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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, 10:12 2

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


well, i was on board for the exynos :)

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:18 1

32. taz89 (Posts: 2014; 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: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That was you?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:57

45. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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: 4332; 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: 1143; 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: 301; 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: 5396; 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: 5396; 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: 457; 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: 1436; 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: 677; 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: 5396; 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: 5396; 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: 5396; 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: 467; 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: 417; 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: 3601; 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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