Samsung GALAXY Nexus CDMA User Reviews
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Everyday usage8/10UI speed8.7/10Camera7.9/10Multimedia8.6/10Internet8.7/10Call quality7.6/10Battery6.6/10Reception6.7/10Display9.3/10Build quality8.1/10Text input8.7/10
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posted on 15 Oct 2014, 16:26 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)
Ready to finally retire
iamspeters has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I've had this phone since its incarnation. I was stoked to have my first Android device coming from two sub par Blackberrys (8830 WE and Storm 2). I was even more stoked about what the Nexus line was about and what it meant for me as an owner in that product line - pure Android, constant updates, unlocked bootloader, etc. Most, if not all of those, fell flat with this phone. Most of that has to do with Google and Verizon not playing well together.
But after three years, I'm ready to retire this thing for the Nexus 6. If I had to do it all over again, I probably would have waited a little bit to see what real reviews said about it and then make a more informed decision.
I hope the GN's younger sister, which I've been waiting to come back to Verizon for the last year, doesn't disappoint.Build quality 5/10Reception 1/10Call quality 3/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 4/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 4/10Text input 4/10Display 7/10Battery 1/10
- Pure Vanilla Android
- Battery life
- Lack of updates
- Runs hot
- Call Quality
posted on 13 May 2014, 13:13 (Posts: 0; Member since: 13 May 2014)
The Worst Phone I Have Ever Had
JessR989 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I have had this phone for almost two years and it has been the worst phone I have ever had. Call quality is terrible and have had multiple sim cards replaced by Verizon due to this. The version of android is so bad. Before putting a ROM (done by a person in computer consulting) on the phone, I was unable to receive MMS messages, I would have to shut off my wifi in order ro recive them. There has also been many problems between the phone changing over to wifi, 4g and regular cell reception. Just terrible.
The Battery life is awful, even with an extened battery. The screen has these black patches over then when playing a dark video (verizon just told me that is just how the phone is). It is constantly freezes during simple applications. When the phone is updating apps, don't even try to do anything because the phone is too slow. I am not a harcore phone user either. I came from a HTC Incredible, and after about 2 months I almost went back to that phone even though it was on its last leg. Google really needs to put more detail work in their phones instead of mass producing like they currenly are because they just lost a loyal android user since the Droid Eris.Build quality 5/10Reception 2/10Call quality 2/10Internet 3/10Multimedia 4/10Camera 5/10UI speed 3/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 2/10Display 2/10Battery 3/10
- Battery Life
- OS problems
- Internet Speeds
- Screen in Dark Videos
posted on 07 Jun 2013, 23:53 (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
This phone was crippled by poor call quality, battery life and slow updates due to Verizon.
milesboy5 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I have endured the growing pains of the "Nexus" brand of Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately it was not a merry relationship with my phone and I. The call quality sucked, the battery life sucked, and the build quality was just ok. Overall it looks neat on the outside but after a little wear and tear this Nexus device slowly degrades to a pulp.Build quality 6/10Reception 6/10Call quality 4/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 8/10Display 6/10Battery 4/10
posted on 30 Sep 2012, 22:38 (Posts: 0; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)
neowiz73 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Not sure why people down the battery, because if you've ever used an HTC phone then you know what poor battery life is really about. With this one I used the oem extended battery and I get a full day in with moderate to heavy use. after 8-9 hours at work when I get home I usually have 25 to 30% life left. Which works for me. The extended battery in this phone is now pretty much the standard in other phones. with the exception of the RAZR Maxx of course. But it's a Nexus! so it will never be left to rot because it is directly updated by Google. While all the other manufacturers will eventually drop support after 1 or 2 updates.Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- bright vibrant color quality
- high resolution and PPI quality
- Nexus phone, always up to date with latest android build
- elegant design
- fast processor very responsive
- fast camera, takes good quick shots.
- Best if you like to Mod the phone, great dev support
- 5mp Camera
posted on 14 Sep 2012, 11:11 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Best phone I have had
blackhand1001 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I've had this phone since January and its by far the best phone I have had. Great screen, blazing fast and easy to use. Stock android is so much better than the skins the other phones have. Glad I bought it. Every software update makes it better and better. Love google now and the new voice search. So much more accurate than siri and faster. Overall now that this phone is free at best buy mobile you really can't beat it. I paid 300 for it when it first came out.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Super AMOLED Screen
- Stock android
- Rooting possibilities are endless
- Easy to use.
posted on 07 Aug 2012, 10:45 (Posts: 0; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)
BarnabasCollins has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
An Android With All The Functions You Need.
