- Terrence O'Brien , Engadget
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.
- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus offers an excellent Android experience that's hugely impressive, but we really believe it will be surpassed by others within the next few months.
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.
Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)
Most well-rounded Android smartphone on the market today
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-friendly device, which it’s also important to me and others like me, because I plan on experimenting with custom ROMs like CyanogenMod 10, and the Galaxy Nexus is officially supported by the developers behind CyanogenMod or AOKP.
Plenty of apps are great when taking them one by one, but i... Full review
A practically a new phone despite the same hardware
Beautiful full HD screen and plenty of storage but no MicroSD slot
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. With the Samsung Galaxy S III due out in the US in twenty minutes or so, the Droid RAZR HD on the horizon, and other competitive models in the wild, I'm a lot less willing to forgive the GN's shortcomings. Add to that the fact that Sprint's LTE network is still nonexistant, its 4G capabilities are... Full review
The battery life is relatively short, and early adopters will have to wait for Sprint's LTE network to go live
What can we say about this phone that hasn't been said before? No, seriously, what? It may sound a bit glib, but the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is the same phone we've already reviewed twice, just with a Sprint logo slapped on the back. There are some minor cosmetic differences, but they don't make the phone any more or less desirable. It's still one of the best, if not the best, phones on the market. What's more, if you've got a hankering for some plain vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich, this is the only way you're going to get it. (Short of loading up a custom ROM, of course.) The big difference here i... Full review
Attractive display, 4G LTE enabled, with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box
First and foremost, if you’re a Sprint customer who simply can’t wait any longer to experience the bountiful features associated with Ice Cream Sandwich, you should no doubt check out the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However, bear in mind that the handset is brandishing a $200 on-contract price, which seems normal at first, but considering that it’s essentially a 5-month old model, we actually would’ve liked to see it come in at a lower price point. To tell you the truth, for the same amount of money, you might as well wait to check out the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE, which seems to be a logi... Full review
If you absolutely love Android and can't wait for Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus is for you
It's a massive shame, to be honest, because without the bug the Galaxy Nexus is the Android fan's dream phone. The display is fantastic, Android Ice Cream Sandwich provides a lot of necessary improvements and yet it's just as customisable as before. Battery life is also pretty reasonable, too. But because of that big volume bug flaw and because a number of smartphones will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich early next year, one of which will be the Galaxy S2, we're not entirely convinced the Galaxy Nexus offers enough of an upgrade. Because you will have to wait for the software fix, you may... Full review
Light, sleek, thin, unique design, camera shots are quick
The Galaxy Nexus is a great device but it is not for everyone. It appeals to a certain group of people – those who value a vanilla android experience, simply must have the latest updates, and love to be involved in the modding scene. If you aren’t one of these people you will probably look at the spec sheet of the Nexus and wonder what all the fuss is about – only a 5MP camera, pentile screen, relatively underpowered GPU.. I know a lot of SGS II owners don’t see the need to upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus and are instead holding out for the SGS III which is probably going to suit them b... Full review
This smartphone is a well-rounded product in every conceivable way
Galaxy Nexus is an expensive device that doesn’t bring as many advancements in the hardware department (at least not as much as we’d expected), and packs some flaws as well. Its weak battery and lack of memory extension options certainly don’t do it any favours. However, on the whole, this smartphone is a well-rounded product in every conceivable way, made to fit the user’s needs from the get-go, as reflected in the ICS version of its operating system. Its production quality, weight, design, response time and many other, less striking attributes leave very little place for doubt –... Full review
Feels incredibly solid, camera shutter is seriously fast, blazingly fast
I've always been a fan of the Nexus line. Since I don't like manufacturer skins at all, and always like to have the latest software available, they are a perfect fit for my use case. Additionally, they usually have some cutting edge specs that will last them at least throughout the term of a two-year contract.
Some users may have been disappointed when the Nexus S proved to be only an incremental upgrade over the Nexus One, but with the Galaxy, the Nexus is back. Even with the 5MP camera and supposedly outdated GPU, I would feel comfortable picking up the device on contract and knowin... Full review
Sturdy, comfortable to grip, mediocre camera
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