Produced by Samsung and Google, the new Galaxy Nexus looks set to be a big winner this Christmas as it sports the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich we’ve all been eager for. Although it may have been overshadowed by the recent launch of the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy Nexus looks like it is set to liven up the Android market. So what are the best things about the phone and why should you get a Galaxy Nexus?
The 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display offers pin crystal sharp imaging across a large area. The size of the screen along with the size of the resolution make this phone a real beauty to watch movies and browse the internet. This is the first phone to come with a 720p screen resolution – although the larger screen size means it is not quite the same DPI as the iPhone 4S – but it is still gorgeous.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Of course the coming of Android 4.0 makes the phone one of the most modern in any class. Ice Cream Sandwich comes with a number of new innovations from face recognition, to NFC sharing with Android Beam, to numerous other tweaks to notifications and text. All of this will keep Android lovers busy and possibly even attract some people over from the iPhone and BlackBerry.
The Nexus Galaxy is large – this cannot be ignored. Any phone with a 4.65 inch screen is large and so going to have all the benefits and the downsides of this size. The Galaxy Nexus limits the downsides as it is quite slim at 8.8mm and also quite sleek with rounded edges and with a number of other innovations to ensure it is a lot smaller than it seems. This is great for something of this size and it certainly fits inside jacket pockets with ease, though it is quite large.
The phone may only have a 5mp camera that can shoot 720p video – however this is a great snapper and takes very vivid and clear images that are among the best we’ve seen on a phone camera. The Android’s push towards less shutter lag also comes into play here and the phone is a lot faster and a lot smoother than the previous Androids in this area and so benefits greatly.
Android Beam makes use of NFC to allow you to easily share data between phones. All you need to do is tap two phones together and you can share music, videos, websites or contact details. This is the most ingenious use of NFC yet and is sure to replace Bluetooth and older methods of sharing.
The whole experience with the Android Nexus is quite positive and it’s a fast and more than capable phone that really pushes things forward for Android. We3 enjoyed using it and can certainly see it being a big hit in the coming few months.