I’m a lucky guy,

a friend of mine just gave me a brand new Galaxy Nexus from Google itself. He work there and his boss gave it to him for christmas. This is the limited version created for Google employees only.

I was skeptical at first but…

I always had iPhone’s and loved my cell phones but now after trying the Galaxy Nexus for a week.. I LOVE IT! It is running under the brand new android 4.0 called Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

The Nexus series has enjoyed a decent level of popularity since the first  instalment, the Nexus One.

Here I will provide an overview of its key features, so you can  decide if it is the right smartphone for you.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus provides pretty much the best available technology  in every aspect of its hardware. The screen is advanced, with Super AMOLED  capacitive technology providing a responsive and intuitive means of navigating  the interface and applications. It is also quite a large screen, measuring up at  4.65 inches, so it outdoes many competing handsets such as the Galaxy S2 and the  HTC Sensation. But the most noteworthy feature of the screen has to be its  resolution; at 720x 1280, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to improve  upon Apple’s “retina display” found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. This is of  course great news for those who like to view photos, watch videos, play games  and surf the web on their phone. There is plenty of available storage for files  such as these, with both 16 GB and 32 GB version available.

The handset does  lack a microSD slot, but this should not prove problematic for most users as the  internal storage is likely to prove ample. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a  competent camera phone. Although it only has 5 megapixels (2592x 1944  resolution) it still has all the features you need to take good quality still  images and even 1080p HD video. Autofocus and LED flash are included along with  face detection and a front facing (1.3 MP) camera for video calls and self  portrait photos.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has the specs to provide very fast  internet browsing. 3G coverage allows users to stream data at up to 21 Mbps,  putting it on the same level as the Samsung Galaxy S2, which is generally seen  as the benchmark smartphone in this respect. It also offers Wi-Fi connectivity,  and even a Wi-Fi hotspot feature which allows users to utilise the handset to  provide Wi-Fi to other devices like tablets or laptops.

Software

 

 

As mentioned, one of the main roles of Google Nexus smartphones is to  showcase the new versions of Android and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is no  different. The eagerly anticipated version 4, known as Ice Cream Sandwich makes  its debut on the handset. Although not much is known about it as yet, it will  undoubtedly include the same level of versatility and customisation as well as  the opportunity to browse thousands of apps for download, which we have seen in  previous versions. Of course, the full list of social networking integration,  web browsing, GPS, multimedia player and many more applications are all included  as standard, so it is a functional device right out of the box, as are most  Android powered smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus in, in my opinion, the closest thing to the perfect  smartphone yet. Features like its screen resolution really set it apart, and  with the new software, there are likely to be many more who share this opinion.  Many will be surprised by the 5 megapixel, where the standard for new smartphone  seems to be 8 megapixels nowadays, but one can’t argue with its 1080p HD video  capture.

If you are looking for an alternative to the iPhone 4S, the Samsung Galaxy  Nexus would be my recommendation.

 

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