Galaxy Nexus review: the sweetest aftertaste

Software

I was writing the software part of this review and realized I had written an enormous amount of stuff on Android 4.0, so I decided to split it out and dedicate an entire review just to Ice Cream Sandwich. There really are a huge amount of new features included in ICS, so I highly suggest you check that out.

Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” review

Here’s a rundown of the new features for those of you who would rather not read another eight-page review:

  • Brand new, consistent theme/layout/design
  • On-screen buttons
  • Action Bar for easy app function access
  • New widgets, new wallpapers, new apps
  • Resizable widgets
  • Improved notification pane; accessible from lockscreen
  • Face unlock; unlock to camera; lockscreen music controls
  • New settings layout; data usage graphs and controls
  • Visually improved Contacts app with large contact images and quick profiles
  • Respond to a call with a message in Dialer
  • Improved Messaging layout

  • New browser design; easy access window manager; offline browsing
  • Brand new camera app design; zero shutter lag
  • Panorama, time-lapse and instant effects in the camera app
  • New Gallery with built in photo editor
  • Movie Studio app lets you edit movies on your device
  • New ICS Music app; equalizer settings
  • Vastly improved Gmail app
  • Minor updates to Calendar, Maps, YouTube, Google+ and Market
  • Android Beam for easy sharing over NFC
  • Native screenshot support
  • Keyboard improvements; new copy/paste functions; improved spell-checker
  • New speech-to-text featuring as-you-go style output

See, it’s a lot to cover, so again I highly recommend you check out the full Android 4.0 review for an in-depth look at everything above.

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