Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review - Page 2
Apps loaded quickly, webpages pop up in a jiffy, scrolling is smooth, and pinch-zooming was handled with ease. From top to bottom it is a fast phone. Installation of apps seemed to install quicker than I have noticed on other phones. All that quick installation comes from the TI OMAP 4460 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU, helped along by 1GB of RAM.
Now we come to battery life, and we all know that LTE can really suck the life out of a battery. We found that with day-to-day operation of the Galaxy Nexus, the battery life could barely make it through a full day. Yet if you take off the LTE and run just the CDMA, you get a whole new ballgame. Various testing netted us just over 6 hours, a full hour more than LTE.
The one spot we figure there would be a huge increase in performance is in the camera. Sadly, the camera comes up a bit average at best compared to other Samsung cameras. The same camera module is found here as in the HSPA+ version. The one thing it has going for itself is the zero-lag capability.
While the camera doesn’t pump out 8 megapixel images, it still is able to hold its own when it comes to images. You have continuous autofocus, which is very nice when taking a photo - no need to tap the screen to focus, the phone just wants to do it all the time. I enjoyed trying to 'out camera' the camera, meaning that I was just snapping away to see if the camera could keep up. Amazingly, it did.
So for those of you looking to grab action shots or that really quick photo before it’s too late will enjoy the zero shutter lag. It even outperformed the Apple iPhone 4S in a zero shutter lag test.
You also have the usual front-facing camera for your Skype or Google+ hangout sessions - again nothing really too noteworthy as it took pictures and broadcasted video with ease and reliability.
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Low-light images are noisy, and the bright light images are soft. Video is 1080p but gets the autofocus treatment as well. All that video and photo taking is a quick way to use up that 32GB of internal storage.