Review: Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus

After months of expecting Verizon to launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it sooner or later landed final week (after some delays). The net hype for the Galaxy Nexus had basically made this tool out to be the unicorn of Android, it’d do and be the entirety that everybody ought to have ever desired in a smartphone. Then whilst it launched, Verizon had a team of workers that became now not organized, now not sufficient stock, and a few carrier hiccups to make matters tougher. But despite all the demanding situations the tool has made its way into the fingers of keen buyers, and bloggers and the critiques are beginning to are available in and everybody has their opinion. Some of these reviews are primarily based on what shoppers predicted the device to be, a few are primarily based on what buyers desired the tool to be. After weeks with the Galaxy Nexus as our day by day driver, we felt that it became sooner or later time to throw our hat into the hoop and let you understand definitively what we our influence of the natural Google Galaxy Nexus phone is.

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus comes in an undeniable white field (vanilla even). Inside the container itself is simple pink lining, and of the direction the tool itself. Accompanying the device is an 1850 batter, well-known micro-USB charger, headphones, and of route instruction manual.

Upon opening the container you see what you’ve got been watching for most of these many months. The Verizon model of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Just searching on the tool your preliminary impression is WOW that screen is HUGE. You take it out of the container and experience it to your palms and just can not wait to peer what is lurking underneath its curved exterior.

Once you turn the tool on you are greeted with a brand new boot sequence, that takes some of the queues from the Honeycomb boot collection. The boot collection itself suggests off the abilities of the Super Amoled Screen. The blacks are black, the colors are vivid and vibrant. After the booting is completed you get your first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich and how the Android OS is going to address your revel in any longer.

After you get handed the screen length, and colorings, the primary component you notice is just how mild the Galaxy Nexus is on your hands. It’s no longer light in a reasonably-priced feeling way, however, in an I can’t accept as true with how mild that is in my hands. The cellphone also fits for your hand better than you’ll expect, understanding that it has a 4.Sixty five” screen I turned into expecting it to experience massive and awkward but, without having to have space for difficult keys the telephone is not bigger than it desires to be and the curved layout makes it sense simply proper inside the hand.

The screen and weight of the cellphone are simply factors of the phone that make up a device that feels like Samsungs designers went above and past to supply a hardware experience that hasn’t been seen or felt earlier than.

The lower back panel is something of a piece of discussion right now. It’s no longer a traditional hard plastic (or kevlar) protect piece, it’s a flexible snap in piece that off the device feels almost flimsy. Once the SIM card and battery are in the vicinity and also you snap the returned in location, it feels greater solid than you can imagine on its own. Also, the back has moderate diamond ridges in it that preserve it from feeling slippery or week. Against the palm of your hand you realize it’s there, and on your arms, you understand it’s now not going to slide or slide out like some of the “smooth” backs on phones like the Thunderbolt or the unique Droid.

You also have the 5MP rear dealing with digital camera with LED flash, we’ll do a full camera write up separately but suffice to say that coming from the 8MP shooter in the HTC Thunderbolt I become first of all concerned with what my shots were going to look like, after per week with the smartphone, I have no reason to carry around a factor and shoot digicam anymore.

The front of the Galaxy Nexus is dominated by its 4.65″ curved glass screen. At the top of the device is the in name speaker (which is the best destroy within the easy surface) the proximity sensor (below the glass) and the front going through digicam. At the bottom of the face, hidden under the glass is a notification LED, which takes a chunk of getting used to as it’s miles a departure from the same old pinnacle right notification indicator. Right now it lighting up white while you get any notification (electronic mail, textual content, ignored name, and many others) but I can see developers trying their notifications to the led and optimistically changing the shade, or the blink fee.

The Galaxy Nexus is powered by means of a twin-middle 1.2GHz, with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It does no longer characteristic an SD or Micro-SD card slot so there is no option for expandable memory. Google is betting that customers will make use of cloud garage for a number of their needs, and because the Galaxy Nexus syncs nicely with Google Music, Google Docs, and Picasa, most of your high quantity wishes are included.

The processor is snappy and performs duties with seemingly little effort, switching thru apps, monitors, multitasking all characteristic with none hiccups. Even walking video games just like the newly released Modern Combat three would not take a toll on the devices overall performance.

One hardware characteristic within the device that has been getting quite a few presses is the NFC chip. This is only the second smartphone in the US to have an NFC chip constructed in (the Sprint Galaxy S being the primary). Unfortunately, Google Wallet is not enabled at the tool and aside from Google Beam, there isn’t whatever to be had to take advantage of this new addition. It is going to be sometime earlier than builders begin constructing apps that employ NFC because of the shortage of gadgets helping it right now but the possibilities for it are infinite.

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