Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GT-19250)
Reported will be release with Galaxy Nexus Prime, Google officially launch new Android mobile icon with “Galaxy Nexus” name.
With Samsung as partner, Google already prepare much features, using AMOLED HD 4.65 inch super screen and support with 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 dual processor with VR SGX540 graphic power, Samsung Galaxy Nexus ready to being first Android Ice Cream Device.
Dimension: 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm
Full touchscreen candy bar design with plastic material. Samsung Galaxy Nexus look gorgeous with ridged texture on rear side. Curved glass design give convenience when make a call.
Power button are place on the right side. Setting volume can do with pressing at left body. For charger port, you can find in the bottom side. Beneath his wide screen Samsung not provide Galaxy Nexus with physic button, replacing with three virtual buttons (back, home and recent apps). Menu button will be appears only when needed.
Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU; PowerVR SGX540 GPU; TI OMAP 4460 chipset, RAM 1GB, 16/32GB built-in storage, No MicroSD slot
To optimize the performance, Samsung using 1,2 GHz dual-core processor. GPUPowerVR SGX540 on Galaxy Nexus. This is disappointing because Samsung Galaxy S first version use the same GPU.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus have 1GB RAM and only has 16GB internal memory without external memory slot. For power supply, Samsung Galaxy Nexus already used Li-Ion 1750mAh battery which is able to watch video for 6 hours non stop.
4.65” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution; 16M colors, oleophobic surface.
Using Super Amoled screen like on Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Nexus bring upgrade into HD720p (1280×720 pixel). Meanwhile for pixel density upgraded from 233 ppi in first Galaxy S become 316 ppi in Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus screen has good in contrast, brightness and sharpness, also had wider-angle. Unfortunately when using under sunlight, screen seems reflective to light and reduce read level.
Interface and Operating System
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with stock UI
As an iconic google smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Nexus is already using the newest android Operating System, Android Ice Cream Sandwich as default.
For security, there is 6 lock mode available that user can choose None, Slide, Face unlock, Pattern, PIN and Password.
In menu, user will found performance similar with android Honeycomb which is arrange menu into two categories: apps and widget. Ice Cream Sandwich performance full with interesting effects such as fade in, fade out and transparency.
Without physic button, Samsung already put setting shortcut on notification bar. You can close running applications with shifting screen to right or left side.
Phone call, SMS and Email
Roboto Font, Google Voice Typing, Android Keyboard, Gmail, Google Talk, Messenger
Call dialer on galaxy Nexus seems fresh using new font called ”Roboto” and for contact list rename become “people”.
With “people”, user could organize contact list into Group and Favorite. Similar like others, Android contact could synchronies with gmail and twitter. Unfortunately different from other Android, in Samsung Galaxy Nexus user must import SIM card contact list before see it.
User can choose using android keyboard as usual or using Google Voice Typing. With Google voice typing you can write message with dictate message. Choose microphone icon on keyboard add more language (delete check icon on automatic box) so you could add your native language.
Gmail for Galaxy Nexus has different from other android because at button area you will found plus icon, search, label, refresh button and setting. Shifted to the side when read next email.
Camera and Video
5 MP camera (2592×1936 pixels) auto focus and LED flash; 1.3MP front camera
Samsung Galaxy Nexus already support with 5MP auto focus camera in rear side and 1.3 MP in front side. Also provide with flash light.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus camera only has three additional setting such as scene mode, exposure and white balance by pressing virtual button on viewfinder left side.
On left-bottom side of viewfinder, there is switch camera control for capture image, video and panorama mode. Panorama mode allows user to take streak capture moving image.
Even only has 5 MP resolution cameras, Samsung Galaxy Nexus photo result were impressed with low noise.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus camera able to produce FullHD1080p resolution and 24 frame speed per second image in video recording . Front camera also able to record HD720p@30fps video. Recording result save in MP4 format.
Audioplayer, video player, audio recorder
In entertain sector, Galaxy Nexus provide with Google Music which is arrange song based on song, album, playlist, artist, recent and genre.
When using headset you could activate Bass Boost and 3D effect. Sound produce seems low, but if using available headset it sounds great.
Galaxy Nexus video player were disappointing because video interface only support with slider without ability to perform subtitle like other hi-end device.
Internet and connectivity
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth A2DP, MicroUSB, DLNA, NFC
3GHSDPA connection with 21Mbps speed and HSUPA with 5.76Mbps make internet surfing smooth. Even on first release Galaxy Nexus not supported with flash payer, but now they already support so web page can optimize opened. Android 4.0 native browse could open 16 web pages in the same time.
On top-right corner user could find refresh, forward, bookmark, setting and choices to save page and reading it again offline.
Bluetooth, DLNA and data cable using for internal connection. Unfortunately no HDMI port, and when user connecting Samsung Galaxy Nexus with PC, it will ask whether you come in as media device or camera.
Mobile device content exploration through PC not pleasant as using mass storage device mode, which is it function change this device into flash disk.
Ice Cream Sandwich New features
Face Unlock, Photo Editor, Data Usage, Group App and Shortcut
Face Unlock: user can shown face as opened locking key method, but this feature can be tricked with placing photo in front of Galaxy Nexus camera.
Photo Editor: we can edit image which is storage in gallery with gallery menu setting. We can do cropping, rotation, white balance, Fix, effect color and others.
Data Usage: used to limit internet using and also to monitor and manage internet optimal quota.
Multitasking: Virtual recent apps button made user easier to change between running applications. You can close application with shifted to the side.
USB Host: Galaxy Nexus system upgrade can done when user open setting -> About phone -> System update to bring USB Host feature which is allow this device reading flash disk. Because Galaxy Nexus not support with USB port, you can using converter cable which is buying separated.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Special Features
Barometer, Compass, Movie Studio, Google Earth
Samsung Galaxy Nexus already completed with premium features, which is on other device user can get it after pay. This is the example:
Barometer: this feature has ability to do pressure measurement even without signal from operator or GPS. For mobile phone, sensor made by Bosch was first implemented in Galaxy Nexus. Download and install “Barometer HD” application from Android market if want to using this feature.
Compass: Using magnetic field pointing device from Invensense make user know direction even without signal from operator or GPS satellite. Similar with Barometer, we need to install “compass” application from Android Market first.
Movie Studio: this is video editor application using for edit video with change background, adding title, effect, sound and various resolution choice, quality, etc
Google Earth: we add Google earth application on Galaxy nexus. Unfortunately this location finding process so slow even using Wi-Fi or 3G HSDPA connection
Office Viewer: even don’t have Office viewer in menu, when we installed explorer file, galaxy Neus able to open membuka DOC, XLS, PPT from Office 2003 and 2007 also PDF file.
Antutu Benchmark: 3696 Quadrant Standard Edition: 2157.
Performance test result with Antutu collect 6327 score, with Quadrant Standard collecting 1619 score.
Used PowerVR SGX540 GPU like on Samsung Galaxy S, made Galaxy Nexus under LG Optimus 2X and only could won from Samsung Galaxy S when using Nena Mark 2. Resulting 24 frame per second score.
The advantage and disadvantage of Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Super AmoledHD720p screen
- Barometer sensor (Hardware)
- Magnetic field sensor (Compass).
- 5MP camera
- Without MicroSD slot.
- Without mass storage device mode
- Without FM radio
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Conclusions
Being special device from Google as new Android version pioneer, Galaxy Nexus already support with a lot of features and tools than other Android device.
Magnet field sensor, barometer and Amoled HD720p super screen is Galaxy Nexus as advantage and disadvantage is no microSD slot and no mass storage device mode which is made Galaxy Nexus has trouble when connecting to PC.