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The Galaxy Nexus smartphone I ordered on Sunday from the U.K. has arrived. I haven’t played enough yet, but the little time I’ve had with the first Android 4.0 smartphone has been most impressive. The best way to put the experience? Android has finally grown up.

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The Galaxy Nexus smartphone I ordered on Sunday from the U.K. flew through customs and arrived on Thursday afternoon. I haven’t spent too much time with it, but the little time I’ve had with the first Android 4.0 smartphone has been most impressive. The best way to put the experience? Android has finally grown up.

In this brief video, you’ll see a quick unboxing and overview of the hardware. Short of the 5-megapixel camera sensor — which isn’t all that bad so far — and the lack of memory expansion, Samsung has a hot handset on hand. The dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM keep things moving, and the 4.65-inch 1280×720 display is excellent. You can see for yourself as I demo an HD video trailer and some of the many Android 4.0 features and functions.

Since I bought the unlocked GSM version, my Galaxy Nexus works on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks. If only more phones did. I tested T-Mobile’s service already and saw a 9.4 Mbps download, 1.7 Mbps up and network latency of 89 milliseconds. LTE it’s not, but I’m happy with these speeds. I’ll throw an AT&T SIM in over the weekend and share the results in my full review.

I neglected to show the Galaxy Nexus size as it compares to the iPhone 4S and original Nexus One, so here’s a still image of all three.

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  53. Wow!!! I can’t wait! I’m definatelly going to purchase this smartphone. So long apple…

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  54. Great video Kevin… very informative. I’m sold ..now I just have to be patient!

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  55. Great review…. note: everybody knows your wife’s email address now! Haha.

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  64. Great review! :-)

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  67. Enjoy it Kevin! We basically remained kids, but the toys matured.

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  71. It is a nice device.

    A a side note…Microscoft bought Samsung. The Samsung Nexus is the “purely Google device”.

    How can a purely Google device be their arch nemesis?

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    1. Microsoft hasn’t bought Samsung. Are you thinking about Google buying Motorola, perhaps?

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  80. That’s a killer phone and a good review. Thanks!

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  92. you do realize that you can pinch to zoom on web sites then double tap the screen and it does the text reflow…

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    1. Yup, I’ve been using Android for 2 years non-stop. ;) But the issue isn’t what I’m doing. Full web pages aren’t rendering the text across whole columns. Matt Miller verified on today’s MoTR podcast that his Nexus is doing the same.

      It’s as if the full screen browser is showing already zoomed text and leaving white space. But it only does this on portrait mode: switch to landscape and the text takes up a full column like it’s supposed to.

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      1. I noticed that the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t seem to do text reflow like my Nexus One, or the other Android phones I tried in the shop (Galaxy S2, a few HTC phones). This might be deal breaker- it was for the iPhone 4S I bought and returned last week! I hope they fix it!

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        1. Agreed, Aaron. I haven’t yet got the text reflow to work properly; the device shows full view pages with the text already “re-flowed” which it shouldn’t. There’s a setting that fixes this issue, but causes another one with zooming. Not sure why this hasn’t been fixed in Android yet; hoping to see it corrected in Android 4.0.3.

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  97. Great review Kevin, though I’d like to know how it performs as a phone too ;-)

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    1. Great Review Kevin….
      I also would like to know about the performance of the device as a phone (Call quality, Speaker Phone, Any dropped calls etc) also do you think if the Nexus becomes bit slow after opening many applications? I did test a Verizon unit and it felt slow. I am going to get this device tomorrow as It can be used on both TMob and ATT HSPA+ .

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      1. Santhosh, the speakerphone isn’t nearly loud enough IMO. Hopefully, it’s a software issue that can be addressed in an update. Otherwise, call quality is quite good; I use the phone for SIP / VoIP calling over WiFi or 3G as I don’t have a data plan for it. So I can’t speak to the “dropped calls” question as I’m not using a traditional voice network for it.

        Although the phone has a dual core CPU, it’s not what I’d call lightning fast at times. It can be slow to auto-rotate, for example. Task switching could be quicker as well, but again, perhaps this can be improved with software.

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  111. Hey Kevin, congrats on the Review!

    If you don’t mind I have 2 questions:

    Could you tell me what store did you buy it from?

    Any Idea if the GSM version will be available in the US for Christmas time?

    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I bought my Galaxy Nexus from Handtec in the UK. It’s
      possible a GSM version for the U.S. launches before years end, but I doubt it. Verizon is expected to launch their LTE version soon, but I think they have an exclusive in the U.S. for a bit.

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      1. Thanks!! Really hope they do. Otherwise +1 UK Sale.

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  118. The thing is Android is like a music group put together by business people. Android is pushed through business channels by all major players in mobile industry, OEMs,Carriers, and retail giants. Its about the corporations bottom line, they can make a higher profit margin off “free” to them software. Rather than a group of artists that develop a following over time, and because of fan devotion they become a money making success. Further more whats so good about Google’s subsidized model, Where you fans of Blockbuster moving in and chocking off revenue to the local independent video stores. Only Googles model takes that on steroids, by tapping the synergy of corporations all pushing Android. Advertising works, power to influence the bulk of consumers. The majority of don’t know the OS, they listen to what they are sold. And if you don’t pay attention to the reason Android is dominating the market you would think its because of a fan base. Making money is fine and good, business people are fine and good, but I choose the authenticity of artists being discovered by business people, over business plan to conceive and create a band to sell. I know corps in a market system are about money, it is what it is. But a company that makes subsidized consumer products and offers them to other corps make for less consumer choice in the long term. who can compete with the marketing power of Google, OEMs, carriers, and major retailers? they have control of the pipe line to the consumers. People are influenced by information in their environment. People influenced to make “choices” based on info broadcast into their brain. if you are thoughtful you can see that Google has a dominate role as an influence of mind share. Do you see the forest for the trees? Most don’t.

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  119. The thing is Android is like a music group put together by business people. Android is pushed through business channels by all major players in mobile industry, OEMs,Carriers, and retail giants. Its about the corporations bottom line, they can make a higher profit margin off “free” to them software. Rather than a group of artists that develop a following over time, and because of fan devotion they become a money making success. Further more whats so good about Google’s subsidized model, Where you fans of Blockbuster moving in and chocking off revenue to the local independent video stores. Only Google’s model takes that on steroids, by tapping the synergy of corporations all pushing Android. Advertising works, power to influence the bulk of consumers. The majority of don’t know the OS, they listen to what they are sold. And if you don’t pay attention to the reason Android is dominating the market you would think its because of a fan base. Making money is fine and good, business people are fine and good, but I choose the authenticity of artists being discovered by business people, over business plan to conceive and create a band to sell. I know corps in a market system are about money, it is what it is. But a company that makes subsidised consumer products and offers them to other corps make for less consumer choice in the long term. who can compete with the marketing power of Google, OEMs, carriers, and major retailers? they have control of the pipe line to the consumers. People are influenced by information in thier environment. If you are thoughtful you can see this Google model has a dominate role to influence “choice” with a massive reach of mind share. Do you see the forest for the trees? Most don’t.

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