Monday, January 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 - A Quick Hands-on Review

Recently my friend bought a Samsung Galaxy Nexus i9250 from US for 380$. I used the phone for a short period and could not resist writing a quick, short hands-on review of the phone. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus i9250 is predecessor of the latest Nexus 4 which is already rocking the sales chart in unites states and other countries. My friend was in urgent need of a phone and could not get Nexus 4 as it was out of stock when he purchased the phone. Anyhow let's get back to the device.


The first thing that will catch your eyes is the 4.65 inch super AMOLED display which offers HD resolution, perfectly saturated colours and responsive touch. The device is massive in size yet easy to hold and use with single hand. The build quality is premium and I believe it can withstand normal day-to-day abuses easily. Along with that you will find a couple of sensors and a 1.3 MP front facing camera which can record 720p resolution video and is excellent for video chatting purpose.

Volume rocker is on the left side and power button is on the right side unlike some other phones which have power button on the top. Personally I feel that power button on top side is more convenient to use but that is just me and not a big deal.

On the back you will find a 5MP camera which records full HD videos @ 24fps and still images of 2592×1936 px. Image Quality is more or less same as of my HTC One V. Video quality is simply good. A dedicated camera button is sorely missed. Also on the back you will find ‘Google' written in the middle which makes this phone stand out from the crowd. The rear surface is textured and premium to touch.

The phone comes with a removable type Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery and a sim card slot. Sadly there is no expandable memory card slot and one has to live with the 16GB internal storage out of which roughly 13.5 GB is available to user. Under the hood you will find a power-hungry Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. 1GB dedicated RAM is just OK for a phone of this segment. Hardware wise Nexus i9250 is like Samsung Galaxy S II minus the SD card support, 8 MP primary camera and FM radio.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus i9250 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2.1 JellyBean. Thankfully Samsung has not loaded any useless apps like it does with its other phones. The interface is familiar and easy to use. Apps loads in no time and there is no lag at all. I haven't played any CPU/GPU intensive games but am sure it will play anything you throw at it.

Speaker sound quality & loudness is just par, haven't tested the ear phones so can't comment on that. But AFAIK Samsung provides average ear phones with its devices as I have personal experience of owning a Note II, so it's nothing to write home about. Battery life is below par because of the massive super AMOLED 4.65 inch display along with power-hungry dual core processor but still it lasts for a day (as reported by my friend).

So this was a quick hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus i9250. Please note that I am no android or smartphone expert and this is just a general layman's review of this device so please bear with possible shortcomings in this review.

Special thanks to my friend Naman Gupta for letting me use his phone for some time without which this post would not have been possible. 

Many thanks guys for reading!

Some Screenshots
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Full Specifications

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G NetworkLTE 2300 / 2400 (market dependent)
Announced2011, October
StatusAvailable. Released 2011, November
BODYDimensions135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm (5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35 in)
Weight135 g (4.76 oz)
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionOleophobic coating
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotNo
Internal16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
CAMERAPrimary5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesTouch focus, geo-tagging, face detection
VideoYes, 1080p@24fps, check quality
SecondaryYes, 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps
FEATURESOSAndroid OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetTI OMAP 4460
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
BrowserHTML, Adobe Flash
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, White
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERYLi-Ion 1750 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 290 h (2G) / Up to 270 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 17 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 20 min (3G)
MISCSAR EU0.30 W/kg (head)    
Price group
TESTSDisplayContrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
LoudspeakerVoice 66dB / Noise 60dB / Ring 69dB
Audio qualityNoise -90.6dB / Crosstalk -91.8dB
CameraPhoto / Video
Battery lifeEndurance rating 31h

(Specification sheet source - GSM arena)