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The Unlocked GSM Version of Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus brings very welcome features with Ice Cream Sandwich. The design is sharp and the screen is gorgeous. Ice Cream Sandwich has eliminated some of Android's learning curve in some aspects. There is some static on calls and like other Samsung Galaxy devices, the Galaxy Nexus feels rather fragile.

 The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a big step forward for Android but it's not the giant leap you may have been expecting. Without a doubt, the new features are welcome and the interface is pretty, but it also can feel cluttered, disjointed, and overly complicated. So while it pushes Android a big step forward, it doesn't fix all of Android's problems.

You'll see the same dark color and tapered edges. The handset is large (5.33 inches long by 2.67 inches wide) so it may be too much for some users to handle. Samsung, however, squeezed off every inch it could to make it extra thin (0.35 inch).

The Galaxy Nexus fits comfortably in the hand (as long as you have large paws), but it feels too fragile. It's eye-catching, but like other Samsung phones before it, the Galaxy Nexus also feels too fragile in the hand, even at 4.76 ounces.

You have to be extra careful not to drop it even once on a hard surface. A case is an option, but that would thicken up the phone. With a 1,280x720-pixel Super AMOLED resolution, the HD display is wonderfully bright and vivid with eye-popping colors. Everything looks great, from graphics to photos to menu icons, and you can customize the five home screens with the Google Search bar, menu icons, and widgets.

The Ice Cream Sandwich brings new folders and new widgets. The main menu shows the traditional icons and internal menus have the familiar list structure. This is a clean, elegant design that especially shines in the texting and e-mail apps. The phone book size is limited by the available memory. Each entry holds multiple fields for phone numbers as well as e-mail and street addresses. You can pair contacts with a photo and organize them into groups.

The main camera has a 5-megapixel resolution.
The Ice Cream Sandwich is the Galaxy Nexus' star attraction. However, Google has somehow missed the icing on the cake.