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Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) For the Open Road

Meet the Samsung Galaxy Nexus S, the next generation of in car infotainment and a new way to do mobile business… Plus everything else.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 19, 2011

Samsung and Google introduced the Galaxy Nexus Smartphone and offered a preview of the Android 4.0 operating system, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich last night in Hong Kong. With the mess that turned out to be the HTC Thunderbolt (its sporadic Wi-Fi tethering feature was its downfall) comes the next “white hot” Android with Google’s all new Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

The new Samsung Nexus S incorporates the largest (4.65” diagonal) through a curved Super AMOLED screen with highest resolution (720x1280) in the business. If any of you have seen the latest Samsung LED TV’s, you know they know what they are doing. A large screen does not mean you are carrying a brick as the Nexus S is 8.94mm thin and weighs just 4.76 ounces.

Look ma, no buttons!

The Galaxy Nexus has no physical buttons along the lower edge of the screen. Instead, the buttons Android now uses are part of the Ice Cream Sandwich OS and appear and disappear as the operating system or an app needs them. This is a similar to Android Honeycomb, Google's first tablet-specific operating system, which has been on the market since March.

The Galaxy Nexus should arrive with an unadulterated home screen free of any preinstalled garbage from carriers and no user-interface changes from Samsung. We will see after Verizon lays its hands on the thing for a few days

And of course the final released specs.

Samsung incorporated the latest “hot” processor, somewhat “hot” camera, “enough” internal memory and an “ok” battery in that order.
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

  • 1GB of RAM

  • The rear camera is a 5MP unit with LED flash and the front, a 1.3MP by comparison to the latest including the iPhone 4S’ and even Samsung’s Galaxy II S with 8 MP units in the rear. It can however record video in HD at 30 fps at 1080p and can take a panoramic shot with one movement of the phone as multiple pics are stitched together.

  • 16GB of internal storage is standard with 32GB Optional. The next glitch in its capability is the fact it does not have a micro SD expansion capability

  • 1750mAh battery seems a bit paltry given all the phone is expected to do. Battery life may remain an Android issue even after all these years.

  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3G across a number of frequency's for US, Europe and Asia use, both HSPA+ and LTE 4G, and Bluetooth 3.0 (underwhelming compared to Apple’s Bluetooth 4.0 spec), GPS, accelerometer and a 3.5 mm headphone jack to name but a few of the base features.
Android 4.0 - ICE Cream Sandwich
  • The homescreen includes widgets like those on Android tablets but you can resize.

  • App icons and people shortcuts can be dragged into folders.

  • Notifications now allow you to save important ones and remove those you do not care about easily.

  • An all new keyboard, with inline spellcheck and supposedly a new way to cut, copy, paste and drag text?

  • Screenshots with a push of a button.

  • Face unlock by staring into it.

  • Google flash enabled browser holds 16 tabs of open pages. On a tablet, you can tap and hold to request a desktop version.

  • Gmail you say? Google has an app for that Select multiple emails at the same time for faster archiving, reading and search 30-days worth of mail stored on the phone itself.

  • Email addresses are people and you can reply with email, IM or even tweet.

  • Streaming mobile data control - You can now turn off apps to avoid data overage charges. A graph of usage can be displayed including which app is being the data hog which you can then limit with a swipe of your finger.

  • Photos and vid’s can be shared instantly from within the phone. An additional cool feature, shoot panoramic shots in one continuous motion with basic editing tools built in.

  • As a phone, a new calling interface includes call history and visual voicemails from within the interface.

  • Near-field communications will let you pay for things at participating retailers, and share data. Still in its infancy, watch this one explode. And a highlight of NFC is the ability to place two NFC capable phones together to share websites, maps, YouTube videos and people cards.
And the real killer app for our purposes is the phone can automatically text people who are calling to tell them you will call back when not driving!

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has all the toys. Maybe not the top of the line in some areas but on paper its fast. And hopefully does what we need (a workable Wi-Fi Hot spot for the road anyone?) and should be available at a Big Red near you by mid to late November.

And of course there is always the Motorola Droid RAZR released less than 24-hours prior with its own super Smartphone specs and capability. Who knows? The RAZR may be the phone to replace my ancient but still working 5-year old Motorola RAZR flip phone I have been using reliably for all these years?


Samsung Galaxy Nexus

There is always the Apple iPhone 4S but I am not quite ready to be assimilated by a fruit company… At least not yet
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Re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) For the Open Road

I hope they push this to the Thunderbolt soon. The last update they pushed in July caused issues with the text messaging. If you've ever heard of "wrong number texts" website, you'll kind of get the idea. Except, it wasn't a user that caused the problem, rather the phone randomly selects an "active" conversation in your list and sends that text to them instead of the person you are actually typing it to. Luckily for me, I never ended up in a bind from it, although a few people wonder what the heck I was sending them lol. I now use Handcent SMS, a separate text messaging program.

Apparently VZW pulled the last version of Android updates within 24 hours. I don't recall why, but it's still not yet available, a month after it's initial release for the phone. Other than that, I've been quite happy with the phone. The battery gets me through a day, provided I'm not on it 24/7. If it drains, I always have a charger at work to plug into or in my car.
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Re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) For the Open Road

FYI - I love how everytime you have 'ice' in the post, it capitalizes here and links it to "Internal Combustion Engine" in the glossary lol
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Re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) For the Open Road

The near-field communications will let you share data, the possibilities are limitless !
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Re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) For the Open Road

I got the text option with the last Android update to 2.3.3 on my Droid X. I would love to have Google's new phone, but I wouldn't want to pay the retail price for it. I'm ordering my wife an iPhone 4S on the 23rd.

My next upgrade is available in February. I have really liked the "X" and the original Droid I had before it. I gave it to the girl that cuts my hair and it is still going strong.

The Motorola Bionic is on my short list. If the iPhone 5 comes out by then, it will be considered as well.
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Re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) For the Open Road

When it comes to Bluetooth, I always have to laugh when the subject is a phone sold for AT&T. That carrier always makes sure that 99% of the BT functionality is disabled. An unlocked phone might be able to do HF, DUN, FTP, vCard, SPP, etc. But once AT&T gets done with locking the phone down, you'll find that Bluetooth will only work with a BT headset and nothing more.
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