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imkyle posted on 25 Jan 2013, 20:58
imkyle has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I got this phone directly from the Playstore for $349. It was the first phone to get the 4.1.1 Jellybean update which is the main reason I got it. The device got 4.2 1 day after it was announced and remember this phone is over a year old. Sure the 5mp camera is good and not the best, but as long as the picture is clear I do not care is it is 5mp and not 8+. The screen colors are deep and rich and I love it. This will last me till the end of 2013. Great job Sammy and Google for getting together and creating this phone.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 9/10
lonestrider posted on 21 Jan 2013, 23:09
Amazing Android experience. Beautiful phone.
lonestrider has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Just have this phone for a few months. Have a problems with the build quality. Drops the phone once to the floor from a table, and now the speakers works very bad. Sometimes have a very bad noise. But sometimes it's good.
The speed is what I love. Software support from both developers all around the world and Android is amazing. Custom ROMs make this phone more beautiful and powerful.
The weakside of this phone is only the build quality and battery life.Build quality 6/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 8/10Battery 6/10
- Design is cool
- Nexus, of course, full software support.
- Custom ROM make this phone even more amazing.
- Camera only 5 MP
- non-expandable storage
- Not the best build quality Samsung (or Google) could make.
hassamrehmat posted on 19 Jan 2013, 12:07
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
hassamrehmat has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
When it comes to cellphones, no doubt Samsung is ahead of most of its rivals. However we could expect galaxy nexus to be a little bit better. The overall build quality is fine. Holding this mobile in your hand gives you a unique distinction as it is tagged by Google itself on the back side. The power buttons and volume rocker is easily accessible as these buttons are thick in size but some users might consider it a bit buggy or getting in the way while holding the cellphone. It however lacks physical button for home screen and neither it has any touch sensitive buttons. Having the home screen and back option inside the display helps the cellphone to have a compact display size without sacrificing the huge display for watching movies or playing games. The display itself isn't very crisp or bright. One of the first cellphone having 720p display, we expected it to have a wonderful screen but it disappointed us there. The camera is also a bit disappointing. With all the upcoming phones having an 8MP camera, it would have been better if the nexus was also equipped with an 8MP camera. Battery life isn’t too good but it gets you through the day. The internal speaker is pretty good and its in-call sound quality is very clear but the sound of the external speaker isn’t very loud. In fact, if you forgot your cellphone in your room, you wouldn’t be able to hear it ringing even if your sitting in the very next room. The flash light is also a very good addition which might be useful for taking...Build quality 8/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 7/10Display 7/10Battery 9/10
- Instant android updates
- Fast processor
MOH-INT-75 posted on 06 Jan 2013, 08:56
MOH-INT-75 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
the best phone that i ever had i got it 10 months ago and it still looks new the camera is not that good but its fine its so fast and smooth and with an hd display its one of the best phones out thereBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
kusalanupama posted on 15 Dec 2012, 07:51
kusalanupama has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
overall very good phone, has a very good feel to the hands because its very slim and light weight although its a big phone, and i really like the place where the lock button is placed. call quality is in good standard, no problem at all. but the reception is a bit lower than my iPhone 4s. though the camera is 5MP it produces good photos, but not very good once. Internet browsing is very smooth and fast, didn’t face any problems in that. One thing really makes this device an awesome one is the UI speed, I updated it into JB and it is buttery smooth, I didn’t face any lags, it’s really a pleasure to use. And the display is stunning. Only problem is the battery, making calls and texting from time to time is totally okay but when it comes to internet stuff the battery drains very quickly.Build quality 9/10Reception 7/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 7/10
- Build Quality
- User Interface
- No Expandable storage
YousefGH95 posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:06
YousefGH95 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It is agreat phone and it is still in the competition even after 1 year of its release date :D Has some disadvantages but it is still a great phone, and one of its most important advantages is that it gets the updates directly and quickly from Google ;)Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 7/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 7/10
- no physical buttons
COLAPSEDLUNGMAN posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:17
COLAPSEDLUNGMAN has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Love this phone. Was going to trade it in for the Nexus 4 but since that now won't be CDMA/LTE banded I have no reason to give it up. After using this phone I became a "Google Vegan" and will only every buy Nexus devices from here on out. You just can't go back.Build quality 9/10Reception 8/10Call quality 7/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Jelly Bean
- 5 MP
legendary110 posted on 29 Oct 2012, 02:07
Galaxy nexus is GREAT!!!
