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A hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Verizon Wireless

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The recently released Samsung Galaxy Nexus exceeded many Android fans' expectations as the launch device for the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich.

With full support for Verizon Wireless's 4G LTE network, available here in Columbus, the powerful Galaxy Nexus belongs on the shortlist of anyone looking for a new Android handset.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specifications

The Galaxy Nexus's striking 4.65-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen is arguably its most compelling feature, beautifully rendering the animated backgrounds of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The Nexus plays HD videos at a resolution of up to 720p.

Two included cameras also provide HD video capture functionality, with the rear camera sporting a full HD video resolution of 1080p. The rear camera also features a 5.0 megapixel resolution for image capture.

All this high-end video functionality requires a fast processor, and the Nexus wrenches the most power out of its 1.2 GHZ dual core chip. 1GB of RAM and an installed 32GB microSD card provide a memory footprint for the Nexus.

Bluetooth and WiFi network connectivity are also supported, along with a full license for the Android Market for app fans. Over the air firmware updates are a nice convenience.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich impresses

Google definitely leveraged the lessons learned from Android Honeycomb's tablet implementation. Ice Cream Sandwich sports an attractive 3D interface that makes iOS and earlier Android versions seem dated.

Web surfing and video playback are all enjoyable, and the Nexus's antenna had little problem picking up Verizon's 4G LTE signal here in northwest Columbus.

For those curious about seeing the Nexus and Android Ice Cream Sandwich (almost) in action, Verizon provides an interesting web-based simulator to check out features of the new mobile OS.

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