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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus went down in history as the first smartphone to sport the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. There was a lot of hype about Samsung’s new flagship phone when it came out at the end of 2011, and the Galaxy Nexus has lived up to that hype. Its specs make it one of the most popular smartphones on the market. It might even beat the iPhone 4s in an international popularity contest. So, what’s so great about this phone? Here’s what you need to know:
As previously mentioned, the Galaxy Nexus comes with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. As of now, it is the only phone that comes with this new Android OS. Select other phones will be receiving the upgrade to ICS later this year. If you can’t wait to get your hands on the newest Android OS, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the phone for you.
Some of the highlights of Ice Cream Sandwich include increased customization options, improved text input, data usage control, a unified calendar, useful photo editing tools, improved email and search options, and even the option to take and share screenshots. One of the most impressive things about the Android 4.0 OS is its web browser. The web browser that comes loaded on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus lets you manage Google Chrome bookmarks, view full desktop versions of websites, and even save web content and access it later when you’re offline.
The Galaxy Nexus phone is one of Verizon’s few 4G LTE connected devices. The Verizon 4G LTE network is available in over a hundred areas of the U.S. If you live in a 4G LTE connected city, your Galaxy Nexus will be able to get internet speeds that are at least seven times faster than 3G internet speeds. This means you spend less time waiting for pages to load and more time enjoying the web. If you don’t live in a Verizon 4G LTE connected area, you’ll be able to get 4G internet speeds on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The Galaxy Nexus is 5.33 inches tall, 2.67 inches wide, and .37 inches thick. It weighs 5.1 ounces. So, this phone is extremely thin and about average in weight. If you want a phone that will slip into your pocket unnoticed, the Galaxy Nexus is a good choice.
A Super HD AMOLED 1280x720p display with PenTile Matrix technology allows Samsung Galaxy Nexus users to view on-screen images with incredible clarity and depth of color. The display on the Galaxy Nexus is 4.65 inches, which is generally considered large enough to watch Netflix movies on without having to squint.
Samsung’s popular Galaxy Nexus smartphone has a 1850 mAh Li-Ion battery, which allows for up to 12 hours of usage time and around 150 hours of standby time. The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is relatively average. It’s nothing too impressive, but it’s not disappointing either. Galaxy Nexus owners who are connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network will experience more rapid battery drainage than owners who are connected to just the Verizon 4G network. You can conserve the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus by lowering its screen brightness level.
The Galaxy Nexus has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. Most smartphones in the same class as the Galaxy Nexus come with 8 megapixel cameras. So, the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t necessarily come with the most up-to-date camera technology. However, the 5 megapixel rear-facing camera satisfies most Galaxy Nexus owners who user their phones to take pictures casually.
The rear-facing camera also allows for 1080p HD video capture, and the front-facing camera allows for 720p HD video capture. In this way, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is on par with other smartphone competitors in its class.
A 1.2 GHz dual–core processor keeps the Samsung Galaxy Nexus functioning at the speeds you need. The phone’s processor also enables users to efficiently multitask among different apps at the same time. The Galaxy Nexus processor is made by National Instruments, and it’s the same speedy processor that’s used in the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with a whopping 32 GB of internal memory. This large amount of internal memory space means that you can easily fit all the apps and music you want onto the phone. And if you ever run out of space, you can always take advantage of cloud storage options.
Some might argue that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the best smartphone of early 2012. The overall quality of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus paired with its Ice Cream Sandwich OS compatibility are certainly enough to attract a crowd. Overall, it’s easy to overlook the phone’s somewhat short battery life and underwhelming cameras, and few (even iPhone lovers) can deny that the Galaxy Nexus is a solid phone.