iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy Nexus Goes On Sale In UK

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has officially gone on sale in the UK, and while the phone is available exclusively from Phones4u, there are other retailers like Carphone Warehouse who have already put the handset on preorder.

Phones4U stocks the Galaxy Nexus on Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and O2 with the only major one missing being Three. The handset can be had for free from £36 per month on a two year contract, with is less than the iPhone 4S and roughly the same as the one-year old iPhone 4.

As an indication, you will get 300 minutes, 3000 texts, 500MB data with three months free Wi-Fi as part of Vodafone's Test Data Promo, from £31 per month on a two year contract with a £59 upfront cost.

There are cheaper deals around though, provided that you wait a tad longer. For example BuyMobilePhones.net sells the handset with 900 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB data, unlimited web and email for £30.64 per month on a two year contract.

The phone is the first to come with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the second phone on the market to come with an HD display (1280x720 pixels).

The Galaxy Nexus comes with a dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a five megapixel camera with LED and AF and full HD video capture.

The 4.65-inch display comes with an oleophobic screen surface and has a contoured design; there's also Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, USB port but neither an HDMI nor a microSD slot.