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Samsung Galaxy Nexus review

8.6/10 AVG.

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
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Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 45 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The UMTS version of the Galaxy Nexus packs all the same features as its LTE sibling including Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" OS, NFC and a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. It also has the beautiful, and large, HD-resolution OLED display and dual-core processor for which reviewers have shown their love.

In comparison to the LTE version, HSPA+ offers theoretically slower data speeds, but on the other hand can be considered a "world phone", able to operate on all of the more widely available 3G HSPA+ networks.

For a more complete review of this phone's network independent features, please visit our Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE page.

Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Google didn’t disappoint with the execution of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung did an excellent job with the hardware of the Galaxy Nexus.It's probably only the second Nexus phone (after the Nexus One) that is really attractive to customers at large, rather than mostly to developers.A new maj...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
Beta News

The Galaxy Nexus best represents the intended Android experience, whether it gets minor updates or major ones like Jelly Bean, it’s the right choice for someone who wants the latest and greatest in terms of software and most importantly a stock, non-convoluted Android smartphone. It’s a modding-frie...

- Mihaita Bamburic, Beta News

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is practically a new phone despite the same hardware. Software additions and optimisation have resulted in new applications for you to play with, a more refined interface and what can only be described as a what feels like a turbo charge to the user experience. The 5-megapix...

- Basil Kronfli, Recombu

When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus originally came out, it had the advantage of being the newest and most cutting-edge Android device out there: the only one with Android 4.0, an HD screen, and equally impressive specs, which helped compensate for its flaws. Six months later, that's no longer the case. W...

- Adama D. Brown, Brighthand

The Galaxy Nexus remains one of the best Android phones on the market, and this version, in particular, includes Google Wallet. Still, the battery life is relatively short, and early adopters will have to wait for Sprint's LTE network to go live.

- Terrence O'Brien, Engadget

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus user manual here.

Samsung backs up the Galaxy Nexus with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy Nexus has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus's screen size is 4.65 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1750 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 510 minutes, 181 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Nexus Specs

Release date December 9, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSPA+ 21.1
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.43 W/kg
Body: 0.74 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1750 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 362 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 181 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 510 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.5 x 6.8 x 0.9 cm (5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.65 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Panorama, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
1.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Google Nexus 3, Google Nexus 4G, Samsung I9250

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