The Good The Samsung Galaxy Nexus brings a ton of new and very welcome features with Ice Cream Sandwich. The design is sharp, the screen is gorgeous, and the internal performance is fantastic.
The Bad The ice cream sandwich has eliminated some of Android’s learning curves in some aspects, only to restore it in others. There were static statistics on calls, and there was no external memory card slot. Like other Samsung Galaxy devices, the Galaxy Nexus feels quite fragile.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a big leap forward for Android, but it’s not the giant leap you might have expected. Just as impressive is that the ice cream sandwich can be messy, and without it, the Galaxy Nexus is another Nexus device.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Editors’ note: This review reflects the unlocked GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You can read our full review of the Verizon model here .
Every now and then, a mobile phone pops up that is forever changing the mobile industry. No matter the design, features or combination of both, these rare phones can stand out from the packaging and give the world something new and something completely different. Samsung Galaxy Nexus is not one of these phones. Of course, this is an innovation and will even encourage occasional breaths, but as a gymnast having a bad day, she just misses the high bar.
Now, before you click on your email to write us an angry letter, think about it: Absolutely, the Ice cream sandwich (ICS) does a lot to improve Android and its aging. When we first saw Google unveil a seemingly endless list of features in Hong Kong last month, ICS looked sleek, glossy and fantastic.
Now that we have it in our hands, it’s really hot, but it’s also a hot mess. Undoubtedly, new features are welcome and the interface is pretty good, but it can also feel cluttered, disconnected and overly complex. So while it pushes Android a big step forward, it doesn’t solve all Android problems.
Snooze ICS and you’ll be left with an attractive and familiar device, though one that offers a fallback version of Android. The display is rich and the profile is trimmed, but students of the Samsung Galaxy device recognize the design. Likewise, while the features are exciting, nothing beyond ICS repels us. Fortunately, internal numbers are still excellent, and the quality of calls on the T-Mobile network has been comparable.
A few years ago, we joked that Nokia continued to build the same design of the phone, tweaking it slightly with each subsequent model. However, today we are more likely to apply this joke to Samsung. Ever since the company began manufacturing Galaxy devices last year, many have looked very similar. Indeed, the Galaxy Nexus has a lot in common with its predecessors, especially last year’s Nexus S (a Galaxy device, if not by name).
You will see the same dark color, conical edges and contour shape that should follow the curve of your head. The phone is large (5.33 inches long by 2.67 inches wide), so this might be too much for some users. Samsung, however, squeezed every inch, which can make it very thin (0.35 inches).
The Galaxy Nexus fits comfortably in your hand (as long as you have large paws), but it feels too fragile.
Nice, but like other Samsung phones before, the Galaxy Nexus also feels too fragile in the hand, even at 4.76 ounces. Here again we fear that we should be extra careful not to lower it even once on a hard surface. The case is an option, but it’s annoying on the phone. The Hyperskin material on the back cover adds some texture, but it’s not quite the Kevlar material on the Motorola Droid Razr.
On the right side you will find the power / lock button and three metal contacts that will be used for future dock accessories. On the left is a volume rocker and at the bottom is a Micro-USB charging / sync port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We would have preferred if the jack was elsewhere. The camera lens and flash are sitting on the top end of the back cover.
Display and interface
A 4.65-inch display, though you can only use 4 inches of space on the main screen, given the programmable shortcut tray that sits below (the tray also appears on some, but not all, internal screens). Even with this fiction, the display is big enough for a smartphone, but not big enough for ICS. We will explain in the ICS section.
With a Super AMOLED resolution of 1280×720 pixels, the HD display is bright and bright with vibrant colors. Everything looks great from graphics to photos to menu icons, and you can customize the five home screens with the Google search bar, menu icons, and widgets. ICS is offering new folders and new widgets, but we’ll come back to them later. The main menu displays traditional icons and the internal menus have the usual list structure. It’s a clean, elegant design that shines especially in text messaging and email applications, where adding attachments, audio, video and photos is easy. Bravo, Google.
Like other Nexus devices, the Galaxy Nexus has a clean Android interface that is not overshadowed by the manufacturer or carrier. This is great for both users and developers, as it lets you shine through the true glory of Android. Developers also like special Developer Options in the main menu, which offers access to features such as displaying CPU usage, setting a background process limit, and activating visual feedback for the touch screen. Indeed, personalization options like these distinguish Android.
