Inside is a powerful 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4460 dual-core processor. The handset also sports a large 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display, which dwarfs both the Nexus S and iPhone 4S. The screen has a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, which is comparable to current notebooks. The display looks great on the eyes, and colors simply pop out.
The smartphone is 8.9mm (0.35 inches) at its thinnest point, while the Galaxy S II is slightly thinner at 8.7mm (0.34 inches). Do note however, that the edges are slightly thicker when compared to the iPhone 4 and 4S which retain a constant 9.3mm (0.36 inches) depth throughout its body.
Like the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus features a 5-megapixel camera. However, compared to the very slow shutter of the Nexus S, the newer smartphone has a very quick shutter, allowing you to snap your pictures much quicker. You can also quickly share the pictures taken via a sharing menu.
The Galaxy Nexus comes with NFC and makes full use of the Google's latest operating system, Android 4.0 for a new feature called Android Beam. This feature lets you share Web pages, YouTube videos and apps via a simple tap.
Google+ feels more integrated into the operating system and the new People's app will let you update your status without having to open up the Google+ app. You also can add any social network into the People app for updates.
We've also managed to get our hands on a Quadrant benchmark score, and while the score seems pretty low, we're guessing it may be due to the benchmark not coded properly for Android 4.0. In our hands, the phone was definitely quick and very responsive.