Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone from Google is setting a new dimension in the android marketplace with a plethora of advanced features. The Google has debuted this latest operating system on its own Nexus smartphones. This one is a specialized variation of the popular Samsung Galaxy S II series.
The real transition marks the beginning of a great new smartphone revolution that relies on the android 4.0 Operating System. The evolution can be outlined as:
- Nexus One from HTC (Android 2.2 Froyo)
- Nexus S (Android 2.3 Gingerbread)
- Galaxy Nexus (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is hence the third Google Nexus phone, after its predecessors that use the old android versions.
Galaxy Nexus at a Glance
- Ice cream sandwich OS
- Incredible screen (high resolution)
- Camera is disappointing
- Familiar design
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Video Review
Considering the tech, it presents an array of high-end specs including Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor, Super AMOLED HD screen, NFC support, HSDPA and 5MP camera. The Google Nexus itself is amazingly big in size (bigger than Samsung Galaxy S2) and heavier.
Apart from the large size, it is still very slim, and easily fits into the hand. The textured back adds grip, so that you can easily hold it. The buttons are well positioned and the sleep/wake button are placed perfectly next to your month.
Galaxy Nexus Specs
- Screen:1280 x 720 resolution, 4.65-inch, Super AMOLED, Contour Display (curved glass)
- Memory – Storage: 16GB, Memory: 1GB RAM
- Size – 67.94*135.5*8.94(HSPA+)
- Weight – 135g (HSPA+)
- Data – Bluetooth, WiFi, HSPA+/3G/EDGE/GPRS
- Camera – 5MP, 1.3MP Front, Zero shutter lag, LED flash
- Battery: 1750mAh
- OS: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
- CPU: 1.2 GHZ dual core processor
- Notification: 3 color LED
Galaxy Nexus Features
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich finally bridges the gap between a tablet OS and smartphone OS, and it absolutely looks a marriage Honeycomb and Gingerbread, with a few dashes of TRON and Daft Punk. It’s a much more cohesive OS and it’s the first release from Google that feels like it’s actually one thought-out product.
Ice Cream Sandwich is a drastic departure from Android versions past, and every app, widget and graphic seems to have been redone to fit a single unified identity. Super smooth transitions and scrolling, multi-dimensional interface elements, and of course, heavy black and neon blue make up the Ice Cream Sandwich user interface. I love the new typeface, Roboto, on the Galaxy Nexus in most apps, though in some apps like email it appears bold for unread messages, and this contrasts with the delicate base font that I like so much.
- Design and Style
The screen, camera, email, web browser, video and everything have been redesigned and refined to make the smartphone elegant, simple and beyond smart. Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich brings a unique style and offers easily accessible buttons.
You can quickly switch between different apps with a special recent apps button. Just with a swipe of your finger, you can ignore those apps that you really don’t care about. The widgets allows you to interact with your favorite apps without any hassles.
- Check usage of data
This helps you to instantly check your data usage for any app for any period of time. It would help to avoid the data overage charges as it helps to get notified before you reach the allowed limit.
- Type with voice
Simply talk and write SMS, emails or any text using this great feature. Just touch the microphone on the keyboard and start talking. Galaxy Nexus supports 20 languages supported, the text appears in real time and everything happens within no time!
- Rapid-fire typing
The keyboard looks natural with enhanced touch recognition and auto-correction features. You can quickly edit and correct the misspelled words with the inline spell checker. Now it is much easier to type messages and long emails on your phone.
- HD Video Camera
The major difference with Galaxy S2 and galaxy nexus is the latest android version. It comes with shoot video in full 1080p, real-time zoom, time lapse mode and continuous zoom. Shoot stunning videos with this HD video camera.
- Android Beam
Just by touching two NFC-enabled Android phones back to back, you can easily share apps, contacts, web pages, YouTube videos and directions.
- Face unlock
High-end facial recognition technology lets you switch on your Nexus phone and look at it to get past the lock screen without using any password or type actions.
Excellent battery life with the HSPA+ version of the Nexus phone. Outstanding standby time makes it perfect in every way. The 1,750 mAh battery becomes weak after heavy usage. But the LTE version of the device will offer up an 1,850 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Google Music which makes discovery of music, purchase,and listening easy and fun. It helps to store your entire music collection for free, and stream your favorite music to your computer, Galaxy or other Android devices. You can upload music from your computer without any hassles and everything stays in sync automatically.
The latest facial recognition unlock is a grand new security idea presented by this phone. The basic principle is simple– the front facing camera just takes a look at you and then decides whether it is you or not. But Google warns you that this is not a top-notch security method. Apart from this feature, it offers the usual Android security measures including pattern and PIN.
- Offline search
Ability to search your email even in the absence of a network. Without leaving the regular app view, you can mark messages as read or unread, delete messages, check through emails and more. The Nexus presents the best Gmail experience with high-end apps.
- Instant photo-editing
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus offers a fully-featured photo editor which lets you adjust colors, add filters and effects, crop, flip, straighten or rotate your favorite photos.All your edits will be saved as a copy, so that you can always get to the original. The one-touch sharing feature makes it much more joyful.