What our readers think of the Galaxy Nexus
But our review is only one side of the story. What follows right after we enter our last full stop is the endless avalanche of your experiences with the phone - amazing, productive, fun and, sometimes, disappointing. So, what if we take some of those experiences and place them front and center, so that all could see them? Wouldn't that be cool? Today we're doing just that. We have a good number of creative individuals who have decided to write their own reviews of the Galaxy Nexus, using our advanced User Review system, which lets you share your feelings about a certain handset and rate its different aspects.
We just couldn't help it, guys, we read through all of those user phone reviews, and are re-posting some the best ones right here. As expected, not all of you are sharing the same opinion about the phone. Some have even stated their disappointment with the handset, but of course, most of you have decided to praise it for its beautiful screen and polished software...
Unstoppable! I love this phone!
There are far too many aspects I can touch on but, overall, all I can say is that my experience with this phone has been absolutely excellent. I'm a very heavy social network user, I depend on my job's Exchange server for all of my business needs, multimedia is by far excellent, call quality is great and Google's custom apps are absolutely incredible. Google's video Hangout (and video Google Talk) over data can't be beat. Quality of the phone's build is awesome, really feels good in the hand.
Finally but, absolutely not the least, watching my HD videos have never been so satisfying.
Overall rating: 9/10
I love nearly everything about this phone. The LTE is very quick, and the dual core pushes the phone to have a very fluid and satisfying feel. The ear buds that came with it are pretty great as well. I get a solid 12 hours of battery on normal to heavy usage. It is future proof unlike the razr or rezound which is why I bought it. Its no wonder the Galaxy Nexus has been called "The best phone ever made" my multiple sites.
Overall rating: 10/10
As we said, not everyone is content with the Nexus. For some users, it's a smartphone just like any other which has nothing that impressive to make it stand out...
An average phone, not that great
Pick up this phone instead of the Razr, what a wrong decision. Two days after having this phone I already feel I want to get rid of it because of the ugly curve surface like the Nexus one. Every time I look at it, I feel the phone has a bend screen. Also, the call quality is very poor. The earpiece volume is too low for me and it drop calls quite frequently. The UI in ICS 4 are good but not ease of use. I like the 4 capacitive buttons more than just the 3 in the nexus because I feel I am in control of the phone with more buttons than less,althought it is better than some of the Gingerbread phone. The camera is just average and is not as good as SGSII. When try to take a video, I noticed that it shoots at a lower frame rate than the razr. The multimedia is however quite good. The battery life is rather poor under the LTE network.I hope I have the smart actions apps in the Razr so that I can use it to save the battery power.
Also, I fidn out that thsi phoen is not as quick as otehr android phoen runnign gingerbread, I lose in most benchmark test. All in all, I am not enjoying this phone because I get upset about the bend screen and the heavily plasticity feel. I deeply regret that I did not take the Razr to start with.
Overall rating: 6/10
Unfortunately, the Nexus' uninspired design and problematic connectivity that some have experienced have led to other, somewhat more negative reviews...
Underwhelmed by the Hardware
My main reason for purchasing this phone was the screen size. However, after using the phone for a few days I returned the phone and purchased the Razr because I was disappointed with the quality of the phone and reception. I expected much more from a high end device.
Regarding my comments about the reception and data, I also have a Droid Bionic and Razr that work great in these areas. I also had a phone that did not have data or reception issues.
Overall rating: 3/10
So, dear reader, what is your opinion of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Is it similar to what some of the other readers have expressed in their user reviews? Maybe you have a completely different story to tell us? Whatever it is, don't hesitate to share it by writing a user review yourself and let our audience discover it! All you have to do is go to your phone's specs, and click on the second tab, called "Reviews", as shown in the image.
I WANT TO WRITE A GALAXY NEXUS USER REVIEW NOW!
1. buggerrer (Posts: 273; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
I own the device beside GS II, the nexus is not the fastest or smoothest phone but you gotta love the pure google/android experience , plus the gorgeous super AMOLED HD !
i don't use the GS II anymore ( just for tethering sometimes )
the only phone i would pick and use instead of the nexus will be the GS III.
