Nov 17 AT 4:03 PM Dustin Earley 55 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands-on and review roundup

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We’ve probably said it a million times by now, but we simply can’t wait to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That day certainly isn’t today, but at least we can live vicariously through all the other sites offering up quick hands-on posts and full blown reviews.

Josh Topolsky, The Verge

“The Galaxy Nexus is the best Android phone ever made. It’s one of the best smartphones ever made, and with a couple of minor tweaks (particularly to the camera), it could be the best smartphone ever produced.

Still, there’s really not much to knock here. The hardware is elegant and smartly designed. The software is beautiful and useful. Google has cleaned up a lot of the bad, and replaced it with a serious amount of good. It’s faster, smarter and a lot more friendly than any of its predecessors. Ice Cream Sandwich easily gives iOS and Windows Phone a run for their money, and in many ways, it’s a superior operating system than either of them.”

Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

“The phone is huge. It is thin and very light, and it doesn’t feel bulky, per se. But I find myself doing finger gymnastics as I use it: sliding my pinkie beneath the device when I need to tap the ‘Back’ button at the bottom of the phone, then sliding it back up the side when I need to tap on the search box, which is at the top of the screen. II can’t navigate the UI without moving my hand around. … Thankfully, the device’s giant screen has an upside: it’s a beauty to look at. Text looks fantastic. And the relatively vast screen real estate means that applications can fit in more buttons and content without feeling cramped. Oh, and remember the three software nav buttons I discussed earlier? When you’re watching a movie, those vanish entirely, which means nearly the entire front of the phone becomes a video display. It’s really nice.”

Myriam Joire, Engadget

“We’re happy to confirm that the Galaxy Nexus is indeed the first Android device with a pentaband HSPA+ radio — we’ve successfully tested both T-Mobile USA and AT&T SIMs with our handset. Hurray! Initial setup was quick and painless. We logged in with our Google ID and password, and to our surprise, the Nexus started downloading and installing all of our purchased apps (in addition to syncing our email, calendar and contacts). It also asked if we wanted to use Google+ on that account.”

Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup

“Stop worrying about PenTile.

The Galaxy Nexus has one of the most stunning screens we’ve ever seen. The pixels are so small as to be microscopic, and unless you utilize one you’re not going to see a PenTile grid. What you will see is sharp text, incredible viewing angles, perfect blacks and outstanding clarity. If this is the future of mobile displays we can only say, “It’s about time.”

Let’s start with colours. Reds, greens and blues are accurate; this isn’t your mother’s oversaturated Super AMOLED display. Either Google has done something with the colour temperature or Samsung has finely calibrated its parts but for the first time we can say that colour accuracy is equal to a Super LCD display.”

Kent German and Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet

“Every once in a while, a cell phone comes along that changes the mobile industry forever. Whether it’s by design, features, or a combination of both, those rare handsets can stand out far from the pack and give the world something new and something very different. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is not one of those phones. Sure, it’s groundbreaking and will even incite the occasional gasp of awe, but like a gymnast having a bad day, it just misses the high bar.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is unmistakably an Android phone. It’s powerful, you can tinker with it down to its core, and it offers some features the iPhone can’t touch. Without a doubt, Android fans will see the Galaxy Nexus that way and they’re likely to savor every morsel of Ice Cream Sandwich. Without ICS, the phone is more or less just a phone, but with it you’re looking at a sleek and powerful smartphone.”

Mike Isaac, Wired

“The virtual buttons are akin to a three-pronged version of Apple’s home button, only with more versatility: “Recent apps” takes you to a scrolling view of what you’ve used lately, while the “Back” and “Home” keys…. Well, you get the idea.

More importantly, the ICS home screen just looks right. The newly revamped interface is replete with cool blues, metallic grays and lots of swishy animated effects. Much of the enchanting vibe would be lost on an inferior display, but the Galaxy Nexus’ 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED screen delivers all the crisp, clear image quality that makes hardcore mobile enthusiasts flock to Samsung display technology.”

Wrap-up

As you can see, nearly everyone who has had a chance to get their hands on a Galaxy Nexus has walked away impressed. And as expected, Ice Cream Sandwich along with that gorgeous HD display are the stars of the show. Once the Verizon Galaxy Nexus starts making the review rounds, we’ll have to revisit some of these sites to see if anything has changed. As soon as we can, we’ll have our own hands-on and review impressions to share with you, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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