The Galaxy Nexus measures 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm, weighs in at 135g and the front of the handset is dominated by the 4.65" screen. This multitouch Super AMOLED display has an oleophobic coating, supports 16 million colours, has a resolution of 720×1280 and a pixel density of 316ppi.
As well as the impresive display the front of the phone features three navigation buttons at the bottom. The buttons are back, home and recent apps which tie in more with Android 3.0 and 4.0 operating systems than the older layout used on 2.x. After a short time without being pressed, these buttons may shrink to dots or fade away, depending on any app that is running and to bring them back we simply touch their location. Unlike other skinned versions of Android the buttons only have a single use so a longer press does not activate extra menus, etc.
A small notification light is situated below these buttons, illuminating when we receive a text, call or email. Above the screen, next to the earpiece are three sensors and the front facing 1.3MP camera which is capable of 720p video at 30fps.
On the right edge of the handset we find the power/lock button and three gold dots that indicate that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will fit into a horizontally aligned dock. Then over on the left is the volume rocker button.
The top of the handset has no controls or connectors where as the bottom is the location of the microphone, microUSB data/charge port and the 3.5mm audio input.
Turning the Nexus over we can see the the 5MP rear facing camera and product branding. This camera is capable of 1080p video at 30fps and features autofocus, an LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and face detection.
Once we remove the textured back panel and take a look inside we find that the Nexus has a slim Lithium-Ion battery with a 3.7v 1750mAh capacity. This powers the Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4460 Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU with a PowerVR SGX540 GUP and 1GB of RAM. Storage is set at 16GB with no option to expand as the handset has no SD card slot. The Nexus supports HSDPA 21Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. Elsewhere inside the handset an accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer and A-GPS are also present.