2. bbblader (Posts: 520; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
GSII is better,I personally dont like screens that are above 4.3''
and there are more things that i dont like about it
i dont own wone
but a friend gave it to me for a day...
i liked my SGSII and N8 better
12. victo410 (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)
I`m kind of agree with you about the GSII ,but when get ICS will be better, but for now and until Galaxy SIII come out . Galaxy nexus is the King
3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1429; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Interesting user reviews, i wish PhoneArena could provide more post like this.
15. Venkat_5.uni (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
if u meant normal IPS its not......if u meant AHIPS(uses a similar 3-subpixel arrangement as in case of Super AMOLED Plus screen) ......if u don't consider for the viewing angles,reflections and using it in the sunlight better than super amoled (because of pentile matrix)....if u ask me then SAPLUS is better...
36. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
other than your love of an iPhone, the worse viewing angles in ips , its non true blacks, cold colors, and less battery efficiency....... how is ips better? ooooooh wait.
5. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)
"mobileuser" has very bad spelling and grammar... distracts from the review.
7. itzmando (Posts: 98; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
So far mine's been great, I thought the 4G issue was a huge disappointment which I get 3 bars consistently when I attend college in San Diego. Compared to my 3G only coverage back in Ventura County which has not yet been deployed with 4G.
3G reception is horrible back home, sure the speaker quality was not the loudest but their is one app that fixes it(Volume+) which if I am locked into a 2yr. contract I best make the best of it. I did not want the Razr due to Moto's pentile qHD display looked worse than the GN. I wanted a large screen coming from a D2Global for txting keyboard purposes and tired of long software updates. So I am more or less think its a great phone, now I should have waited to see if SGlll get picked up by VZW so I couldve got that.
8. jove39 (Posts: 1132; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Google is taking step in right direction by replacing 4460 with 4470 chipset...All they need to do is clock firstname.lastname@example.org and gpu@500 + add a 3500mAh battery :)
11. RolandStone (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
I loved my OG Droid. I like my Gnex but I have some disappointment:
1) Still running 4.0.2 - I thought updates would be more frequent. Today they announced 4.0.4 for Nexus S. Where are the GNex updates?
2) MUSIC PLAYBACK IS UNACCEPTABLE! Try Googling "Galaxy Nexus Music Glitches" and read all the bad news about this phone being unable to deal with high bit rate streams or lengthy podcasts when the screen is off. There are some marginally effective workarounds, but its simply unacceptable and unbelievable that my GNex should choke on streams that my OG Droid has no problem with!
3) Battery Life is "meh" at best. I sprung for the new Seidio behemoth battery. Now my GNex looks like the hunchback of Notre Dame, and now it finally gets me 12-24 reliable hours of use.
4) I still miss my physical keyboard. If only the Droid 4 had an unlockable bootloader and a changeable battery.
5) The camera is not great. But I was used to that with my OG.
Overall I still like the phone. But I'm already getting phone envy over some other phones like the unlockable Rezound and Razr.
13. micahrahn (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
For the people adressing the "loss of reception" I can honestly say that my Galaxy Nexus does just as good as the Motorola phones that so many people are bragging about. I live outside of Savannah, GA and spend much of my time in the swamp and woods away from big cities and cell service. The Nexus picks up in the same places as the Motorola devices and the places that Motorola doesn't work the Samsung doesn't work. So I find it hard to believe that people are really complaining about this phone dropping calls and service, because I can truly test that theory and have to say that in my opinion they don't know what they are talking about.
14. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Inferior hardware, inferior OS, inferior design, poor data connection, cheap build quality, I would've given the phone a low score. And this is after I actually said I would get the Galaxy Nexus. Not anymore.
20. SleepingOz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
You would have never choose a droid , whatever brand or model it is, unless if it was from apple. Why? 'coz you're an ibiased fanboy, so GFYM and get a real life instead of trolling here!