Although we hoped it would be different, the Galaxy Nexus still has the slight lag effect we’ve seen on other Android phones. Indeed, you will notice this when scrolling through the lists. It’s better than what we’ve seen on previous models, so it doesn’t destroy the touch interface, but you notice a difference when switching from an iOS device or Windows Phone 7. You can change the brightness, backlight time, and font size. The display also has a turn-off accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor.
At the bottom, sit down the three touch buttons to scroll through menus or functions, return to the home screen, and open a list of recently viewed screens. Yes, you do lose the special search button found on previous Android phones, but this is a feature the Galaxy Nexus inherited from Honeycomb (the search box is available in almost every home app and home screen). As with Honeycomb, these ICS elements will go out in some applications up to three points of light until you click them again. What’s more, the controls rotate 90 degrees when you tilt your phone.
Tap this new navigation button to see the apps you recently opened.
Otherwise, there are no physical controls on the front of the phone. However, you will see an indicator light when you make a call and receive a message, email or notification. Aside from the fact that it is soothing, we are just glad that it is, as it was a big miss on the Nexus S.
The virtual keyboard takes up the entire width of the display, whether you use it in portrait or landscape mode. The primary screen has three rows of alphabet keys with main punctuation just above. In the bottom row, there is a huge space bar in the center, the voice activation key on the left (the “@” key takes its place when you enter an email address). You will need to press an extra keyboard to get extra punctuation and numbers, but the keyboard is spacious and easy to use. Unfortunately, it does not support Swype. The dial pad shows a huge amount but tiny text.
Phonebook size is limited by available memory. Each entry contains several fields for phone numbers, as well as email and street address, company name and name, instant messaging handle, birthday, nickname, URL and notes. You can merge contacts with a photo and group them. Unfortunately, pairing individual contacts with one of the 25 polyphonic ringtones is another obvious feature. You will need to open a person’s Card profile, then tap Menu to set a ringtone or send all calls by voicemail.
Of course, the Galaxy Nexus has all the other essentials you would expect from a smartphone, like text and multimedia messages, email sync (both Gmail and not), calendar sync (Google and not), calculator and alarm clock and news widget, and the weather. Also on board are Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP), Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n) and download and file manager. However, we are not pleased that while ICS supports USB mass storage, The Galaxy Nexus does not . Speaker-independent voice commands let you do just about everything with your voice alone. They work great if you are clearly talking and using your phone in a location without much background noise.
Google features and applications
Google fans have many Google applications and services to use and explore. The list is no different from the ancestors of the Nexus phone, but they should be repeated. There’s Google Talk, YouTube, Google Search (with voice), Google Latitude, Google Places, Google+, Google Maps with navigation, and Google Messenger.
Cards also receive a bit more 3D processing with ICS. Zoom in far enough (with two fingers) and you will see buildings begin to take on some 3D shape. Slide two fingers up and down the screen to tilt the screen for better viewing.
The headset connector and the Micro-USB port are located at the bottom of the phone.
The GPS features worked well, though we were a bit cautious considering the GPS issues suffered from previous Samsung Galaxy devices. On his first attempt, he found us about a quarter from the CNET offices, which is normal. However, on the second attempt, he pinpointed our location. For the best experience, you need to enable Wi-Fi and GPS location in the Settings menu. The Galaxy Nexus has a gyroscope, a compass and a big foot up against the iPhone: it supports voice guidance in turn in real time outside the box. The built-in barometer could partially thank you; its purpose on the Galaxy Nexus – to help with GPS lock.
With a pure Google experience, you can use any application you want through the Android Market. Moreover, you can also use non-market names. Just keep in mind that the unlocked Galaxy Nexus version only has 16GB of internal storage (Verizon’s version will have 32GB). Yes, it’s a lot, but we say “simple” because the Galaxy Nexus does not have an external memory card slot.
Camera, video and music
The main camera has a 5 megapixel resolution, but you can also shoot in 3 megapixels, 1.3 megapixels, QVGA and VGA. There is also a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for photos and video calls.
When photographing, the shooters have an unusual but not too many editing options (additional options are available in the photo galleries). You’ll find digital zoom, face recognition, location, four white balance options, seven exposure settings, and four scene modes (action, night, sunset, and party). Flash from the back may cause malfunction. In dim conditions, it can wash lighter colors. You can set the flash to automatic, always turn it on or off completely.
