Samsung Galaxy Nexus Hands On

In the recent Samsung Galaxy Note World Tour SEA in Jakarta, as covered in my blog post here, I got to get my hands on the yet-unreleased Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

This is the first appearance of the first Android OS 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” device from Samsung and Google.

How does it feel to hold an unreleased device? AWESOME-SAUCE, I tell ya.

It was indeed quite a treat to hold this in my hands. I was making kissing and drooling gestures at the demonstration booths. Seriously, you’d think I was insane.

In my previous post, I shared with you an image comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy S II. Here it is again.

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Just a quick spec sheet rundown of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

  • 4.65” HD Super AMOLED screen
  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (first device to run this yet-unreleased OS)
  • 5 megapixel rear camera; 1.2 megapixel front camera
  • 8.94mm thin (almost the same as the Galaxy S2)
  • No physical hardware front facing buttons (on screen navigation only)

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Let’s take a look at the hardware a little…

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The back of the device has similar textured backing as you would find on Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Note. Although it’s only 5 megapixel rear camera, you need to know that megapixels don’t mean picture quality.

The image quality on this phone is amazing. The most outstanding feature of Android OS 4.0 ICS (Ice Cream Samdwich) is the fast camera shutter speed. In their Android ICS demo, they actually showcased the zero shutter lag in taking multiple pictures with this. It’s AH-MA-ZING!!!!

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The device is bottom heavy (unlike the Motorola Droid RAZR which is top heavy). On the left, you get your standard volume rocker.

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The top of the device is actually completely devoid of any ports or buttons. Completely flush and clean.

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On the right of the device you’ll get a single Power On/Off button.

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At the bottom, although you can’t see clearly in this picture (the lighting in the ballroom is to blame) you get a micrUSB port for charging and syncing your device. On the slight right to it, you’d see the 3.5mm headphone jack. Yeah – this has been moved to the bottom of the device.

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Android OS 4.0 ICS is a beauty. It really has combined the best of Gingerbread OS 2.3 on smartphones and Honeycomb OS 3.2 on tablets.

The OS on Samsung Galaxy Nexus is pure vanilla – meaning that Samsung has not included their TouchWiz skin on top of it. This is not a problem though, cos the pure Android OS 4.0 experience is beautiful just the way it is.

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As you can see, the media and all the guests at the event was equally fascinated with this first Asian appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Based on the Samsung executives, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be available “in the coming weeks” (read : mid December) with an operator bundle. It will likely be priced at the same or slightly lower than the Samsung Galaxy Note that was launched today.  Of course, when you signup with a plan, it will be cheaper.

As with any Google’s Nexus devices, this is touted as a developer phone (pure vanilla OS) and would unlikely be sold off-contract. If you’re as excited as me, we shall be counting the days….

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I want it!!! I want it so……. bad.

Note : If you’re not up to buying a new device, Samsung has also announced that Samsung will be updating Android OS 4.0 on their recent devices including the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab (all sizes) and Galaxy Note in Q1 2012.

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