Arguably the best features on the Galaxy Nexus are provided by the platform update. Ice Cream Sandwich has plenty to offer, but obviously none of it will be unique to this smartphone (once it rolls out).
It runs on a wide variety of networks (although there are different versions) so you’ll always get the best data speeds possible. There is 4G support. It also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, a, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, HDMI and NFC.
The messaging and email support is excellent and so is web browsing, once again largely thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich.
The big disappointment here is the 5 megapixel camera. Most high-end Android smartphones are now offering at least an 8 megapixel camera. However, the Galaxy Nexus can capture 1080p video and Android 4.0 offers some serious performance enhancements and loads of extra options for the camera app. There’s also a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.
Another big surprise is the lack of a microSD card slot. The Galaxy Nexus comes in 16 GB or 32 GB versions and that’s your lot. There’s no way to expand the memory.
The integration with core Google services and apps is awesome. From navigation to social networking to messaging to calendar, this smartphone offers great functionality.