Great reception and a powerul device to fullfill the everyday needs of personal communication and business operations.
The call qualiry is great as well as the internet browsing.
TIP: download a battery saver app and battery juice will last until end of the day!Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Neat Design
- Beautiful Screen
- Good Reception
- No problems whith battery life when using a power saver app.
- A Fenomenal Personal Assistant
- Can't find any
posted on 20 Jul 2012, 01:20 (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
Decent build quality with ok radios.
mdorno has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I only had the phone for just shy of two months before getting the SGSIII.
Overall it was a different experience coming from a Droid X2. The phone just worked. No reboots or any lag whatsoever. You touched the icon for something and it just did it. Right away even.
Phone got warm occasionally but nothing serious.
Cellular radio was ok but nothing to write home about. The 4G/CDMA radios are another thing all together. They were lackluster and you would have internet whenever the gods felt like it. Software updates can probably help with this further.
Now battery life was horrendous on this phone even with the "extended" battery. No where near an all day phone unless you charged it twice.Build quality 8/10Reception 7/10Call quality 7/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 8/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 4/10
- Have I mentioned the battery yet?
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posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:54 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
Way Overated and the reception is awful!!
davebuck has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have had several android phones. Like many others I could not wait for the Nexus Galaxy to be released. Well, it never lived up to the hype. The reception was awful. It dropped calls. When compared to the other members of my family who had a variety of phones, it always had less bars of reception. I replaced the phone twice and the Sim card twice. There was no improvement. I eventually changed the phone out for a Razr Maxx and love it. Did I forget the mention the battery was not very good either?Build quality 7/10Reception 4/10Call quality 5/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 8/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 6/10
- screen display
- call quality
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posted on 15 May 2012, 22:32 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 May 2012)
eugene7897 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Whoever the so called experts that gave this phone a 9.5 are should be replaced with someone else. Get real, this phone is wwwwwaaaaaaaayyyyyy overated. Wouldn't try to convince anyone to buy it. Go get a Droid, or an I phone.Build quality 8/10Reception 1/10Call quality 7/10Internet 2/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 2/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 1/10
- No Reception, Battery life is shit even with extended battery
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posted on 01 May 2012, 19:51 (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
iblackdroid has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I love the experience on this phone. The screen is beautiful to look out and 4G on Verizon is a dream. Android 4.0 is also very nice especially with the new on screen buttons. Some people don't like the feel and say it's "plasticy" but I personally like the feel and it adds to the nexus's durability.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
posted on 25 Aug 2012, 17:58 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
A worthwhile investment
RedblackG has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Within the first two weeks of having the phone I noticed a lot of bugs and glitches. I'm not sure if that was with the OS or the user, either way after a couple of weeks it seems to have smoothed itself out and it runs optimally now. Coming from a Blackberry I was used to phenomenal reception and this has been an adjustment but I've made do because of the other bonuses of having this phone. If I stay in major metropolitan areas I have no issue with reception, it's when I get farther out in the boonies that it starts to become an issue.
The screen quality surprised me. In direct comparison to the LG Spectrum, I don't think the Nexus has very true color to it. The resolution on the screen is better than other phones, though.
Battery life is what I was expecting but it is not so hot. The first day I got the phone it was charged overnight and within three hours of me picking it up I had to recharge the battery because it was down to about 8%. Mind you I was setting everything up, using the browser, downloading applications an all of these use quite a bit of battery but I was surprised that it was dead that fast.Build quality 9/10Reception 6/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 9/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 7/10Display 10/10Battery 6/10
- Browser speed (even on 3G)
- Display resolution
- Pre-loaded with only bare essentials
- Build quality
- No Micro HDMI port
- Battery Life
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posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:09 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
I love Android but...
issa8 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I really love Android, and I would still take this phone over an iPhone 4S anyday, but Google seriously needs to get it together! Why so cheap with the materials used? Can't they make it a little more appealing with the design?
