Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus To Get Android 4.0.5 ICS Update In April?

Few days ago, Engadget had reported that according to its “trusted sources”, Google would soon be resuming the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S in the coming weeks. While Google has not announced anything and neither has the update started rolling out to NS4G owners, a new ICS update rumor has popped up on the Internet. Mobile Panda a.k.a @black_man_x tweeted today morning that Google will soon release a new build of Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0.5 – in early April.

According to @black_man_x, this new build of ICS will fix the “audio reboot issue as well as data failing asleep” for GNex owners. While this news will be definitely appreciated by all Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners, it is quite a shame to see Google struggling with updates on a Nexus handset.

Frankly, the whole ICS rollout has been a complete mess. First, when Google announced the Galaxy Nexus, it did not mention as to when the handset will be available under Verizon’s network in the United States. The phone finally hit the States 1.5 months after its announcement, but was plagued with poor signal and data issues. Now, more than 4 months after its release, the Galaxy Nexus is still only available under Verizon’s network in the U.S, thus limiting its reach. Sprint did announce at CES that it will be releasing the Galaxy Nexus soon under its network, but more than 2 months have passed by since then without any update from either Google or Sprint.

Oh! and I am not even talking about the Nexus S, whose Ice Cream Sandwich update was stopped midway. In fact, some variants of the Nexus S like the I9020A and the Nexus S 4G are yet to receive the ICS update, more than 4 months after Google started rolling out the update.

 

Sprint Announces The Galaxy Nexus; Supports Its Upcoming 4G LTE Network!

Sprint just became the first carrier in the United States to announce the Galaxy Nexus in the United States, and end Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus exclusivity on it.

The specs of the Sprint’ version of the Galaxy Nexus remain same as its Verizon’s counterpart, which includes a beautiful 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen with a 720p (720×1280) resolution. Internally the Nexus packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of Internal memory. The usual bunch of sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope etc. and connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi etc are also present. At the back of the Galaxy Nexus is a 5MP camera with zero-shutter lag, which is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. Most importantly, the Galaxy Nexus runs on the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Nexus will also be the first phone to hit Sprint’s network which will support the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE network.

Sadly, Sprint did not announce anything as to when the Galaxy Nexus will exactly hit its network, and how much $$ it will cost. What Sprint did announce is that they will be releasing nearly 15 4G LTE devices in throughout this year

Top 10 Android Phones Of 2011

2011 was all about Android phones with bigger and better screens, dual-core processors, and oodles of RAM and 8MP cameras. More than 50 Android handsets and numerous Android tablets were released in the last year.

10) Samsung Galaxy S – So yeah, the Galaxy S is a pretty old phone and was released in Q2 of 2010. Yet, the handset is still selling extremely well in all regions of the world. The modding community even actively supports the handset.

The handset is so popular that Samsung was at one point re-considering bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, after all the Galaxy S owners filed a petition when the company had initially announced that it won’t be updating the handset to Android 4.0. While the company later on decided against updating the Galaxy S to Ice Cream Sandwich, it did promise to release a Value Pack.

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In fact, a Value Pack firmware for the Galaxy S leaked online last night which brings Face Unlock and many new features.

9) LG Optimus 2X – The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core phone to be available to the general public. LG and Nvidia had a clear 3-4months advantage, since no other manufacturer was able to release a dual-core handset in the market before Q2 of 2011. The Optimus 2X is not the best dual-core handset out there when it comes to performance and software stability, but at its current market price, it is nothing short of a steal.

8) Motorola Droid Bionic – The Bionic was initially supposed to be launched in the first half of the year, and was eagerly expected by the people in the United States, since it was the first 4G LTE phone to hit Verizon’s network with a dual-core processor. The handset was first expected to be launched with a Tegra 2 processor, but released with a much powerful OMAP processor, after the delay.

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However, the Droid Bionic’s launch was over-shadowed just a couple of months after its launch, when Motorola launched the Droid RAZR, which was basically a slimmed down version of the Bionic.

7) Sony Ericsson Xperia Play- Many dubbed the Play as a disappointment when Sony had initially announced it. For a gaming phone, the Play had somewhat dated specs. However, Sony Ericsson proved everyone that it’s the combination of hardware and software that matters.

Many games are exclusively launched for the Xperia Play first, and then for other much powerful phones like the Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation etc. There are more than 200 games specifically optimized for the Play available at the moment, and the number keeps on growing.

6) Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V – The Xperia Neo V is a dumbed down Xperia down. Due to the floods and Earthquakes in Japan and its nearby areas, there was a shortage of the 8MP Exmor R camera sensors used by Sony, and thus the company decided to fit in a 5MP cam on the Neo, and call it the Neo V.

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The Neo V sports a 1GHz single core processor, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and packs 512MB of RAM. All these specs make the Neo V one of the best Android phones in the mid-range segment. No other Android phone comes close to the price/performance ratio offered by the Neo V. The best part is that Sony Ericsson has already confirmed that it will be updating the Neo V to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in late Q1 or early Q2 of 2012.

5) Samsung Galaxy Note – Okay, the Note is not really a phone, and its not really a tablet as well. It still however runs on Android, has a SIM card slot, and can be used for making calls.The Galaxy Note is a bigger version of the Galaxy S2, with a mammoth 5.3-inch screen with a whopping 1280×800 resolution. Under the hood is a 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. As its name suggests, the Note is meant for taking notes and comes with an S-Pen for this purpose.

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The S-Pen surprisingly works very well in real life, and is suited for designers, artists and people who want to take some notes on the go.

4) HTC Sensation – This sensational handset from HTC was their answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S2. The Sensation was a decent performer, but still nowhere near Galaxy S2. The Galaxy S2 trumped it in nearly every department, except for the superior build quality and the higher-resolution screen found on the latter.

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The Sense 3.0 UI found on the Sensation looked beautiful, but was also criticized heavily for slowing down the overall performance of the phone.

3) Droid RAZR – With the Droid RAZR, Motorola attempted at reviving the iconic RAZR brand. Like the original RAZR, the Droid RAZR was the slimmest phone released this year at just 7.1mm thick. Even then Motorola managed to pack in a dual-core OMAP SoC, an 8MP camera, 4G LTE and a Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen on the handset.

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The RAZR however was a announced at the wrong time. Moto announced the handset just 12 hours before Google announced the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich, and so it was forgotten quickly. The encrypted bootloader on the handset also made sure that the developers stayed away from the handset.

2) Galaxy Nexus – The release of Galaxy Nexus along with Ice Cream Sandwich did steal some thunder from the Galaxy S2, but it still was not enough to make it the best Android handset of 2011. The Android version running on Galaxy Nexus comes straight from Google, without any modifications from carriers or handset manufacturers, and that is what makes the Nexus brand so popular.

The Galaxy Nexus was also among the first few phones in 2011 to sport a 720p (1280×720) resolution 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen. The handset also comes with a 5MP camera at its back, which takes some mediocre pictures, but has zero shutter lag. This means a picture is clicked and saved as soon as the user presses the virtual shutter button. It’s ridiculously fast!

1) Samsung Galaxy S2 – The Samsung Galaxy S2 was no doubt the hottest and the most popular Android handset of 2011. Right from its announcement at MWC 2011 to its launch in various regions of the world, the phone was always in the limelight. No wonder the Galaxy S2 was the highest selling Android phone of 2011, and also the fastest selling phone ever in Samsung’s history. The handset breached the 10 million mark in a mere 5 months.

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The Galaxy S2 was the most powerful Android handset released this year, all thanks to Samsung’s own Exynos 4210 SoC, which packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU.

Don’t agree with our list of the Top 10 Android phones of 2011? Drop in a comment and let us know!

Unofficial Galaxy Nexus Volume Bug Fix Now Available

Google announced the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – along with the Galaxy Nexus back in October. The handset and the new version of OS were both  critically  appreciated by reviewers alike. The hotly anticipated handset went on sale in the United Kingdom earlier this month.

However, earlier owners of the handset faced a strange volume bug, which ruined their ICS experience. If the users phone went into 2G mode, it would randomly increase or decrease the volume level. Readers can find out more about the Galaxy Nexus volume bug here. Rumors earlier suggested that this was a hardware issue, but later on Samsung debunked all the rumors by saying that an official software fix for the volume bug is on its way.

Now, Paul O’ Brian, one popular Android developer has posted a volume bug fix up on his website along with the installation steps for all Galaxy Nexus owners to try. The volume bug fix is based on the upcoming official update,  which leaked a couple of days ago.

