Here is a collection of Galaxy Nexus reviews from around the internet. If you’ve found a great article that’s missing, please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.
This review by CNET focuses on the beauty of Google’s latest Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich. To quote:
There’s no mistaking that the Galaxy Nexus has all the ingredients it needs to be a terrific phone. There’s also no mistaking that its hands-down best feature, and the one that’s surest to wrest sales away from the Motorola Droid Razr, is the presence of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus review (Wired)
Wired also speaks favourably of Android 4.0. These guys have been using the phone for a few days, so know their way around the OS. They have a mediocre view of the hardware, but suggest it offers a decent package overall:
The Galaxy Nexus isn’t the most powerful Android phone around. It’s not the most capable, either. But if you’re after a “pure” Android experience, unsullied by the likes of Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense interfaces, then the Galaxy Nexus is a solid choice.
Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Nexus review (TechRadar)
According to TechRadar, there’s a lot to like about Google’s latest flagship device. The software improvements introduced in Android 4.0 are impressive, even in the developer build that was tested. Ultimately TechRadar hold out on a verdict, but suggest it’s a promising release, and look forward to handling the final product.
It’s always easy to like the flagship Android hardware, as Google always puts a lot of effort into creating a high spec device for each iteration of its OS.
We’re pretty impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, despite being a little underwhelmed by the specs. That’s mostly down to the use of Ice Cream Sandwich, which is a nifty OS indeed, with a number of cool features making it a real next-gen device.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus review: first look and pictures (Know Your Mobile)
A concise overview of the Galaxy Nexus, with a specific focus on the software. Some nice screenshots included. While the review is positive overall, the conclusion indicates they’re not entirely happy with the Galaxy Nexus:
As smartphones go, the Galaxy Nexus ticks all the boxes but we’re not quite sold. Perhaps it’s because we haven’t had enough time with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or maybe it’s because we are all too aware of how cheap the Galaxy S2 is on contract – we’re not entirely sure.
The Galaxy Nexus looks like an incredible piece of kit but it’s hard to ignore that nagging feeling Samsung is holding back a little in preparation for its inevitable Galaxy S3.
First impressions: Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 (PC Authority)
PC Authority posts a review of the new features introduced with Android 4.0, and enabled by the new hardware in the Galaxy Nexus. They don’t come up with a clear verdict, but call this “the most iPhone-like Android phone” to date. Which is supposed to be a compliment
Is it our imagination? No – the Galaxy Nexus is the most iPhone-like Android phone to date and Ice Cream Sandwich is the most iOS-like iteration of Android.The lack of buttons, the endless list of pilfered UI elements, visual voicemail… the whole shebang.
Of course, it’s a circular argument (iOS has robbed more than its fair share of Android innovations), but the message here is that Google’s Nexus does not want to be number two. And if developers are smart about applying Android 4.0’s hoard of open-source treats to their apps, there’s no reason it should be. As things stand, the iPhone only retains the smartphone crown with its industry-leading build and unrivalled App Store. The rest is yet to be written, but we’ll be back with a full review soon.
Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich: pictures, video and hands-on (This Is My Next / The Verge)
Joanna Stern from The Verge writes about the experience of using a model of this phone. The experience wasn’t entirely positive, with a slight lag evident:
As to overall performance, we saw a good deal of stutter in the Galaxy Nexus before us. Taps were not always recognized and there were occasional delays in performing an instruction, though in Google’s defense, it was a phone fully loaded with running tasks and the software is being continually improved and optimized (i.e. it’s not yet fully baked). That having been said, it unfortunately remains the case that Android isn’t as swift and responsive as iOS or Windows Phone (or even MeeGo Harmattan on the N9). Or at least it wasn’t on the demo phone we got a look at. The subtle, pervasive lag that has characterized the Android UI since its inception is still there, which is not a heartening thing to hear when you’re talking about a super-powered dual-core device like the Galaxy Nexus.
However, as the above quote indicates, these lag issues could be due to the demo software installed. Certainly there was no lag visible at the official Google / Samsung announcement event.