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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Preview

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

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, 18:51 1

71. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah i think Ice Cream Sandwich and the fact that it should be coming to my Droid 3 quickly will keep me on board with Android a while longer but i'll still be weighing out WP. it might be WP8 or 8.5 before i decide if there's enough to jump ship for.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 19:13 1

75. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Actually, I agree with you for the basic Android user. WP8 will be much closer to functions and Nokia's and more form factors will be onboard.

If we head over to Verizon, where I am not impressed with Trophy, my top choice will be the Droid 3. Love it's performance, found it to be really enjoyable. Can get it pretty cheap right now, as well. As LTE ain't coming to my burb anytime soon, it is a non-factor and I love the fact there should be an ICE update to it.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 20:36

79. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, the things that kept me away from the Trophy was it's petite size and lack of front facing camera. when i was upgrading from the Droid 2 the dual-core wasn't a big deal but it was still something i wanted. i love my Droid 3. perfect phone for the texting power user.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:01

28. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)

So sad it's a boring design. No, in fact the design is not boring, it's even quite good. I could even cope with a plastic if it was a really high-quality one. But, for god's sake, why this boring grey ?!?

Why not a pure matte black ? The cruve of the phone, with a matte black, would probably have been really nice (and even better with a metal case).

Grey is always cheap or at least neutral, unless it is really metal or special material, as in the Razr.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:47

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

have you seen and felt the plastic that Sony used for the Tablet S? I think it feels 'premium' and durable.. i hope samsung used the same type..

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:15 1

31. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

considering the galaxy nexus has a 4.65'' screen the actual phone is not big at all.if compare it to the RAZR which has a 4.3'' screen but they are all most the same dimensions apart from the thinness, the bezels on the RAZR are just too big for a 4.3'' phone.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:05

41. Dwoogs (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

So is there going to be a 16g and 32g version of this phone? I was really leaning toward the RAZR now I just don't know. Also does anyone know when HTC is going to officially announce the Rezound?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 15:24

61. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

November 3 for the Rezound it seems.


As for the Nexus, I expect only the 32 GB on Verizon, 16 or 32 GB overseas.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:52 3

44. jove39 (Posts: 1965; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

"unfortunately, plastic and uninspired body."

Well me (and many other I know) are perfectly fine with plastic body...can trade looks for durability...They are using it for good reason its not unfortunate but a deliberate decision...I've dropped my Vibrant several times...and nothing happens to it...and dropped my iPhone just once...and its rear shattered...now its on shelve...staring me while i use my Android ;)

I like everything about Galaxy Nexus...and will like even more when after market higher capacity batteries will be available :)

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:00 4

46. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

The biggest problem is that people have incorrect notions about the word plastic. Plastic is a generic term that includes things that are very weak to things that are stronger than the toughest steel alloys. While it might not feel like much, the polymer that Samsung uses is much more durable than many other phones. Similarly, the megapixel rating of the camera means diddly s**t, so stop mentioning it. There are many 5MP cameras that blow away ones that are 12MP. I wish they would mention the sensor and lens used instead of megapixels, because the latter is totally useless for most people.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 14:19

59. burtonsnow8 (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)

Very true, "plastic" is now being used to build engine parts, from manifolds to blocks. I'm pretty sure an engine takes a slightly heavier beating than most of your phones.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 15:54

66. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

and also gets hotter. plastic melts friend. if the Internal Combustion Engine was held together by just plastic it'd be a mess. i don't mind having plastic parts on my phone in fact the plastic battery cover on my Droid 3 helps it to be so thin however i don't want the whole case to be plastic, there's more risk of melting, scratching, warping & stress marks.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 01:41

85. burtonsnow8 (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)

You don't know much what you're talking about. It is a composite material, made from fiberglass and nylon. Most modern day injection cars have composite intake manifolds, go check it out. It is extremely tough, stays much cooler, and can handle extremely high temperatures.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 14:08

89. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

oh, i didn't know Samsungs frames were made of fiberglass and nylon. xD
i didn't have to know about that to make my point. Samsung phones are capable of melting.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 05:27

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

5 mpx blown away 12 mpx? Yeah..I'd like to see those phones. Can you name them please.
Yes, it's not all about mpx. But when it comes to weak camera units in your beloved new androphones...well, it's enough, i don't need more. 12 mpx? Phweee...what for? And so son and so on.
Yes, Nexus was never intended to be a flagship, super duper ultimate phone. It's for developers, geeks and those who want to have ultimate fresh and new unit with new software...even if this software will be available for other phones in a matter of weeks.
I would never buy nexus because it has literally nothing what I would like to have...I'd prefer RAZR...or N9, Lumia or even new HTC.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 12:50 2

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

if only the Droid Razr came out as the Nexus...

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 13:53

56. jove39 (Posts: 1965; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Well...I see Motorola a significant contender to build next Nexus phone...all they need is HD display that can compete with SA Plus or Retina.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 14:18

58. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

For the last year, they've been getting their displays from Nouvoyance (licensed by Samsung) or Samsung directly. Seems all roads lead back to Samsung, whether it's the iPhone or a Motorola screen.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 15:46

65. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Face it, people can rag on Samsung for their "plastic" builds all they want. But the bottom line is Samsung makes the best and fastest processors, the best and durable displays, and overall the best cell phones we have ever seen.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 16:14

67. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

no one is arguing with you about Samsung's AMOLED panels or their processors but as long as the build quality leaves much to be desired Samsung's phones aren't the best yet.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 18:57 3

72. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Not to mention there is just something reassuring about a little weight to a phone. I think what you mention Rory - the display quality, the processors and smooth operations they provide- is what makes Samsung the top dawg in the Mobile Pound right now, mostly in spite of the build. It is not a cheap phone, it is durable and well designed. It just feels like a lesser device compared to Motorola's and HTC's. Than, you see it's screen side by side and compare performance and that sells it. Of course, I am going by my preference and those I know. Just seems like that is what most of those in my circle say.

"I love it, but it just feels flimsy." is what my buddies brother said about his GS1.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 20:20

77. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

that really spells it. good comment. (:

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 16:16

68. Dujai R. (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)

we'll see how this compares to the iPhone 4S
once it releases.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 16:55 1

69. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Just by looking at how thin the other 3 phones are is just AMAZING.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 19:00 3

78. rsxtypeS (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

this phone makes the iPhone look like s**t!!!!!!!!! lol hahaha (true iPhone killer)

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 00:08 2

81. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Ray S has always been an iPhanboy. I can't believe IPA let this turd write this article.

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 13:38

83. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

As stoked as I am for icecreamsamminch....
The photos don't look very crispy. Strange as may be, that simply won't work for me. The videos seem poor of quality and jumpy... but I did like the dinosaur... And the Matrix contacts list.

So.. I think I would like to have my icecream... on a different device. I'm assuming this device will be 300 bucks. Which, for a cheap feel and lacking visual captures, I think I'll pass...

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 16:37

84. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, the only thing that really appeals to me about this device is it's "designed" for Android 4.0 with it's virtual function keys. earlier in the year i would've said they were really unnecessary however after seeing how different Ice Cream Sandwich is in navigating with it's new function key layout i think they would be nice to have.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 12:55 1

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

Soooo overhyped phone. Just like4S.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:24 1

90. thegodofphones (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

Everything is perfect, but im so dissapointed with the camera. these days your main camera is your phone camera and 5 MP is just not impressive. HTC Rezound looks much more appetizing.

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