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nexus was super-smooth and responsive. even
with music playing in the background, the camera
app opened in less than 3 seconds. on synthetic
benchmarks, the phone delivered excellent, but
not best-in-class, benchmark results. For example,
the device notched a CPU score of 3,218 in the
Benchmark app, better than the samsung Galaxy s
II for sprint (3,164), but slightly behind the Motorola
Droid RAZR (3,802).
In An3DBench, which measures graphics per-
formance, the Galaxy nexus scored 7,635, which
is about 160 points below the unlocked nexus,
(7,802), and lower than the s II (7,937). however,
the Verizon nexus beats the Droid RAZR (7,412)
and the hTC Rezound (7,331).
The Galaxy nexus brings the heat when it
comes to data speeds, averaging a scorching
23.8 Mbps down and 9.2 Mbps up over Verizon’s
4G LTe network. Amazingly, though, the Rezound
posted an even-higher 31.9 Mbps down, though
its upload rate of 6.1 Mbps was a bit lower. here,
the Droid RAZR came in last, posting 15.6 Mbps
down and 5.9 Mbps up.
how fast is this in real-world terms? We
downloaded the 44.28MB Riptide GP game in 15
seconds. When we launched the satellite view of
Google Maps to Paris, France, the map loaded
completely in 10 seconds. Using the Dropbox app,
we downloaded an 88.9MB MPeG4 movie in 60
Android 4.0 offers an enhanced browser that
lets you save pages for offline reading and request
desktop versions of sites that automatically present
a mobile version. It took between 3 and 4 seconds
to load the mobile versions of Cnn.com, esPn.com,
and nYTimes.com, but only 8
seconds to load the
full version of nYTimes.com and Laptopmag.com,
and about 6 seconds for Cnn.com and esPn.
The Galaxy nexus’s 5-megapixel camera is so
speedy that we could fire off multiple shots in a
row with zero lag. even with the flash engaged,
this smartphone captured shots very quickly. As a
result, though, some pics appeared blurry because
it didn’t seem like there was time for autofocus to
kick in. The camera launches in about 3 seconds
from the lock screen, which is decent.
still, the 8-MP cameras on the iPhone 4s and
the Galaxy s II are slightly better, especially with
shots that involve the flash.
The Galaxy nexus comes with a ton of tools for
taking and enhancing photos. The Panorama mode is
a cinch to use. And Android 4.0 also includes robust
editing capabilities, from auto-fix and cropping to a
wide range of special effects and tweaks.
As a camcorder, the Galaxy nexus captures
high-quality 1080p video, and even lets you snap
5-MP photos while you’re recording just by tapping
the screen. Just be careful not to move too much
when shooting, as it results in shaky footage.
If you want to have more fun with your video,
Android 4.0 includes lots of Live effects, includ-
ing silly faces that give your subject a squeezed
head or really big eyes, which can be activated
during Google video chats. overall, the 1.3 -MP
front-facing camera captured clear video and
crisp audio, but you need to make sure you have
enough ambient light.
The Galaxy nexus delivered clear call quality on
both ends of the line over Verizon’s network. however,
volume through the earpiece wasn’t loud enough at
the max setting, which could make it difficult to have
a conversation if you’re in a noisy environment.
While Verizon’s LTe network is amazingly fast,
it’s a real battery killer. on the LAPToP Battery Test
(web surfing over 4G on 40-percent brightness),
the Galaxy nexus lasted just 3 hours and 40
minutes. That’s a full 3 hours less than
the average (6:38). By comparison,
the hTC Rezound lasted 5:03, and
the Droid RAZR lasted 4:48.
Although it’s a hand-
ful, we love the Galaxy
nexus’ big and bright
hD display, as
well as Veri-
zon’s super-fast 4G LTe speeds. But the real killer
feature here is Android Ice Cream sandwich, the
most polished version of the os to date. We just
wish it lasted longer on a charge.
— M ichael A. Prospero
The 4.7-inch, 128 0
x 720-pixel super
AMoLeD display is
big and beautiful, and it
doesn’t feel like overkill.
It was neat being able to unlock the nexus using just our mug,
but it only worked well when we had enough ambient light.
CPU: 1.2 -Ghz TI oMAP4460 Operating System:
Android 4.0 RAM/ROM: 1GB/32GB Display
Size/Resolution: 4.7 inches/1280 x 720 GPS:
Yes Wireless: 802.11b/g/n, LTe Front Camera:
1.3 - M P Rear Camera: 5-MP Camcorder:
1080p Talk/Standby Time: 8 hours/11 days
Ports: microUsB, headphone Size: 5.3 x 2.7
x 0.4 inches Weight: 5.2 ounces
Big and beautiful 720p super AMoLeD screen
sleeker, more intuitive Android 4.0 software
Very swift 4G LTe speeds
Fastest camera in a phone yet
Robust photo-editing tools
Back cover feels flimsy
no Facebook integration with People app
Type with voice feature doesn’t always work
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