Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich Pretty Sweet for Android Lovers

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-12-20 Print this article Print
Sleek Front

Sleek Front

Turned off, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't look like much—just another candy-bar-styled Samsung smartphone with rounded edges.
Verizon Wireless began selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone Dec. 15 for $299.99 on contract, but consumers who don't mind inking a new contract with the carrier can get the hallowed handset for half the cost from Amazon Wireless. For the last few days, eWEEK has enjoyed using the first gadget based on Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system. The Nexus hardware is gorgeous, offering a sleek, thin smartphone with a 4.65-inch high-definition Super Active-Matrix Organic LED (Super AMOLED) display, buoyed by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The ICS software itself sports plenty of new features to enjoy, from software navigation buttons to a new contacts application and facial detection to unlock the phone. The new OS really does blend the best of the Android smartphone and Honeycomb tablet branches. eWEEK didn't get to test Android Beam, the application that lets users tap two near-field-communication-enabled (NFC-enabled) smartphones together to trade applications, files and YouTube videos, but we got to play with a lot of other fun features on this "pure Google experience" smartphone. Check out our findings in this slide show.

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