ICS offers many camera enhancements, which we will discuss in more detail below. Here we will say that the absence of a lag is extraordinary. In fact, when we took the first photo, we didn’t realize the shutter was closed. Trust us when we say it’s really so fast. Nice work, Google.
We’re glad to see that Google is investing in photo editing tools.
More interesting and useful to our eyes is the full suite of built-in photo editing tools: cropping, red-eye reduction, face glow, straightening, rotation, flipping and sharpening. There are also effects that can be added such as heat, saturation and sepia tones. There are a total of 16 color and style effects, four more lighting controls. Google could have easily stopped and kept allowing manufacturers to add their own filters, but the built-in editing makes the Android OS much more powerful.
The camcorder shoots clips in three resolutions: 1080p HD, 720p HD and 480p.You can adjust the white balance, you can use the flash as a light to record, and ICS adds scaling while recording and several time intervals, from 1.5 seconds to 10 seconds. Exactly how much you can write will depend on the available memory.
If you really want to get creative, your camcorder has several effects that will give your videos some choke. Some of the options are nothing but fun – sunset, disco and space effects will add background to your clips – but others are weird and quirky. For example, the effect of a “big nose” will give your subject a huge trick, the “big mouth” will do the same for the attackers, and the “big eyes” will give your friend vague anxious eyes straight from Lady Gaga’s video.
The quality of photos on the Galaxy Nexus varies. Our standard studio shot showed muted colors.
The quality of the photos was mostly satisfactory, but the color accuracy was not uniform. In some shots, the shades were brighter, while in other shots we had too much saturation. At times, there were also dubious tricks. You can see some comparison shots with iPhone 4S, Samsung Skyrocket and HTC Vivid.
The videos were a mixed bag. The HD clips were crisp and bright, though the fast movements were blurry. Lower resolution clips can be used in a pinch, but nothing is right for your wedding. Galaxy Nexus also has an integrated Movie Studio application for creating your own video projects.
If you’re not using a camera, the Galaxy Nexus has a Slacker radio app and music player (MP3s and AACs) linked to new Google music. The features aren’t great, but it’s easy to use, and downloading music to your phone is a seamless process, wireless or via a USB cable. We will explore Google Music in a future post.
We love the new video rental store that runs through the Android Market. We have not completely penetrated the store, but the choice seems wide and the prices ($ 3.99 for the standard title and $ 4.99 for HD) are fair. In any case, the easy way to get videos is that Android takes a very long time. Google Books also gives you access to many titles.
The web browser’s main shell is the same, though ICS adds a “Desktop Site Requests” that opens the full version of the website and syncs with your bookmarks. You can also save web pages offline, view your browsing history, share a page, and find text on a page and use up to 16 tabs. And truly on Android, you can change your browser settings to the smallest detail. All this adds up to a useful and powerful mobile browser that is very similar to the one you use on your computer.
Another new feature is the incognito mode, which lets you browse the pages without appearing in your history or search bar and leaving no trace as cookies. Third-party applications have done this before, but now Google is ahead of it directly in the browser.
Even with all the new features, browser custom work is no different. The interface is not cluttered and it does not provide a learning curve. Both mobile and full web pages look great. There is a multi-touch zoom, you can resize text, and you can change how much you want to zoom when you double-tap a button.
Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots
Ice Cream Sandwich
By all accounts, the ice cream sandwich is a Galaxy Nexus star attraction. A more complete upgrade than an upgrade, the OS acquires this deep and wide range of truckloads of new flavors that ( as we said earlier ) make Android 2.3 Gingerbread-like cookies. However, Google somehow missed the cherry on top. But in more detailthat later.
The ice cream sandwich is so crowded with a whiteness list of detailed changes that it’s easy to drown in the details. As a result, we will keep this review focused on the bigger picture features that are new to ICS, including the crowd favorite, Face Unlock. Later, we will expand the review in a little while, becoming more familiar with the OS. For the rest of the additions and enhancements – which are many – we think the pictures are in Screenshots gallery it will cost several thousand words.
New look:Say goodbye to the Android you thought you knew. Google has hardly converted the visuals, leaving almost no screen as before. Instead, it combines a lot of the sensitivity of Android Honeycomb tablets – navigation buttons, tabs for recent apps, darker colors and a more assertive look – with a revamped Android flair.
