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printed October 1, 2014
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless

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Despite the many minor flaws in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, most Android users will be happy with the upgraded appearance and overall functionality of the software. The integration across Google's (growing) services is spectacular. Most of the issues I've pointed out in the controls in this review can easily be cleaned up by Google. Android 4.0 is the best version of Android yet, but it still manages to bring with it some usability annoyances that will take time to get used to.

What concerns me more with the Galaxy Nexus is the signal issues. Phone Scoop has confirmed with other reviewers that the device has a hard time connecting to Verizon's 3G/4G networks, and voice call performance and data sessions are choppy as a result. That's vital.

The combined appeal of Android 4.0, LTE 4G, the Samsung hardware, and its status as a "Nexus" device will make the Galaxy Nexus a hard-to-resist phone for the technically savvy. For those who have "Gone Full Google," there's no other phone that matters.

Android 4.0 alone gives the Galaxy Nexus enough of an advantage over other Android phones that it makes the Galaxy Nexus the obvious choice (even if you go with the GSM version). Though a number of handset makers have committed to bringing Android 4.0 to portions of their lineup, it will be long months before that happens. Serious Android fans should ignore every other Android phone and pick the Galaxy Nexus.

Our Ratings

2.5
Overall
3
Reception
2.5
Battery Life
3
Hardware Usability
2.5
Hardware Quality
3
Display
4
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
2
Camera
 

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