While most of us are always glad to see a new iPhone come along, there’s no doubt that recent news from the smartphone world has seen a fair degree of a attention focusing on the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung. This is the handset that comes running the so-called Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the Google operating system based around Android.
What’s the big deal?
There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding this handset because not only will the latest Android update feature a wealth of features and functionality aimed at competing with the Apple iOS, the phone itself will also boast a formidable technical specification.
Samsung has clearly spent quite some time on developing this smartphone and inside the delicious styling youíll find a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and a huge 4.65-inch screen that features a 1280x720p resolution from the Super AMOLED display. So, as soon as you power it up and start enjoying the features of the Android 4.0 interface itís clear to see that Samsung mean business.
However, take a closer look and it comes as a bit of a surprise to see something like the camera, which is becoming such a competitive area of the smartphone tech-spec, is only a 5-megapixel offering. The new Apple iPhone 4S now sports an 8-megapixel camera, but when you use it the Samsung counterpart is actually surprisingly quick, delivers great shots and there’s also the capability for shooting 1080p video recording.
But it might just be that operating system upgrade that will pull in a lot of new customers, because Android already has many happy users and is fast becoming one of the number one phone OS currently in circulation. There are certainly plenty of great new features on this in this version of the software. FaceUnlock is the one everybody is talking about, which uses the front-facing camera to allow the owner to unlock their own phone by face recognition.
What’s more, this is one of the best operating systems for ensuring that you can quickly and easily amalgamate all of your social networking contacts and connections, which is becoming a core area of the way we use our smartphones.While many rival handsets do much the same thing, itís the way that Android manages to do this in such a seamless and stress-free fashion that makes it such an enjoyable experience for the handset owner.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is up against stiff competition though, and not just from the latest version of the Apple phone either. HTC is one of the other most prolific manufacturerís of smartphones and their upcoming crop of releases is no exception.
And, where this company excels is in producing a user interface that works beautifully, as the existing Sense UI proves. With revisions of that in the pipeline and the HTC knack for adding new features and functionality on successive models, then the battle for smartphone supremacy could really hot up in the coming months.
About the author: Rob Clymo writes on behalf of Mobile Phone Genie, click here for the best mobile phone handsets in the UK.