21. protozeloz (Posts: 5189; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Oh yeah I remember you said that..... NOT
16. bigsimpd (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
I had the Galaxy Nexus also and was not impressed I returned it also the call quality was poor the speaker was too low and the camera was terrib didn't like it at allit a
17. PAPINYC (Posts: 1834; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Well, unlike Roland Stone above, I'm not suffering from phone envy because I went with the RAZR™ (after a few comparison tests of my own).
The main reason I didn't choose the Galaxy Nexus was because I needed microSD functionality (I have a 32GB from my CRAPPPY DROID X which is already at "less than 1GB Available") because I knew the GN on-board memory wouldn't be enough. Also, wanted the ability to swap out memory cards.
In all fairness, I went to the Samsung Experience Store here in Manhattan on December 4th to demo' the GN and concluded the following (bear in mind I had already demo'd the RAZR and done a few comparison tests with the RAZR, including against the iPhone 4S):
• Not impressed with the GN design.
• The difference in screen size was insignificant (for me).
• The "alledged" resolution difference was indistinguishable unless you used a magnifying glass.
• Not impressed with the main (rear) camera or the FFC (both cameras on the RAZR are really nice).
• Wanted the Lapdock 100 for the RAZR (demo'd at Verizon a few times: way cool); it's a much cheaper alternative to tether your "Unlimited Data" without having to hack your phone (and, void the warranty).
Did buy Lapdock :)
• HDMI out (which I'm sure the GN has but, wasn't sure of whether or not HDMI out on the GN had any limitations); RAZR completely mirrors display in full landscape screen mode on TV, all apps work with HDMI out function (it's like having a humongous PC monitor).
Glad I didn't go with the GN, I've read too many reports of glitches and bugs. No problems with the RAZR, not even the so called battery issues (I could have returned it wben the MAXX was announced and waited the week and a half but didn't really have a problem with the battery).
Don't get me wrong, nothing against Samsung; I have the Galaxy Tab 7" (T-Mobile) which I've updated to GB (waiting on ICS ROM, if one is ever cooked) but, that also has a MicroSD slot and a SIM slot (for travel outside U.S.).
Even better, Motorola has just announced a RAZR with an unlockable bootloader for developers to be released in Europe in the near future; that development should also make its way to the U.S. RAZR™ (although, as I've stated, don't feel the need to "skin and ROM" this phone).
19. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
If you had to use a magnifying glass to see the resolution difference between the RAZR and the GN you need to have your eyes checked.
24. bucky (Posts: 1098; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
had the nexus for a day and noticed the pentile...couldnt tell the difference between my sgs2 and the nexus res, nevermind the razr.
27. PAPINYC (Posts: 1834; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Don't be so bitter; I didn't hold a gun to your head and forced you to buy that Galaxy Necrosis.
30. PAPINYC (Posts: 1834; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Don't be so bitter; I didn't hold a gun to your head and forced you to buy that Galaxy Necrosis.
22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I couldn't be more happy with my Gnex. It's the best phone I have ever owned. I have it rooted & I am running Codename Android 1.2.0 ROM, with the Cobalt Theme & I am running Franco's nightly Kernel 15 @ 1.35GHz. on interactive governor.
With all that my phone is a completely different beast. It's VERY smooth, there is so much butter that you can get a heart attack. It's so blazingly fast that it is such a pleasure to use. Also with Franco's Kernel set to interactive with the hotplug feature ON from his app I get about 20 to 22 hours of moderate use. (Mostly 30 to 40 work emails, 60 to 70 texts, about 45 min of calls, about 45 min of web, all adding to about 2 hours of actual screen ON time at 40% brightness setting.)
With heavy usage I get about 15 to 16 hours of life. (Heavy to me is watching 3 full episodes of Game of Thrones with the HBO GO app on 4G LTE, playing about 45 min of 9mm & another 45 min of MC3, filming my 1 & 3 year olds playing at the park, sending 60 to 70 texts, 30 to 40 emails, 45 min of calls, & 45 min of web, all adding to about 4 to 5 hours of actual screen ON time at 40% brightness setting.)
