Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Review

Posted: February 14, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE features more than just a sleek look. The smartphone is the first optimized for Android's 4.0 OS, runs on Verizon's super fast 4G network and is only $299 with a contract. Here's what Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira rated the phone on Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE has a pretty familiar design with other Samsung phones.
  • The back has a textured checkered pattern which feels good in the hands.
  • The phone is a little heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S II and weighs just a hair over 5 ounces.
  • The volume rocker is on the left side.
  • The micro USB and headphone jack are on the bottom.
  • The Nexus comes with 32 GB of storage with no expansion slot.
  • Overall, the phone is very slim and feels super sturdy.
  • The gorgeous 4.6" super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 1280x720, making it one of the highest smartphone display resolutions.
  • The DPI is slightly lower than Apple's Retina Display but you can't notice this with the naked eye unless you're a robot.
  • The colors are vivid and accurate.
  • The touch screen was also one of the most responsive yet.
  • We had no trouble viewing full web pages in AMOLED brightness and video looks great.
  • The phone comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM and Verizon's 4G LTE network.
  • The most important feature is the Android 4.0 platform, as known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • The Nexus runs Android's Ice Cream with no UI, which means you are getting pure, unadulterated Android.
  • It's actually everything we hoped, which means it's intuitive and clean with updated icons and notifications.
  • The Nexus is really fast, partly because of the processor, RAM and software.
  • The battery was as good as expected and we had a full day of use out of this phone but it did need to be recharged every night.
  • Download speeds were pretty great, again hitting upwards of 40 megs down.
  • The Nexus has a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear facing camera.
  • Thanks to the software, this camera is fast and versatile, which means you can take pictures faster than the iPhone 4S.
  • There are also a number of photo editing tools native to Ice Cream Sandwich, like filters, red eye and cropping.
  • Low light photos showed a little more noise than we would really like to see.
  • Overall, photos were pretty decent and certainly better than we expected.
  • The video shoots 1080p and looks good.
  • The color was a little washed out but the phone's autofocus wasn't constantly looking for a focal point like other phones.



  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5.
  • The battery could be a little better.
  • The super AMOLED screen is beautiful.
  • Android's Ice Cream Sandwich is here and it's great.
  • The phone is a little price at $299, but this is the best Android phone on the market right now.

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Comments are Closed

  • robartmog

    The Galaxy Nexus should be marked down to 4/5 rating for poor 3D graphics performance. It runs the GlBenchmark 2.1 Egypt High Quality test at 21 FPS. iPhone 4S does it at 57 FPS.

    Posted: February 17, 2012 4:53 PM
  • Bournemouth

    How can you say this is the best Android phone? The Galaxy S2 Skyrocket blows this out of the water with 1.5Ghz and 8MP 1080P video

    Posted: February 17, 2012 4:13 PM
  • secretskater81

    im up for an upgrade on my phone plan and was debating on whether to stay with droid or drink the apple kool-aid. but after seeing this review in gonna stay with droid. i was gonna get the droid rzr but im gonna purchase this phone instead. thaks aots!!!!!!!

    Posted: February 17, 2012 10:30 AM
  • ajac09

    whoever this guy is doing the reviews is ANNOYING NEVER HAVE HIM REVIEW AGAIN. or I will just stop watching this guy is annoying as hell. What you guys look for the biggest nerd around or something?

    Posted: February 17, 2012 5:46 AM
  • suryu

    lets see how many androids does it take to make an apple phone it seems like alot to me. they still playing catch up with the old ass iphone 4 and the youtube interface still looks crappy as hell. but androids have come a long way so props to their progress in making the pc and mac of phones just a bit more sweet like the name of their soft wear mmmmm ice cream sandwitch

    Posted: February 17, 2012 1:33 AM
  • Vashoom

    why do they keep comparing android phones to iphones for speed? they should compare an older android phone to a newer one, to show you why you should upgrade..

    anywho, they fail to mention you can take pictures directly from the lock screen without unlocking the phone (just slide the thingy) and the speed this thing takes pictures is unbeatable. literally half a second or less after pressing the button. no need to hold it still for a few seconds, press the button, wait for it to click.. nope, just slide, click, done. very good phone but hard to use if you are not used to "pure" android devices (ie, no tochwiz or other overlays)

    Posted: February 16, 2012 4:48 AM
  • applebook

    5/5 suggests that this phone could not have been better, and it definitely could have. For one thing, Pentile Matrix is atrocious, but I know that it looks OK on this phone because of its high DPI. Still, a full RGB matrix would have been superior still. One other issue is that the screen is not Gorilla Glass. A solid 4/5.

    Posted: February 15, 2012 5:58 PM
  • thejman85

    i hate this guy y can't kevin review for once damn i hate matt

    Posted: February 15, 2012 8:45 AM
  • Jordan_160

    So, it took a phone that is 10X better than the iphone for G4 to admit that the iphone is not the best. Also, that Matt guy is pretty cool I like him; I believe he has been on the AOTS staff for a while.

    Posted: February 15, 2012 5:45 AM
  • gnice3d

    5/5 with no HDMI? Having an Atrix which runs Ubuntu in place of webtop, this is feature I would never live without.

    Posted: February 14, 2012 11:39 AM