Look and feel:
My hands loved the Galaxy Nexus. With a rubberized back, the phone feels secure in your palm. With a screen size of 4.65 inches and 1280x720p resolution, it is anything but small but still feels easily pocket-able. Once the phone is in the hand, it's really hard to let it go.
Ice Cream Sandwich:
When you first turn on the Galaxy Nexus, a blue and very appealingly-designed homescreen appears that feels very clean but it seems somehow different from the one with which we're accustomed. What is happening to my beloved Android? Where is the menu button? Where can I find the settings.
Yes, ICS is new. However, it won't feel new to anyone who has ever used Honeycomb. However, the new Android is much easier to use. My initial impluse is to install a new launcher whenever I buy a new Android to replace the stock – and often boring – standard one. But ICS's launcher leaves little to be desired. In ICS, users can arrange their apps in folders on the mainscreen. But these don't look like your standard folders: they've been redesigned to show the contained apps at a glance. You can even place a folder in the launch bar at the bottom of the screen.
Now you may be asking yourself where the menu has gone. To access the menu, you now need to go to the notification bar. In my opinion, everyone should be able to navigate the black and blue redesigned menu with new typeface. The division of sub menus is similarly easy to understand.
The notification bar looks quite spiffy with its semi-transulecent background.
Google has probably noticed that the long tap (to select recently-opened applications) is often error-prone and now, when you're in an app, you can see the long tap next to the three buttons (back, home and active applications); they've added a button with three small dots that performs the same functions.
By all accounts, one can say that everything works well together and you can also really feel the power of the dual-core processor. Rapidly switching between apps is no problem.
Google has got everything right here. Sure – at 4.65-inches – the screen could be qualified as "unusually large." But compared to the iPhone 4(S), the Nexus display just looks right. It's actually the best looking display I've ever seen on a phone!
Processor and Battery:
To test the battery life I streamed content live over 3G for an hour. My data bill suffered but my battery did not! The Galaxy Nexus still had 62% juice left! In my opinion, that's quite impressive. Despite the demands of dual-core new processor, the battery still lasted well through a day even when pushed to the brink.
As for the new processor (as I menitioned shortly before), no matter which app you open, all of the animations run smoothly.
I think the camera is one of the best I've ever seen in a smartphone. Auto focus actually works! And the camera is quick to take photos in succsssion. Panoramic function is built into the software.