legendary110 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
i had this phone unlocked and its Really good with the display of super amoled. I run this device on jellybean and its soo good. If you are looking for a phone like the s3 but cheaper this is a GREAT phone you can get one unlocked for around $350 this phone is such a beast!!!! you dont know what your missing out on!!Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Super Amoled
- Fast at taking photos
- nice 4.65 inch display
- fast internet browing
- not strong battery
missouri_native posted on 30 Sep 2012, 01:09
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (CDMA/LTE)
missouri_native has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Probably the best Android phone prior to the SGSII line of early 2012, but simply the best pure Android experience to date. For those who like the integrated Google experience, no carrier skin, optionally-modifiable s/w (unlock/root) and choice of carriers (US), this one was a no-brainer. Quite satisfied overall, esp. with the continued (albeit delayed) Android 4.x releases.Build quality 9/10Reception 8/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 6/10
- LTE speed, screen, pure Google and seamless integration
- Battery and camera
Distal posted on 18 Sep 2012, 07:52
Distal has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Its a great phone, i believe that i will not change it in a very long time. best thing in it is the display and the large screen. Only disadvantage is the unchangeable memory and the camera. dont think there is alternative for it
Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
ZEUS.the.thunder.god posted on 25 Aug 2012, 11:45
ZEUS.the.thunder.god has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
hell yeah its magical runing AOKP jellybean 4.1.1. its fast like hell. very good build quality (better than glass & metal), amazing display, wonderful UI. Jellybean is the OS you `ve been waiting for. Its truly amazing.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
yajia1 posted on 23 Aug 2012, 21:16
yajia1 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Everything seems to work great. Love the vanilla launcher of google itself. Love it even more than ever now that it has Jelly Bean. The only problem is that the battery seems to drain fast and it has some application hiccups. Even navigating from home screen to home screen occasionally lags but overall experience is great. Must have if you're an Android fan.Build quality 7/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 8/10Battery 5/10
- Stock OS of android
- Battery is so~so
giuliozanetti posted on 05 Aug 2012, 15:19
que esperan para comprar esta maravilla de celular
giuliozanetti has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
muy bueno es el mejor telefono que he tenido , no me quejo en nada y el mejor android es este telefono con su jelly bean 4.1.1 , se los recomiendo a todos mis amigos, este es mejor que el galaxy s3 , de verdad tuve los dos y preferi quedarme con este nexus por su interfaz pura de google mejor que la interfaz del galaxy s3 con su feo touch wiz. sin mas que decir , comprenlo yaBuild 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
- todo es bueno
- nada es malo
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tuneslover posted on 01 Jul 2012, 23:09
tuneslover has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is the best Android phone ever made. All original Android experience. No bulkware or unnecessary visual effect. And Android's UI is kinda laddy usually but this ones not......totally loving it. Can't wait for Jelly Bean update.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 6/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
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toaster posted on 24 May 2012, 19:06
A good choice for the Android purists only.
toaster has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I had this phone for 5 months. I loved it, but it was a disappointment in some ways as well.
First off, let me go on record by saying that I love the concept of Android - the entire OS is within your hands to do with as you please. I don't like a company that doesn't know me and my needs personally deciding what I do and don't need in a phone.
That being said, my main gripe (and something that I failed to read up on) was the fact that since I got it from my carrier, my phone was designated yakjuux and not yakju. (Google "galaxy nexus yakju" if you want to see why that's significant.) In a nutshell, this means that updates came from Samsung, rather than Google. In turn, this meant that I was still on 4.0.1 until very recently, when I was updated to 4.0.3. By this time, 4.0.5 builds were circulating around, so I decided to just root. But isn't that the main selling point of a Nexus device - updates as they happen straight from Google, without having to wait for the OEMs to push it out when they felt like it? I felt a bit duped after learning this and it definitely soured my experience with the phone.
But, that has nothing to do with the actual experience while using the phone, as these updates had little effect on the actual usage of the phone. Overall, I would rate it an 8, for reasons I list below. I replaced it with a One XL and would recommend it over the Nexus.
One final note: Whoever does the QC for the GN needs to be fired. They are VERY hit and miss. Look out for yellow/purple...Build quality 7/10Reception 7/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 7/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 9/10Display 8/10Battery 6/10
- Stock ICS is a huge selling point
- Nice display with high contrast ratio and vibrant colours
- Good call quality
- Great internet experience
- Awesome for movies
- Speedy in menial tasks
- Good day-to-day phone
- Battery life is below par
- Struggles with heavy games
- Display has grainy whites/grays and is not quite bright enough
- Camera falls flat compared to other high-ends
- Random network disconnects (hardware issue)
- Build quality does not exude high end
- Awful speaker
- Non-yakju phones don't get timely updates
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Hildy posted on 21 May 2012, 21:50
Best on the Market
Hildy has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
It's not the biggest but it's big enough and any bigger would be approaching too big. It's not the fastest but it's fast enough that I don't notice any lag. It doesn't have the most memory but it's plenty for my usage. Having said what it iisn't let me say what it is.
