Galaxy Nexus review: great product don’t deserve purchase before optimized

Galaxy Nexus, as the first smart phone to adopt Android 4.0, is a great product bring by Google and Samsung. It is the first Nexus aimed to common consumers other than just Geeks. Now, let us have brief review on Galaxy Nexus.

Galaxy Nexus Specs

  • Dimensions: 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 135 g
  • Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors. 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 16/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM
  • OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1750 mAh


The Galaxy Nexus package is long and thin. There are two curve on it side which suggest the Galaxy Nexus uses curve design. There are no any Google Logo in the package.

Open the package and you will see the 4.65″ Galaxy Nexus is very cool. The Nexus S is 4″. You may can’t reach any field on Galaxy Nexus screen if you just use one hand to operate it. On the back, Galaxy Nexus also have Google and Samsung LOGO as Nexus S do. All the design is similar to Nexus S. But Galaxy Nexus is much bigger and thinner.


Samsung adopted “Super HD AMOLED” screen. Here is a comparison between Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus screen makes me remember RAZR XT910. The Galaxy Nexus is very like xt910 on brightness and contrast.


With the release of Android 4.0, there are numbers of developers are thinking about new UI design. Gmail App give us a great idea.

UC browser 8.1 remain the same layout of it on Android 2.x. There is a little bug. The two red mark shows two button with the same functions.

On XDA, there are some people thinks three virtual button in Galaxy Nexus unnecessary. So there is a problem left to developers, when should it display.


Galaxy photographing function is very cool. Samsung announced that it have a “Zero shutter lag”. It is faster than Nokia N8 or iPhone4.

Except the ” Zero shutter lag “, Samsung Galaxy Nexus added many SNS elements. This may encourage more people to build picture sharing apps.

However, the quality of picture is not so good. There are two pictures taken under different environment. The left on is taken with enough light. The right one is taken with low light level. The right one is blurry.


Galaxy Nexus is a little expensive now. There are some bug in the system. It may takes some time to get a full optimized system. There are also some people say the battery can just support one day usage.

For all these reasons, I don’t recommend you to buy a Galaxy Nexus if you are not addicted with Android 4.0. If you want to try Android, you can firstly choose a cheap Android phone for your trial.