The sweetest Android phone yet.
One of the most spellbinding things about the Galaxy Nexus is the screen – it’s mesmerizing to look at. The 1,280×720 pixel Super AMOLED screen looks fantastic in almost any light, and pictures and video look superb on it. Navigating through menus, swiping through icons, even adjusting your wallpaper – all of it shows up brilliantly on the screen. The phone has no problem playing back high quality video, so firing up an episode of Glee while on the metro was pure awesomeness. I did notice a slight quip with the screen when I tilted it a bit, with whites and colors being briefly washed out before returning to normal. This may be due to the automatic brightness setting, but if you keep your phone steady when using it, you shouldn’t notice this too much.
The camera and subsequent photo app have been overhauled as well – the rear camera is a 5MP camera capable of shooting in full HD, with the front-facing camera featuring a 1.3MP resolution for video conferences or to use the Face Unlock feature. The quality of the photos taken with the rear camera were surprisingly good, and I loved that there was no delay in taking a photo and the camera being ready to take another one. Tapping on the screen automatically changes focus to that area, so you can come up with some pretty good shots with a bit of practice. The phone also has a very cool ‘panorama’ mode, which allows you to slowly pan the camera to create one large wide-angle picture. In between the changes to the camera app and the photo-editing options available on the phone, it’s easy to get some great looking photos with just a few taps.