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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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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.

John


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.


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