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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Preview

0. phoneArena 25 Oct 2011, 07:59 posted on

What does the Galaxy Nexus bring to the table in order to excite cell phone fanatics? The answer seems pretty obvious – it brings the latest iteration of the Android operating system – Ice Cream Sandwich. It is an ambitious project, aiming to completely redesign the Android platform in and out. We now have a prototype unit of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, so let's explore this amazing package and see where its ups and downs might be hiding...

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posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:18 10

1. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


android owners dont need a flashy phone device. thats what an iphone is for. Id rather have it be all steak in the inside, instead of all sizzle on the outside. :)

those camera shots are pretty decent. no over saturation or anything like that. you should put them up against some cloudy day shots vs the SGS2 and i4s to give a comparison. I know its a non final unit your using, but its probably not going to change that much in the final.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:43 5

6. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I don't know what PhoneArena was expecting in terms of materials and build quality. It's no better or worse than the SGS2 from what I can see/read. And at least they gave it a non-slip back cover. Based on the Nexus S and SGS2, is anyone surprised that Samsung's next Nexus is also plasticky?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:54 1

9. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i dont think theyre conveying shock as much as continued disappointment. i guess there may have been some speculation a bit back that samsung would step up their materials for this very hyped device.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:05 1

14. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


We were just hoping for a premium feel phone since that seems to be a big up for the iPhone and it would've made sense for Samsung to at least throw a premium feel back to it. At least kevlar or something. At least make the phone white if it's going to be plastic. I want my meat AND potatoes @remixfa :D

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:10 1

17. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Kevlar? why not get the RAZR? I cant recall Samsung for using anything other than cheap plastics on their top of the line devices.. so if you are looking for a premium feel, forget about Samsung.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:11 4

19. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


If Samsung had put "premium" materials on a phone this size and with this much stuffed into it, the phone would be excessively heavy. This is Samsung's MO - great hardware in a lightweight, plain body. Samsung isn't going to turn into HTC when people are still buying their phones by the millions as is.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 15:42 5

63. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yes, looking at the millions of sales the SGS2 has, I'm pretty sure there are millions of people who are just fine with the plastic design. Myself included, I actually perfer it. I always have a cover for the device, the thinner and lighter the device is with the cover, the better.

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 09:43

82. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


The point is that on a premium device, one should expect premium materials. I don't care to have my phone feel like it was made by Fisher Price. Not knocking anyone else's choice, just saying that Sammy can and should do better. Galaxy S II is a nice device, but it just feels cheap. They don't need to build an HTC like brick, but just step it up to "classy."

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:11 4

29. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. both is great, but if you had to choose sizzle or steak, i dont know about you, but i prefer an actual steak to the sound of one.. lol

I really liked those prerelease fan renders they did of the nexus prime.. that metallic nexus1 throwback was nice.

I know im in the minority, but i prefer samsungs use of light weight yet durable plastics and gorilla glass over heavier and more easily broken or dinged up glass and aluminum like HTC and Apple uses. Give me premium "dropped phone" quality, over percieved quality by material use.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:43 1

38. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


well i guess it doesnt matter whether these phones are made with wood, aluminum, glass, kevlar or plastic, they arent made or designed to survive inevitable 4 or 5 foot drops..

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:41 4

42. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Have you seen the Galaxy S2 dropped flat on it's face at about 5.5 feet or so? It survived.... Gorilla Glass is the s**t.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:50 1

43. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


well, i don't think thats enough though, and theres still a lot of aspects to consider when it comes to drops.. it still depends on the surface where it will be dropped, how it will land the surface and some other things.. i have dropped my inspire 4g several times and had it roll over my stairs and its still alive.. but im not assuming it will still be alive next time..

and i agree that gorilla glass is tough but its not only the screen that can be wrecked..

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 00:03

80. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Step up to what? Glass on the back? This is iPhone "quality" glass for ya!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIKsztSG63M

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:22 2

33. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


Yea im shocked that everyone else is shocked about this...im getting this phone and getting an otterbox case with it (hopefully they make it) so i can care less about the build quality only....its whats on the inside that matters

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:32 1

34. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And ironically the iPhone 4/4S with its vaunted premium glass exterior is rarely seen without a case. Why bother making it pretty when everyone covers it up?

Meanwhile I can rock my Nexus with nothing but a screen protector and enjoy its thin profile.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:41

37. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


samsungs plastic may not feel that great but they usually are more durable then aluminum which dents or glass which shatters into pieces (still dont get why you would layer the front AND back pf a phone with glass) apple is so dumb.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:24 3

49. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I may be in the minority, but around the house I use my iPhone 4 out of the case. It's weird, but I still appreciate the design even after 13mos.