The Galaxy Nexus has a slim profile and contoured design, slightly curved. On the left side, the power regulator lies above the three metal ports for future dock accessory.
Google’s goal is to unify smartphone and tablet designs to make Android look like Android in any size screen. In terms of features, this seems to work. From a design standpoint, much of the new look is simple, elegant, adult and, dare we say, sexy. Just browse through the new menu button and menu listings, the redesigned notification alerts, the highly organized settings menu, and the Photo Editing Gallery application for examples.
However, there is also the side of ice cream sandwich that suffers from conflicting design ideologies like the Honeycomb Mini, which also tries to make sense as a smartphone OS.
Home screen and interface:The default home screen is just fine. This is the first place you will encounter a new typography called Roboto – it looks as clear and clean as promised, but unless you’re looking for change, most users won’t notice a huge difference.
From top to bottom of the home screen, other ICS changes include a transparent search bar, a stylized clock, and a round icon indicating a folder filled with Google services. You can create and name your own folders on the home screen by dragging application icons over each other. The implementation is easy to use and looks great.
The new home screen is just lovely and clean and we love the folders.
Interchangeable widgets are another addition to ice cream sandwiches. You can drag and drop them to the home screen from the application tray (more) and press and hold the widget to handle the selection knobs. Most of the time, the widget will resize when you drag it along the X or Y axis, but some widgets, such as photo galleries, do not resize. Overall, the look of the home screen is clean and familiar, but also new, and it pushes Android to clearer, less sweet territory.
Fans of smartphones will notice that Google seems to have borrowed a few touches from several of its competitors. For example, the main menu control (the only icon in the non-editable shortcut tray) looks very BlackBerry, for example. In addition, from Honeycomb, the control of popup menus completely disappears and is replaced by a very clearly designed menu button that looks like a three-layer colon (this is a page from the Windows Phone 7 design book). We should probably make sure that this control moves at the top or bottom of many hard-to-track applications. It would be better if it were consistently on top.
The main menu has a simple, easy-to-use interface.
The application launcher looks essentially the same as Gingerbread, though it has a slightly different layout and bizarre graphical transition when you scroll horizontally across your applications. We really like that the Market app is constantly available at the top of the screen, and that the app launcher has expanded, including widgets. However, the “tile look” of the widgets that Google has proudly displayed at the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich looks confusing and confusing.
Screenshots:If you like it A guided tour of an ice cream sandwich , you can thank the ice cream sandwich and its new feature for your own screen, in particular. It’s late in the game compared to Apple’s iOS (and even some Android phones, like Samsung Galaxy S II ), this feature is still a benefit for application developers, for us types of journalists, as well as for anyone who wants to be diagnosed with bugs or save the game’s bragging rights.
Insidiousness is to press the hardware combination of the volume down button and the power button the right way to launch the native screenshot tool. Unfortunately, it took a while to get a feel for it on the Galaxy Nexus. The action was awkward, and not always successful, especially at first. The ease of taking screenshots will depend on the individual proportions of the phone.
The new panorama mode works fine, but is it worth switching to your own mode?
Cameras & Videos:The panorama feature of the Ice Cream Sandwich Camera was one of the first secrets to leak. Some Android phones have seen this feature before, but only as a complement to a Samsung or HTC camera, never as a blood part of Android. Google has now made it front and center, one of three camera modes in addition to the standard camera and video.
Equally useful is that the software tells you when shooting (such as slowing down slow motion), we wonder how many people will take panoramic shots often enough to guarantee its popularity in the app. In any case, this tool worked smoothly in our tests.
Shared photo and video galleries get a few tweaks, especially for the “magazine tile” look we’ve also seen using widgets. This time, the photos are even more cluttered, a whole set of thumbnails with little space between them so your eyes can capture it. In addition, when you open the image, you will also see below the ticker of other gallery images. The usefulness of scrolling them is nice, but the visual noise it creates is not.
The newly updated call screen makes contacts front and center, but can also make them blurry.
People and calls:Google has completely redesigned the look and feel of its Contacts app – down to color and layout – and we love it. Photos are more noticeable, which is good if they are higher resolution or do not mind a slight grain. The drop-down menu allows you to set a ringtone or send all calls by voicemail. The alphabet is missing on the right side of the rail, though if you touch the scroll bar by quickly scrolling through your contact list, you can still skip your contacts.
