
    by ICS regarding multi-tasking. There is not a
    persistent multitask button in the virtual menu. The
    system allows you to see what apps you were
    previously using with an accompanying snapshot of
    that screen. You can also close the apps that you
    are not using.
    • GL Senior Member
    • GL Legend
    • Guru Member
    • Retired Moderator

    Slimderek Retired Moderator

    Member Since:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Message Count:
    11,969
    Likes Received:
    13
    Galaxy Nexus: Reception and
    connectivity
    The Galaxy Nexus comes with the standard,
    Bluetooth, HSPDA, Wi-Fi and GPS. If you are
    looking for super fast speeds when browsing the
    Internet, then the Galaxy Nexus is definitely not
    going to disappoint you. Reception on the HSPA+
    version and the LTE version are amazing but
    naturally, the latter is a better bet.
    Galaxy Nexus: Camera
    As mentioned earlier, the fact that the Galaxy
    Nexus only features a 5 megapixel camera does not
    necessary mean that it is a bad camera. It can
    certainly take some wonderful pictures and it
    comes loaded with a very quick auto focus, superb
    face detection and an excellent set of photo editing
    tools. The best feature is the zero shutter-lag but
    you might take awhile to get used to it. When
    taking pictures, the camera works best in daylight
    conditions but the quality significantly decreases in
    low light settings.
    Galaxy Nexus: Battery
    For standard use, the battery packed into the
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus is just fine (looking at the
    HSPA+ version). You can easily get around 20
    hours with a single charge despite heavy use.
    However, if you plan to use power-hungry
    entertainment apps then you might have to
    recharge the phone sooner.
    Galaxy Nexus: Verdict
    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, despite its relatively
    minor flaws is arguably one of the best
    smartphones ever made, thanks to the combination
    of the superb ICS, gorgeous display and powerful
    hardware. It is certainly faster, cleaner and more
    elegant than any Android smartphone before it.
    That said, there are some features that might
    deter people from snapping it up right away. There
    is still a lingering thought that it could have been
    much better than it is. Yet, whatever the concerns,
    the fact is that the Galaxy Nexus has succeeded in
    fusing an amazing OS with powerful combination of
    hardware to go with it.
    The cheapest place we found to purchase the
    Galaxy Nexus is Amazon. You can purchase the
    unlocked version (16GB) from $654.99 (instead of
    $669.95).


Share This Page