Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy Nexus's screen is 4.65 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


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


The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.2.2 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

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 (2G), 500 minutes (3G), 181 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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 

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.

- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint 

Reviews summary

Based on 45 reviews

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)

Beta News

Most well-rounded Android smartphone on the market today

from 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-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

from Recombu
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-megapixel camera still struggles on the noise front and the lack of micro SD card slot may still irk some, but Jelly Bean has in one fell swoop made the Samsung Galaxy Nexus feel like the Android phone to own, all over again... Full review

Beautiful full HD screen and plenty of storage but no MicroSD slot

from Brighthand

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

from Engadget

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

from PhoneArena

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

Know Your Mobile

If you absolutely love Android and can't wait for Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus is for you

from Know Your Mobile

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

from Ausdroid

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

from InsideHW

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

from Pocketables

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

What Mobile

Sturdy, comfortable to grip, mediocre camera

from What Mobile
Ice Cream Sandwich may have a silly name, but it’s a deadly serious, deadly smart operating system that makes you feel like you’re carrying a proper computer in your pocket – sets a new standard for Android phones... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date December 9, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Philippines, Russia
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/2100 MHz
EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.2.2 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.43 W/kg
Body: 0.74 W/kg
Languages English, French
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1750 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 362 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 181 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
510 minutes (2G)
500 minutes (3G)
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
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.65 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Panorama, White balance
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, PPT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Google Nexus 3, Google Nexus 4G, Samsung I9250

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