Screen: 4.65-Inch HD(1280 x 720) Super AMOLED, Contour Display (curved glass). Camera: 5MP continuous auto focus, 1.3MP Front, LED Flash, Video recording in 1080p at 30fps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot. Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. GPS with A-GPS support, barometer sensor
Software keys (BUTTONLESS), NFC support, ACCELEROMETER, GYRO, COMPASS, PROXIMITY/LIGHT, BAROMETER. Video out with Micro-USB
BATTERY: 1850mAh, Standby: Up to 290 h (2G)/Up to 270 h (3G). Talk Time: Up to 17 h 40 min (2G)/Up to 8 h 20 min (3G). Package Includes: Samsung Galaxy Nexus GT-i9250 Black, Standard battery, AC travel charger/USB data cable, Stereo headset
with Android OS 4.0, 16GB Memory, Touchscreen, 5MP Camera, Wi-Fi, Dual-Core Processor - International Version
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The ICS 4.0 is an awesome OS, but it is quite unstable yet. My phone reboots by itself or crashes. Hope, it is going to be fixed soon, and it is not hardware related. Samsung went somewhat budget on the phone for its price. The usable RAM is about 600KB, and it is utilized at 85% on my phone even when it is not used heavily. The built-in 16GB memory probably is going to be adequate for most users, but it is not expandable with an SD card. And, it appears that the FM radio is missing too. But, all negatives aside, the screen on it is simply gorgeous, and voice quality is decent. But, with the big screen comes big power drain. The battery lasts for about 4-4.5 hrs full to zero with the screen on (browsing, basic games, etc.). So, if you use the phone heavily, an external USB battery pack or a spare battery is a must. BTW, the back cover is not that easy to install. When you push on one side, another side pops out. You pretty much need to put the phone onto a hard surface to install it. By today's standards, the battery should last for at least 8 hrs, meaning that the battery for this phone should be twice of its capacity, and almost twice as big. That would have spoiled the elegance of the slim curved phone shape. Beauty requires sacrifices!
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Phone operated fine for the first six months, but now consistently has extreme data and wifi delays. Took it in and was told I need to keep performing hard resets - now have to do at least 2 a day in order to ensure my messages keep coming in. Skip this phone.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps the Best Android Phone EverJan. 27 2012
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Let's be honest here, if you're in the US looking at the Samsung GT-i9250 Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM Unlocked phone, you're not the average cell phone buyer. You're looking for the latest (at the time of release) Pure Google Experience phone, and you're not waiting around for AT&T or T-Mobile to bring this little beauty stateside. You're a premium cell phone connoisseur who wants perhaps the best Android phone ever, and wants it now!
First off, this is the GSM Unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You Verizon and Sprint users are going to want to move along, as purchasing this phone will only lead you to utter frustration. This phone's unlocked pentaband radio means that you'll have little trouble setting this up on US T-Mobile or AT&T 2g or 3g. Let's also not forget that the phone supports 21 Mbps HSPA+ speeds, meaning you won't have 4G LTE speeds, but you'll get great speeds on T-Mobile or AT&T's networks (note that actual coverage and speeds will vary based on location).
So now that you've figured out that you need this phone and that it will work on your network, how is the phone?
Two words: "Simply Amazing."
I've used many Android phones, and I can honestly say that this phone is perhaps the BEST ANDROID PHONE EVER RELEASED. As a Pure Google Experience phone, you'll receive Android updates essentially straight from Google. This means you aren't saddled by any unwanted bloatware that cell phone companies or carriers add to their phones, or unwanted UI skins such as Blur or Sense. Also, it means you won't have to wait for updates.
This is the first phone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). I won't bore you with the intricacies of ICS, but I'll let you know that the phone operates extremely smooth. Powered by ICS and a 1.2GHZ dual core processor, the phone glides through home screens, menus and applications without a hint of lag.
This phone forgoes most physical buttons for on-screen buttons, save for a volume rocker and power/unlock button. This may seem weird at first, but the spacious 4.65" HD (yes, HD!!) screen allows for easy navigation.
Speaking of the screen, it looks amazing. I've had no issue viewing outside in direct sunlight like I've had with other phones. I will warn that if you have smaller fingers, the 4.65" screen might be difficult to manage if you're trying to hold and use the phone one-handed. But, the added screen space also makes it extremely easy to type in portrait mode, as the screen size provides a portrait keyboard almost the same size as a blackberry.
