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Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands-on: First look

19 October 2011 | Read the review | Post your comment
Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands-on: First look - read the full textWell, Google didn't just unveil a new version of their mobile OS early this morning. They also unveiled their next Google phone, a new galaxy by the name of Nexus. And just a glance on that Super AMOLED screen in 720p HD resolution is enough to tell you it means business.


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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-19 23:26 from ptRT - click to readYeah right... It's the whole alphabet worth of keys and then some

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  • 2011-10-20 09:31
  • pSPP

Some objective points i would like to pinpoint:

-Nice look and really better overall interface than Gingerbread

-At some points i thought i was seeing the N9 review! Many similarities in UI really!

-Camera 5MP!!!! Damn... An besides that what is really shocking is "the pink tint" which is still there!!! See the pics images! DAMN!!!!

-Looks like there is still no real Smart dialing...

That's why I still use HTC sense phones coz it really does make sense!!!

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  • 2011-10-20 09:21
  • Mv2G

Video recording has problems(big), but this isn't the ICS shown at AsiaD. I think this version is beta at best.

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  • 2011-10-20 09:11
  • ms3a

Sorry, it's way to big. I want a phone, not a mini tablet, and I am not blind or half blind that needs such a big screen. I love my N1 and seems like I will stay with it for now. and BTW, enough about all this shXt processing power stories. We see how in real life the SGS2 is not really faster than the N1 or NS (not talking gaming, but productivity)

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  • 2011-10-20 09:05
  • n24K

> In reply to Raj @ 2011-10-20 07:01 from qp4q - click to readUpload a 5MP and 8MP photo on Facebook or google+ and tell me the different.

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  • 2011-10-20 08:44
  • YeH{

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-19 23:26 from ptRT - click to readso the n900 keyboard... is not made of buttons?

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  • 2011-10-20 08:32
  • PBIZ

Pretty good review (as always from you guys) but aren't you a little bit too "Samsung supportive"?
Now the nexus's plastic body feels premium but on the nexus S the same [plastic bopdy looked cheap... Why don't you just kneel down and worship any phone that has the biggest screen-CPU-RAM?
Do you guys think about the usability? Does anyone really wants a tablet-sized phone that gets to be more like a laptop or just an average sized good enough phone?
Let's see, tell me one (and I mean ONE) app that uses the 2 CPU cores and the 1GB of RAM (knowing how Android manages the RAM) that won't work on a single-core CPU? And the benchmarks will not do!!
All the best!

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  • 2011-10-20 07:59
  • Mtf1

There is frame slipping, and frame duplication in the cam video sample footage.
And the UI kinda reminds me of WP7

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  • 2011-10-20 07:53
  • tE$T

Well, its looks good but I am not satisfied.

This is the third Nexus phone in a row with a 5MP Camera. That's not acceptable, you have breakthrough features everywhere and forget something like that? However, the build, screen, and features are top notch. It could have been a perfect phone with that minor camera upgrade.

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  • 2011-10-20 07:01
  • qp4q

It's funny nobody seems to have noticed, this is the first decent non-nokia penta-band phone i've seen :)
good job! choice is always a big +
honestly 5mp 8 mp, what's the real difference is quality and stablity of the sensor.

also N8 is hard to beat for Camera, so far, but rest of the specs don't make up for the for the crappy os/cpu on it!

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  • 2011-10-20 06:14
  • YbHC

I'm sorry, but I don't get the reviewer's comment on how ICS will end Android fragmentation. Did he mean tablet/mobile fragmention?
I presume that the various smartphone companies will still be adding skins to ICS and hence ICS will still take months to arrive. So the mobile Android ecosystem will still be fragmented?

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  • 2011-10-20 06:06
  • 2mCd

Now it means buiseness,shere buiseness with pure pleasure.Its way ahead of d upcoming iphone 5 with ios 5.Keep my words intact until d d iphn5 comes.5/2012.
Icecream Sandwitch dats which stands between "Skill & Class".

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  • 2011-10-20 06:03
  • PSxp

> In reply to br @ 2011-10-20 03:58 from 4PFe - click to readYou're right,it is not the final version because the google bar is different and the music app is total change in Android 4.0.

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  • 2011-10-20 05:07
  • TIFf

This looks promising. But i feel the ui is bit sluggish going by the videos. Is it because of the high resolution?

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  • 2011-10-20 04:34
  • vbZx

still it has onscreen keys. So it's wrong to compare it to nokia n9, which is worlds only key less smartphone.

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  • 2011-10-20 04:25
  • upYF

Actually speaking battery life is gng to be a big problem....that 1750mah battery not enough for this highly packed nexus.

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  • 2011-10-20 04:24
  • 2SMV

That's not the final version... It doesn't have the finalized icons/widgets... hence, the absence of the new music app etc

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  • 2011-10-20 03:58
  • 4PFe

If there's no menu key then what will happen to the current apps that require it?

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  • 2011-10-20 03:46
  • v0XM

no support for 3G video-call?
i prefer Galaxy SII, thank you.

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  • 2011-10-20 03:22
  • tA$H

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-20 01:40 from q}eE - click to readThey cant make 8mp camera because it can affect to the Galaxy S II sales. How can the company compete itself? The bigger screen with higher resolution is a bonus. As you can see in the review, even 5 MP, it also do a good job

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  • 2011-10-20 03:07
  • 2IF@

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