The Nexus line of smartphones from Samsung has a long tradition of being the first ones to introduce new Android versions. It two predecessors were first in debuting both Froyo and Gingerbread in the mobile phone market. And now, the Galaxy Nexus has taken up the crown by inducting the exalted Ice Cream Sandwich into our scheme of things. But the allure goes much beyond the operating system, as is confirmed by the slew of innovative features offered by Samsung’s third generation smartphone. So, without further ado, let us check some the reasons, why this contraption is seriously worth your time.
1. Galaxy Nexus ‘power train’
We had a mild controversy in the media circuit, surrounding the insides of the Galaxy Nexus for its GSM and LTE avatar (yes, it has a LTE version now!). But now, it seems the dust has settled, with the LTE version having the same boisterous 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core chip (found in its GSM cousin), fueling fast apps loading and webpages rendering. Of course, there are slight alterations in the set up regarding the LTE chip, but nothing that would affect the phone’s overall performance.
2. Updates for Android 4.0.2
There are reports dangling around the grapevine, about users already getting their updates of Android 4.0.2 in their Galaxy Nexus sets. The total size of the upgrade is around 10.7 MB, while it improves upon a few user oriented attributes. The major ones among them include: an optimized mobile hotspot when used in conjunction with VPN, fixes for notifications and an overall visual enhancement for the lock screen.
3. Galaxy Nexus now on sale for $299.99
Most of you Android aficionados might already know this. Anyway, the Galaxy Nexus has already set sail from 15th December. Available at Verizon for $299.99 and a two year contract, it is never too late for a Christmas present. On the other hand, Amazon Wireless is already offering $199.99 takeaway price, though the backorder roll is lengthened to more than 8 days.
4. First HD Super AMOLED Contoured Display
Boasting of the superbly crafted 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display; this is as close as you will get to naturalistic 180 degree viewing. Exhibiting the nigh perfect fusion of brightness and vivacity, the screen also features a substantial 316 ppi pixel density. The good resolution in turn allows you to browse through desktop versions of the web pages, without having to use the scroll button too much.
5. Ultra Slim demeanor
Moving along the righteous trend of ‘slim is beautiful’, the Galaxy Nexus comes with an ultra petite 9.47mm (0.37 inches) thickness, with a weight ranging from 135g to 150g (varying accordingly from HSPA+ version.to LTE version). Overall, the sleek design does have a more ergonomic bearing, especially regarding the HSPA+ version. On the other hand, the LTE version may be a tad bit on the heavier side (at the top), but the change is not that drastic.
6. Face Unlock
We have been harping about the latest ICS, and there is a reason for it. Android 4.0 brings along with it a myriad of new user oriented features. A good one among those is the Face Unlock mechanism. Basically, the feature corresponds to a system which can only unlock the phone when it recognizes your pictorial image, as opposed to your friend (or enemy!). This can certainly come in handy during those emergency ‘theft’ situations.
7. Android Beam
Ever had a pleasant reverie of sharing files and webpages across two devices by just touching them? Well, the Android Beam is the glorious answer to your dream. Embedded with the Galaxy Nexus battery, this attribute will allow you to share a plethora of stuff between two NFC enabled phones. The sharing list includes contacts, websites, apps, maps, directions and even YouTube videos.
8. Galaxy Nexus lasted more than 33 hours on its first full charge
Taking into account of all the processing heavy features of the smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus does give a good impression of itself in the battery life front. According to a review by Joe Wilcox, the device did give over 33 hours of power output, during its initial usage. Though, it should be duly noted that using graphics intensive widgets and social networking applications may affect the battery in the long run.
9. LTE data speeds and reception
Strictly limited to the LTE version, the Galxay Nexus does give a good connection criteria with speeds ranging from 14Mbps to 16Mbps (for downloads). Sometimes, it does depend upon the region one is using the device, but Verizon has improved upon some pretty practical features like voice call quality and reception.