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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

0. phoneArena posted on 28 Nov 2011, 09:57

Here it is, guys, the next big thing in the world of Android smartphones. Let us introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – the third Google phone, which comes to succeed the Nexus S by Samsung and Nexus One by HTC. Тhe Nexus line-up represents probably ...

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posted on 28 Nov 2011, 11:12

38. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

Best Review ever

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 13:25 1

86. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

I must ask, how many "itrolls" have u encountered in this in this article? Or on this website period. I visit this site multiple times a day and only have seen about 3 in comparison to the numerous amounts of Android fans here. Every tech website I go to always complains about the supposed loads of iPhone fans when in all actuality, the iPhone fans usually don't visit tech websites. The majority of the fans are Android fans, often times attacking the iPhone or speaking of it in a negative fashion. As a matter of fact, the first comment in this article speaks of this phone supposedly killing the iPhone.. So if anything, the relatively few iPhone fans should be complaining of the Android ones. By no means am I an iPhone fan; I prefer Windows in almost all manners. However, I do respect what it has done and it is indeed a benchmark or standard for phones of this day.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 13:35 3

89. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

there are actually quite a few people that are universally called "itrolls" on the site. there are 3-4 that post all the time (taco, gallito, miz and gemini though he posts less).. which are generally those 3-4 auto thumbs down i get on most posts. There are quite a bit of apple fans on the site, dont let their quietness in an android review article fool you. Most are not trolls however and some are quite intelligent like vette and a few others. Every side has its "trolls" though, so its not just an iphone thing.. they just happen to have the worst of the worst on the site.
Stick around, you will see. It's kind of entertaining. Especially since those mentioned seem to make it a personal vendetta of sorts with me for some odd reason, even though i compliment and question everything of note from every camp.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 20:35

121. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Thanks for respectfully disagreeing with me yet not flaming me. While I disagree with your point as well, I don't intend to flame. However, I've been frequently visiting Phonearena for the past year and I always look forward to their reviews. They're my favorite. Yet, as many times as I frequently visit many tech websites, the iPhone fans are quite minute and quiet in comparison to Android fans. I even see more Windows fans on these sites. Yet, I suppose we shall respectfully agree to disagree. Thanks.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 21:19 1

122. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

oh, no reason to flame. you asked an honest question and got an honest answer. just regular conversation. it does happen every now and then. :)

there is no doubt that there is more actively participating android people on the site right now. but like i said, many of the iOS people stop commenting because of the hostilities that were brought on by the constant flame wars. They are still here, they are just a lil more quiet. When the itrolls stay away for a while, they come back n talk.
Also, you have to look at the world. 50% of the smartphone market is android now, compared to 20% or so for iOS. It would make sense that there were twice as many android people, would it not?

Dont worry, you are not alone on the site for liking iOS. your just a vocal part of the "silent majority" of iOS viewers that dont act like complete itrolls.
Every time they have a poll and thousands of people click on whatever the "iOS" choice is, its a nice reminder that there are still many iOS people out there. If we could calm down some of the noise created by the itrolls, i bet we could hear them a lot better. And no, its not just the itrolls, it is on both sides, but the majority comes from them at this point. And thats sad considering, like you said, there are more android people posting than iOS.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 11:28 4

45. rawdeal (Posts: 21; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

finally read a good review by phonearena for non IOS phones....appreciate this Ray .S

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 11:49 2

58. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

Sure, it's nice to have sample demo of the device's video recording, but where is the full video review of the device itself? The unboxing video?

Come on, PA! Even PhoneDog has an unboxing video up already, not to mention Engadget, The Verge, TechnoBuffalo.....

Come on, PA!

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 11:59

59. rogerioac (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

Is the proxy authentication problem solved in ICS?

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:05 1

60. Lar1ssa (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

There is still one HUGE advantage that the IPhone 4s has over this one and many of the other advanced recent android phones. THIS THING IS HUGE!! This phone is over 5 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide!! The Iphone is outdated and frustrating because its expensive and restrictive. However, there is no other phone this thin and small that can pack such huge power. Other smaller android phones are frustratingly slow entry level smart phones. I have the droid 3 and this thing is almost too big for me. So awkward to hold. One reason why MOST electronic devices such as digital cameras and used to be phones got smaller is for ease of carrying them. I am a girl, how am I supposed to slip this giant thing in my back pocket? . My hand becomes tired after holding it a while and I can not use it well with one hand. How could I discreetly pull out this huge 5.3 inch phone and send text /turn the volume down during work/work meetings??

