Android 4.0's Hard Launch: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

By Michael Oryl on December 22, 2011, 9:48 PM

As the current Google flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung is the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The super large, super high-resolution display on the Galaxy Nexus is a dream to look at, and the new Android operating system gives users something very new and interesting to work with. It's a good combination.

The version for Verizon's LTE network in the U.S. is slightly thicker than the European model, but it also gets a larger battery. Otherwise, they're functionally the same - apart from the 15Mbps 4G downloads on the Verizon model, of course.

The phone does seem to have a flaw from scratch, though. Reception, especially on 4G, it can be a problem. Not everybody seems to experience this, but apart from that, the Galaxy Nexus is every bit the hero smartphone that Google needs it to be to move Android to the next stage of its evolution. It's a great device.

Read the comple review.

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Guest said:

Thanks for the thorough review and demo! I would like to get this phone, but I wonder how long it will take for VZW to clear up the issues, i.e. the reception, voice quality and the camera.

Guest said:

Best phone on the market.

Guest said:

15mbps? I was able to get 31.36mbps today actually, will post screenshot (as soon as I learn how to in ICS).

Guest said:

Don't have reception issues myself. Been in the boonies in Northern IL several times and had good data (3g) and voice reception. I have heard of complaints on other sites tho.

Guest said:

No reception problems here. Oh and a here is my latest speed test that I would like to rub in:

yorro said:

In my country 2mbps on a phone is a luxury. Nice review BTW

Woen Ashby said:

Looks like a great phone. From the sounds of it ICS has fixed most of the Honeycomb bugs, really hope when it comes to the next set of Android tabs it's as smooth as it is in this review.

Guest said:

No reception problems here. I average 20-30mbps down and 15-20mbps up

it support said:

Thanks for sharing your very detailed insights.. This phone look promising, I just hope the mentioned issues should be fixed and given a priority before they release millions of products in the market.. :)

Guest said:

I have had a new Samsung Galaxy Nexus for a week and I have already had lots of problems with it. It often makes unauthorised keystrokes & operations etc - willy nilly all over the place. It is fast and the display is brilliant but sadly it does not have the reliability to do what you want when you want it to. I am sorry I bought it. I will probably go back to using my iPhone 4 - much more reliable.

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