Samsung Galaxy Nexus: the best Android yet?
Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone with the latest Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Probably the best Android device on the market, the Galaxy Nexus is a good contender to the iPhone with its speedy, feature-packed, powerful and well-designed look.
Design and Hardware
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is quite a chunky smartphone, almost as large as the HTC Sensation XL. However only of some of this is true. The Galaxy Nexus is actually 7mm at its thinnest point; the iPhone 4S is 9.3mm at its thinnest point and that is pretty slim for a smartphone with all the features that it contains.
The screen is the obvious touch screen with a Super AMOLED HD display and crisp resolution of 1280 x 720, the size of the screen is a very impressive 4.65 inches which is a great factor when considering that the new android ice cream sandwich has a face recognition unlocking system.
The curved mobile phone has opted for the rounded edges found previously in the nexus range, The new Nexus mobile phone is a complete touchscreen phone and you wont find any buttons on the mobile.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has 2 cameras, the main camera is 5-megapixel and Samsung have integrated a front-facing camera for video calling which is perfect for using the Skype app found in the Android marketplace. Overall the Galaxy Nexus compared to the iPhone 4S is actually lighter; where the iPhone 4S weighs 140g, The Galaxy Nexus is 135g so 5g lighter than the popular iPhone 4S.
Camera and Software
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the first mobile phone on the market to run on the brand new android ice cream sandwich software. The new functions available on the new operating software are very innovative such as voice typing; Talk to your Galaxy Nexus and it will type you notes, text messages and even meeting requests that you can send to your contacts without touching a button. Although this is very similar to Siri on the iPhone 4S, this will be rolled out to all android phones with Ice Cream Sandwich, so more users will be able to experience voice control.
The camera is 5-megapixel which is less in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S2 is 8-megapixel camera but don’t be put off as megapixels are not everything when it comes to photography, The Galaxy Nexus also offers video recording with 1080p video playback.
Another exciting feature to look out for is the unlocking system, HTC were very unique when developing a sliding code opener like a digital safe, the new unlocking system can be done by looking into the front facing camera where the smartphone can recognise your face and unlock.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a great smartphone that gets a lot of things right, and is more forward-looking than the iPhone 4S in a number of ways:
It’s better at consuming mobile video, and it features a lot of on-board connectivity options the iPhone doesn’t.
The Galaxy Nexus is the best Android device yet, and ICS is the best version of Android to date, and they do a lot to narrow the gap between Google and Apple’s mobile efforts.