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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...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:18 10

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; 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: 2855; 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: 833; 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: 641; 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: 2855; 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: 2875; 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: 103; 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: 13902; 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: 641; 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: 277; 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: 278; 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: 2855; 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: 1141; 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: 2875; 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: 25; 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: 620; 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: 2855; 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: 565; 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: 110; 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: 1927; 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: 1927; 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: 290; 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: 1141; 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: 2855; 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: 641; 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:12 2

30. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well, i was on board for the exynos :)

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:18 1

32. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)


that's my only disappointment too but hey ICS seems to run super smooth and that's all that matters at the end.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:33

35. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That was you?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:57

45. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes. i held on to hope with my last breath that samsung wouldnt break the tradition of showcasing the best of what the manufacturer offers with the nexus

nexus1- HTC brought us into 1ghz snapdragons and started the increase in screen sizes.
nexusS - samsung showcased super amoled + and the pure power of a hummingbird, which is the strongest single core, and as strong as a snapdragon dual core at the 1-1.2ghz range.

I was severely hoping that the prime would either include an exynos or especially the exynos 4212 which is even more powerful to showcase what is currently the most powerful chipset on the market by far.

but alas, samsung broke that tradition... at least it still has that swank screen and stuff :)

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:20

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


well ofcourse theres a reason why samsung didnt give the nexus its best shot.. they're saving it for their own..

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:44

53. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I thought the Nexus S had pretty dated hardware by the time it arrived. 4" Super AMOLED (PenTile) and 1 Ghz Hummingbird were introduced on the SGS a good 6 months earlier, and even Verizon had two versions by the time it showed up.

The hardware items showcased on the Nexus S were NFC, a curved screen and non-removable storage - all of debatable value. Otherwise it was all about the stock Gingerbread experience.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:48

40. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i know right. most people just want android phones to have super specs. but it aint the specs its how smoothly the phone operates and the functionality

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:33

24. SweetLou (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


haha he didn't even mention the iphone and you're going off on it....

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:51 5

8. kenshiro (Posts: 42; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


That's a rather hypocritical statement coming from an Apple fanboy.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:20 1

21. Mozarrt (Posts: 290; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Can't hear you over the sound of my Mango's

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:05

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I have said that Nexus Cant go above the android standard to avoid repeating the errors on the nexus one, Nexus is also a measure on how much others will increase their hardware by Jan as the average and as a consideration of what a low end phone is, from 2012 on single core = low end

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:34 2

36. robinrisk (unregistered)


I completely agree with you, the neXus line is about setting standards, not having the best phone out there. It is to set a line of hardware and design for manufacturers and control fragmentation, and then, the secondary reason of existence is to offer customers a stock android experience.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 20:11 1

76. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Why nexus exist.

1. To provide a rounded standard of high and low end android phones.

2. To provide devs with a tool to make new software for android

3. To increase what stock android can support without being altered

4. Customer appeal, just need to see the pure Google experience started being branded with the nexus S

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:30 2

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


this guy is obviously just trolling around..

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:19 2

3. terabyteRouser (Posts: 407; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The camera shots were kind of weak.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:35 1

5. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


this review is a bit unfair. The curved screen does make a difference to usability. And GSMarena said that the body doesn't feel cheap at all.And saying that the iphone's static app-launcher is better than this because its less complicated is utter bull-s**t.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 08:59 4

10. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Dude calm down bro...the reason you don't like this review May be because it isn't a review. Lol its a preview man.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:11

18. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I can tell you one advantage to a curved screen.

You can't drop it flat on its face and murder it. If anything, it will crack either end of the phone, and nothing in the middle. This is probably why they did it.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:29 1

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


Actually, dropped face down, it will take MORE of an impact than say a SGSII BECAUSE it only hits the ends...the less surface area at impact, the more impact absorbed at those points.

What does it matter if it doesn't crack the middle? It's ruined either way!

The SGSII flat on its face exposes more surface area to better absorb the impact.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:01

11. JayLeBlanc (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 May 2011)


Is it an OMAP4430 or 4460?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:03 1

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


4430 is on the razr

4460 on the Nexus

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:30

22. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Both are 4460

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:46 3

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


it says 4430 on the motodev web page

http://developer.motorola.com/products/droid-razr-xt912/

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:30

51. JayLeBlanc (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 May 2011)


I think it's more likely that both are 4430s....

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:42 1

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


does this really matter? i don't think we'll see a difference in real world experience..

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:01 2

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Guys this Is a preview... its a prototype. no conclusions to be drawn in here....

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:20

20. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


The camera samples you provided are much better than the ones we've seen before! I was doubting the camera when I saw those.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:43

25. sonisoe (Posts: 307; Member since: 06 May 2009)


am sick of android... the os may have more excellent features than ios or even wp7, though i dont what those additional features are... doesnt matter whether its dual-core let alone single-core, the os is just buggy - force-closes, freezes, stutters, worse - the keyboard, whether its stock or from the market, is far from the best. you would miss letters when typing a bit too fast, and appmarket's keyboards would stutter, lag, change from numbers to alphabets itself, etc etc. i've had 4 devices, enuff is enuff and battery sucks... i dont know how wp7 or iphone in terms of battery, but at least i heard wp7's pretty good.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:54 2

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


ICS is apparently supposed to fix all your issues mentioned...remains to be seen for sure. I can't speak for WP7, but I will say that iPhone 4 battery life is very good, especially compared to more current models with LTE (e.g., thunderbolt, bionic).

I'm very curious about the Nexus in the real world and how other Android/WP7 devices act in the near future. I have liked the iPhone 4 a lot for the past year, and I'm excited for what the iPhone "5" may bring. I'm up for upgrade in 7mos...the landscape can change a ton in that time.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 18:46

70. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


WP is fairly good to outstanding in those areas. I really recommend giving a shot if you are a little bored or had a bad experience with Android. But it is still a new OS, just over a year old and has it's disadvantages. It lacks in screen vibrance, memory options, form factors, and of course carrier support. I am a big WP fan, but just know it's limitations going in.

ICS should cure the "bored of Android" stuff. It really does look like it will have a fairly different feel about it from screen to screen. I am actually fairly excited to take this for a test run.

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