The Galaxy Nexus, one of Samsung's latest high-end smartphones running on the Android mobile operating system, has been subject to a great deal of consumer anticipation. Early reviews by technology critics are, by and large, speaking highly of the device, which is currently available in the United Kingdom and will be released in the United States and other global markets in the near future.

According to the Washington Post, significant attention has been focused on the device's hardware, particularly its screen, touch controls and camera. Given the amount of features the Nexus sports, battery life is impressive, and the phone provides users with information on what functions are causing the most battery drain and data consumption.

Its cameras, which are 5 megapixels in the back and 1.3 in the front, perform with greater efficacy than other Nexus phones, due to improved functionality provided by the device's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

The OS features a number of attention-catching new software smartphone accessories, including facial recognition unlocking technology and Android Beam, which allows two users of the device to share data through near-field communications (NFC) technology.

PCWorld reports that some believe the increased user-friendliness of the Galaxy Nexus provided by Ice Cream Sandwich may bring in new customers, but that the OS still falters in ease of use by comparison to Apple iOS.