The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was launched in November 2011 and it was the first smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 4.65 inches display doesn’t make the phone too big. It can be used with one hand.
The Super AMOLED display resolution is HD at 720×1280 pixels and a pixel density at 316ppi. The light sensor keeps the brightness a little too dark when auto brightness is used but if you set it to 50% it will have great colors. It supports multitouch and has an oleophobic coating.
The processor is dual core Cortex-A9 at 1.2 GHz and runs on a TI OMAP 4460 chipset. The PowerVR SGX540 GPU is accompanied by 1GB or RAM. The Galaxy Nexus doesn’t support an SD card but you won’t need one because its internal storage has 16GB. The phone has accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer, proximity and light sensors. It doesn’t have FM radio but is has GPS with A-GPS and TV-out support. A dedicated microphone for active noise cancellation is present.
The Galaxy Nexus has a 1700 mAh battery is surprisingly capable. If you are using the phone nonstop, thing which you will do mostly in the first months after buying it, the battery will end after one day of use. But for a 4.65 inches display which consumes the most power, the battery life is quite good. I think the battery can make more than 1 day in normal use.
The 5MP camera module is loading very fast. You can take a photo in about 1 second. The photos can be made even faster if you press the dedicated camera button and in burst mode it can take 2 photos per second. Quality of the photos is so so; I was expecting at more from it. The camera has LED flash, autofocus, touch focus, geo-tagging and face detection. Video recording is made at a maximum resolution of 1080p and 24 fps. The front secondary camera also has a HD resolution but at 720p and can be used for facial recognition.
Facial recognition works well and is useful. At the first use you must keep the phone oriented to your face for about 5 seconds until the camera sees your facial characteristics. After that you must choose, what to do if its dark and your face can’t be seen, between a password and a pattern.
About connectivity I have good things to say. The Galaxy Nexus has Wi-Fi dual band with a/b/g/n protocols, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, NFC, bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and 3G speed up to 21 Mbps HSDPA. Usb connection is made through a microUSB 2.0(MHL) slot.
To buy or not to buy? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t so big besides it has a large display, it received an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it has a superfast camera. The phone is excellent from the moment you take it out of the box.