Galaxy Nexus owners affected by the volume bug can either install this volume bug fix, if they have unlocked the bootloader of their handset, or wait for the official update to be  released  by Samsung in a few days.

Galaxy Nexus To Get a Software Update To Fix The Volume Bug

The Google’s Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the U.K. just a couple of days ago. The handset has been in the news for both, good as well as bad reasons. The phone, along with the latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich), have been getting highly positive reviews from reviewers all over.

The bad part? Some early Galaxy Nexus owners have been facing a strange volume bug on their phone. If their brand new Nexus handset is on 2G mode, for some weird reason, the phone will automatically increase or decrease the ringtone volume. Rumors popped up on the Internet that this issue is a hardware issue, and this is why Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus still has not hit the retail stores.

Ending all the rumors, and the  negative  publicity with it, Samsung UK have confirmed that the volume bug is a software issue, and the company has already worked out a software fix for it. The company is now working hard to release the update as soon as possible.

Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon are also working hard on releasing the 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus in the United Sates.

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 – Which Is The BEST Smartphone of 2011?

The Google Galaxy Nexus was announced today morning by Google and Samsung in Hong Kong, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Considering the Galaxy Nexus represents the best phone in the Android ecosystem, it is more than obvious that it will be pitted against the iPhone 4S and the best Android smartphone on the planet right now, the Samsung Galaxy S2.

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Below is a small comparison of three of the hottest smartphones in the planet, the Samsung Galaxy S2, the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus.

Design

Of all the three phones, the Galaxy Nexus is the biggest of all thanks mainly to its 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen. However, unlike all other Android phones, the Galaxy Nexus lacks the usual three capacitive buttons found on every Android phone, which helps keep the dimensions of the phone down. The Galaxy S2 comes in a close second with its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen. The iPhone 4S is the smallest and the most compact phone of all the three, with a mere’ 3.5-inch display.

Display

The Galaxy Nexus has the biggest and the highest resolution screen among all the three screens. The 4.65-inch on the Galaxy Nexus marks the beginning of 720p HD (1280×720) resolution in phones screen. Being a Super-AMOLED screen, the display has extremely high contrast ratios and brilliant viewing angles. Even though the screen on the Galaxy Nexus has PenTile display, it still looks sharper than the iPhone 4S Retina Display.

Compared to the Galaxy Nexus, the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S2 screens look seemingly previous generation. The Galaxy S2 has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (480×800) resolution, while the iPhone 4S has a very small 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 960×640, giving the screen an eye-busting 326ppi pixel density.

Hardware

SoC wise, the iPhone 4S A5 powered chip is the most powerful of all the three phones. The iPhone 4S has a 800MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 based processor, while the Galaxy S2 has a 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 processor. The Galaxy Nexus has a 1.2GHz OMAP4460 SoC. The A5 inside the iPhone 4S packs a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, which is the fastest powerful mobile GPU on the planet right now. While the ARM Mali-400MP GPU is not as fast as the PowerVR GPU inside the A5, it still is the fastest mobile GPU to be found inside an Android phone.

The Galaxy Nexus has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 384MHz. The previous generation Nexus S also packs the same PowerVR SGX540 GPU, albeit clocked at 200MHz. Early reports suggest, the new PowerVR SGX540 clocked at 384MHz, along with driver updates provide nearly a 50% performance improvement compared to its predecessor.

OS

The Galaxy Nexus runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings with it a host of new changes including a revamped magazine style UI, swipe gestures, GPU rendered UI, new web browser and much more. Readers can find out more about Ice Cream Sandwich changes here.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is without a doubt outdated now. The iPhone 4S runs on iOS5, along with advanced voice recognition feature AI Siri. This is a matter of personal experience, so I will leave it up to the readers to decide.

Camera

The Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S come with an 8MP camera, while the Galaxy Nexus has a 5MP camera. Both the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2 have a stellar 8MP camera, while not much is known about the picture quality of the Galaxy Nexus 5MP camera.

On the camera goodies front, the Galaxy Nexus comes with face recognition, zero-shutter lag, new updated Camera UI and much more. The iPhone 4S also has some decent camera goodie like Hybrid IR filter, auto-white balance, and image stabilization. All the three phones are also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution.

The Verdict

The Galaxy Nexus trumps the iPhone 4S in Display, while the latter trumps the former in camera and Hardware department. Truth be told, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is still the best Android phone money can buy you right now. The Galaxy Nexus has a better screen and software, but it’s only a matter of time before the latter comes to the S2.

