By Joe Levi | November 23, 2011 8:00 PM
Picking up where the Nexus S (also a launch-device) left off, The Galaxy Nexus includes a gently curved screen. I emphasis “gently” because, unless you’re specifically looking for it, you may not even notice it. But don’t let that graceful sheet of glass fool you, although not the trademarked “Gorilla Glass” some other smartphones use, the glass on the Galaxy Nexus is durable and scratch resistant.
On the top of the phone you’ll find absolutely nothing. On the right-side is the power button and three gold dots (which we assume will be used for charging on compatible accessories, when they become available). On the left-side is a the volume-rocker. On the bottom a microUSB port, microphone, and 3.5mm headset jack. Not only does the microUSB port serve for charging and data transfer, with the right cable you’re supposed to get HDMI out as well. Simply but, the edges of the Galaxy Nexus are elegantly sparse.
The back of the phone has a removable battery cover with a pleasant texture and a very light amount of “tack” to it for extra grip. Inside the cover is where you’ll install the 1750mAh battery (the LTE version will reported have a larger, 1850mAh battery) and the regularly sized GSM SIM. No external sdcard slot is present, but with 16GB internal storage (the LTE version may have 32GB internal storage), you should have plenty of room for all your stuff. The back of the phone houses the phone’s 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. Although it defaults to 720p video recording, you can set it to 1080p 30fps.
Inside the phone is a dual-core, 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 384MHz PowerVR SGX540 GPU — which Ice Cream Sandwich takes advantage of to make the whole experience smooth.
As far as connectivity goes, the phone has pentaband HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps down and 5+Mbps up, as long as your network can handle it). “Pentaband” means the phone works not only on AT&T’s netowrk, but on T-Mobile USA’s as well — simply swap out the SIM and you’re good to go. If WiFi is more your think you’ve got 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 3.0+HS (including tethering via Bluetooth), and NFC. If you’re worried about voice, you’ve got quad-band GSM, so most carriers are covered there as well.
The front of the phone hides a 1.3-megapixel camera for up to 720p video calling, a tri-color notification LED below the screen, and a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen that’s a full 1280 x 720 pixels: 720p HD. Images are amazingly sharp and clear — those who complained about its PenTile display don’t have a leg to stand on: Colors are bright, blacks are dark and deep, even the viewing angle is impressive.