Pros This phone lightning fast
Display is absolutely amazing
The phone is made of very high-quality plastic
Speech to text feature baked into the whole OS is very good
Cons No Gorilla Glass
No USB mass storage
No SD slot
Summary Hardware & Form Factor:
A lot of the reviews of the GSM version claimed that the phone felt big in people's hand and that some people had trouble with one-hand operations, however I don't see this to be the case. I have had no trouble using this phone in one hand. It fits comfortably in my hand, and the phone is incredibly light. While the RAZR might also be light, because it is slightly wider, it did not feel as comfortable in my hand.
While this phone may not have the same high-end processor that is found in the HTC Rezound, the 1.2 GHz dual-core processor combined with Android 4.0 makes this thing lightning fast. I have found no lag in anything. At times, launching the camera application takes a few extra seconds, but it is really not too bad. Overall, launching apps is the fastest of all of smartphone out there (and yes, this is faster than the iPhone 4S). Since I've already mentioned the camera, I'll mention it now. It takes very good photos, but not quite the quality of pictures that the iPhone 4 or 4S is capable of. While it is only a 5MP camera, REMEMBER that MP is not the whole story because the light sensors are even more important. That being said, this takes very good photos and make this a great point-and-shoot camera.
The Display is absolutely amazing! I've never seen a display quite like it. It is on par with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and the HTC Rezound. While the Rezound technically has the highest ppi, the 315ppi on the Nexus is amazing. You can adjust the brightness to save some battery life, and even on low the picture looks as good as is to be expected, but I've chosen to leave it on full brightness because the screen is just that pretty. I really don't know what that is going to do for me in terms of battery life, but I can deal with losing some battery life. The screen is really that enjoyable.
While some people don't like the plastic feel that Samsung chooses to use, it feel very sturdy! If you need to take the back cover off, it comes off fairly easily, but snapping it back in is somewhat annoying. But keep in mind, how often will you really need to take off the cover. Because the phone is made of very high-quality plastic, it is much sturdier than the iPhone. Yes, the iPhone may have more of a premium feel to it, but to make a phone that has glass on the front and back of the phone, you will very scared of dropping it for fear of cracking the glass. And if you crack the glass on the iPhone, it is not covered by insurance.
I have two assessments of the speaker on this phone. For phone calls, it's great, whether you have it on speaker phone or not. However, if you try to watch a video or listen to music on it the speaker could be louder, but the fact that the speaker is on the back of the phone plays a factor in why it could be louder. . Let's remember this though, this is a phone so in that respect the speaker is great!
I came from a Blackberry, but I have had some experience with iPhones and various Android phones and the custom skins different OEMs use. I can say that the lack of OEM customization and the pure Android experience is by far the best. I like it better than the iPhone OS too. While some people won't like seeing th Google Search Bar widget built in to all the home screens, I kind of like it. The swipe down notification tray is great (something I didn't have with my BB), and you can access it even while the screen is locked, but if you have security set up you will need to unlock before accessing notification tray.
The speech to text feature baked into the whole OS is very good. However, you need to speak very deliberately, and very clearly. If you do, it's about 95% accurate. the other 5% actually has some other options to select from that it thinks you said. While I have not demoed Siri on the iPhone 4S, i do know that you need to speak very clearly too for that, but it might be more accurate. I can't say for sure though. And while the speech to text in ICS is not a personal assistant, I do not need to talk to my phone like I am on the Star Trek Enterprise.
The resizable widgets is great. The other thing I like is the ability to create folders on your home screens, but this is something that iOS has had for a while now. However, where this trumps iOS is if you create speed dials. In iOS you can't easily create speed dials, but Android has always been good at this, and with the ability to create folders on your home screen, this becomes incredibly useful because you are not cluttering your screen with all your speed dials.
ICS also has a task manager is that very easy to access as it's built-in as one of the software buttons (remember there are no physical buttons aside from the volume rocker and the power button). You can switch between apps that you have open with a quick press. You can also use this to close any apps that you aren't using anymore. Speaking of Apps, because this is a Nexus device, you won't find any of the bloatware apps that Verizon loves include on its phones. Well, actually you will find 2 apps, My Verizon Mobile and VZ Backup Assistant. I tend to find Backup Assistant to be useless since all my contacts are synced with my gmail, but the My Verizon Mobile i think is semi-useful. Although I have a grandfathered data plan, I can easily launch this app up and check my minutes. If you really don't want these two apps though, in ICS you can disable the apps and they disappear for your app tray.
If you are buying this and don't have a grandfathered data plan you will most defintely want to take advantage of a brand new feature in ICS. You can limit how much data your phone uses each month on the mobile network. This is really important because you don't want to use your phone all month and then get hit with a huge overage charge on data. You can tweak the settings too to limit background data used by running apps also. This is a great add to ICS!
We've all heard this time and time again, but battery life on 4G phones is not great. So this phone comes with a slightly larger battery than the GSM version. That being said, this was needed for the 4G LTE antenna. You may want to disable 4G if you don't live in an area that has 4G or if you want to conserve battery life. Because I'm not always in 4G coverage, I've turned off the 4G. Since then, my battery life has been great! Most of your battery life is going to get drained by your display, but this is true for all smartphones though. I love how crystal clear the screen is on full brightness so I can deal with the the slightly shorter battery life I will have.
Some people will likely be upset by the lack of Facebook syncing with your contacts, but from my research this is not soething that has been supported for some time. If you do need that, Friendcaster will do the trick though and can be downloaded from the Android Market.