The iPhone 4S is a probably the best among all the three phones, but the 3.5-inch screen on the handset is just way too small. Also, personally I would never buy the iPhone 4S since it looks similar to the iPhone 4. Sorry, but if one cannot distinguish a previous gen phone with the current gen once, then I don’t see the point in buying it.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid RAZR

Samsung just announced its new Android device – the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Motorola, which hasn’t been having much luck with its new Android devices lately, decided to do a quick launch of its new flagship Android smartphone – the Motorola Droid RAZR – just before the official Samsung event.

Both the phones are quite impressive, and are among the top Android smartphones in existence today. Both of them will be gunning for the top spot, competing with the Apple iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S 2, the current Android champion.

Here’s a rough comparison between the two devices – Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid RAZR.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is supposed to unify Android on tablets and smartphones. The Motorola Droid RAZR, on the other hand, will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, for now.

Design

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR have a sleek profile, and are extremely slim. The Galaxy Nexus is only 8.9 mm thick and weighs 135 gms. The Droid RAZR is even slimmer, at just 7.1 mm, and is lighter at 127 gms.

Both the devices are quite stylish, and it’s a matter of individual preference. I like the designs of both phones.

Display

The display is one of the best features of the Galaxy Nexus. It comes with a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the highest resolution seen in smartphones to date.

The Motorola Droid RAZR comes with a smaller 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. I would go with the Galaxy Nexus on this one.

OS

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Motorola Droid RAZR will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, but is expected to get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually.

However, knowing Motorola’s update history, the ICS update isn’t going to be there for at least a couple of months.

The Galaxy Nexus clearly wins this round. One more advantage of the Galaxy Nexus is that it will get all future Android OS upgrades first. It also will run vanilla Android Ice Cream Sandwich, unblemished by customizations — the way Google intended it.

Hardware

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR come with similar hardware. They sport a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP dual core processor, and come with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Both the phones offer 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. This round ends in a tie.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Nexus – 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

Motorola Droid RAZR – 8 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

The Droid RAZR has the better camera. I seriously don’t understand why Samsung would not ship the Galaxy Nexus with an 8 MP camera. This is the only feature where the Galaxy Nexus loses out against the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S 2 and the Droid RAZR.

Verdict

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR are excellent devices, but I would go with the Galaxy Nexus any day.

Here’s why:

1. Better display
2. Better OS
3. Best chances of getting all future OS upgrades
4. I prefer Samsung to Motorola

Samsung Takes Care to Avoid Infringing on Apple’s Patents While Designing Galaxy Nexus

Samsung just announced the new Galaxy Nexus, the new Android flagship smartphone. It is an excellent device, and in my opinion, much better than the iPhone 4S. (Check out this comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S).

If you have been keeping track of the patent wars, like I have, you would have wondered at least once if Apple would slap a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung accusing it of copying the iPhone in the case of the Galaxy Nexus as well.

Well, apparently, Samsung has considered it too. Samsung Mobile’s president, Shin Jong-Kyun, revealed that they had designed the Galaxy Nexus to bypass potential legal attacks from Apple.

“Now we will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously. Patents are very complicated and can be difficult to identify, but Samsung tried to ensure that no known patent by Apple is included in the new Android smartphone,” Shin told reporters at the Galaxy Nexus launch, according to a report by Yonhap News.

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Apple has won temporary bans on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in multiple countries, including Germany and Australia, which will harm Samsung’s tablet sales.

Samsung has tried to win injunctions against Apple’s products in many countries too, but it hasn’t had any luck yet. Samsung is the largest Android manufacturer, and is targeted by all of Google’s competitors. It also had to sign a licensing agreement with Microsoft recently, promising it a cut on the sale of each Android device.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

Apple launched the new iPhone 4S earlier this month, while Samsung and Google launched their new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, today. The iPhone 4S had a slow start, but it has been showing some great sales numbers, with over 4 million sold in the launch weekend.

While the iPhone 4S is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4 internally, I have a few gripes with the display size, the low amount of RAM and the lack of a new design.

