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First look at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – Ice Cream Sandwich with the lot

Tech and Innovation

Posted on December 15, 2011

5 min read

Everyone remembers who came first.

If I were to ask you to name the second man on the moon, or which horse ran second in the 2011 Melbourne Cup, or who was the second person to climb Mt Everest, I would probably get a “who cares” response. As you know there can be a certain element of risk in being first – especially in unchartered spheres. But there is also glory. No one can ever take the title of “first”.

The guys at Samsung told me how excited they are about the launch of the Galaxy Nexus – the first mobile phone to be built for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform.

The Google Experience

The Google Experience is a total package that includes Android Operating System, Gmail, Maps, Google +, Calendar, Android Marketplace and more. Basically, it’s aimed at providing you with all you need without going outside to enhance the product.

Brag Book

What good is it being first if you can’t brag about it right? Let’s take a closer look at the Galaxy Nexus.

  1. First device built for Android 4.0 – aka Ice Cream Sandwich.  Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is a major Android release that will cover both smartphones and tablets. ICS is the 7th version of Android (Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich), and adds a new user interface, new communications and sharing capabilities, a refined menu structure, cloud services, improved browsing speed and face recognition (Face Unlock) to the already impressive Gingerbread features.
  2. Redesigned user interface with the end user in mind! Android 4.0 features a slicker, more modern user interface that lets you navigate with simple, intuitive gestures.
  3. Personalisation – now you can group your favourite apps and resize your widgets so your phone can reflect the true you. You control the size and position of these widgets to suit your needs.
  4. Recent Apps button gives you a thumbnail view of apps recently used and lets you jump instantly from one task to another. If you no longer want quick access to an app – a simple swipe of your finger will remove it.
  5. Enhanced camera functionality – Panoramic pics like never before. Simply point and shoot and pan – the Galaxy Nexus does the rest. Face detection, continuous focus and zero shutter lag also help in making sure you get the clear pics you want. And if you want to have some fun with your pics, try the photo editor to crop, rotate, resize or add effects – all on your camera.
  6. Your face is the key. Remember trying to unlock your phone with a finger print swipe? The Galaxy Nexus has upped the security stakes with Face Unlock – utilising state of the art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone. Not only is it secure, it’s fun to show your friends!
  7. Let your voice do the typing. Why type when you can dictate? The Galaxy Nexus has a built in speech to text that allows you to tell your phone what you want to write. I found it worked quite well in a semi noisy environment.
  8. Built in VPNs (providing access to L2TP and IPSec protocols), encryption and other handy business tools make the Galaxy Nexus a strong contender in the Business and Enterprise arenas.
  9. Head in the Cloud – Ice Cream Sandwich brings the cloud experience to the books you read, the music you listen to and the shows you watch – all optimised for the Galaxy Nexus’ HD screen.
  10. Near Field Communications (NFC) is another example of how the Galaxy Nexus “humanises” technology. We shake hands as a form of greeting exchange. Android Beam allows two NFC-enabled devices to “shake hands” and exchange contacts, YouTube videos, Android Market links and more. Google Wallets lets you make mobile payments through NFC. Welcome to the cashless society 2.0.
  11. Super AMOLED HD = an amazing viewing experience.  The Galaxy Nexus screen has 1280 x 720 resolution with a total of 921,600 pixels (no, I didn’t count them!), and provides better power consumption than pervious AMOLED screens
  12. Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise. It’s great to see a strong range of accessories – both original and after market – available for the Galaxy Nexus – from Audio Docks to HDTV Adapters.

Wow…that certainly is a lot to brag about. There’s plenty more for you to explore, use and enjoy. In summary, from my three hours of playing, the main things I love about the Nexus are:

  • Screen size and clarity
  • Face Unlock
  • Panoramic pics
  • Speech recognition

Technical Stuff:

Key Phone Specifications:

  • Network:        UMTS: 850/2100/1900/900 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • HSPA+:           21Mbps peak downlink rating
  • Actual speeds are less (typical speeds 550kbps – 8Mbps)
  • Dimensions:   135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm
  • Weight:           135g
  • Screen:           Full Touch 4.65” (1280 x 720) 16m Colour HD Super AMOLED
  • Talk Time:      Up to 180 mins
  • Standby Time: Up to 250 hours

Key Features:

  • World’s first phone to use Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Massive 4.65” High Definition display with vivid colours and stunning clarity
  • 1.2 Ghz dual core processor for lightning fast web browsing, downloads and online streaming
  • 5 megapixel camera with full HD Video Recording

What excites you the most about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus coming to Telstra?

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