This is my second Galaxy Nexus from Verizon and the call quality is still HORRIBLE! Everyone sounds like a robot! I thought Verizon was supposed to have the best quality service ever...? I had AT&T before, and I dropped calls constantly, but at least I could hear what the person on the other end was saying the majority of the time.. Now I don't drop many calls but everyone sounds like a staticy robot, and I live in the bay area of CA, the tech hub of the world.
Other than that, I love the UI, the camera is pretty good, the display is so gorgeous.Build quality 8/10Reception 6/10Call quality 2/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 4/10
- Gorgeous display
- Feels good in hand
- ICS is beautiful
- Snappy performance
- 4G LTE is blazing fast
- Cheap quality and lackluster design
- Horrendous battery life
- Horrible call quality
posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:16 (Posts: 0; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
brandom84 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Good phone, glad i bought it. only wish they had worked out all of the bugs before coming out with a ICS phone but i guess it's the price you pay to be first in line. overall i really like this celly.Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Great screen
- very responsive
- camera could be better
- reception issues due to software
- razr maxx set new battery standards
posted on 04 Apr 2012, 11:53 (Posts: 0; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Perfect Android Phone For People That Need More Than A Phone!
goehme has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I came from a Droid Charge, and I paid full retail for this one. Worth every penny! I was tempted to leave the phone stock because everything on it ran perfectly and didn't have apps that annoyed me. If you are an experienced techie type I highly recommend this phone. I currently have 19-25 hours on the extended battery while the phone is running up to 1.65 Ghz. Talk about a fast phone with tons of power at the user's finger tips.Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Fast Processor
- Verizon LTE 4G
- Battery Life (Relative to Phone's Power)
- Easy to modify (Root/Custom ICS for experienced users)
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posted on 01 Mar 2012, 22:01 (Posts: 0; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
kshortreed has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
first new phone in 4 years. had no idea it would be such a frustrating experience. Verizon says there is a software update on the way that will fix the call issues. I sure hope so, otherwise i'm done with this one.Build quality 7/10Reception 2/10Call quality 2/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 7/10Display 10/10Battery 4/10
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posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:42 (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
c.hack has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The phone looks much better on the web than in person.
The first impression I got is that it is cheap. It is made of flimsy plastic that is way too flexible. This thing will not last 2 years. Not even close.
The display is very high rez, but the colors are off. Kind of like using fluorescent tubes instead of incandescent lighting.
But, worst of all, the reception is so unreliable it is unusable as a phone.Build quality 3/10Reception 2/10Call quality 4/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 5/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 3/10Text input 7/10Display 5/10Battery 5/10
- Good battery life for an LTE phone
- Google phone, so at least it will get updates, unlike most droids
- Horrible reception
- Poor build quality
- Camera and display not as good as expected
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posted on 26 Feb 2012, 15:06 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)
Great, if it could receive calls
hitdog042 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This is my second Nexus, same issues as the first. I live in an area with a SOLID 3G and 4G signal. Never had an issue with any of my past phones, which have included about every android and iPhone Verizon has come out with. With the Nexus, I miss calls daily. People say my phone just keeps ringing on their line, vm never even picks up. This has happened on both, brand new units... both with different sim cards.
I tested this myself with my wifes phone. Called my phone 10 x in a row. It rang 6 times. 4 other times the ringer never went off. It's an issue with the Nexus.
Other than that, great phone all the way around. But if nobody can call you, you may as well go back to a flip phone.Build quality 10/10Reception 3/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 5/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 4/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- fast, slick, gorgeous screen
- good camera
- Battery better than the avg smart phone
- Reception still an issue for this phone
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posted on 13 Feb 2012, 23:16 (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)
Really like the size and feel of this phone...
