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22nd October 2014
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This amazing Samsung/Google collaboration is the first-ever phone to run the amazing, up-to-the-minute Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. But that's not all, it's also got a vast 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, facial recognition phone unlock and masses of processing power into a compact 8.94mm-thick shell. Plus, it's brilliant for apps too.
Think you know Android phones? You may need to think again. Because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is powered by the very latest, 4.0 version of Android, it's positively packed with previously unseen features that are straight from technology's bleeding edge. It really is a giant leap forward. And then some.
None are more attention-grabbing than 'Face Unlock', which uses facial recognition software to let you unlock your handset just by looking at it. Just as impressive is the Android Beam content sharing feature, that harnesses Near Field Communications (NFC technology) to allow you to share music, videos and more with your friends just by touching two handsets together.
But that's just scratching the surface of what makes the Galaxy Nexus such a fantastic phone. For one thing, it's got a gorgeous Super AMOLED that's as pin-sharp as it is robust. What's more, at a whopping 4.65-inches, it's brilliant for watching videos in rich high definition, browsing the web and playing games while you're on the go.
And it's simply outstanding as a camera phone, too. The on board low light-optimised five megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash is just right for fun snaps and records lush 1080p video footage. Plus there's a secondary 1.3 megapixel camera here too for making video calls to your nearest and dearest.
As with all Android phones, if you choose the Samsung Galaxy Nexus you'll never be short of apps. At the Android Market, there are tens of thousands of terrific titles on offer including diversions, games and more practical business tools. Better still, many are completely free to download.
Other features of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus include a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor to keep everything ticking over smoothly and eliminate lag while you're multi-tasking and gaming, a digital compass with A-GPS and Google Maps for easy route-finding and handy pre-installed Google apps such as YouTube and Gmail to get you started in the world of applications.
The handset is compatible with HSPA+ technology, so is capable of surfing the web at speeds of up to 21Mb, depending on your network.