This phone comes with 16GB of internal memory, which is a lot of space, but honestly it would have been nice if they included a micro sd expansion slot for more space.
The 5MP camera is pretty good. It's not a world beater that will replace your point and shoot, but it will get the job done. What it lacks in picture quality is made up for in software enhancements including almost zero lag shutter capture and the addition of a stock panoramic mode. Videos can be recorded up to 1080p@30fps using the rear camera, and 720p@30fps using the 1.3MP front-facing camera. There is also a LED flash on the back. The phone also contains video and picture editing apps from Google so you can quickly and easily edit your pictures/videos.
The standard battery for this phone is 1850mAh, which will easily last me through a work day without any tweaks. You might not get as much mileage out of this as I do, but at least the battery is replaceable and larger batteries are available.
My main disappointment with the phone deals with a lack of a dedicated HDMI out port. Sure, you can use HDMI out, but it requires a separate adapter, and I'm more in favor of phones having a full HDMI or micro HDMI out port instead of using adapters. Also, note that since this is a Google Experience phone, there is no native DLNA apps installed, but you can find many adequate apps in the market (many for free as well!)
Like I said earlier, since you're looking at this phone, you probably already know that you want it, but you're probably trying to figure out if it's worth the hype. All I can say is that it is TOTALLY WORTH THE HYPE. I've used this phone for over a week now and absolutely love it. The only regret I have is that I wish I would have purchased it earlier.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Near to Perfect Smart Phone, overall better than any nearest RivalFeb. 5 2012
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I have just completed one month of owning of Samsung Galaxy Nexus and I have no doubt declaring I am very happy with this. This is the best smart phone on the market for the time being until iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 releases. I had iPhone 4 for 2 months and I like many other people who could not be satisfied with beauty and fruit brand alone threw that 'dumb beauty' . For me that was more of a 'show off' rather than of practical use.
Apple itself in a recent patent suit directed against google termed this as the "most creditable competitor to iPhone'. Apple co founder which is not a apple employee anymore and hence free to speak truth freely declared iPhone easy to use but 'Android more feature rich'. He dismissed Siri totally saying he could not understand how come internet could be needed to make a call through Siri. Do I need to say more now? If yes then here is the detail review:
Like -> (1) Bigger HD contour display-> Though you can distinguish between pixels while looking closely unlike iPhone's Retina display, Nexus's display is gorgeous. Colors are very vibrant and rich. Black is real black (because of Super AMOLED display technology) which creates the whole difference. The Screen is large and with medium hands I can reach to the whole screen stretching the thumb or fingers. Sometimes I tend to use the other hand (luckily I have two hands and both are fully functional so can't complaint).
Because of bigger screen this phone is more useful or convenient for what Apple invented iPhone for ie Browsing web, playing games, watching videos. And because of this I tend to depend lesser on PC/laptop/tablet. With bigger screen, power and customization of Android OS this phone is closer to our old friend PC/laptop.
**I run the same HD video both on nexus and iPhone 4S and nexus one was better to watch.**
Ohhhhhhhh... did I tell you android has taken two steps which is miles ahead of time and going to change the things completely? (i) No Physical button-> The buttons are in fact part of OS itself and function well. Hence the buttons can now be context specific and smarter. They change their position depending on how you are holding the phone or what you are doing. While watching video they disappear completely giving you the whole screen for watching, and yes they will reappear on appropriate place when you need them. (ii) Same OS for all devices: Unlike Apple now same application can run on any device running on ICS. For apple the applications need to be written separately both for iPhone and iPad. That's why Apple has lesser applications on iPads. With new approach of ICS now people will just write once and run it anywhere hence number of apps is going to get multiplied faster on ICS.
