One of a many desired Android phones and positively a many long-lasting – a Google Nexus One – looks to finally have a estimable inheritor in a Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus out in Singapore in January 2012.
For a prolonged time, a Nexus One’s neat lines, zippy opening and initial entrance to a latest Google Android OS releases have done it a phone to delight for folks who bought it when it initial strike a stores about dual years ago.
Since then, brighter and softened screens, as good as dual-core chips and faster graphics processors have seemed on newer gizmos, yet a Nexus One’s elementary pattern and elementary Android OS yet any third-party manufacturer add-ons still kept it a favourite among Android geeks.
In a Galaxy Nexus, they will find a estimable upgrade. The Nexus indication immediately after a Nexus One, a Nexus S done by Samsung final year, was interesting, yet it didn’t feel as slim, as stout or as many of an ascent to a original.
The Galaxy Nexus brings to a list a latest 1.2GHz dual-core chip and 1GB RAM for faster estimate and a vast 4.65-inch shade and splendid Super AMOLED screen, so hardware is top-notch and adult to date.
Immediately, a disproportion between a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S is obvious, during a discerning hands-on we had usually now with a media here in Jakarta with a Samsung show-and-tell.
The newer model, denounced about three weeks ago, feels sturdier with a textured cosmetic subsidy and a vast shade doesn’t make a phone that many bigger since of a intensely slim edge. In fact, fixation it subsequent to my Galaxy S II that comes with a 4.3-inch shade creates me feel that a bigger phone isn’t that many bigger after all. It positively fits into a jeans container easily.
Note too that a Galaxy Nexus’ shade is rather curved, like with a Nexus S, yet this time, a reduction corpulent support creates things demeanour even sleeker and a contour simply fits your face softened than a prosaic chunk of metal, cosmetic and glass.
What’s maybe some-more considerable is that a shade stays pointy notwithstanding being bigger, since Samsung has packaged in some-more pixels with a 1,280 x 720 fortitude that it supports. Just in box you’re meditative things will demeanour becloud with patched adult pixels, a latest Nexus will have nothing of it.
How does a onboard Super AMOLED arrangement review to a Galaxy S II’s presumably higher Super AMOLED plus? I’d have to contend it’s tough to tell in bland use. If we caring to compare, afterwards maybe a Galaxy S II’s shade competence seem a diminutive bit brighter, yet that’s if we are looking during them side by side – a new phone’s shade is strong splendid in any box and a disproportion is small, in my view.
Of course, we can’t speak about a Galaxy Nexus yet articulate about a star of a uncover – Google’s new Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich handling system.
There is no imagination “personal assistant” here that usually understands certain accents, yet instead you’d find unequivocally useful day-to-day improvements like a face approval underline that lets we clear a phone by simply staring during a camera.
The useful facilities extend to Gmail, that lets we get a discerning glance of your e-mail summary by a new two-line preview, instead of a stream one-liner that doesn’t contend much.
There are a good series of other features, like common bookmarks with your PC’s Google Chrome browser, as good as a mobile browser that lets we simply mention that we wish to perspective pages in desktop mode instead of a nude down mobile version.
Fortunately, a additional features, from what we can see, doesn’t force a strike on performance. we swiped by a screens, with loads of apps using in a background, as good as Ice Cream Sandwich’s new animations incited on, and didn’t detect a slowdown.
What we consider a new OS could have softened on is a looks. They are a small spartan, even if we cite a easier “pure” Google knowledge yet third celebration add-ons. In a bizarre way, a super efficient, super purify demeanour even reminds me of Windows Phone. This is not a bad thing – usually that we had hoped Google would have left for a fancier interface.
So, how does a phone review to what’s already out there?
First, let’s review with a Galaxy S II, Samsung’s flagship Android phone. The categorical thing here, on paper, is a shade size. But if we put them side by side, you’d realize they are not that different, since a incomparable shade on a Galaxy Nexus includes a soothing keys – back, home and context – that are apart tough buttons on a Galaxy S II.
A integrate of things that a Galaxy S II has that a newer opposition doesn’t is 1) a micro SD label container for adding some-more storage (the Galaxy Nexus comes with usually inner 16GB or 32GB storage) and 2) an 8-meg camera over a 5-meg one on a newer model.
To be fair, hardware is not everything. When it comes to a new OS, apparently a S II doesn’t have a updated goodies from Google and it would always be slower than a Google-branded indication in receiving destiny updates.
We don’t know for certain when Android 4.0 is entrance to a S II – it’s doubtful Samsung would imperil a sales of a new indication by pulling out a refurbish progressing than a initial entertain of 2012.
How does a Galaxy Nexus review with Windows Phone models, like Nokia’s Lumia 800? Very good in terms of hardware and design, yet a Lumia 800 maybe has an corner in some areas, interjection to Microsoft’s innovations.
These embody a seamless People underline that lets we see what your friends are adult to on Twitter and Facebook, SMS conversations we have with them and photos we have shared. This is an constituent underline built into Windows Phone that works a wonder, so there’s noneed to hunt for an app to demeanour these sum through.
Google has copied that rather with a People app for a new OS, yet this still requires we to glow adult a apart app. The many renouned smartpone OS now, Android has been attempted and tested by many users, yet it positively is not always an dignitary in some of a latest “smart” features.
And finally, what of a iPhone? Apple’s dated-looking iOS and underwhelming iPhone 4 S will be frequency a quarrel for a Android 4.0 Galaxy Nexus. Whether this is in hardware (screen distance and brightness) or program (true multi-tasking AND speed with Android), a Galaxy Nexus wins clearly.
The categorical adhering indicate for me is Samsung’s high seeking cost of S$948. we already hear grumblings from some friends who have been watchful a prolonged time to ascent from a Nexus One to a Galaxy Nexus, yet we think some of them will still finish adult forking out a money for a phone that could final usually as prolonged as a Nexus One did.
Some users have hold on to that defining jigger for roughly dual years now. Just like a Nexus One, a Galaxy Nexus could suffer a same geeky niche following and maybe even remonstrate some-more mainstream users now that Android is not usually a “challenger” OS yet a leader.