The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, although not as popular as its Galaxy S2 counterpart, is one of the highest specifications in Samsung’s current line up. Several of its features are among the best found on any smartphone. In this article I will provide an overview of the key features of the device.
This is arguably the crowing feature of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Although the phone has been available since November last year, the resolution of the screen has only recently been matched by competing manufacturers. At 720x 1280, the screen is therefore capable of displaying high definition videos in 720p, as well as making it an ideal device for other multimedia tasks such as viewing photo slideshows or playing games downloaded from Google Play (the recently rebranded Android Market). The 4.65 inch screen utilises Super AMOLED capacitive technology to provide outstanding brightness, clarity, viewing angles and responsiveness to touch. The high resolution combines with this technology makes the screen on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus one of the best out there
The Galaxy Nexus was actually made to showcase the new ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ version of Android, so obviously it was the first smartphone to boast this software. This means that users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can enjoy all new features from the software such as Google Beam which allows users to wirelessly share files between compatible phones. Face Unlock is a well publicised features of the software which allows users to unlock the phone using the built in face recognition, combined with the front facing 1.3 megapixel camera. This saves time as it does away with the need to enter a PIN number or password. As well as these and many other features, the appearance of the Android interface is very different to the previous ‘Gingerbread’ version. Particular attention has been paid to making navigation more intuitive, making this the most user friendly version of the increasingly popular smartphone platform.
The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is only 5 megapixels, which may sound low, but the technology used in both the hardware and software of the camera produce results which are superior to those traditionally achieved with 5 megapixel units. The camera can also capture 1080p video footage, and comes with the usual features you would expect from a high end camera phone, such as autofocus, touch focus, LED flash and face detection.
The Galaxy Nexus is also has a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor like its stable mate the Galaxy S2. This provides all the computing power needed to multitask, run demanding apps, and display high quality graphics on the high resolution screen. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is likely to remain top of the Samsung pile along with the Galaxy Note, until the Samsung Galaxy S3 is released.