(3) Eco System (Apps)-> Android eco system (or app market) is there on par with Apple eco system. In the same period I have installed more applications than I did on iPhone 4 (because most applications are free compared to Apple). I am more functional on Android than I was on iPhone 4. There is nothing which I want and its not there. And yes now google going to start monitoring of applications so less argument against Android apps. (4) Form factor-> I like its form factor more than of iPhone's. Countered makes it more convenient to use and keep in the pocket. Now to me iPhone is just any another device and I look on iPhone with pity. (5) Battery-> I need to charge it once a day with low to moderate usage which is what other iPhone 4S customers are also doing. And if you are going to use it like laptop you will need to charge it more (is not this same with your laptop?). Better part is unlike iPhone you can carry batteries and change it easily. No complaint here. (6) Reception-> Decent. (7) Call quality-> Nice. (8) Volume/Speaker-> Low, could be helped with volume control plus application. (9) More social-> Very well integrated with google. (10). Build-> Except the battery cover everything else is of high quality. I don't care about plastic versus metal debate. iPhone even with metal and corning glass are equivalently fragile and people have been reporting iPhone being broken having dropped just from 12 feet or so. And with gorilla glass on both ends iPhone 4 is more fragile. Remember gorilla glass is just scratch resistant not damage resistant. (11) Typing-> is a breeze and it seems to read you mind and hence make typing a different experience than on iPhone. And big screen helps every here again.
Unfortunately this phone decided to do have some deliberate suicidal traits perhaps to avoid wiping away other Samsung devices. So here are the things which could have been improved upon: (1) Speaker-> Could have been better (Minor+ issue) (2) Reception-> Though not much complaint, Could have been just a 'little' better (Very Minor issue). (3) Camera-> Could have been better definitely. (4) External Storage-> Either they should have allowed adding external storage or given the device with more alternated with respect to storage capacities. (Minor issue) (5) Display-> Should not be able to distinguish pixels (Minor issue but this should be ultimate goal for the display)
Conclusion-> This is the best smart phone on the market for the time being if you can live with some minor issue with volume. And all issues reported so far with this device seem to be software issues and should get corrected with updates or third part applications.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Best Phone if you want pure google OSMay 6 2012
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I've had this phone for about three weeks. I got it new from ebay and the box had the samsung UK seal on it. As soon as I placed my T-Mobile sim card from my former Galaxy SII SGH-T989 and turned this phone on, the signal was on E then within seconds it went to 3G then to H. It prompted me for update of OS of around 8.7MB. I checked the OS version afterwards and it was 4.0.2 and the app that checks for YAKJU build confirmed this was pure google OS and that it will get latest updates directly from google. After a week went by the phone was working flawlessly no random reboot no freezes just smooth ICS but I wanted 4.0.4 update since I heard how much it improves the OS. After trying the manual update mode several times I decided to boot it using power and both volume up/down button to check the specs. Mines didn't have PRIMELA03 bootloader and other stuff written there didn't match phones that had been flashed with google OS from googles developer website. So after trying several times I finally got the universal drivers to install on my windows 7 pc and proceeded to flash the latest ICS version 4.0.4. I did everything as instructed on the web but now I was unsure if my phone would be able to download future updates and install them without issues. So I flashed my phone again but with version 4.0.4 build #: IMM76D which from what I heard had radio/signal issues and google had to push out build number IMM76I to fix it. After I flashed and relocked the bootloader the phone turned on and prompted for a very small OS update and downloaded and installed without any issues. As far as I can tell this phone is awesome if you can tweak it once to get the actual google ICS image directly from google. Mines has been working for over a week now on the latest update and it has been flawless smooth and fluid ICS OS no freezes like my galaxy SII which still uses gigngerbread 2.3.6 and the added touchwiz which I hated. Bottom line if you have been thinking of getting onto the android bandwagon then this is the particular wagon you need to jump on. I have had iPhone since 2007 up until iPhone 4 and got tired of Apples restrictions.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Get it on the play store, its cheaperAug. 12 2012
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too expensive here for something that doesn't offer official Google Support. Without flashing the phone, there's no way you'll be able to upgrade to Jelly Bean. The product is fantastic, but the price is not. Even with tax and shipping, its still cheaper on the playstore. I saved 20 bucks and have official google support (and warranty!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good phone for the priceAug. 9 2013
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I first considered a Samsung S3 or S4 but could not afford it, then I saw this Samsung GT- i9250 Galaxy Nexus from Google. It's smaller than the S3 and S4 and has no external SD slot, only 16 GB of internal storage. But that's all I need. I received it with Android 4.1 loaded. After starting to use the phone, it was upgraded to 4.2, then the next day to 4.3! Thank you Google! The display is gorgeous. Battery is decent with whole day of average use without recharging. I inserted the T-Mobile SIM card and it was connected right away. Connecting to the network was also a breeze. For me, the 4.65" screen is perfect. I definitely recommend this phone for anybody on a budget like me.