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90
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

The Galaxy Nexus remains one of the best Android phones on the market, and this version, in particular, includes Google Wallet. Still, the battery life is relatively short, and early adopters will have to wait for Sprint's LTE network to go live.

Pros
  • Simple yet beautiful designGoogle Wallet onboardSolid performer
Cons
  • Shorter battery life than other Galaxy NexusesMediocre camera performanceEarly adopters will have to wait for LTE service
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90
 

User Reviews

90
timchoi89
Hands down the Galaxy Nexus is the best phone I've ever used.The Nexus One was...read more
80
davomrmac
So, I threw my iPhone 4S away after having battery, heat and reception issues....read more
90
dajmeister
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.6522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Model
16GB / GSM

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to17.67 hours) (up to8.33 hours)
Standby time (max)
290 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1750 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Opp, Pan)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3) (H264, Mpeg4, Wmv) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North america

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.65 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
316 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
No
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
32GB / Verizon LTE

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to8.33 hours)
Standby time (max)
290 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1850 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Opp, Pan)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4, Wmv) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Cdma, Lte (1xrtt, Ev do r0, Ev do ra) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.65 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
316 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
32GB / Sprint LTE

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to8.33 hours)
Standby time (max)
290 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1750 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Opp, Pan)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4, Wmv) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Cdma, Lte (1xrtt, Ev do r0, Ev do ra) (Yes)

Display

Screen size
4.65 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
316 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))