Performance and Conclusion:

Call quality on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fine. The handset is equipped with a decent earpiece, which manages to emit some natural tones. On the other end of the line, things to sound a bit more robotic, especially when the Nexus user is at a loud location, when the noise-cancellation would kick in. But the mic is also quite strong, so you'll surely be heard on the other side. Unfortunately, the loudspeaker of the device is on the quieter side.

Talk-time with the Galaxy Nexus's 1750mAh battery is rated at up to 8 hours and 20 mins on 3G, while it should stay operational for up to 11 days if it's just kept at stand-by.

Make no mistake, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is an industry-leading smartphone. It easily trumps most of its competition by combining a pleasant appearance, killer performance, and a brand new phone operating system in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With such a list of assets, it's very hard for the Galaxy Nexus to fail. And that's what's making it such a good offering for smartphone users – it's a very balanced product, with no truly weak points (if you're not a camera maniac) and at least several very strong ones.

As we said, the Galaxy Nexus is one of the fastest phones we've seen. It just feels like it does everything with ease, without hesitating one bit. That's the kind of performance that we expect from a device of this caliber, and the Nexus manages to deliver it.

And then, we have Ice Cream Sandwich, which can be seen as a true game-changer in the world of phones. Of course, it's still Android, but it's not Gingerbread (or the ones before it) with its bleak visuals and confusing design. It's not even Honeycomb – the good, but not-quite-there tablet OS. The Ice Cream Sandwich experience on a phone feels much more polished than anything out of Android's camp until now, and it looks so much better. It's still futuristic, but not as uninviting as Honeycomb. This time, Google has nailed it with an OS which is both impressive, appealing, and approachable at the same time.

On the subject of its weak sides, we can mention the 5MP camera, which is quite good for outdoor photography, but mediocre (at best) at anything else. If we have to be perfectionists (which we have to be), we should also say that the Nexus needs some personality in the appearance department. Don't get us wrong – it's one good-looking handset, but it's just not eye-catching.

All of this makes for one of the best phones we've seen to date. Samsung has done a terrific job by producing this handset, which is surely going to become a reference phone for most other manufacturers. Of course, they would never have achieved this if it wasn't for Google's incredible software, which, dare we say, redefines the experience of using a cell phone.

A decent, but not as good alternative is the Motorola DROID RAZR, which is constructed much better, using higher-quality materials, but is also wider and not as comfortable in the hand, and runs Gingerbread (though it will receive an update to ICS later). The HTC Rezound is another suitable alternative on Verizon. And, if you feel like trying something non-Android, feel free to check out the iPhone 4S – it will present you with similar performance and rich ecosystem, but a significantly smaller, 3.5” screen as well.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.0.1, Build ITL41D



Pros

  • Incredible screen
  • Super-fast performance
  • Beautiful and thought-out interface

Cons

  • Poor video recording
  • Unimpressive design and construction

PhoneArena Rating:

9.5

User Rating:

8.8
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147 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow the best phone this year, KILLS the Apple iPhone 4S. Great job Google, this is an amazing phone!

61. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Don't kid yourself. the GN is a nice phone, for a Samsung phone, but it pales in comparison to the 4S.

66. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Leave the cat alone. There's no point arguing specs and features and bugs with a dedicated iPhone user. The truth is that BOTH the iPhone 4S and Nexus are great devices. Which one is the better phone is up to the customer. The Nexus doesn't "kill" the iPhone, nor does it "pale" next to it. They're different devices for different users.

79. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

Thankyou for the rational and logical comment. I was thinking something similar.

70. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, you mean like the signal issues people were reporting with the Epic Touch 4G among other things? Get off your high horse, Android phones have more problems in the end than iOS phones do.

76. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the epic4g touch is a singular SGS2 variant. what happened with that was not indicative of all SGS2s. What happens with one i4s is happening with all of them. And that was still one issue. And do you really wanna compare connection issues between devices? lol. Antennagate anyone? :) no phone is perfect miz as they are just electronic devices built as fast as possible on an assembly line. but dont try to call out kettle, when you are definitely the pot.

96. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh bringing that one up again are we? It's always nice to grasp at the straws when your argument has been crushed. Apple knew there was a problem and rather than sit on their asses like some OEMs do with Android phones, they took steps to correct and fix it. How long has it taken Samsung to fix the problems with the Nexus S phone lol? And don't even get me started on HTC phones, to whom I think lacks a quality control department. Oh and btw, keep thumbing my comments down and getting them a low rating. Prove my point. It doesn't hurt me in the least bit lol as you're not hurting my feelings.

114. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what exactly did apple fix on the i4's antenna problems? you mean telling customers they are holding it wrong and issuing free gel skins for all of 3 months?? they let that phone ride forever with that issue, even after being launched on VZW 6 months later.. heck it STILL has the problems even today. If you buy an i4 right now, it will STILL have that issue. They didnt fix a darn thing with the i4. Android phones get recalled and fixed.. apple phones are never bad, its always the customer's fault. Kinda seems like everything opposite of what people learn in customer service.. lol BTW, i havent thumbed down any of your comments today. would you prefer i did? :)

129. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh you m ean like HTC sitting on their asses with all of the problems their Thunderbolt had? Or what about Samsung and the notorious signal issues? And how could we ever forget the phones that never got GB or even Froyo that people are still stuck with lol? Apple supports their products.

130. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol 28 thumbs down, a new record. Keep it coming lol

132. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

you've been lol'd

134. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

just for you, i thumbed you down so you would break 30 reds. lolol

131. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Miz! congrats! you broke the record for the number of thumb downs right below SuperAndroidEvo broke the record for thumbs up!

64. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Very true, the best Androids are the Nexus phones, nothing can beat the stock experience at all, not TouchWiz, HTC Sense or anything else. Even if you'd offer me a Quad-Core Android, I would still go for a Nexus any day!

118. ThisIsaPOS

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

The Nexus Galaxy: laughable camera OLD A$$ GPU ugly pentile display just as the reviewer said its cool and all but until you at certain "stuff" in a certian "way" than... well... dum dum dum these are FACTS only idiot gawk at POS devices just because it's new and someone ELSE says it's great I bet PA just gave this phone a 9.5 to shut everybody up hope you all feel better now

119. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

^haters gon' hate

124. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

You dont need the best specs to be the to make an awwesome phone, its all about how they come togather. To make an epic phone all you need to do is make the some parts of the phone so good the bad parts become negletable. look at the origonal iPhone, no mms or 3G even though they were in many of the compeditors devices, the Stunning UI allowd for these short comings.

135. rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

Jealous you iOS Ass licker

80. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

She immediately compares it to the iPhone. Well now we know who you think is the best.

83. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I really wish people would drop this comparison. iPhone is iPhone, Android is Android. It's not 2009 anymore, can we please stop questing for an "iPhone-killer" and enjoy our Androids in peace?

104. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The funniest thing is that android fans started this "iphone killer" battle so they shouldn't be suprised that iphone lovers bashing their newest and greatest beloved android phones which supposedly are "new iphone killer". Each time we saw new a android powerful phone it was announced as a iphone killer. Do I smell some complex? I don't like IOS. I don't like Android. But let them be as they are. Seriously guys. Can't you just enjoy your phones without comparing and bashing each other and try to convince which is the best? This crazy race should be over. And Nexus...looks like a great phone but I still prefr RAZR. When it gets ICS it will be even better. And rooted:))))))

126. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

You have some really good comments on this website.

97. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

wow 9.5, good review.

99. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I smell favoritism in that review.

100. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yes, PA clearly favors the Nexus over other new Android phones. Moving on...

115. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you smell favortism from the guy that was just yesterday called an itroll and all sorts of names for his i4s vs nexus browser comparisons? lol, poor ray can never catch a break.

111. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

This phone definitely looks great but why the need to talk about the iPhone? That Android inferiority complex held by fanboys is mindboggling. You guys hate all the news, comparisons, and mentions that the iPhone receives but love to comment in iPhone news posts. Stop feeding the beast lol.

143. gunnerlixa

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

LLOOOLLLL You´re funny, "kills the iPhone 4S...", that´s not what PA says... Read the final conclusion: "A decent, but not as good alternative is the Motorola DROID RAZR, which is constructed much better, using higher-quality materials, but is also wider and not as comfortable in the hand, and runs Gingerbread (though it will receive an update to ICS later). The HTC Rezound is another suitable alternative on Verizon. And, if you feel like trying something non-Android, feel free to check out the iPhone 4S – it will present you with similar performance and rich ecosystem, but a significantly smaller, 3.5” screen as well."

2. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

good review guys, it lines up with all the other reviews out there. Now if we can only get the best phone of the year released......

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Flawless victory, now get over here, nexus prime,

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

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