Samsung Galaxy Nexus out now in UK

First Android Ice Cream Sandwich handset out today

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Well the waiting is finally over, Samsung and Google will soon be making available the world's first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is out today in the UK and available to buy with punters able to get their hands on the first Ice Cream Sandwich handset.

Unveiled last month the Galaxy Nexus will be the benchmark to beat with Ice Cream Sandwich boasting a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM making it incredibly zippy, it'll also be the first phone to launch with a true 720p screen.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specs:

The first thing that many will probably notice is the huge 4.65inch sAMOLED screen which offers 1280x720 resolution, making it one of the first phones to offer a true 720p HD screen.

Underneath that screen is a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM and while it may not be the 1.5GHz that everyone was hoping for it's certainly not going to have any problems with deep integration expected between the processor and Ice Cream Sandwich.

In terms of storage you'll find two models a 16GB and a 32GB which will be plenty to store music, apps and of course photos and videos which can be taken on the 5MP snapper on the back. Offering zero shutter lag, panoramic imaging and 1080p video recording the camera is seated neatly in the center of the back of the phone while a 1.3MP snapper on the front allows video-calling and of course, the face recognition.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Features:

Featuring a gently curved screen the Galaxy Nexus certainly shares some of the design cues of the Samsung Galaxy S2 with the slight bulge at the bottom being a prominent feature.

Sitting neatly inside all this is Android's latest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, offering up an entirely new UI based loosely on a combination of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. With more clean cut lines and simpler menus the whole experience has been aimed at increasing productivity and enhancing the usability of the phone.

Most notable of the new features is the face-recognition which uses the front-facing camera to recognise the owners face and then automatically unlock the phone, meaning no more passwords or shapes to draw.

With NFC technology built-in the Galaxy Nexus also features Android Beam, an application that allows you to share web pages, apps and YouTube videos just by touching the two handsets together. Google has also seriously ramped up their use of cloud-services claiming that all data can now be backed up to the cloud with contacts, bookmarks, settings, however whether all of this will be coming to the UK remains to be seen.

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