Samsung Galaxy Nexus Now Available
Verizon began selling today the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first U.S. smartphone that runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The phone will cost $299 with a two-year contract.
There’s been a lot of buzz and anticipation around this smartphone, and reviews have been mostly positive. Here’s a quick sampling of what reviewers have said so far about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus:
“The Samsung Galaxy Nexus marries the power of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS with the speed of Verizon's LTE network,” writes CNET, giving the phone 4.5 stars out of 5. “The phone's beautiful screen and internal performance are top-notch.” However, the phone “lacks a slot for expandable memory, and the 5-megapixel camera isn't Samsung's best. There's no support for Google Wallet, and several Ice Cream Sandwich features have a learning curve.”
“The Samsung Galaxy Nexus combines a sleeker and friendlier new Android 4.0 OS with a best-in-class 720p screen and super-fast performance,” raves LAPTOP magazine, which gave the smartphone 4 out of 5 stars. Pros include a “big and beautiful” 720p Super AMOLED screen; a “sleeker more intuitive Android 4.0 software,” and “very swift performance.” On the downside, the “back cover feels flimsy” and the type with voice feature “doesn't always work.”
“The combination of Google's software and Samsung's hardware makes the Galaxy Nexus one of the best candidates to compete with Apple's latest iPhone,” notes Rachel Metz of The Associated Press. The phone “is a well-rounded smartphone that serves up a noticeably freshened-up version of Android with sleek hardware.”