The sweetest Android phone yet.
I have a bittersweet feeling as I type out this review. On one hand, I’m writing about a truly spectacular phone. On the other hand, I’m going to have to surrender it to my boss and go back to my humdrum Blackberry. I love how whenever I pop out of the office for a few seconds I return to find that my phone has gone on some kind of walkabout, being cradled in the grubby hands of one of my coworkers as they coo over this delicate little object in their hands. Make no mistake, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus certainly is a conversation starter in its own right, but the problem with it is that every person you meet will want to get their paws on it, even if for a few fleeting minutes.
There’s plenty of hype surrounding the Galaxy Nexus, and rightly so. Being packed with Android Ice Cream Sandwich not only sweetens the deal, but the phone’s synergy of hardware and software is something of a marvel. Under the phone’s hood is a 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor that accounts for the phone’s smooth performance and slick presentation, along with the 1GB of RAM. The phone sports the familiar contoured design, and the back panel is made of a flexible textured plastic that makes it easier to grip, and peels away to reveal the SIM card slot. There’s no slot for a microSD card, but you should be able to get everything you need onto the onboard 16GB or 32GB storage. The phone measures 5.33” x 2.67” x 0.37”, and has a remarkable 4.65” display (more on that later). Yes, it’s certainly a larger phone to hold and operate, but you’ll see later on that the phone’s size really does play towards the good side of things. Truthfully though, my brother found it a bit larger to hold and operate properly with one hand, whereas I had no problem using the phone with one hand as I have much longer fingers.