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Samsung Galaxy Nexus – an Initial Impressions review

Casually labelled as a groundbreaking device, the Galaxy Nexus holds its head way above the clouds with its features, such as the Google Android 4.0 OS, Super AMOLED screen and is one of the few UK handsets to support NFC. Naturally, the Nexus features as the very top-end of all the Android devices and as such comes with an extravagant cost attached. The mobile phone weighs in at only 135grams, but looks like it should be infinitely heavier. It has a brilliant screen quality, and a great camera, even for its 5megapixel version – whilst the dual-core processor ensures very little latency, from the much refined operating system.

Remarkably, it seems quicker and more responsive than even the iPhone 4S and is especially fast compared to other Android devices. This is clearly evident whilst navigating through front screens, or opening and closing applications or windows.

The screen itself is astonishing; although it may lack the apparent colour depth of the Galaxy S II, but the sharpness and clarity is more visceral than ever. We believe this is the perfect canvas for pictures and video, even when zoomed in – thanks to the 1280x720 resolution display.

A wonderful feature of this device is the simplicity when connecting to a computer, from the microUSB socket. The liberation of ‘plug and play’ once again seems to make sense, and transferring media to the Nexus is both instantaneous and free from trouble. As trouble often begins when PC sync software is required and the whole procedure varies enormously, which can often become a time-consuming and rather futile mission.

The lack of a microSD card slot is surprising, but not a rare feature for many new phones. We envisage the 13GB of accessible internal storage is going to be fine, unless of course you are keen to try out HD video. On that note, storage capacity doesn’t seem enough for such a powerful device and with its potential to display full 1080p resolution.

When using WIFI for the first time, we found that the ‘WIFI direct’ setting didn’t allow us to connect. However, once we tried a much simpler setup we discovered that WIFI connectivity was in fact easy to establish, whilst proving fast and reliable in practice. We hope that this will be improved via imminent software updates and you won’t still be struggling with it come Christmas morning.

It is a similar story when it comes to the browser, where we were very impressed with both the speed and again the vivacity of the display. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus really improves the web browsing experience, and the phone’s huge 4.65-inch screen comes into its own. If you are looking for the ultimate Android device, the Nexus represents the pinnacle of high-end features and finely tuned performance that you will see on any modern handset.

- review courtesy of LucidCX (opens in new tab)

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.