First look at New Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung is set to release their new Galaxy Nexus smartphone with the all new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of this year and by the looks of it, the hype is more on Google’s new Android OS than anything else. The demand for a new Android OS has been high considering the small, sometimes unnoticeable but mostly annoying glitches occurring in their older versions. So want to know if the new Android has what you’re looking for? Read on.

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Lets start off with the phone itself. Samsung is set to release their new phone by the end of this year, the Galaxy Nexus. The 4.65 inch screen may look big doesn’t feel that way once you use it with the row of capacitive keys taking up an unnecessarily large amount of space. So the 4.65 inch screen doesn’t really feel much different than the 4.3 inch screen on the Galaxy S II.

Looking at the build of this new phone, one would be quite impressed with the top of the phone being thin and gradually thickening as it goes down to a protruding bottom. This gives the phone a good balance and feels nice to hold in your hand. The weight of the phone is surprisingly low considering how bulky it looks. This is mainly due to the all-plastic construction of its exterior panels, which, sadly, is far from impressive.

The Galaxy Nexus is the first of the HD phones being introduced in the market with a resolution of 1280×720 which is well worth the price. The Super AMOLED panel is, as expected, bright with vibrant colors that will not disappoint.

Now, lets take a look at the software. Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich is something that people have been looking forward to for quite some time now. And it doesn’t disappoint. It starts off with an impressive face recognition style lock for the phone. Just stare at your phone for a few seconds till it identifies you with its front camera. Then the phone unlocks directly to your home screen. The bottom of the home screen is dominated by the three software menu keys- Back, Home and Recent apps. The recent apps link displays a list of all the apps that the user has recently opened on the phone. They’re all represented by a screenshot of the last activity performed on the app and each app can be removed from the list by just swiping it away from the screen.

Above the three menu buttons is the five icon launcher. Here, the most commonly used applications like the phone dialer, messaging, app and browser are present. The notification screen also has a few new tweaks that we found to be impressive. You can dismiss notifications by simply swiping them away from your screen.

The Gmail client has also been improved. You can now read your mails the way you look at pictures on your phone. This means, you can start by opening the first unread message and then swipe from one side to the other to open the new unread message and you can go on till you’ve had enough. This is a neat addition to the way Gmail is used on phones. What’s more, if you are a dedicated user of Google products, all your data is automatically synced to the Google Cloud without you having to worry about a thing.

The Contacts tab is now called the People Tab. Here all you contacts are stored along with their information. The People tab has been improved such that it will give you a Metro UI feel, with the thumbnails of your contacts images being displayed together and clicking on one of them will open their information and details. The best part is that now when a friend calls you, you can view the contact’s image on the entire screen rather than a small thumbnail view of the contact which was annoyingly present in the earlier version.

The phone comes with a 5 mega pixel camera and with a promise of zero shutter lag. The camera impresses well with practically no delay between shots.

As to overall performance, you will find the occasional stutter or lag in performing of some tasks which require more resource usage. But the main downside being that the new Android is still way behind the swift and responsive iOS or the Windows Phone. But Google is asking us to be patient as it is still being developed and optimized. So, overall, this phone may be a nice new start to a new brand of dual-core powered devices.

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