Then again, I like to sniff glue, love the smell of magazine print fresh out the plastic bag, and I was dropped on my head as a baby.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 15:43 2

64. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea one drop is all it pretty much takes from an iphone to shatter it. "oh man look how pretty my shattered iphone is! yep sooo much better than having a plastic phone that doesnt even have a scratch on it" lol

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 14:01

57. yungmel0 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 Jun 2011)


That's the beautiful thing about otterbox it fully protects your phone. But if you have a chance look up ballistic cases they look good and offers the same protection.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:47 1

39. McLTE (Posts: 874; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


How the F is this phone uninspiring and why is plastic so bad? If it feels good.. the weight savings is beneficial as long as the durability doesn't suffer.

I love reading how this phone is uninspiring designwise.. yet the Nokia N9 is freaking amazing??? WTF PA.

I don't know.. I find this phone FAR more sexy than the N9, regardless of the materials.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 14:55 1

60. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The N9 looks like my '08 iPod nano. Sure, it's more distinctive than the Nexus, but that doesn't make it original or practical.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:12 2

47. ph00ny (Posts: 1263; Member since: 26 May 2011)


As long as they use metal skeletal structure just like SGS2, i don't see a huge problem with plastic shells. Perceived quality can only go so far

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 15:34 1

62. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


You can just buy a metal cover if your worried about build quality

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 19:00 1

73. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


This is the next step for android and is great leap in os standards. This phone is indeed itself and flashy phone and prob the most high tech there is to buy today.

The only reason it won't seem as flashy to the general public is that there won't be dozens of cring worthy "wow this is cool" "ooooh you love this" "this changes everything again" ads the likes apple uses to try make their devices appeal to their prime buyers which indeed as phonearena have said in an article here is teenage age group,the young who simply buy iphones to look cool,trendy,flash and in the most basic needs seem to 'fit in with their friends'.

Most know nothing of the phone just its cool,most would call a sony mp3 walkman an ipod and wouldn't know the difference. Unfortunately for all others Apple is very astute at taking maximum advantage of these vulnerabilities in their market age group and with patent absurdness will try to ensure onl;y their way will survive in the market

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 19:02

74. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


This is the next step for android and is great leap in os standards. This phone is indeed itself and flashy phone and prob the most high tech there is to buy today.

The only reason it won't seem as flashy to the general public is that there won't be dozens of cring worthy "wow this is cool" "ooooh you love this" "this changes everything again" ads the likes apple uses to try make their devices appeal to their prime buyers which indeed as phonearena have said in an article here is teenage age group,the young who simply buy iphones to look cool,trendy,flash and in the most basic needs seem to 'fit in with their friends'.

Most know nothing of the phone just its cool,most would call a sony mp3 walkman an ipod and wouldn't know the difference. Unfortunately for all others Apple is very astute at taking maximum advantage of these vulnerabilities in their market age group and with patent absurdness will try to ensure onl;y their way will survive in the market

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 05:18

86. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Flashy device? If nexus prime, galaxy nexus or whatever would be made of paper or tic tac plastic box would you say the same?
Interior must be as good as exterior. Otherwise it's nothing special.
We all know that sammy has never built nothing "wow" (except wave), so it's nothing new that nexus doesn't look to good...."premish" as it should be.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:18 2

2. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Lots of hype building around a phone with pretty boring specs.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:34 7

4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


how is it "boring"? it the first phone with ics the first phone with a 720p screen. it may not be the first 1.2ghz ti omap 4460 but when it gets overclocked itll be a lightning fast phone. just because it only has 5 megapixels doesnt mean its not a good cam for a high end android it also has to do with aperture and other camera technology. why was the iphone so hyped if it had barely any upgrades whatsoever? you know what ios gave you? a voice recognition system big f'n whoop. and you stole androids notification system and wp7 social integration idea.and apple sues samsung over a design and os simmilarity. screw you

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:47 3

7. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


People must've expected something mind-blowingly new, like a 1.5 Ghz Exynos, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB storage and a 12 MP camera. None of which was seriously rumored for this phone. Galaxy Nexus about the ICS experience and the HD screen, not the specs. I'm not making apologies for the phone, people just didn't have realistic expectations.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:09

16. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


They didn't need to, there is NO reason for any current ICS phone to be running faster than what the Galaxy Nexus is pushing out. The hardware is finally optimized and there are no games/programs or anything else out there that needs a processor/RAM/GPU combo faster than what is given here. Don't forget we ARE trying to deal with power consumption (battery life).

Now what would be badass is it we could buy mini sticks of RAM for the phone, along with overclocking the CPU/GPU, which we already can on the CPU.

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