Samsung I9250 Galaxy Nexus 16GB (Unlocked)
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 GB|
|Screen Size||4.6 Inches|
About this item
- Slim and curved Contour Display sits perfectly in your hand
- 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network: LTE 700 (region specific),Phone 3G Frequency: 850/ 900/ 1700/ 1900/ 2100 Mhz
- Powerfull 1.2 GHz dual core processor for speedy data transfer
- Huge 16GB storage space,Stunning 4.6 inch SUPER AMOLED Display
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World's First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED display.amazing HD screen and 4G LTE fast.Included Accessories: Power adapter, Power adapter.Limited Warranty period (parts and labor): 90 days
NO WARRANTY! SOLD AS IS!
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I own 2 of these phones. One of them is still working, about a year after I bought it. The other one stopped working 6 months after purchase. I consider a working product to be a requirement for a 2+ star rating.
The battery life seems ridiculously short, although these are my first smart phones, so maybe this is typical.
I remember my old Sprint LG and Samsung flip phones going days without a recharge, whereas the Galaxy dies in 8 hrs without a charge. Turning off wireless probably extends the battery life somewhat, but actually talking on the phone (which is what people used to do on phones in the 80's), drains the battery much faster.
My main complaint is that one of the phones broke. It was never dropped or violated in any way. It had a nice purple cover and the original Google screen protector. It stopped turning on after 6 months. The first thing I tried was plugging in the battery from my working phone, but no luck. Then I tried all the internet tricks: doing a hard reset, plugging the charger into various orifices, shorting the battery, calling Samsung's customer "support" line, talking to the phone in a stern voice, but nothing... just a battery icon and then a blank screen. Smart phones? More like dumb phones.
The version I bought was the international Galaxy Nexus, i9250. It is the version that can be easily converted between software versions using the Factory Images available on the Android site.
In short, this is a great device. It does not have the best construction quality (noticeable, rough edges at one side of the front), it's a Samsung after all, but when it launched it had everything, including an HD screen with a resolution that, even today (feb 2014), the iPhone can't match. The PenTile arrangement didn't bother me at all, and images were crisp enough. Of course they were not as crisp as a full RGB HD, but it was better than what other phones had to offer in the OLED camp. That said, the OLED at that resolution was marvelous to look at (today we are spoiled by 1080p screens), especially because the unmatched contrast made possible by black pixels that actually are black when black. :)
Burn out of the blue pixels still are not a pronounced issue. You can't normally notice, only under specific backgrounds. It is much, much less than the Nexus S I had before it, and most of it is also transitory (disappears after a few seconds). Some of it is permanent, however. As I said, it does not bother me even today.
More than 2 years later, I'm moving towards a Nexus 5, but this phone is still impressive and can handle basically all apps except those that need graphics performance (like games). Also, this phone received the last official update last year, so it won't have (officially, at least) Android 4.4/KitKat. However, regarding compatibility, you shouldn't have problems for a long time. Since Android 4.3/Jelly Bean already had major components that apps use in a daily-basis, this isn't, by any means, a compatibility problem anywhere near the break that 3.0;3.2/Honeycomb and 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich were. The performance is also decent even today: on a daily basis, it is smoother than many higher end phones that were launched after the Galaxy Nexus. The fact that the Nexus line software is slim, not bloated, also helps.
When I ordered it (from HassleFreeCell), I got a new phone, but the printed instructions and default language were both Japanese. Had to go to the web to figure out how to change the language on the phone. But the power adapter was US.
When I ordered the same item from Excell Mobile Distributors Inc, I received it, but a badly damaged box which was noted on the order form. I had expected an undamaged box...I certainly never noticed any indication that when I placed the order that the vendor could ship me a very damaged box.
The second thing about the Excell Mobile device is that the power plug was default for EU, and you need an adapter (which they included) to work in the US. So this is a different part # than than the phone from HassleFreeCell.
the phone is great, and 4.0.4 (that I upgraded to from the google release), is a great improvement. But if you have >400 contacts, voice dialing won't find them. Very poor QA on google's part. And the default email doesn't sync with Exchange more than once (more sloppy QA) so I had to buy Enhanced Email which reliably syncs with Exchange. The phone dialer isn't nearly as good as the iPhone, e.g., there are no "favorites."
I found the rooting tool at [...] to be ideal. If you want to root your phone, do it right after you get it and make sure you use the updated su.zip if you are using 4.0.4. The su.zip that works for 4.0.3 will not work on 4.0.4.