It's pure. Pure Android. No Wiz or Sense or anything else that Google didn't bake into the OS. No bloatware that I didn't install. And, as a result, no delays in getting patches.
Two problems. First, the battery could/should be better. I wish the little chin it has at the bottom extended futher up allowing for a bigger battery. Second, Samsung USA still doesn't recognize the Google Galaxy Nexus at their support site. Hopefully, this will be corrected soon.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
rocke86 posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:45
Good phone with a great screen and UI
rocke86 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I got this phone shortly after Google started selling it for $400. I am glad to report that it is well worth the price. The greatest part of the phone is its hd screen, it is very bright and high resolution, webpages are readable in full desktop size without zooming in with both landscape and even if you look close portrait. The new ICS android UI is very thought out , well taking a while to get used to I see why they made the changes everything is much easier to use and smooth. The downsides are not really that bad it has a plastic feel, battery could be better, camera is good but not great, and has no microsd slot. One thing to point out is that some apps are not yet optimized for ICS and such a large screen but this will change in the future. I have a feeling this will be a very popular phone and have many updates and likely at least on major android update. There are better phones out there but for a unlocked phone $400 blows anything else out the window.
Edit: Just got Jelly Bean and am very impressed. Phone is a lot faster and camera app is a lot easier to use, I can access the last taken image instantly from the camera app. Google Now is a great addition, even in its infancy it really shows promise can't wait to see it improve over the years.Build quality 8/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 7/10
- 720p HD Screen
- Great web browsing experience
- Excellent UI, Lag free after Jelly Bean
- Sunlight viewable
- no microsd card slot
- Low battery with apps that have a lot of white backgrounds
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chandradithya posted on 08 May 2012, 08:59
chandradithya has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Thin and light, with a gorgeous screen. Ice Cream Sandwich delivers on the promise of a faster, prettier, more usable Android. Completely open for developers.
The sheer speed of the hardware and software, combined with the slickness and beauty of the new stock Android UI makes the device a joy to use.
Best Phone i ever had ! :)Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- 4.65 inch SAmoled HD screen
- NFC chip
- No Bloatware
- Contour Display
- Full GPU Acceleration
- Camera isn't as good as the competition
- Not pocket friendly for some
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davebuck posted on 23 Apr 2012, 21:05
Oh Yea it is a phone and the reception stinks
davebuck has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I was waiting 6 months for the Nexus Prime Galaxy Samsung Phone and got it day one it came out. Although I like the bells and whistles, it is after all a PHONE. And NOT A VERY GOOD ONE!! The reception is poor. I have traded in for 4 phones with 2 different sim cards. I tried 3G, 4G LTE. Today, I compared the phone reception to 10 other Verizon phones in my office and everyone had better reception. The final straw. When the person next to me had a 10 yr old motorola flip phone with 4 bars and I had a 3 month old Nexus Galaxy with 1 bar!!
Tomorrow I am getting a Razr MaxxBuild quality 9/10Reception 5/10Call quality 6/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 6/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 5/10
- great screen
- internet speed
- battery life
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alonadler posted on 12 Apr 2012, 15:07
best phone i have ever
alonadler has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
i realy love this phone!
I've had this phone for 2 months now and i think it's the best phone in stores now. I've seen the galaxy S2 but the nexus is far forward cause everything looks much better on the screen. The quality of the photos could be better but i dont care much. All big games from the market run perfect without any leak (i tried GTA 3 and Backstab).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
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kidtronic posted on 06 Apr 2012, 14:15
Galaxy Nexus Review
kidtronic has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The best android phone to date, and arguably the best phone on the market. While you may have a hard time finding reception in an area with a weak signal, it's pros far outweigh its cons. The screen is sharp and vivid. The camera is fast and capable. It executes tasks without a hint of lag or stuttering. And the phone is light and feels great in the hand.Build quality 8/10Reception 8/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Bright, vivid, and clear screen
- Polished and responsive UI
- Manageable size
- Fast Camera
- LTE is blazing fast
- Pictures could be sharper
- Build materials aren't necessarily premium
- Reception suffers in areas with weak signal
keesie12 posted on 23 Feb 2012, 07:29
keesie12 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I've had this phone for 2 months now and i think it's the best phone in stores now. I've seen the galaxy S2 but the nexus is far forward cause everything looks much better on the screen. The quality of the photos could be better but i dont care much. All big games from the market run perfect without any leak (i tried GTA 3 and Backstab).
