Last week, at a Smart event in Makati Shangrila, I had the chance to play with Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Being the current Google phone, Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to ship with the latest version of Google's mobile OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, pre-installed. As I've earlier explained in TP, ICS serves as Google's answer to critics saying that the Android platform is fragmented. As such, it comes not only with a lot of cosmetic improvements but more importantly, it features system-level enhancements - underneath what's visible - that aim to create a more 'unified' platform.
As for the other stuff that users can easily observe, here's my quick demo video of both Samsung Galaxy Nexus - its design and interface - and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS:
Cool, eh? But here's the thing: Although it runs the latest version of Android and flaunts a quite massive curved screen, SGNexus lacks a few top-notch features that you'll find in other flagship Samsung handsets like Samsung Galaxy S2 or Samsung Galaxy Note. In fact, SGNexus only has a 5 MegaPixel still camera and its CPU doesn't have that geek-favorite Exynos chipset. Then again, for those who will choose SGNexus, these are but small trade-offs for being one of the first to experience ICS.
So where to get SGNexus in the Philippines? Right now, the handset is exclusively available via Smart Postpaid Plans. You can get it for free with Smart Unlimited Data Plan 2000.
Wrapping this up in true TP fashion, here are the complete specs of Samsung Galaxy Nexus:
|Name||Samsung Galaxy Nexus|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, HD Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX540 GPU TI OMAP 4460 chipset|
|RAM/ROM||1 GB RAM|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1.3 MegaPixels front camera|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, 720p 30 frames per second front camera|
|Audio and Video Playback||DivX/MP4/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player|
|Ports||microUSB (MHL) v2.0 (TV Out), 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|Internal Storage||16GB and 32GB versions|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope, Barometer|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1750 mAh|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 290 hours, Talk time of up to 8 hours 20 minutes|
|Value-Added Features||Google phone, First Smartphone to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich preinstalled, Curved Gorilla Glass Screen, SNS integration, Google Services Suite|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: February 2012|
|Price||TP Guesstimate (retail, contract-free): Php 30,000 - Php 35,000 |
Postpaid: Free with Smart Unlimited Data Plan 2000