By now, most of you guys should know about the new Google/Samsung device-Galaxy Nexus and Android’s new platform-Ice Cream Sandwich. As usual, in this post we will be unveil some features of the smartphone in comparison to other hot smartphones.
As an Android device, the specs must be outstanding; let’s face it, Android smartphones have some great internal components.
To start off, the Galaxy Nexus will come up with: a 1.2GHz dual-core processor paired with 1GB of internal RAM, a 16GB/32GB storage capacity, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1750mAh battery and video capturing at up to 1080p (30fps). Is that too much information for you? Let’s take the time to break it down.
At 1.2GHz, the dual-core processor is up with the HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Epic 4G Touch, the Samsung Galaxy S II, and more. The processor is up-to-par with today’s standards and certainly meets most people’s expectations. The iPhone 4S and iPad 2’s A5 chip clocks in at 800MHz-1GHz, so Galaxy Nexus clearly supports a faster processor.
The rest of the specifications are still impressive and even if the camera might seem outdated with 5-megapixel sensor, it is capable for taking videos in 1080p resolution. The 1750mAh battery is a big step forward for Samsung and Google and hopefully this will mean more time spend on the device.
In terms of connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 is supported, along with USB 2.0, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n comes with dual-band support(2.4GHz and 5GHz). Talking about hardware, we have to say that the phone comes with a gyroscope, compass, accelerometer, a barometer and light proximity sensors.
Will 4G be supported? The answer to that is both yes and no. It is said that the Galaxy Nexus will support HSPA+ and an LTE-compatible version will be readily available for some regions. The housing of the device, plus the hardware equals out to about 135 grams and 8.94mm thickness. The display is quite big with 4.65-inches, but it’s going to support the 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and HD Super AMOLED technology.
Now that we have cleared the specifications of the device itself, let’s move onto the OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 . The important changes that Android 4.0 bring are a whole new UI, lock screen, text input, NFC, improved browser/e-mail and camera. The new User Interface reveals that the default font and animations have changed. A “Recent Apps” view shows recently-used applications as thumbnails. A most-used applications tray is also available for quick access.
Android Beam is also a new feature that takes advantage of the NFC chip to enable other Android users that have NFC devices to exchange documents, applications and more by bumping devices together. The new camera application for Android 4.0 allows users to snap photos much more quickly, almost instantly and the new software update enables video editing within the native camera app. In addition, panorama mode was introduced, allowing a user to record a panorama with ease. The new lock screen is one of the most interesting, because anyone can now unlock their device by using the face recognition software which is built directly into Android 4.0.
All of these important additions that Android Ice Cream Sandwich brings, contribute to a significant software upgrade. How efficient will the new software from Android be? Will it manage to crush the smartphones that rely on iOS 5 and Windows Mango? We will have to wait because both, Galaxy Nexus and Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be available from November.