With Franco's Kernel you can have it set so the phone can go into a deep sleep mode when the screen is off & shut down one of the cores while the other core is running at about 300 to 450MHz to do any other tasks in the background. When I go to sleep for the night my Gnex is at 100% but when I wake up after 7 to 8 hours of sleep my phone is at 95% or 94 % which is phenomenal & that is with 4G LTE on 24/7.
My Galaxy Nexus is such a perfect phone, the way I have it set up that I would never ever trade it for anything, unless that anything happens to be a quad-core Nexus, you know the one that will be coming out in December of 2012. My Gnex is so customizable that I will never buy a skinned Android phone again. Sorry Samsung TouchWiz, HTC Sense, & everything else. Pure Google ICS is the ONLY WAY TO GO!
If you can follow directions, if you can follow a cook book to cook, & if you have some very basic common sense then I really suggest you root your phone & get the most out of it. All phones have so much potential that you will never truly understand how bad a$s a Razr, Galaxy S II, Evo 3D, Rezound, & all other high end Android phones really are! Plus there is always ways to get the phone back to 100% stock if you don’t want root access anymore so basically there really is no con to rooting at all.
34. Alantef (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
i'm gonna just leaving all my comments to you because after i read your post there's nothing else i can add....all i can do is "like it" and move on lol
54. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Hey thanks, it's just my humble personal experience. There is a stigma out there that rooting is bad or too hard. There are so many tutorials/video's out there that anyone can become very versed in the root scene.
I like to promote it as much as possible because a stock Android phone is like maybe 60 to 70% of what it truly is. The only way to see your phone at 100% is to root.
Everyone I have shown my GNex are so impressed on how fast, smooth & great battery it has.
44. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
You should try AOKP. I love your post but I switched from CNA to AOKP since milestone 2 now I'm on build 21 and LOVE it.
52. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I am going to try it tonight, to see if I like it. There are so many cool mods for that ROM.
50. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ICS is phenomenal. I was getting 15-20 hrs with regular use on my SGS1. For kicks i turned off all email syncing and now im in 2 day+ territory.. again, with regular use.. which is apps, texting, web, camera, screen brightness high.
ICS Passion V11 :)
53. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That is great, ICS with some simple tweaks can yield some pretty impressive battery life. That is why I say ICS is the most well thought out OS in the market.
Google REALLY added some TLC to Android 4.0 ICS!
remixfa, wait until you get a multi-core phone, if your SGS1 is STILL kick a$s with ICS, you will be blown away with a dual/quad-core phone.
57. Moadino (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
hey thanks for your post and your followed replies, i have a SGS1 running ICS ported from the Galaxy Nexus and i was amazed by the performance and the gorgeous user interface SO i have decided to sell my phone and buy the GN especially now after reading your post and feeling more comfortable towards this step :)
58. Moadino (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
please SuperAndroidEvo can you show me where on XDA developers website i can update my ICS 4.0.1 to 4.0.3 so i can make use of this kernel? i have bought my GN just this morning after reading your post few days ago i felt more confident to go for the Nexus since i love the ICS on my previous devise the Galaxy S.
23. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
I recently upgraded my OG droid... from brief usage at verizon store... I was not wow'ed by the GN at least compared the the other phone I was looking at the rezound.
Both seemed smooth, surfing and menu movement.
The GN seemed just a tad too big but that could have been due to the wirelock they put on in the stores, can't hold normally. I generally use my thumb, one handed operation... so that wider screen was sort of a waste and a stretch... personal opinion.
Rezound screen seemed smoother, clearer just by a tad.
Did reading up and found the following which led me to the rezound.
NG, call quality was inferior (didn't test but didn't want to risk it
All battery reports I read said they were similar.
NG had a bar issue, even if just visually not technically.
Overall I am happy with the rezound, it is MUCH snappier then the OG, even 3G browsing is night and day.
Things I am disappointed about the rezound...
Virtually NO accessories at normal stores; no otterbox, little in the way of selection. Seems the rezound is a "small" title and have to order everything off the net.... not a big deal.
Pretty poor rom support... mainly to get rid of sense and Verizon Apps... the Apps and bookmarks, contacts that are hardcoded by VZW is annoying. Would like to try a ROM (only have done so on my nook), but most say phone, data, mms is not working lol.... Would be more comfortable with CM7/9 official support...
