The wait was over and for some of us it was a very late one. Google and Android put one hell of presentation, with lots to talk about and the main topic was of course Ice Cream Sandwich. The other little thing as you may remember being hyped was the Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus and that’s what we will summarise now for you.
The first Ice Cream Sandwich handset coming to Android and due in November, the Galaxy Nexus was wowing events attendees and live watchers around the world and although it seems quite a few are disappointed, and some are quite happy, here is the lowdown and you can decide for yourself.
The Presentation didn’t give many more details apart from the device, there was no clear view of when we will be getting the device, but it was mentioned we will be getting two versions, a LTE version and a HSPA version. Worldwide distribution was promised and with USA, Europe and Asia initially being the places to see it, the globe will see it eventually after.
A lot of leaked specs that was getting banded around have come to fruition. Below is the full list of specifications if you haven’t caught it already.
GALAXY Nexus Product Specifications:
HSPA＋ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100
LTE version will be available depending on the region.
1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
4.65″ 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot
Sub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video Call
Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264
Playback : 1080p@ 30fps
Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@ 30fps
Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋
3.5mm Ear Jack
Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Movie Studio
Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation
Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google＋ app
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)
Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer
1GB(RAM) ＋ 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory
135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g
Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh
Available in USA, Europe, and Asia beginning in November and then rolled out globally. We can expect to see the Galaxy Nexus in the UK and around the world very soon.
The Galaxy Nexus is one hell of a Smartphone and showcases Ice Cream Sandwich superbly. The screen is something we here at Land of Droid are itching to see for ourselves, along with the beauty of the handset and that zero lag shutter ability onboard with the 5 megapixel rear camera.
Below is what was put up onto the Official Galaxy Nexus website and it includes some pictures along with features of the Galaxy Nexus as well.
As you can see above with the images along with their respected descriptions, the Galaxy Nexus is jam packed features and this is all packed in a sleek, smooth, sexy design. It may be a little disappointing for some aside from the screen and the OS, but it’s still an impressive Smartphone to be carrying around with you that’s for certain.
We are very excited here at Land of Droid about the Galaxy Nexus. With two versions being the LTE and HSPA+ models. The screen as we said is something we really can’t wait to see, coming inline with the rumours at being a massive 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280×720, a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and a response time of 0.01ms, it’s very much a wow screen display.
The point was made quite a bit at the presentation that although a larger than normal screen, the size is that much bigger than we know, they have reduced the bezel size to 4.29mm and with a body that measures a very thin 8.94mm. As their are two models it was mentioned that the 8.94mm model was the HSPA+ version and the LTE is assumingly going to be a slight more thicker as you have seen in some snapshots.
The Galaxy Nexus as was thought leading up to the launch has no soft keys at all, no instead it has Ice Cream Sandwich to provide a on screen virtual set up of keys in place all the time.
We now also have something called “Hyperskin” – apparently it’s a slip resistant material to help you hold the device and protect it, along with the gorilla glass could we be using protective cases less now with the Galaxy Nexus. Also we now have a below the screen notification LED that comes inline with the controls and Honeycomb feel.
It’s also worth saying their is a small three pinned contact on the side of the device and presumably this is to use a docking option with the rumoured docking tablet, station and other accessories.
The camera could be classed as a disappointment, but all the pictures looked superb on the presentation and they do say it’s not all about the Megapixels. At 5MP it’s lower than the 8MP we know in the SGS2 and the new iPhone 4S, but with better lenses and optics inside it would be just as good or maybe even better. Capable of 1080p and Samsung are claiming zero shutter lag for those instant shots you need.
The next Nexus is here that is for sure and like it or not there’s no doubt that it’s packing a punch and wouldn’t be a bad Smartphone at all. A promo video has been released and we will leave you with that and some live gallery shots courtesy of Engadget.