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Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless

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Photos

The Galaxy Nexus has a 5-megapixel camera (what, where's my 8 megapixels, Samsung?!) and it is supported by a flash. The Galaxy Nexus takes excellent images. The Galaxy Nexus was able to balance out challenging scenes easily and get things in focus. I saw little to no grain. White balance was always accurate, and the amount of detail that is visible in each shot left me impressed. I thought the flash was a bit over the top, and cast a harsh glare on some subjects, but it's not the end of the world by any stretch.

Combined with the better gallery application and easy editing/sharing options, I expect the Galaxy Nexus to be a popular camera for social network lovers.

 

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Video

The Galaxy Nexus captures video at a maximum resolution of 1080p HD. I found the video to be sharp, with accurate color and exposure. The Galaxy Nexus handled some really harsh lighting changes (pointing it directly at the sun) easily and was able to compensate quickly. Results weren't overly sharp and jittery, and I was overall impressed with the results.

Beyond merely capturing video, Android 4.0 carriers over the Movie Studio application from Honeycomb, which lets you package up videos you've shot into mini masterpieces. Basically, it lets you stitch together videos into one longer piece. You can also create video slideshows, and intermingle video and pictures in the same project. You can add in your own soundtrack, too, from music files that are stored locally. You can't do anything like tweak the color, sound, or actual video files, however.

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