Samsung Galaxy Nexus Is an Android Winner: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-10-19

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Is an Android Winner: 10 Reasons Why

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus has finally been revealed. And as expected, the device has several features that make it a standout in the Android ecosystem. For one, it comes with a large, 4.65-inch HD display.

Combine that with LTE support and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor for more-responsive functionality and on paper the device seems like a fine option for just about any consumer looking for a new smartphone.

When compared to other devices in the Android ecosystem the Galaxy Nexus is equally appealing. The device is the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich."  If that operating system can deliver on its promise of improved functionality, it might just be a key reason the Galaxy Nexus sells well when it hits store shelves in November.

Simply put, the Galaxy Nexus, at least on paper, appears to be a real Android winner.

Here's why.

1. First and foremost: Ice Cream Sandwich

The future of Android directly relates to the success or failure of Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich." According to Google, that operating system will deliver a host of improvements to users, including a revamped user interface, improved multitasking and better notifications. If it can deliver on Google's lofty promises, it could very well put iOS 5 on notice. Even better for Samsung, its device, at least at launch, will be the only device running the operating system, which means if it does come through with fine functionality, the Galaxy Nexus will benefit.

2. The big display matters

Prior to the launch of the iPhone 4S, there was some hope among Apple users that the company would unveil a smartphone featuring a larger display that would match some of the 4.3-inch options already on store shelves. After failing to do so and sticking with the 3.5-inch screen in the iPhone 4S, Apple disappointed many of those hopeful consumers. The Galaxy Nexus, on the other hand, won't disappoint anyone: the device comes with a 4.65-inch display that dwarfs the iPhone 4S's screen, as well as most of the screens available in competing Android devices.

3. Google Wallet support

Google has its sights set on in-store payments with its Wallet service. When the Galaxy Nexus launches next month, it too will be able to take advantage of that service. So owners who want to use a credit card to buy a product at a retail outlet can use the Google Wallet app on their Galaxy Nexus rather than pull out plastic. Granted, there are several limitations, mainly limited support from retailers and availability of the service only on Sprint's network so far. But near-field communication is the future. The Galaxy Nexus is one of the few devices coming to store shelves that will embrace that.

4. LTE support is a key factor

It's worth noting that Apple has taken aim at 4G-capable devices with its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, saying that its 3G handset can deliver the same 14.4M bps download speeds as its chief competitors. But that's only true on AT&T's network. Customers of other carrier networks won't have 4G-like speeds when using the iPhone 4S. The Galaxy Nexus, however, is a different story. The platform will support LTE connectivity out of the box, making it a potentially more appealing option for customers that don't want to get locked into 3G.

Stellar Design, Googles Involvement

5. Social integration through People

As mentioned, Ice Cream Sandwich could be one of the main reasons Android shoppers buy the Galaxy Nexus, but it's the integration of social elements that could keep them attached to the device. According to Samsung, Ice Cream Sandwich will launch on the Galaxy Nexus with a new "People" app that "lets you browse friends, family, and coworkers, and see their photos in high-resolution." Considering the importance of social networking today, People could be a driving force behind Galaxy Nexus adoption.

6. An upgrade guarantee

One of the biggest issues in the Android ecosystem is fragmentation. Too often, it takes too long for a handset to be updated with the latest flavor of Android. But Samsung reassured customers on Oct. 18 by saying that the Galaxy Nexus be the "first to receive software upgrades and new applications as they become available." That alone might be a selling point for Android customers.

7. The design is stellar

It's easy to point to the Galaxy Nexus' specs and get excited, but the device itself looks to be an extremely well-designed product. It's thin, comes with a nice casing, and looks nice from all sides, not just the front. As Android customers know, it has taken quite a while for companies to deliver truly good-looking smartphones, and too often, Android vendors have been selling devices that can't come even close to matching the iPhone's design. But like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Nexus comes close. That might just play into its popularity on store shelves.

8. Consider Samsung's history

When looking at the Android ecosystem, it's hard to find many companies that have brought to customers everything they're really looking for. Motorola has the Droid X 2, which is nice, and HTC's Evo line has proven popular. But Samsung has done the best job of appealing to customers. In fact, the company announced recently that it has sold 30 million units of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones since their launch last year. Although that might not impress Apple fans that are used to their company selling up to 20 million iPhones in a quarter, it is impressive in the Android space. It could play a key role in the value customers see in the Galaxy Nexus going forward.

9. It's the best answer to the iPhone 4S

Considering the bitter battle going on between Android and iOS in the mobile space, it's no wonder that every new Android-based handset that launches is compared to Apple's iPhone. Although many times Android handsets fall short, the Galaxy Nexus is unarguably the best answer yet to the iPhone 4S. As mentioned, it features a bigger screen, LTE connectivity, and a design that appeals to consumers. As long as the Galaxy Nexus comes in at the right price and is available to enough carriers, Android customers that don't want any part of the iPhone might just flock to Samsung's latest device.

10. Google's involvement

Although Google doesn't get directly involved in every new Android device that hits store shelves, when it does, courtesy of its "Nexus" name, it matters. In fact, the company is trying to use that stamp as a way to help customers determine which devices on store shelves are capable of delivering the most value to them. As a result Google's involvement with the Galaxy Nexus is huge for Samsung and it helps put its device ahead of the rest of its Android-based competitors.

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