Galaxy Nexus Thoughts: From iPhone 4S User
Today, Google and Samsung unleashed the anticipated Galaxy Nexus and next generation software, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.
First Let’s Talk about the Specs of the Galaxy Nexus, it has a monster 4.65″ Super Amoled HD Display, with a resolution of 720 by 1280. Yes that’s 720p resolution with 316 pixels per inch (slightly lower that the iPhone 4S’s 326 ppi). It has features a 1.2 Ghz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP Camera with instant shutter, panorama mode and 1080p video recording, 1.3mp front camera, 1750 mah battery, 16gb or 32gb variations and no expandable storage. it’s 8.94mm thick for the HSPA+ model and there’s no word on the size of the LTE model. It also has Built in NFC and Barometer and the usual wifi, bluetooth 3.0 and gps.
The Galaxy Nexus is running on Google’s new OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, and as an iPhone 4S user this looks amazing. I have used many Android phones in the past and I know Android is very powerful but I didn’t love it. I think that might change with ICS. ICS is a total revamp of Android, it takes elements of the Honeycomb os and Gingerbread OS and makes it one. The Physical or capacitive touch menu, home, back, and search are gone on the Galaxy Nexus. You now have an on screen home back and multitasking button, like what we have seen on Android Honeycomb Tablets.
Here is a list of new features of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwhich
-New UI with improved multitasking, notifications, and animations
-Virtual navigation keys found at the bottom of the display
-Redesigned lock screen
-A new “Roboto” font that’ll be used throughout ICS
-Face Unlock, which does exactly what it sounds by letting you unlock your phone with your face
-Android Beam, which allows users to share web pages, apps, YouTube videos, and other information over NFC by tapping your phone with another device
-Improved voice dictation
-New “People” app to view photos of your friends and check their status updates on various social networks
-Revised Camera app with continuous focus, zero shutter lag, face detection, instant uploading to Google+, and panorama mode
-Revamped Gallery with new layout and built-in photo editor
-Ability to take screenshots
-Ability to monitor data usage
As an iPhone User, I am extremely impressed by the Galaxy Nexus, but I am also impressed by ICS. Android finally takes full advantage of dual core processors, making opening applications and adding widget much smoother. Android now looks very elegant and powerful. I am looking forward to the launch of ICS and the Nexus. This phone can possibly be the ultimate iPhone Killer.