Yes, there is no Google Wallet, but this apparently has to do with security concerns from Verizon, but it could also have to do with the mobile payment system that Verizon has coming later this year. Because of the Net Neutrality laws, if Google fixes the security issues that Verizon is concerned about, Verizon will not legally be allowed to block the app. So don't be too concerned about this one. You can actually get this on your phone now without rooting by downloading the .apk from XDA. Just remember that you are putting your personal CC information into the app.
Is it really a true Nexus device? Well it depends on how you look at it. Because of the two Verizon apps on it most people would say no. I don't see why Verizon forced Google to include the apps when they don't force Apple to preload the same apps. Kind of bums me out to see VZ flex it's muscles, but I already mentioned these can be disabled and you can completely remove if you root the phone. The real concern here is regarding updates. As a Nexus device it should normally receive updates right from Google and before anyone else, but because VZ is the slowest in terms of allowing updates to phones on their network, this has yet to be seen if this will become a big issue.
Built-in Google search bar is buggy (for me at least). When I try to use it, it crashes on me. not sure if this is just my deivce or everyone, but I've already sent Google an email about it. Also, if you really don't like it being built into every home screen, you can remove it by rooting the phone. Someone has already figured out this hack. You can easily Google how to remove it (pun very intended).
No Gorilla Glass, but this is really not an issue. I just want to call this out because someone asked me about it. Gorilla glass is actually much more expensive for OEMs and is power hungry. The fortified glass used by the Nexus is incredibly durable. You can take a key and try to scratch it, but you will have a hard time leaving a mark or even cracking the screen ([...])
No USB mass storage. While this was thought to be a huge deal-breaker for a lot of people, you can connect it to your computer and drop files onto the device. So if you were concerned about being able to get pictures or music from your computer to your phone, you don't have to worry too much.
No SD slot. This is related to the USB mass storage because it doesn't have the removable storage. But this phone has a 32GB internal storage. This is more than enough for any user. If you really intend to fill up more than that with pictures or music, get an iPod or a regular digital camera. Also, you can easily access Google music on this device, so load your music onto that and you should be just fine since you won't use up space on your phone and you'll still be able to access all your music!
Hopefully if you read this you found this helpful, and if you will buy this phone I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: [ Flixya.com/blog/3941159/Samsung-Galaxy-Nexus-4G ]. I can easily say this is an amazing phone and I am glad I waited for this phone instead of settling for the RAZR or iPhone.
Pros Speedy phone, great resolution, ICS is very pretty and definitely a better than Gingerbread. Camera takes nice photos and certainly better than I was expecting due to pre-release reviews.
Cons Wish handset was made of metal but it does seem very sturdy.
Summary Awesome phone and great experience with version 4 Android!
Pros Screen resolution
Cons Slow horizontal keyboard transition
Summary Transitioning from an LG Dare, I noticed a huge improvement. All the specs are all around other phones, but ads a little extra "kick" for your money.
Pros Screen is very nice. Processor speed is OK.
Cons Lacks SD card and the internal storage does not mount as a drive. Verizon car mount HORRIBLE! (No charging pins like in GSM version.) Does not have home dock screen that original Moto Droid had with alarm clock, etc. Home screens do not rotate!
Summary One should not have so much dislike for a top of the line phone within 24 hours of buying it.Positive things: You can remove useless junk like Facebook, Twitter, etc. that it came preloaded with. plus ICS can force stop and disable the two ROM'ed Verizon applications. (Does not force you to have the NFL on main screen, oir anywhere else, which was why I waited out the Razr with its Blurriness...)
Verizon found a way to cripple yet another phone. Why the car dock is different and mostly useless and why the phones /sdcard subdirectory can't be mounted is beyond me. Ridiculous...
I bought it yesterday, am very tempted to return it before three days is up to save $35 restocking fee. I still wish I had bought the UK GSM version for use on T-Mobile. Or maybe I'll keep it till January 15 and pay them the $35 rental.
The phone itself might be OK, but the annoyance Verizon caused with late release, putting in their two pieces of bloatware, disabling GWallet by claiming it's Verizon's phone (as opposed to the customer's), etc. are reasons I do not like this phone. It could have been so much better if I could buy it from another carrier.
Updated on Dec 16, 2011
Another positive: much lighter than my original Droid.
Camera is nice!
Really tough to snap out of the horrible car dock without worrying that you'll drop it. Still haven't figured out how to do it right, only way that works is to push on the camera lens? Droid car dock was really nice in how device snapped in place.
Updated on Dec 16, 2011PRO: Internal storage DOES mount as a drive. I had to search hard to find how, but it does. (Droid just used to ask, this does not.)
CON: The external speaker is really bad, tinny sound, low volume...
Updated on Dec 19, 2011How to mount as a drive on Windows XP:
Settings > Storage > the three dots (let's call this the 'menulipsis' :-) > USB Computer Selection > MTP
Pros - Screen
- Android 4.0
Cons - Camera quality could be a little better.
- No expandable memory; however 32GB is more than enough
- Battery life, if using 4G LTE constantly
- The graphics chip could have been better; Quadrant scores not as high as I expected
Summary Overall, this phone is great. It is combination of high-quality hardware and software. Even though some people do not like all the plastic, I think it is practical and better than the all metal and glass iPhone. The size of the phone is not a distraction either. The screen size of 4.56" is big, but it does not feel big. The curved screen, thinness, and narrowness of the phone feels perfect, even in small hands. This is currently the best Android phone money can buy right now.