What our readers think of the Galaxy Nexus

What our readers think of the Galaxy Nexus
Since the very first substantial rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (or Nexus Prime, as it was known at that time), we've been consistently expressing our excitement for the handset. Of course, this excitement was shared by many of you, who just couldn't wait to finally get their hands on the next big thing from the Android camp. Eventually, we all got our product, and we here at PhoneArena made sure to carefully examine each and every little detail on the handset, in order to deliver a fair, informative and helpful review. The result was that at the end, we rated the Galaxy Nexus an outstanding 9.5 out of 10 - automatically positioning the phone up there with the very best.

But our review is only one side of the story. What follows right after we enter our last full stop is the endless avalanche of your experiences with the phone - amazing, productive, fun and, sometimes, disappointing. So, what if we take some of those experiences and place them front and center, so that all could see them? Wouldn't that be cool? Today we're doing just that. We have a good number of creative individuals who have decided to write their own reviews of the Galaxy Nexus, using our advanced User Review system, which lets you share your feelings about a certain handset and rate its different aspects.

We just couldn't help it, guys, we read through all of those user phone reviews, and are re-posting some the best ones right here. As expected, not all of you are sharing the same opinion about the phone. Some have even stated their disappointment with the handset, but of course, most of you have decided to praise it for its beautiful screen and polished software...

As we said, not everyone is content with the Nexus. For some users, it's a smartphone just like any other which has nothing that impressive to make it stand out...

Unfortunately, the Nexus' uninspired design and problematic connectivity that some have experienced have led to other, somewhat more negative reviews...

So, dear reader, what is your opinion of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Is it similar to what some of the other readers have expressed in their user reviews? Maybe you have a completely different story to tell us? Whatever it is, don't hesitate to share it by writing a user review yourself and let our audience discover it! All you have to do is go to your phone's specs, and click on the second tab, called "Reviews", as shown in the image.


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  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 1850 mAh(12.00h talk time)
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)



1. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

I own the device beside GS II, the nexus is not the fastest or smoothest phone but you gotta love the pure google/android experience , plus the gorgeous super AMOLED HD ! i don't use the GS II anymore ( just for tethering sometimes ) the only phone i would pick and use instead of the nexus will be the GS III.

2. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

GSII is better,I personally dont like screens that are above 4.3'' and there are more things that i dont like about it i dont own wone but a friend gave it to me for a day... i liked my SGSII and N8 better

12. victo410

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

I`m kind of agree with you about the GSII ,but when get ICS will be better, but for now and until Galaxy SIII come out . Galaxy nexus is the King

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Interesting user reviews, i wish PhoneArena could provide more post like this.

4. Jericho unregistered

Ips better than super amoled plus.

9. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Y2J is a legend.

10. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Can you explain why?

15. Venkat_5.uni

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

if u meant normal IPS its not......if u meant AHIPS(uses a similar 3-subpixel arrangement as in case of Super AMOLED Plus screen) ......if u don't consider for the viewing angles,reflections and using it in the sunlight better than super amoled (because of pentile matrix)....if u ask me then SAPLUS is better...

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

other than your love of an iPhone, the worse viewing angles in ips , its non true blacks, cold colors, and less battery efficiency....... how is ips better? ooooooh wait.

5. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

"mobileuser" has very bad spelling and grammar... distracts from the review.

6. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Best phone EVER!!!!

7. itzmando

Posts: 119; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So far mine's been great, I thought the 4G issue was a huge disappointment which I get 3 bars consistently when I attend college in San Diego. Compared to my 3G only coverage back in Ventura County which has not yet been deployed with 4G. 3G reception is horrible back home, sure the speaker quality was not the loudest but their is one app that fixes it(Volume+) which if I am locked into a 2yr. contract I best make the best of it. I did not want the Razr due to Moto's pentile qHD display looked worse than the GN. I wanted a large screen coming from a D2Global for txting keyboard purposes and tired of long software updates. So I am more or less think its a great phone, now I should have waited to see if SGlll get picked up by VZW so I couldve got that.

8. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Google is taking step in right direction by replacing 4460 with 4470 chipset...All they need to do is clock cpu@1.8 and gpu@500 + add a 3500mAh battery :)

45. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Heh, is that all? No problem!

11. RolandStone

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I loved my OG Droid. I like my Gnex but I have some disappointment: 1) Still running 4.0.2 - I thought updates would be more frequent. Today they announced 4.0.4 for Nexus S. Where are the GNex updates? 2) MUSIC PLAYBACK IS UNACCEPTABLE! Try Googling "Galaxy Nexus Music Glitches" and read all the bad news about this phone being unable to deal with high bit rate streams or lengthy podcasts when the screen is off. There are some marginally effective workarounds, but its simply unacceptable and unbelievable that my GNex should choke on streams that my OG Droid has no problem with! 3) Battery Life is "meh" at best. I sprung for the new Seidio behemoth battery. Now my GNex looks like the hunchback of Notre Dame, and now it finally gets me 12-24 reliable hours of use. 4) I still miss my physical keyboard. If only the Droid 4 had an unlockable bootloader and a changeable battery. 5) The camera is not great. But I was used to that with my OG. Overall I still like the phone. But I'm already getting phone envy over some other phones like the unlockable Rezound and Razr.

13. micahrahn

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

For the people adressing the "loss of reception" I can honestly say that my Galaxy Nexus does just as good as the Motorola phones that so many people are bragging about. I live outside of Savannah, GA and spend much of my time in the swamp and woods away from big cities and cell service. The Nexus picks up in the same places as the Motorola devices and the places that Motorola doesn't work the Samsung doesn't work. So I find it hard to believe that people are really complaining about this phone dropping calls and service, because I can truly test that theory and have to say that in my opinion they don't know what they are talking about.

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Inferior hardware, inferior OS, inferior design, poor data connection, cheap build quality, I would've given the phone a low score. And this is after I actually said I would get the Galaxy Nexus. Not anymore.

20. SleepingOz unregistered

You would have never choose a droid , whatever brand or model it is, unless if it was from apple. Why? 'coz you're an ibiased fanboy, so GFYM and get a real life instead of trolling here!

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Oh yeah I remember you said that..... NOT

16. bigsimpd

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

I had the Galaxy Nexus also and was not impressed I returned it also the call quality was poor the speaker was too low and the camera was terrib didn't like it at allit a


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Well, unlike Roland Stone above, I'm not suffering from phone envy because I went with the RAZR™ (after a few comparison tests of my own). The main reason I didn't choose the Galaxy Nexus was because I needed microSD functionality (I have a 32GB from my CRAPPPY DROID X which is already at "less than 1GB Available") because I knew the GN on-board memory wouldn't be enough. Also, wanted the ability to swap out memory cards. In all fairness, I went to the Samsung Experience Store here in Manhattan on December 4th to demo' the GN and concluded the following (bear in mind I had already demo'd the RAZR and done a few comparison tests with the RAZR, including against the iPhone 4S): • Not impressed with the GN design. • The difference in screen size was insignificant (for me). • The "alledged" resolution difference was indistinguishable unless you used a magnifying glass. • Not impressed with the main (rear) camera or the FFC (both cameras on the RAZR are really nice). • Wanted the Lapdock 100 for the RAZR (demo'd at Verizon a few times: way cool); it's a much cheaper alternative to tether your "Unlimited Data" without having to hack your phone (and, void the warranty). Did buy Lapdock :) • HDMI out (which I'm sure the GN has but, wasn't sure of whether or not HDMI out on the GN had any limitations); RAZR completely mirrors display in full landscape screen mode on TV, all apps work with HDMI out function (it's like having a humongous PC monitor). Glad I didn't go with the GN, I've read too many reports of glitches and bugs. No problems with the RAZR, not even the so called battery issues (I could have returned it wben the MAXX was announced and waited the week and a half but didn't really have a problem with the battery). Don't get me wrong, nothing against Samsung; I have the Galaxy Tab 7" (T-Mobile) which I've updated to GB (waiting on ICS ROM, if one is ever cooked) but, that also has a MicroSD slot and a SIM slot (for travel outside U.S.). Even better, Motorola has just announced a RAZR with an unlockable bootloader for developers to be released in Europe in the near future; that development should also make its way to the U.S. RAZR™ (although, as I've stated, don't feel the need to "skin and ROM" this phone).

19. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

If you had to use a magnifying glass to see the resolution difference between the RAZR and the GN you need to have your eyes checked.

24. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

had the nexus for a day and noticed the pentile...couldnt tell the difference between my sgs2 and the nexus res, nevermind the razr.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Don't be so bitter; I didn't hold a gun to your head and forced you to buy that Galaxy Necrosis.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011



Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Don't be so bitter; I didn't hold a gun to your head and forced you to buy that Galaxy Necrosis.

18. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011


22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I couldn't be more happy with my Gnex. It's the best phone I have ever owned. I have it rooted & I am running Codename Android 1.2.0 ROM, with the Cobalt Theme & I am running Franco's nightly Kernel 15 @ 1.35GHz. on interactive governor. With all that my phone is a completely different beast. It's VERY smooth, there is so much butter that you can get a heart attack. It's so blazingly fast that it is such a pleasure to use. Also with Franco's Kernel set to interactive with the hotplug feature ON from his app I get about 20 to 22 hours of moderate use. (Mostly 30 to 40 work emails, 60 to 70 texts, about 45 min of calls, about 45 min of web, all adding to about 2 hours of actual screen ON time at 40% brightness setting.) With heavy usage I get about 15 to 16 hours of life. (Heavy to me is watching 3 full episodes of Game of Thrones with the HBO GO app on 4G LTE, playing about 45 min of 9mm & another 45 min of MC3, filming my 1 & 3 year olds playing at the park, sending 60 to 70 texts, 30 to 40 emails, 45 min of calls, & 45 min of web, all adding to about 4 to 5 hours of actual screen ON time at 40% brightness setting.) With Franco's Kernel you can have it set so the phone can go into a deep sleep mode when the screen is off & shut down one of the cores while the other core is running at about 300 to 450MHz to do any other tasks in the background. When I go to sleep for the night my Gnex is at 100% but when I wake up after 7 to 8 hours of sleep my phone is at 95% or 94 % which is phenomenal & that is with 4G LTE on 24/7. My Galaxy Nexus is such a perfect phone, the way I have it set up that I would never ever trade it for anything, unless that anything happens to be a quad-core Nexus, you know the one that will be coming out in December of 2012. My Gnex is so customizable that I will never buy a skinned Android phone again. Sorry Samsung TouchWiz, HTC Sense, & everything else. Pure Google ICS is the ONLY WAY TO GO! If you can follow directions, if you can follow a cook book to cook, & if you have some very basic common sense then I really suggest you root your phone & get the most out of it. All phones have so much potential that you will never truly understand how bad a$s a Razr, Galaxy S II, Evo 3D, Rezound, & all other high end Android phones really are! Plus there is always ways to get the phone back to 100% stock if you don’t want root access anymore so basically there really is no con to rooting at all.

34. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

i'm gonna just leaving all my comments to you because after i read your post there's nothing else i can add....all i can do is "like it" and move on lol

54. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey thanks, it's just my humble personal experience. There is a stigma out there that rooting is bad or too hard. There are so many tutorials/video's out there that anyone can become very versed in the root scene. I like to promote it as much as possible because a stock Android phone is like maybe 60 to 70% of what it truly is. The only way to see your phone at 100% is to root. Everyone I have shown my GNex are so impressed on how fast, smooth & great battery it has.

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