by Jenny B, currently working with Ladbrokes Online
At one point in time we were defined by our class status (in Britain at least). We were either working, middle or upper class with a few in-betweens. Now we are largely defined by the kind of gadgets we keep in our pockets and mobile phones come top of the list. No longer can we get away with walking into a shop and going for the cheapest tariff regardless of the phone that comes with it. As there are a wide variety of phones on the market I have decided to choose this ‘alpha phone’ (the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) – the cream of the crop- and list its finest features as a template to guide you on what to look for in a phone.The Nexus is the first phone to use Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system, making it a landmark mobile release gathering attention from gadget lovers across the globe. Despite this, it is actually some of the more simple features that make it a phone worth having.
More straightforward than Bluetooth, this allows you to share contacts, websites and Youtube videos.
As long as the phone you are sending to is NFC enabled, hold your phone to it, touch a button and share.
Typing on the go has never been easier. Simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and speak your emails and texts into the phone.
At 4.65 inches this is a large but manageable size which makes watching movies a far more enjoyable experience compared to other phones.
Coupled with 1280 x 720 pixel, the screen really does make this phone a pleasure to watch, type and read with.
Immediate text response
Life is busy and at times we cannot answer calls from the most important people in our lives.
Rather than being rude and switching the phone off when disturbed by call during important meetings, the Nexus allows you to send a simple pre-typed message such as “in a meeting, call you later” with the touch of two simple, easily accessible buttons.
In fact, it is pretty much easier to send this message than it is to switch many other phones off in such situations.
To get an outstanding battery life that can last up to two days simply change the setting to auto-brightness and you won’t need to worry about charging your phone up every few hours.
The 5 megapixel camera comes with autofocus and LED flash video. It also includes a panoramic function allowing you to take landscape shots, great for travellers who don’t want to carry too many gadgets when out hillwalking, for example.
When looking through your contacts list not only will you see your friends’ contact details but you will also automatically see their individual social media updates.
Keeping in touch has never been so easy.
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
Improving the general running of the phone and making transition between websites smoother, this new operating system itself has many great features.
The facial unlock function unlocks your phone if you (and thankfully only you, the owner) look at it; multitasking is improved as apps can be shut with one simple screen swipe, and typing accuracy is much easier to achieve.
With all these features and more, plus exciting apps, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is making its mark on the mobile phone market.
Jenny B loves travel and gadgets and is never seen without her mobile technology. Jenny has shared with you the top features on her new mobile device and looks forward to the next new technological developments. Currently working for Ladbrokes Online, Jenny is encouraging her team to convert to the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus.