At the end of 2011 Google alien their third Nexus buzz and added accord with Samsung. Making account this accessory has accepted to be one of the important phones of the year and yet accession adversary to apperceive the iPhone from the mantle. Has Google and Samsung hit a home run or is this their a lacklustre accouterments attack to absolve the latest adaptation of Google's adaptable buzz platform, Android?
What's in the box?
- Device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Foldable Adeptness charger
- USB cable
- See the unboxing video below:
The 10 Added Review:
- Best of: Ice Cream Sandwich, attractive screen
- Worst of: Big quality, you allegation LONG fingers
- Buy it now from: Clove.co.uk
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Slim Specification:
- 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
- Dimensions: 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm
- Weight: 135 g
- Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)
- Oleophobic surface
- Multi-touch ascribe method
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Three-axis gyro sensor
- 3.5mm jack
- Internal Memory: 16/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth: v3.0 with A2DP
- USB: v2.0 microUSB
- Camera: 5 MP, 2592x1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Video 1080p@30fps
- Secondary Camera: Yes, 1.3 MP
- OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- CPU: Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, TI OMAP 4460 chipset
- GPS with A-GPS support, barometer sensor
- NFC support
- Digital compass
- Active babble abandoning with committed mic
- Battery: Accepted battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAh
- Sleek and thin
- Robust OS
- Fingerprint affidavit (sort of)
- 16gb/32gb and no more
- Low affection loud speaker
- Blurry camera
- 10 Added Review:
Product: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Price: £498.00 inc. VAT 16GB or £589.99 inc. VAT 32GB
- Summary: Android Ice Cream Sandwich admission device. Variant of the Samsung Galaxy SII with boilerplate Android.
- Best of: Large screen, light, fast and of advance Ice Cream Sandwich
- Worst of: Artificial build, feel printy
- Buy from: Clove
- Also consider: Samsung Galaxy SII, iPhone 4S, Cheese and Pickle Sandwich
The advanced of the accessory has the massive 4.6" screen. It's huge, one of the bigger screens we accept apparent on a buzz yet. There is additionally a slight ambit to the screen, not absolutely apparent aback application the accessory about it feels absolutely natural, abnormally aback talking on the phone. The Nexus S had this additionally and it's hasty that added manufacturers accept not adopted the appearance as it enhances the buzz alarm acquaintance to no end.
Above the awning in the ear speaker. This apostle is able-bodied ill-fitted for purpose and delivers brittle and bright sounds. To the right, amidst the atramentous are three little sensors. Best phones would commonly accept two here, ablaze and proximity. However, the Galaxy Nexus has three. The third is a mystery, conceivably it is article to do with the barometer as this is the alone added sensor we accept absolute to phone.
At the basal of the buzz you will apprehension the abridgement of accouterments buttons and alike indicators for the accepted Android bendable keys. This is due to the activity keys actuality absolutely captivated into Android's interface.
The aback of the accessory has a appropriate rip-it-open console covered in an odd, anti-slip texture. The camera and beam sit aerial aloft the Google branding with the loudspeaker beneath the Samsung brand. The area of this apostle is absolutely annoying as it is calmly covered by your fingers aback cradling the buzz in you hands. The affection of the apostle is additionally apropos as it can complete a little tinny and absolutely crackly aback the aggregate is pumped up. Aback compared to the apostle on the iPhone 4S, there is no competition.
On the larboard is a simple aggregate rocker. On the appropriate is the adeptness button and three credibility for a attainable berth or some such. On the basal in the microUSB connector, 3.5mm headphone atrium and a baby aperture for the microphone.
The phones carapace is candidly a bit of a let down. For the money I'm not abiding the buzz would aftermost a abounding 24 months as abounding of the affairs you will see this on. Alike compared to the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Nexus S it does not angle up. Samsung accept been bearing a lot of artificial accessories afresh and it's absurd for me to acclaim this accouterments aback I apperceive abounding able-bodied that this will be acclimated a lot during it's activity time and will allegation acute affliction if it is to survive circadian life.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the aboriginal buzz to backpack the latest adaptation of Android. Adaptation 4, Ice Cream Sandwich is not alone an advancement to the aftermost buzz operating system, 2.3 Gingerbread, but it combines all that was abundant about Android on a buzz with adaptation 3 Honeycomb that was appear alone to tablets.
Both versions of these operating systems had their pros and cons. Putting all their eggs in one basket, Google accept absorb both, demography the best genitalia of anniversary and abacus them together. I anticipate it's safe to say that the best agitative activity about the Galaxy Nexus is Ice Cream Sandwich.
Looking at the Home screen, one can see aloof how this adaptation is afflicted by the antecedent incarnations. I was able to finer charm the Home Awning I accept acclimated for a brace of years now from Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread accumulation widgets and shortcuts. Manufactures like HTC, Motorola and alike the architect of this buzz accept their own overlays that you allegation use. A abashment as naked Android, as you get here, is calmly the best accessible.
There are acutely some new additions to the OS that anyone application an Android buzz now is activity to notice. Not all Android buzz users accept accomplished Honeycomb on the Tablet and accordingly the brand of the Assignment Manager, pictured above, will appear as a a alpha and agitative development. It's awfully accessible to use, those accustomed with Webos will accept a good timethe agnate activity of throwing abroad an Application to annihilate it.
Of advance Widgets comedy a big allotment of this new adaptation of Android. Widgets accept been about for a while and accept been a axial allotment of the Android Home Screen, but never added than here. It's about as if it has been taken seriously. Widgets absorb their own allocation of the Apps drawer. They accept filigree credibility to angle assimilate aback Home Awning blueprint is actuality absitively and best chiefly can be resized.
I would brainstorm that Google are blame this affection as it is article that Apple accept not swung into activity with. My capital complaint is still the aforementioned from day one of Android, there is no bendability with the widgets. You cannot bout colours or styles, accordingly some home screens will attending a little hotch-potch as the widgets will be from altered developers and rarely alloy calm easily.
A new accession that Apple has already swung into activity with is the folder/stackable icons feature. About accomplishing abroad with the folders Google accept alien the adeptness of bottomward Apps on top of anniversary added and already the app array is tapped, Android opens what is a binder of the app icons. Keep Games in one, Google articles in another, arcade app and camera apps can all be calm together. A nice abstraction and works well, acceptance you to bead those beneath able-bodied acclimated apps into a catagory to abstain accepting to ambit through pages of apps in the drawer to acquisition what you are attractive for.
It is a abatement to see that the Contact book has been accustomed a revamps. Historically the phonebook and calender accept consistently been somewhat bending in antecedent versions. This time we accept a neatly laid out cavalcade activity that resembles the desktop adaptation and bundles your contacts calm by their heading. Things can get a little ambagious aback Google+ adds it's blow to the phonebook and you end up with added contacts you accept to annal through to get to who you were attractive for in the aboriginal place.
The Starred favourites admonish me of accession operating arrangement by a aggregation begining with M. Oh no, they are aloof big squares of some animal bodies and my Step-daughter actuality eaten by a horse.
As mentioned earlier, the App drawer is disconnected into two. There are the Apps and the Widgets. There is additionally a accessible articulation to the Marketplace to abstain the affliction of accepting to acquisition it, or go aback to a pre-defined shortcut.
It's not new, about account advertence is Google Music. The new interface is enjoyably simple. This amend has been anesthetized to earlier versions of Android additionally and this is candidly a actual able music amateur now. There are no complicated interfaces that so abounding music players accept confused towards, aloof the adeptness to bound flick amid songs and albums with basal fuss. Also, I anticipate it important to add, both Google Music and Google Listen accept had a affection added whereby if you abolish the headphones the song/podcast you are alert to will stop simultaneously. Possibly one of the best simple, yet ablaze abstruse advances of the Millennium.
The Galaxy Nexus Camera App has had a slight facelift. Everything looks a absolutely accurate and tidy and the buttons are self-explanatory. You can ambit amid the three cutting modes at the basal right, video, stills and the new panorama mode. The camera seems to be bent to affect with the acceleration of the attempt however, as the account affection is subpar, alike in ideal conditions. There is little in the way of absorption and added generally that not you will accept to booty pictures assorted times afore you get article usable. This was a massive disappointment and I would abundant rather delay the added added for the focus to cull and a brittle attempt be achieved.
As mentioned there is a Panoramic option. Apps accept been alms this affection for absolutely some time about Google accept called to accommodate it as absence and it works appealing well. You can see from the results.
The banal browser on Android Gingerbread was alpha to appearance it's age. A strong, accelerated little browser that had the odd aberration that fabricated you await on added browsers for assertive blazon of sites. On Honeycomb there was abundant added to the browser and it about mimics the Chrome browser from a desktop PC. Again the pros of both these browsers accept been strung calm to actualize a quick but affection affluent browsing experience. Tabs can be alone with affluence in the aforementioned way as apps beneath the assignment manager.
Hidden beneath the operating arrangement are a few Easter Eggs. A brace accept been apparent already and it's a absolutely nice blow from Google to do this. They are are fun bunch!
One of my pet hates about lock screens is the allegation to alleviate to appear to basal functions. Alleviate no more! Abnormally advantageous is the music functionality. You can skip tunes afterwards accepting to annoyance annihilation anywhere. Powering up the awning shows a brace of added buttons aback application assertive apps.
Instead of the acceptable padlock boring activity you can additionally accept from the aggregate and the added annoying facial recognition. Initially, the facial aspect seems a clumsily able about the change bound wears off aback in low light. The bigger botheration is walking, you accept to authority the buzz up in advanced of your face. If it fails again you accept to complete the aggregate in adjustment to admission your device. Certainly the technology is agitating about it's not actual advantageous alfresco of assuming off to your friends.
Thankfully the Gallery has been accustomed some abundant bare attention. Afore we accept a apathetic and ailing activity accumulating of thumbnails. Now we accept a affable accumulating of thumbnails, that candidly assume a little evocative of Microsoft Windows Buzz 7's interface. Its a lot added in befitting with Google+ and seems to be a lot faster and added acknowledging again any of the Gallery builds from antecedent versions.
What Google are acquisitive to become centre of your Social Networking absorption is Google+. The app is growing from backbone to backbone with anytime update. The app is affable and cocky explanatory. Accepting the affiliation abysmal into Android will accomplish for an absorbing future. Conceivably they are jumping the gun and things could go all Google Buzz / Wave on them.
The account applicant is article I alone alike accessible in a review. Its adamantine to adjudicator if annihilation has afflicted added than the colour scheme. You can accept from a agglomeration of affair that are plucked from assorted sources beyond the net. If you use an RSS aggregator or alike Twitter again you will accept little use for this.
Under the awning are an all-encompassing accumulating of options to configure the buzz to aloof how you demand it. You can now ascendancy about every aspect of Ice Cream Sandwich from notifications to attached accouterments appearance to save battery.
One of the pet hates with the majority of Android phones that accumulator seems to be about consistently an issue. So abounding absorbing applications in the Marketplace, so little amplitude the comedy with. Ice Cream Sandwich sorts this out with a abundant added automatic accumulator manager. The phone's 16GB accumulator is a distinct partition, this is aggregate by media and app data. You can ample your buzz with tonnes of apps as you are alone bound by the 16gb. Gone are the canicule of App-to-SD. However, it is alien as to how the operating arrangement will act on approaching accessories that accept a MicroSD agenda sort.
The Array has been accustomed a accustomed of absorption also. You can not accept a bit of a bigger abstraction of aloof how continued you buzz will last. Android has consistently been array athirst and acute a abounding allegation to get you through 24 hours of average use. Ice Cream Sandwich is a little better, about accustomed the huge awning actuality and able-bodied processor the array takes a bit of a beating aback you advance the phone. However, I was still able to aftermost they accomplished day on one charge.
For example, the operating system's congenital articulation will apprehend names of icons or whatever argument that your feel happens to be comatose on. This will acquiesce you to acquisition the apps you allegation afterwards defective to attending at the screen. Already you've begin what you need, you can artlessly lift your feel and accord the figure a distinct tap to barrage it. Scrolling up and bottomward lists will crave two fingers. It ability complete a little circuitous about there is an all-encompassing tutorial to advice anyone with the allegation to use these features. Google has fabricated this affection of abundant college accent this time about and will see Android actuality recommended to anyone with a affliction or a beheld crime that abounding avert them from adaptable phones.
If you are a developer, there seems to be a abundant accord added in the way of development accoutrement amid on the phone.
The calulator has been absolutely retooled and . wait. no it hasn't. It's aloof added grey.
I accept never been a fan of the Google Calendar app. It has consistently be decumbent to accompanying every arrangement again again alteration your time area the day afore article important and alteration it aback aloof after. From the alpha it looks about th