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:15 1

62. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Unfortunately for those with smaller hands, there aren't many options in the Android high end. Your best bet would be something like the HTC Rhyme or EVO Design that have a decent amount of memory and run Gingerbread/Sense 3.x, and will eventually get ICS, but those are single-core, mid-range phones.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:20 1

65. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

with exception to the LG thunder, all the top android phones are 4+ inches and top of the line. Thats where the bulk of the users want to be. With thinning bezels and getting away from buttons though, the over all size of the phones are starting to shrink down.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:39

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

Agree with you remixfa.....except for "getting away from buttons though, the over all size of the phones are starting to shrink down"

Not sure how the absence of buttons shrinks the device. All it does is shrink the usable screen space. I bet it's pretty sweet viewing videos on the 4.65" screen, but most other tasks need those buttons visible to allow getting back to home in a single tap. And those visible buttons at the bottom take up just as much room as the permanent capacitive buttons did.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:46 1

78. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

because with buttons you have the screen, screen bezel, and buttons taking up space. taking out the buttons takes away last bit of space.. then its just the screen n buttons.

Its not as obvious on the nexus, but samsung has promised that the next generation of SA+ screens are going to be nearly bezel free because they have improved it so much. If that materializes then we could possibly see the end to the big chin and forehead that most phones have.

If phones didnt have buttons and could lose that chin and forhead a bit, you could see an over all reduction in size of the phone while the screens stay the same or even get a little bigger. The iphone could be over 4 inches in screen if it got rid of its chin. A 5 inch screened phone would be no bigger than the 4-4.3 inch screened phone we have now.

So if you look into "the future", button free is the way to be. (though it i still think it could be a drawback for some as I'm prone to hitting the wrong thing on screen.. lol)

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:55

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

Your last point makes me wonder if "bezell-less" is the way to be. I know many Android users that say they constantly hit their capacitive buttons by accident. I actually prefer the tactile buttons on the DROID Charge vs all capacitive buttons. For the main functions it's nice to not have to look at the button to verify you hit it (home, menu, back).

No bezel seems better for overall size, but may introduce other human factor issues (accidental presses).

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 13:03 3

84. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

im back and forth on that as well. like i said, im a bit clumsy.. lol I guess like with anything it will take some getting used to. I used to think I'd never get away from a keyboard and thanks to swype ive been happy without one (for the most part). But that's the future we are moving towards, so time to start getting used to it. :)

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 13:17 3

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

remixfa, agreed with your keyboard comment, but the difference is that the keyboards have pretty good error correction, and if that fails, then you have the delete key, and if that fails, then you suck.

When trying to hit the back button and instead hitting the home button, there is no error correction. I'm either an expert in hitting back, or a frustrated user in hitting home.

But you are correct..........we have to move with the times!! Just hoping that all human factors aren't getting a backseat to the beautiful designs.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 13:37

90. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

maybe thats why they went with 3 buttons instead of 4 on the ICS.. to spread em out a bit and reduce errors.
gonna miss my search/voice actions button though. .lol

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:55 2

82. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I think it's kind of a wash between the button-free Nexus and any of the newer phones (Rezound, Razr, etc). Minus the 0.3" reserved for the on-screen buttons, the Nexus would be a 4.4" screen. Had they stretched it end to end, the Nexus would be just as compact as the Rezound, but they had to reserve space at the ends for microphone, antennae and speakers, so the Nexus is quite tall.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:26 3

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

Anyone else notice how sadly FAT the Galaxy Nexus looks next to the DROID RAZR?
Especially the profile photo.

Pretty amazing what Motorola did to make their RAZR so aptly named.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 13:50

92. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

lol, it does. i did a double take, i didnt thing the G-nexus was that much bigger. :)

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:27

69. samda (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

soo wait..am i having a glitch in my browser or this doesn't have a VIDEO REVIEW part in it????!!? WTF?!

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:31 3

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

Gee whiz....put your panties back on. They'll release the video soon enough.

Until then, exercise your reading abilities and RTFA, it's a good one.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:34

73. onthecouchagain (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

Boy, the giant "Phone Arena" watermark over the pictures are obstructive. Maybe a more modest, smaller watermark in the corner or something?

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:35 1

74. onthecouchagain (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

It would be really cool of the 360 degree view is true to size of the phone.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:44 2

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

Hold Ctrl key and scroll up/down to get it true-to-life size. :-)

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 14:17

95. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

All I've got to say is I have one and it's very nice

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 00:25

127. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)



posted on 28 Nov 2011, 15:37 1

103. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Well, if Amazon offers this for a penny before my exchange period is up, then maybe....

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 16:50 1

106. Slijedeci (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

I have a question regarding hot spot (wifi thethering): I saw on couple places saying that GN has hot spot but on this review I looked on main screens and didn\'t saw any application for hot spot. Is there special application (like I have on HTC Desire HD) or it is part of settings. Thanks a lot

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 16:59

107. i3izkit311 (Posts: 29; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

The gap between the RAZR and the Nexus seems small, with the edge going to the Nexus because of ICS. When the RAZR gets ICS I wonder if everyone will still take the Nexus...

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