The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its operating system, the Ice Cream Sandwich, have been receiving rave reviews ahead of their release. In particular, the device’s camera has been blowing reviewers away.
"The 1.3-megapixel, front-facing camera is something we'd expect on a Google flagship phone, but the 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera isn't exactly a show of force," says CNET's Editor's Take. "Still, Android 4.0's new camera software could make up for it, and could even surpass the 8-megapixel camera in image quality and photographic satisfaction, but this is a deep hands-on test for another day."
Initially, the camera’s 5-megapixel feature did nothing to excite tech reviewers, however, experts who have had a chance to test the device have now come out to praise the upgrade.
"The quality of the camera sensor is equally as important and the Galaxy Nexus uses a sensor of the highest quality," says Matthew Bruen from cmvlive.com. "This more than compensates for the apparent lack of resolution and the only time when you may notice a drop in quality is when your image is viewed on a very large screen."
The still camera has received top reviews, however, a secondary front facing camera also offers a resolution 1.3 megapixels and this means that video calling is possible with a number of different applications, including Skype.
The smartphone also offers a Face Unlock feature, which unlocks the phone through facial recognition.
"Resolution wise the device keeps pace with its rivals in this department by offering 1080P resolution. This standard is higher than the alternative 720P HD capture as it squeezes 1080 progressively scanned lines into a frame rather than 720," says Bruen. "If you are linking the phone up to a compatible television this is how you get to see your footage at its very best on the big screen."
Despite offering only a 5-megapixel camera the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been credited with a superb quality still camera, and that has been complimented by an excellent secondary camera and video capture that exceeds expectations.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus should drop in the U.S. later this month.