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Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is sportin' Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich

After weeks of teasing and false starts, Google and Samsung are finally ready to get official with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the Galaxy Nexus. Being that this a "pure" Google phone, customers will get the full Ice Cream Sandwich experience without the added fluff that carriers like to spray all over their smartphones.
For those that doubted Boy Genius Report's leaked specs a few weeks ago, you'll have more than a bit of egg on your face tonight. BGR's earlier story matches up perfectly with the production Galaxy Nexus:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB of memory (optional 32GB)
  • 5MP rear camera with LED flash plus a 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1080p (30fps) video recording
  • LTE
  • 1750 mAh battery 

It should come as no surprise that Samsung has thrown in dual-band 802.11n, NFC, a barometer (!), and Bluetooth 3.0. Those looking for the nascent Bluetooth 4.0 spec in an Android phone will have to mosey on over to the Motorola Droid RAZR.
The most distinguishing feature of the Galaxy Nexus is its curved display which better conforms to your face while talking. In addition, the Galaxy Nexus is 8.94mm thick and weighs 135 grams. This compares to 7.1mm and 127 grams for the just announced Droid RAZR.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will operate on Verizon’s LTE network according to a leak from earlier today, which will be serving 178 markets by November 17.

Source: The Verge

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The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By phatboye on 10/18/2011 11:35:24 PM , Rating: 3
Whose ass do you have to kiss to get a top of the line Android experience phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. I'd sacrifice the large screen for a physical keyboard.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By Flunk on 10/18/2011 11:52:06 PM , Rating: 2
What you're going to have to sacrifice is thickness because there is no way they could make a slider anywhere near this thin. This is why the high-end phones don't have keyboards.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By phatboye on 10/19/2011 12:19:35 AM , Rating: 3
I would gladly sacrifice phone thickness for a physical QWERTY keyboard.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By kleinma on 10/19/2011 12:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
With things that work well like Swype and google voice input, a physical keyboard isn't as needed as it used to be.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By Johnmcl7 on 10/19/2011 6:49:16 AM , Rating: 2
I don't find that at all, in fact with smartphones becoming ever more powerful I find there is an increasing need for a proper keyboard. I've been trying a Galaxy S2 and then a Sensation recently but I was back to the old Nokia n900 as I couldn't stand the lack of keyboard on the Android phones. Google voice input is entertaining to see just how wrong it can be and Swype I'm sure is fine if you're trying to type something very predictive but I'm frequently using technical terms it has no clue about.


By Mk4ever on 10/19/2011 8:26:56 AM , Rating: 2
Just a reminder, not any keyboard would be a good replacement to your current keyboard, and not any OS will give you functionality/shortcuts like the N900. I had phones with keyboards before. I only appreciated the keyboard and became addicted to it on the N900.

I too tried the Galaxy S II. My N900 was stolen about 2 months ago, and a friend lent me his Galaxy S II to persuade me. It took me less than 12 hours to realize that I'd rather get another N900, which I did. I hated android before hating anything else in the Galaxy S II. Maemo is/was an exceptional OS.

The only mobile I was willing to upgrade to was the Nokia N950. Trojan Elop crushed all of my dreams.

I guess I'll have to wait for Tizen, or see what Windows Phone will be able to do if Tizen was also killed for whatever reason, as I don't like iOS or Android.

By Topweasel on 10/19/2011 12:45:11 AM , Rating: 2
Droid 3? Feature wise it is pretty similar except ICS. Very few flagship phones will be qwerty phones. Flagship phones are about getting as many products sold for brand recognition. You don't get that from a slider or qwerty candybar. Those phones are for making sure that fill other market segments.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By Pirks on 10/19/2011 2:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
I would gladly sacrifice phone thickness for a physical QWERTY keyboard
If you depend on some exclusive Android only apps then I have nothing to suggest... but if not then you might want to try BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930, I heard a lot of very positive comments about its QWERTY keyboard typing experience. You may be in for a nice surprise :)

By acer905 on 10/19/2011 12:21:22 PM , Rating: 3
Portrait QWERTY keyboards always suck.

You should try out the keyboard on the HTC Arrive. Best keyboard currently available. And the tilting screen is quite useful.

By nafhan on 10/19/2011 2:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
I suck at tiny phone keyboards (physical or virtual). Since needing to enter multiple lines of text on my phone isn't usually necessary, I just wait until I get to a real computer.

By Johnmcl7 on 10/19/2011 6:50:27 AM , Rating: 2
Annoyingly not one high end Android slider has made it to the UK out of the three available in the US, the Droid 3, Mytouch 4G slide and Captive Glide.


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