When you make a call, the picture is magnified. The colors here are bolder, with a strong color blocking, deliberately more hyper-looking than what we saw for the benevolent green Android. While everything feels more open and believable, it also doesn’t feel like it visually mirrors the rest of the ice cream sandwich design. It may not bother you daily and it does not interfere with use. However, strange (un) cohesion should not exist in a polished OS.
The virtual keyboard is large and we like the clean design.
One thing missing is the ability to long-press a contact’s name while in the phone’s browse mode to see texting options – something that can be done in Gingerbread. Instead, Google replaced it with a different type of behavior. Now, touch the photo icon to send text, calls and even email contacts from any native communication app. The logic is easy to follow as soon as it is remembered, but it is not immediately apparent.
Google+, of course, integrates with ICS. As a favor for your Google social network, the contacts you have marked as “Favorites” will appear in high-resolution images until “sync contacts” is enabled in a separate Google+ app. (Warning: Many high-resolution photos can affect data usage.)
E-mail:Many small changes contribute to smarter, cleaner, more stylish and overall improved work with Gmail. Fresh icons and space for reading certainly help, but it’s a new way to like the email addresses (and photos) of your contacts, as well as the ability to drag selected text across the screen without using pre-screen cut-and-paste controls. Gmail will now also allow you to search for offline messages lasting 30 days.
If you misspelled the word, you will have the usual options to allow Android to autocorrect or select from the suggested word directly below the composition window. With the help of an ice cream sandwich, you can also touch a misspelled word (highlighted in red) and select one of the appropriate variants, or even add a new word to the dictionary.
Unlocking your face is a fun, but not particularly safe, way to unlock your ICS phone.
Facial unlocking:Since May last year, we know that Google’s face tracking software will turn it into an ice cream sandwich anyway, and it’s released in the form of a face unlock – a security option that lets you unlock your phone by holding it to your face for a few seconds. It’s one of those fun features to play with, but even Google copywriters warn in software that it’s less secure than a PIN or template, adding that someone who looks like you can unlock your phone.
In fact, we were able to save the face photos (taken with HTC Rezound ) to Galaxy Nexus to unlock your phone. If the facial recognition engine fails, you will still have a four-digit PIN or a tracked image as a spare.
It should be noted that neither template nor face unlock work if your IT group requires a PIN to access corporate email. For security, every time you turn off the face unlock, you will have to adjust it again to use it. This worked a dozen times that we used.
The back of the Galaxy Nexus has hyperscript material. Camera lens and flash sit on top.
Android Beam:One of the cool new features in the ice cream sandwich, Android Beam uses NFC to transfer things like maps, contact information and the name of a running game or application between two compatible phones in one vicinity. To get it working, go to Settings and find the More menu under Wi-Fi. Make sure NFC is turned on and that Android Beam indicates that it is ready for transmission. Learn more and watch videos about Android Beam in action .
Visual voicemail:Remember the demo of voicemail from the ICS launch event in Hong Kong? So do we. We haven’t yet been able to test this for the simple fact that the Google Voice app on Android Market does not yet use a compatible API for developers. So stay tuned.
Extra stuff:Other ICS additions include the ability to move alert messages one by one from the notification menus, the list of recent apps and bookmarks on the Internet (they call it “gestures”) by double-tapping the home screen to set alarms, new Gmail messages that are flashing ‘ I am the sender in the notification bar, and other options for rejecting unwanted incoming calls.
Where the ice cream sandwich soars, it is not enough
No one can accuse the Google Android team of providing a weak or minor OS update. ICS revamped Android from head to toe, giving it a much bolder identity than ever before, often with a refined look. For the most part, Google has succeeded in combining gingerbread and tablet-centric OS to create a single experience that can work equally on phones and tablets. Joining two OSs with different identities cannot be easy, and unfortunately, the seams sometimes show.
On the one hand, OShasMany previously hidden features have emerged, such as adding the Market icon at the top of each screen to the application tray, making the search bar more stable, making it easier to call recent applications by navigating and moving widgets to the application tray where they can be viewed. Long pressing will still find more features, but Google is moving away from this general complaint.