Ps. sorry for my bad english.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Nearby sensor
- Fast internet
- HD screen
- Android 4.0
- Android Beam
- No lags (fast processor)
- Battery time
RandomlyPsychotic posted on 31 Jan 2012, 15:09
Galaxy Nexus Won Me Over my Galaxy SII.
RandomlyPsychotic has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I use to have a Samsung Galaxy SII (GSM Unlocked Version). And I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM Unlocked Version). Okay, I will admit, I am blown by the Galaxy Nexus, not only for it's specs but also how it compares to my Galaxy SII. I used both the GSII and GN on AT&T's network here in LA County. I live on the mountainside of LA County (next to Topanga Canyon on Mulholland Hwy) and here, there's not really all that "great service" you can say. And partially because it's in the mountains. I still get service however, when I got my Galaxy Nexus, my Nexus was getting better service than my Galaxy S II. One thing I did notice however is that my Galaxy SII would stay connected to AT&T's HSPA+ network while my Galaxy Nexus, if it only had like 1 bar of HSPA+ service, it would quickly drop down to EDGE. I was able to fix the problem by manually scanning for network and connecting to "AT&T US." When I did this, I always found better service here. Also another thing, camera. I loved the pictures I was able to take with my Galaxy SII. Don't get me wrong, I love how my Galaxy Nexus can take pictures instantly (comes handy in those "one in a lifetime" moments) but the quality of the photos does not compare. The photos seemed more pale than filled with color on my Galaxy Nexus. I mean, it's still usable but neither phone was going to replace my Canon 7D either way. I wasn't much fond with the construction with either phone. I feel like it's too "plasticy." I found the Galaxy Nexus...Build quality 7/10Reception 7/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 7/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- battery life
- display (curved screen)
- call quality
- everyday use
- most advanced android phone at the moment
- camera (i mean it's rather decent but for $700, there might be better choices)
- screen (i wish it had been smaller)
- build quality (plastic, although plastic has its benefits)
- no support for SD Cards (limited to built memory like iPhones)
- ICS Still not fully supported thru Android Market
- phone does not come in full white color
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nak1017 posted on 31 Jan 2012, 13:12
Very good Phone
nak1017 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I got the phone right before Thanksgiving (1st batch of expansys orders) to replace my ailing G2x and frankly, this phone is huge improvement. This phone is everything a phone is supposed to be; fast, stable, decent battery life, great connectivity, nice screen, smooth, etc etc etc. Plus, the aftermarket and forum support have been tremendous. It's actually easier to name the few minor flaws than it is to simply list everything they did right.
1) After trying out an Amaze 4G for awhile, the GNex's camera feels laggy and a little underwhelming. It's still not bad by any means, but it's not quite up to par with the rest of the 1st tier flagship crowd. That being said, it's still built for convenience more than performance like every other camera on every other phone. If you're using it to take wedding photos or capture action stills of an event, you need to get a real camera anyway.
2) This probably not an issue for anyone reading this a few weeks/months after this review was posted, but there are still some app incompatibilities in the market. The one that's been most frustrating to me is the lack of flashlight options. I know Tiny Flashlight works, but it's a little laggy and could use more options.
3) The very slight differences in CDMA version compared to the GSM version make buying cases more complicated; not impossible, just more complicated. If you're thinking about getting a GNex and want a case for it, verify it fits whichever model you're getting.
That's it. Other than...Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Solid Performer
- Polished Stock UI
- Bright, Detailed Screen
- Camera could be faster (still pretty fast)
- ICS incompatibilities with some Apps (probably fixed by the time you read this)
- Differences in GSM /CDMA models for cases
minhaj1006 posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:24
Almost galaxy s2....
minhaj1006 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
i downgraded my self from nexus to galaxy s2......... s2 is similar like galaxy nexus......only difference is stupid ics.....limited compatability with apps....viber didnt work properly on ics.....skype is too laggy.........
however..phone built quality is better ,,,but still its is plastic.....for God sake samsung improve you built quality....phone with 700+ US with plastic body....huhBuild quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- nice display
- battery timing
- limited compatibility with apps...
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