Samsung GALAXY Nexus User Reviews
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askarak has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Used it for about 5 months. It has great screen (AMOLED, good PPI, slightly curved). Battery life is so terrible it really affects your experience - had to charge it about 1.5-2 times every day.
Make sure to update to Jelly Bean to get Project Butter - it really speeds up the UI. The review is kind of late, but whatever =P
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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...
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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.
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.
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...
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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...
The best nexus device yet
davidvvassallo has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have had the galaxy nexus for 4 months now its one of the best smartphones on the market. Its performance is great but it has a pretty outdated gpu its not really great for games if your buying this phone and you want to be able to keep on playing the latest games for at least 2 years then I wouldn't recommend this phone, I would go for the galaxy sii or the Sony xperia s.Overall the phone is amazing, it would have probably been the best phone at the moment if it wasn't for the gpu.
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Galaxy Nexus review
Birds has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
It is a simply the best phone to purchase at the moment. It has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich and is the most up to date android phone at the time. It has some quirks but they are easily overlooked once you see how much of a beast this phone truly is.
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starchild has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
worst phone I ever had within the first two months of owning the phone would get extremely hot while trying to talk on it enough you would have to remove it from your ear that is if it didn't shut off on you right away and restart on you and then take forever to restart and not even get all the way on and restart again 3 or four times in a row and if it did stay on try to open an app without It taking almost 30 seconds to open then shut off and restart before you could use the app put this way I had the worst experience for my first smart phone with this phone the list of problems I had are endless it wasn't just mine my daughter had same phone same phone same problems for almost a full year turned them in on warranty got something better worst phone iver in my opinion
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galaxy nexus love
alekos21 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
best phone ever had best display best perfomance fast ui good call quality stock android with no garbage to slow down the system battery is a problem everyday charging camera is good but it could be better
Superb Phone and excellent phone !
taha1994 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
i have had this phone for not more than a month now , the phone that i have bought is original made in korea and not in china and since considering samsung is from korea ... i think it is a very good phone .... everything is excellent and in order except for the battery which lasts for a day at the most .... other than that superb phone
nexus on fire
ashishbhagta has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
it is a good phone its camera is 5 mp but it click images as 8 mp means it lacks somewhat but not that much as we think Really Nice Phone .... nice diaplay ... good performance ..... Happy to have it. value for money
Yahia.1999 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This phone is really good ,, i had it for 5 months ,, and its still in an excellent condition .. Android is the best ,, it's fast and its screen is very good ,, 720p 4.7 inch screen ..fantastic phone,, the only bad thing is the battery ..
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...
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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 there
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 ;)
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!!
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.
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