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A wonderland of new features and functionality

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Ice Cream Sandwich is the largest and most attractive Android update we've seen so far, with a fresh UI and a litany of new features.

Critic reviews

8.3
6 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Speed
    8.0
  • Configurability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    7.9
  • Openness
    8.0

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User reviews

9.2
82 reviews
8.0
Engadget Dec 1, 2011

It's a gorgeous OS that offers great performance and -- for the most part -- doesn't feel like a half-baked effort. Factoring the new functionality, ICS effectively throws a one-two punch of mobile wonderment in our face.

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8.0
CNET Nov 17, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich does succeed in moving Google forward, and reaffirming its staying power as a mobile OS. With its bold personality, Android 4.0 is also a sign of Google leaving less of its cultivation to the handset makers, and taking a stronger role in defining its 'Droidy personality.

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8.0
PC World Dec 25, 2011

Even with its quirks, Android 4.0 still provides one of the best Android experiences to date. Performance will vary from device to device, but overall it’s one of the most stable mobile OSs that I’ve ever used.

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8.0
Ars Technica Dec 19, 2011

Android enthusiasts will find a lot to like in the new version ... but will still probably find ... reasons to want to replace the stock applications with third-party alternatives. The major improvements to core components of the user experience ... do help to make Android better out of the box.

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9.0
SlashGear Nov 21, 2011

Good software does its job in a clean, consistent way. Great software does all that, but then delights you with its usefulness, the thoughtful moments peppered throughout by developers who really care about their work. That’s the level Android has been elevated to with Ice Cream Sandwich.

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9.0
TechRadar Nov 29, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich is the most accessible and easy-to-learn OS from Google, and that's going to be key in the wars against Apple and Microsoft.

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10
brett brett

BIG DIFFERENCES User Interface - If Matias Duarte was in front of me right now, I would hug him for an almost creepy amount of time. Finally it seems that Google put an emphasis on the design of the OS, and not just on commonly accessed apps, but throughout all the menus, buttons, settings,...

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9.0
cjtylr cjtylr

Ice Cream Sandwich, for me, is a step or two ahead of iOS. It's not much, but it's the reason I opted for the Nexus over the 4S. The OS is just more advanced at this point. It's easy to use, but a little laggy at times (due mainly to the way the Android OS handles rendering priority), and just...

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10
SounderBruce SounderBruce

Android has done it again. Merging the smartphone and tablet versions of the Linux-based OS, Google has brought forth ICS, a quick and speedy update to the world's most popular smartphone platform.

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6.0
danhallock danhallock

This is a great software release, but it's going to be crippled by the terrible Android ecosystem and faux-openness. Still, a commendable effort and a step in the right direction.

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10
Mikefreak Mikefreak

The newest OS version for android is extremely polished. Optimized for higher end phones with dual core the OS runs very smoothly. Newcomers to Android may have trouble starting up, but it is still user friendly.

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10
miata492 miata492

My experience and thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich are from my use of it on my Xoom WiFi. With Ice Cream Sandwich Android has finally hit prime-time. The look and feel of the OS is much more polished and fluid. My Xoom feels completely new and more responsive in regular use which has given that...

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