On the other hand, there is the recurring problem of cohesion and periodic obstacles (which tablet design will certainly solve for large devices). An ice cream sandwich is a piece of visual themes that lacks flow throughout the experience. The elegant home screen and notification menu have one motive, the other is overflowing tiles of photos and widgets, the third is a high contrast address book and the call screens are third. It is as if three separate groups of designers met in the 11th hour. No, sometimes the disjointed look and feel do not impair the usability of Android (unless you find it confusing), but it’s also not the issue that you see in iOS, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry OS 7, just as tame.
Moreover, even if an ice cream sandwich simplifies some activities, it also adds other features that are not obvious. True, Android always meant hidden features to reward energy users, and we’re not talking about Easter eggs. For example, there is no indication that you can expand notifications in the drop-down menu and that the action is not supported in the OS.
On the left – Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid Razr, iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II.
It is also not clear that the grid numbers you see next to the widget in the application tray (1×1, 2×4) match the grid displayed on the home screens when you move icons and widgets of applications. When you answer a phone call, you cannot press the incoming call button to drag it to answer, hang, or answer in the text. Our point is that while the ice cream sandwich solves some of the problems with the learning curve, it also creates a few others.
The first good news is that these are all issues that Google can address with consistent updates, as well as working to make the back end even more powerful. The other good news is that there is plenty of space for invested hardware manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola to continue to create graphical shells for Android. The ice cream sandwich is no longer just plain old vanilla, and we suspect that its design will be more polarized, no less.
After all, the ice cream sandwich is still pushing Google forward and establishing it as a permanent powerhouse in the OS mobile space. As conflicting as it may be, the personality of the OS, it also symbolizes the fact that Google leaves less of its refinement to phone makers and takes a stronger position in defining its personality as “Drody”.
The 1.2GHz dual-core processor is a big step up from the Nexus S ‘. The menu opened instantly, and most features took a few seconds to turn on the power. Even the photo gallery, which took about 5 seconds to open on the Nexus S, lasted for 2 seconds. The phone was also stored for a day of heavy use. We switched applications quickly and without any hiccups.
When we tested the Galaxy Nexus next to the iPhone 4, we got different results. Some apps, such as messaging and maps, open faster on the Galaxy Nexus, while other features like the camera open faster on the iPhone. And to make things even more confusing, it was the connection between phones for the settings menu. We will go deeper into the processor over the next few days.
We tested the four-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) band in the world in San Francisco with the Galaxy Nexus phone using T-Mobile. The quality of the calls was generally respectful. The volume was loud enough and the voices sounded natural. We didn’t have a problem finding a signal in our test area, although we did hear some static on the calls, especially right after we connected. It wasn’t permanent, and it went quickly, but it was still there. Even with this problem though, the phone worked fine.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus call quality sampleListen now:
Clients were overwhelmingly positive. They could hear us perfectly even when we called from a noisy place and they did not find any problems with the clarity of the voice. Several friends heard static, and the couple complained that the phone was perceiving wind noise. Calls to automated systems went well as we spoke slowly and clearly.
The loudspeaker is very loud, though static and interference were exaggerated at the highest volumes. This is not unusual for a mobile phone, but the Galaxy Nexus had more of its share. Therefore, we recommend that you use the loudspeaker sparingly. The calls from the Bluetooth headset were satisfactory, but the quality was dependent on the headset.
The Galaxy Nexus supports five HSPA + 21 ranges, which can be considered 4G depending on what you ask. This allows for wide reach worldwide, including the T-Mobile high-speed network. We will check the speed of data transmission over the next few days and add it here. For its part, the Galaxy Nexus Verizon will support the carrier’s LTE 4G network.
We are still checking with Samsung to get nominal talk and standby time. Of course, we also run official tests with CNET Labs. We will also add digital SAR as soon as we have it.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is unmistakably an Android phone. It’s powerful, you can work with it from the ground up, and it offers some features that the iPhone can’t touch. Undoubtedly, Android fans will see the Galaxy Nexus this way, and they are likely to savor every bite of ice cream sandwich. Without ICS, the phone is more or less just a phone, but with it you look at a sleek and powerful smartphone.
As we said before, ICS is a big leap forward in making Android more user-friendly for entry-level users, while meeting the pros. In the past, Google tried to find that balance: some devices were too simple and others too fanciful. The problem is that iOS and Windows Phone, without having to manually interface and pay attention to user experience, are waiting to catch up with consumers who think the new Android is too much. Taking a step forward, ICS wins a few of them back, but it also keeps its foot in the clogged Android past.