Samsung Galaxy Nexus (unlocked)

The Good The Samsung Galaxy Nexus brings a ton of new and very welcome features with Ice Cream Sandwich. The design is sharp, the screen is gorgeous, and the internal performance is fantastic.

The Bad Ice Cream Sandwich has eliminated some of Android's learning curve in some aspects, just to re-create it in others. There was some static on calls, and there's no external memory card slot. Also, like other Samsung Galaxy devices, the Galaxy Nexus feels rather fragile.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a big step forward for Android, but it's not the giant leap you may have been expecting. As impressive as it is, Ice Cream Sandwich can be messy, and without it, the Galaxy Nexus is just another Nexus device.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.7 Overall

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Review

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (unlocked)

Editors' note: This review reflects the unlocked GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You can read our full review of the Verizon model here.

Every once in a while, a cell phone comes along that changes the mobile industry forever. Whether it's by design, features, or a combination of both, those rare handsets can stand out far from the pack and give the world something new and something very different. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is not one of those phones. Sure, it's groundbreaking and will even incite the occasional gasp of awe, but like a gymnast having a bad day, it just misses the high bar.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $870
  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider Unlocked
  • Diagonal Size 4.65 in
  • Weight 4.7 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, barometer, gyro sensor
  • Technology LTE
  • Additional Features Face Unlock, Screen capture, multitasking
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