We explore uncharted space to see what makes the GALAXY
Unveiled to much fanfare in October last
year, this lovechild between Google and Samsung has given birth to what most
would consider to be Android's Magnum Opus thus far. We've managed to snag one
to try out, and boy were we impressed with what it could do.
At first glance, the Nexus' 4.7-inch
display screen might seem a bit too unwieldy, but it actually isn't too bad
considering the fact that the navigation buttons are also included in the
display. What this means is that not only do you get a bigger display estate, but
also a bigger resolution at 1280x720. The GALAXY Nexus so far boasts the most
pixel density per inch, so websites render that much better and videos look
that much sharper on it.
The GALAXY Nexus has a micro-USB port, a
3.5mm audio port and also pins for external docks. Opening the back cover
reveals the NFC-capable Lit-lon battery and a SIM card slot. Oddly enough, the
manufacturers didn't add in expandable storage space via MicroSD.
In terms of performance, the GALAXY Nexus
is a speedy device. The simple ICS Ul may have a lot to do with it as
everything is streamlined to look neater, with apps and widgets now easily when
performing multimedia tasks. Its battery life isn't that impressive to begin
with, so take caution when streaming videos.
The NFC feature on the phone -- a future
proofing effort -- comes in the form of Android Beam, which allows you to share
things like contact details and URLs by just bumping two NFC phones.
The rear 5MP camera, while not too bad, is
a bit perplexing as the Galaxy S II had such a good camera on its back. Whilst
the resolution is secondary in our opinion, the general quality of pictures and
video (1080p) aren't as good as they can and should be.
Samsung GALAXY Nexus
Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn. Bhd.
800 88 9999
Dual Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9
HSDPA 2100 / 900 EDGE / GPRS / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280x720)
Connectivity: USB2.0, 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC
32GB internal, non-expandab!e Others: 5-megapixels AF camera, 1.3-megapixels
135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm
Performance 4 stars