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Samsung Galaxy Nexus: What it means to IT

Jack Wallen reviews the Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Find out why he thinks it's the single most powerful and desirable device available.

When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus arrived on the scene, it definitely turned heads. It had power, beauty, and was the first ever smartphone edition of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Wow, did it deliver.

The majority of the media promised this would be the smartphone to change the game. So, when I finally got my hands on a Verizon review unit, my expectations were unbelievably high.

Specs

  • CPU: 1.2 GHZ Dual Core
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 32 GB
  • Display: 4.65" HD (1280x720) - contour display
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Camera: 5MP Continuous auto-focus (1.3 MP front facing camera), video recording in 1080p, zero shutter lag
  • Battery: 1850 mAh
  • Notification: 3-color LED
  • OS: Android 4.0 (ICS)

Additional out-of-the-box features

  • Facial recognition for added security
  • Barometer
  • Two microphones
  • Compass
  • Improved method of adding widgets (borrowed from the tablet Android)
  • Nearly 180 degree viewing angle
  • Micro USB supports MHL (Mobile High-definition Link)

The single most impressive aspect of the Galaxy Nexus is the speed. This phone is fast, smooth, and sexy. And while the specs aren't that much of an improvement over other smartphones on the market, the combination of hardware and software make the Galaxy Nexus stand far above the competition.

That's all fine and good, but what does it offer the IT crowd? Let's take a look.

What it means to IT

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is as close to a flawless smartphone as we've seen. This device puts real power into the hands of the users. If you're an IT support pro having to deploy these devices, you know that you're handing out a product that will perform as well or better than the target users expect.

If you're using this phone for yourself, then you can rest assured that you're carrying around enough power to get done what you need. With speed and screen size enough to actually handle RDP sessions and not lag nearly as much when using CPU-intensive tools, the Galaxy Nexus will satisfy even the most demanding of users -- gear heads, geeks, and more.

This power, of course, comes with a cost. The one glaring issue with the Galaxy Nexus is battery life, which is directly affected by the 4G LTE. It's possible to shut off the 4G and get a bit more life from that power cell, but once you've experienced 4G, you really don't want to drop back to lesser networks. Since the IT crowd will be facing users complaining about poor battery performance, stock up on micro-USB cables and hand them out to anyone using this phone, or else you'll have a flock of unhappy users with dead (or dying) smartphones.

My take

For the longest time, my favorite smartphone was the HTC Incredible II. Its size was perfect, it had decent speeds, and I enjoyed the HTC Sense UI. But when 4G came along, the Verizon-branded Droid Bionic stormed my fort and became the litmus test with which I judged all other smartphones.

As much as I still love the Bionic, I was won over by Ice Cream Sandwich. In my opinion, the Galaxy Nexus has no rival -- regardless of platform. Granted, this will change when another Android smartphone is released with even better specs. Until that happens, if you're looking for the single most powerful, desirable device available, look no further than the Galaxy Nexus. As soon as I break the tether of my current mobile provider (AT&T), I'll be hopping over to  Verizon to enjoy the speed of 4G LTE and the power of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

5 comments
msrichard
msrichard

This makes my 4th week with the Galaxy Note. As an "older" IT consultant, I never thought my visual aids (reading glasses), would ever allow me to leave my laptop behind. But today I travel with only my Note. My wife and son both have the Galaxy S2 and both came from the Iphone. Neither will go back. I know some baulk at the size of the Note's 5.3 in. screen, but it's not bad as a phone. It still fits my pockets as well as a belt case. ICS is quick and videos are awsome.

jonrosen
jonrosen

That the HTC Rezound is already out, and is more powerful. It is Verizon only, but has a 1.5 Ghz dual-processor. Runs like a dream. And for the audiophiles, has the Dre Beats. With any smartphone, it's a matter of battery life. I just keep a usb-data/charger cable with me 24/7, and I never worry about it.

aflynnhpg
aflynnhpg

I recently moved my company over from BPOS to 365. I noticed on smart phones running ICS the default server m.outlook.com (which is really and autodiscover) does not work. I have to manually put in the real server name. The problem is, 365 changes the servers periodically, so email will stop working, you have look up the server name and change it on the device. It would be nice to be able to use m.outlook.com as the server name and not have to worry about changning it (from a support standpoint). Anyone know if this is an ICS issue or just MS 2010 exchange not playing well with others? Thanks

haggis75
haggis75 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Battery life is already my biggest issue with smartphones. That element needs to get better not worse. P.S. I believe it should be 'affected' not 'effected'.