Google and Samsung’s newest collaboration, the Galaxy Nexus, is to hit stores in the next week. The device is a follow up to what many commentators describe as the phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and will also carry a series of new features designed to take the smartphone world by storm, including the highly anticipated launch of Android 4.0.
The Nexus builds on the groove Samsung have developed for themselves in the mobile market in recent years. A hefty screen (the Nexus boasts a mammoth 4.65” display) a high-def display designed for enjoying videos and multi-media, all coming with a sleek, skinny design. The Nexus’ huge screen is one of the largest on the market – not quite the hand-busting 4.7” of the HTC Titan, but not far off – but combined with a 720p resolution picture quality is crystal clear. Samsung has already announced there will be reinforced glass to protect the screen from knocks and bumps. A 5 megapixel camera holds its own against its rivals while the device comes in as a slim-line 9mm thick.
Yet it is the OS that Android fans are really looking forward to. In what is becoming a marriage made in heaven between Samsung and Google, the Nexus will be the first device to carry Ice Cream Sandwich with no bells and whistles added on. The device’s 1.2 GHz dual core processor should have no difficulty managing the OS’ new features, including improved user interface and face recognition software to unlock the phone. In what is being described as a pure Google experience, the Nexus comes with a range of improved and updated Google Apps like Gmail, YouTube and Movie Studio as well as a new Google + and Google Maps. The Maps is version 5.11, already out there via some Android updates. It features new twists like turn by turn navigation, making it much easier to use when you’re on the go. 3D maps make it easier to judge distances and navigate while walking.
The November launch date is for Europe alone. The device is not expected in America until perhaps a week later and then it will be available across the rest of the world. SIM-free early prices accreting to an Amazon listing suggest the phone will retail for around £549, £150 more than the S2. Carriers for the Galaxy Nexus on contract include O2 although no one has confirmed contract prices as yet.
The device will launch the day after one of its major competitors on the smartphone market, the Nokia Lumia 800, the latest Windows Phone. Already launched to make the Christmas marketplace even more crowded is the Apple iPhone 4S and Motorola’s Droid Razr.