cybervlad81 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I love this phone, It works very smoothly and the recent release of chrome beta has mad the browsing experience even better. Can't wait to see what comes next with ICS. I do miss the Sense UI from my HTC a little but stock UI is almost as good, I know some are stock all the way. Great thing is, when HTC starts pushing out some ICS device I know someone will make a rom for the GN with sense...Build quality 9/10Reception 7/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 7/10
- Many more
- reception could be better
posted on 11 Feb 2012, 00:08 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
aztaxia12295 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The time i have had it, it has been amazing, battery life is the only thing i hate. the camera is suspect as well as the build quality, definitely recommend it. if u like screens and big ones you should definitely get it.Build quality 6/10Reception 7/10Call quality 8/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 4/10
posted on 05 Feb 2012, 11:23 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
Cha7520 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
You have to understand I'm coming from Virgin Mobile which is a prepaid carrier using Sprints 3G Network and although my bill was around $50 I decided to bite the bullet and finally do the whole "Contract Thing". I got this phone a couple days ago and I'm blown away by it. I don't even know where to begin! I LOVE the 4.65" HD super Amoled Display, its very snappy, and of course its 4.0 Icecream.Build quality 8/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- 720HD Display
- Thin build
- Call Quality
- 4.0 OS
- Dual core Processor
- 1 Second shutter speed on Camera
- 1080p Video
- Phone Charges very fast
- Battery life
posted on 31 Jan 2012, 12:58 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Phone for those who want freedom
illbirz has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Greatest Android on the market as of right now, with the exception of maybe the Razor Maxx. The phone gives you the ability to use it and treat it like a personal computer. Dont recommend for it for people who are new to the world of smartphones, and highly recommend it to those who use to have Nokias or other Androids. You still get the option of tweaking and customizing, and still manage to be part of the enormous droid family.Build quality 9/10Reception 8/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Curved HD Screen
- Battery life (for a droid)
- Still photo taking
- Occasional Reception problem
posted on 31 Jan 2012, 12:33 (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
Galaxy Nexus Review
bgapfire has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Build: I read people complaining of Samsung's use of plastics in phones and wonder why it is a complaint. It is DURABLE! The phone feels solid and I have comfort knowing the phone won't shatter if it does take a spill. Flimsy battery door? Who cares? It is a battery door! You can't ding a phone for having a flimsy door. The phone is comfortable in a pocket or a case due to the lighter weight and solid feel.
Recpetion/ Call quality: I live in a strong LTE area and all of my business is done in strong LTE locations. I haven't had one issue with a 4g/3g handoff, call drops, or reception at this time. My callers have not commented on a robotic voice. They always comment of a crystal connection.
Internet: The browser is fast, fluid, and functional. Pages load fast, scrolling is 99% lag free. I enjoy having the desktop request readily available.
Multimedia: I primarily use the Google Music app and it works flawlessly. I love using Google's ecosystem.
Camera: It does what it needs to do. I don't have the complaints of others. Megapixels don't make a good picture people! 5 MPs are more than sufficient for a phone. The picture quality is more than acceptable for a phone. I can use it confidently for quick situations while out and about. I think people get caught up in too many marketing terms and ding a camera on a phone too harshly. This doesn't mean there aren't better camera phones available; it just means this is more than functional.
Display: Prior to purchasing this phone, I really...Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Speaker volume
posted on 21 Jan 2012, 23:38 (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)
Unstoppable! I love this phone!
dinodxynez has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
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.Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Screen, UI, Multimedia is unstoppable
- Google Apps on the device are amazing!
- Overall usage is flawless, hands down.
- Battery should have been larger.
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posted on 13 Jan 2012, 16:09 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Average Phone, nothing great besides ICS and big screen.
SoldierBoy222 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I have had this phone for 2 weeks and i like my phone. I upgarded from the droid eris by htc.
i added volume+ app in order to increase speaker volume beacause it is simply way too weak on its own.
The screen is big and its awesome to play games and use apps. unfornutely it draids the hell out of your battery, even with the exteneded battery. with the exteneded battery you get I got 6-8 hours of heavy usage. this is average for a standard battery but should not be the case with an extended battery.
the phones audio quality when making calls is just ok, not good for a new series of phone.
camera is ok but only for outside daytime use, ok for night with high contrast. other than that it is completely horrible.
Build quality 7/10Reception 8/10Call quality 8/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 6/10
- display size
- extended battery is compatible with most cases(otterbox defender)
- battery life
- speaker volume
- cheap build material
- call quiality is ok, nothing good
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posted on 05 Jan 2012, 14:07 (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
Skidro13 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
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.Build quality 9/10Reception 8/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Great Screen
- Awesome Keybord
- Battery life