Battery does literally last about 10-15 hours of limited use... Still tweaking power settings but I think data always on is really important, I want to be notified when getting contacted, not when I look at my phone.
25. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
I bought the GSM Galaxy Nexus to use on AT&T, and it is a hell of a phone. I came from using the Skyrocket, and this is a huge step up for me. The screen is so much better on the Nexus, despite the downgrade from Super AMOLED Plus to Super AMOLED (Pentile). Some people are stating that the speaker volume is low, and I'll have to agree on that.
ICS takes some getting used to, but I think it is by far the best Android version available yet, and best of all, it is stock! I don't have some s**tty skin over the OS, and I don't have to wait for updates. No more frustration over waiting for manufacturers and carriers to get their s**t in line and get the updates out after long delays. It's been said before: You don't buy a phone on what version of Android it's *going to get*. That's just setting yourself up for disappointment.
I wish it had expandable memory, but it isn't a big deal for me, as all of my music (which used to take the majority of space on my phone) is now on the cloud and can be streamed to me phone.
Overall, I think it is the best choice for any Android user. One cool thing was that when I put my SIM into the phone, it automatically loaded the appropriate internet settings for AT&T, and I was able to browse right away on HSPA+.
28. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
I dont' know if its just me but as soon as i saw the design i was hopelessly disappointed with it apart from the fact that's its got ICS there's nothing better than GSII!!!
31. fatakboy6699 (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
nice phone but in my opinion razr is better :)
33. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
I think they did a pretty bad job with the sizing. The Titan has a bigger screen and hardware buttons and it's smaller. If the fixed that, or maybe made a mini version plus improved the camera, it would be the best Android device, as it should be.
35. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)
l owned this phone for ten days then returned and exchanged for i phone4s. The sound ,speaker,battery and camera are bad. ICS android is good. Honestly, the phone only worth not more then$ 99 .
37. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I live how mobile user only really complains about aesthetics ..... all which were not a surprise... and then gives the phone a horrible review for it. durka durka. did u buy it sight unseen or something? lolol
40. biophone (Posts: 1877; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
He also cited battery life reception earpiece volume lack of 4 capactibe buttons as well. The asthetics was just part of it. Personally i feel once the maxx gets ics it will be far ahead of the nexus so i agree woth him.
51. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
4 capacitive buttons were aesthetics as well. try before you buy.. lol.
38. shamu11 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Love my Galaxy Nexus! Can't wait for the next one!
41. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 262; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Love it to death. Wouldn't even trade it for a GS2. My nexus doesnt look like anybody elses. Red softkeys, red battery bar, red clock, this phone is as personal as it gets. Battery isn't the best but i think I'm nexus for life. Unless GS3 comes to Verizon.
42. joey18 (Posts: 486; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
The phone is ugly the ics is too dark the phone reboots alot so not recomend ?
43. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
Why is it tt ppl cannot respect other peoples opinion? if someone prefers the razr over the galaxy nexus, so be it. why do u have to 'defend' the nexus? the galaxy nexus is not a perfect device and neither is the razr. Different ppl and have different opinion, there is no need to be a sarcastic little cunt to them just because they prefer IPS panels over super amoled ones or because they prefer some other phone over the nexus
46. redmd (Posts: 761; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I like the galaxy nexus. but got the note instead. nexus will be my secondary phone.
47. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)
i think gs2 is better........and gs3 will be best......the only thing that gs2 needs is ics update
48. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)
nexus is a good phone but not available in ua e.......
49. shnibz (Posts: 147; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)
All i can say i that I love my Nexus and wouldnt trade it fany other device that Verizon has, its a great phone!.........just wish i could sync my Facebook contcts
55. ChafedBanana (Posts: 313; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
@shnibz: download Friendcaster and use that app to sync your Facebook friends with your contacts. It also gives you audible alerts right away if you get a FB message.
56. shnibz (Posts: 147; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)
I know I'm a dollar late on this, but just noticed your post....thanks dude!