First impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are beginning to trickle in. Samsung's newest flagship device is also the first phone to come preloaded with Ice Cream Sandwich, Android's 4.0.1 version of its operating system. Early reports are extremely positive, saying the device is light, with a gorgeous large screen with deep blacks and bright colors, thanks to advanced AMOLED technology.
One of the Galaxy Nexus' main competitors this holiday season - assuming it makes it out in the U.S. before Christmas, there still has been no word on a final release date - will be the Motorola Droid RAZR, which was released last week. The two phones are similarly sized, though the Galaxy Nexus is longer and narrower, while the RAZR is slightly slimmer and lighter. The Galaxy Nexus has a larger screen with higher pixel density and slightly more powerful chipset, but the Droid RAZR has a larger camera (8 megapixels to the Nexus' 5) and a more powerful battery.
For more specs, see below:
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus||Motorola Droid RAZR|
|Display||4.65-inch screen with Super AMOLED HD curved display with 720x1280 pixel resolution at 316 ppi pixel density||4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display with 960 x 540-pixel screen resolution at 256 ppi pixel density|
|Processor||1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor (CPU), PowerVR SGX540 GPU, TI OMAP4460 chipset||1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor (CPU), PowerVR SGX540 GPU, TI OMAP 4430 chipset|
|Camera||5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing with 2592x1936 pixels and LED flash; 2-megapixel front-facing camera; 1080p HD video||8 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with 3264×2448 pixels, dual LED flash; 1.3 MP HD front-facing camera; 1080p HD video|
|Operating System||Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich||Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread|
|Data||HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE||(On Verizon 4G) 12.3 Mbps download speeds, 5.8 Mbps upload.|
|Storage||16GB internal storage and microSD card for 16GB, which can be expanded to 32 GB; 1GB RAM||16GB internal storage and another 16GB microSD card preinstalled which can be expanded to 32 GB; 1GB RAM|
|Battery Life||1750 mAh lithium-ion battery||1780 mAh lithium-ion battery, with 650 minutes talk time and up to 200 hours standby time|
|Dimensions||5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35||5.15×2.71×.28|
|Weight||4.76 ounces/135 g||4.48 ounces/127g|
|Price||Unannounced (possibly $299.99) on Verizon Wireless||$299 with a two-year contract from Verizon.|