Google’s new Galaxy Nexus comes with the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is supposed to unify Android on tablets and smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

In this post, I will try to compare the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with the Apple iPhone 4S based on the information we have available right now. It may not be a very accurate guide, but it should give you a good idea about which phone you should buy.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus sports a new design and is slimmer than most new smartphones, including the iPhone 4S. It has dimensions of 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 135 gms. In comparison, the iPhone 4S has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. It weighs 140 gms. Despite being much bigger than the iPhone 4S, it is a tad slimmer.

I, for one, prefer the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to the Apple iPhone 4S, at least when it comes to design. Judging from the initial reviews, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus seems to have great build quality as well.

When it comes to design, I would definitely go with the Galaxy Nexus.

Display

The display is one of the strongest features in favor of the Galaxy Nexus. It comes with a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This is one of the highest resolution displays seen in smartphones.

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 4S comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD retina display with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels, the same as the iPhone 4.

When it comes to the display, the Galaxy Nexus beats the iPhone 4S in terms of every parameter – size, resolution and display quality.

The Galaxy Nexus is the clear winner here.

OS

The Apple iPhone 4S runs the latest version of iOS – iOS 5. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Both are excellent operating systems and come with tons of new features. There isn’t much you would miss with either one. This one is completely subjective. Just for the record, I prefer Android.

Additionally, Apple has a much better selection of apps and games, but I have been able to find whatever apps I most need in Android as well.

The iPhone 4S may have a slight edge here.

Hardware

It’s a bit complicated when it comes to the hardware. The iPhone 4S comes with the new Apple A5 processor clocked at 800 MHz (same as the iPad 2) and a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU. The Galaxy Nexus comes with a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor and a PowerVR SGX540. The iPhone 4S has only 512 MB of RAM, while the Galaxy Nexus comes with 1 GB of RAM.

Going by the specs, it may seem that the Galaxy Nexus has a slight edge here. The iPhone 4S has better graphics, while the Galaxy Nexus seems to have a faster processor and more RAM. However, the overall processor-graphics-RAM combo in the iPhone 4S is more powerful than in the Galaxy Nexus.

Apple has completely optimized the iPhone 4S to run iOS 5, and it will presumably be much faster and responsive than the Galaxy Nexus running Android, despite it having more RAM and a bulkier processor.

The jury is still out on this one, but I would go with the iPhone 4S on this one.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Nexus – 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

Apple iPhone 4S – 8 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

I don’t know why Google and Samsung skimped on this one. This is one area where the iPhone 4S clearly beats the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The iPhone 4S has possibly the best smartphone camera right now. All camera samples of the iPhone 4S suggest so. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus can hardly compete with the Galaxy S II, let alone the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S wins this round!

Other Stuff

The Galaxy Nexus will come with LTE connectivity. The iPhone 4S tops out at HSPA. I wouldn’t lend much weight to this point though.

The battery life in the iPhone 4S will presumably be much better than the battery life in the Galaxy Nexus, thanks to the more optimized software, lack of LTE, smaller display and other factors.

Verdict

Both the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus are excellent phones. They are the best smartphones on the planet right now. This is not the most accurate comparison of the two, but it should give you a pretty good idea of which one you want to buy.

I would go with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus mainly due to the excellent display (I watch a lot of movies and read a lot on my device). If you want a better camera, more apps and a better gaming experience, go with the iPhone 4S.

Again, it’s subjective. You can’t go wrong with either one.

Google Galaxy Nexus Goes Official; Packs a 720p HD Screen!

Google has just announced the much awaited successor to the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus. Like the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus is also made by Samsung. The Galaxy Nexus sports a mammoth 4.65-inch display with an eye-popping 720p (720×1280) resolution. The phone has a curved display, and is also crazy thin at just 8.94mm.

Inside the Galaxy Nexus is a 1.2GHz processor from OMAP, along with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Nexus also does not have a microSD card slot.

At the back of this new Nexus handset is a 5MP camera, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front. Other camera goodies include a zero-shutter lag, silly faces, panorama mode and background replacement features. The Galaxy Nexus includes all the usual connectivity options include a 4G LTE model for Verizon, and a HSPA+ version for T-Mobile.

On the software front, the Galaxy Nexus is the first Android phone which runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This new version of Android brings many new features including redesigned UI, improved multi-tasking and web browser, facial unlock and much more. Readers can find out more about Ice Cream Sandwich here.

The Galaxy Nexus will be available in the U.S, Canada and Asia sometime in November, and will   be gradually rolled out to other countries.