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Galaxy Nexus Beats iPhone 4S in Speed Tests

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Rave reviews for the Galaxy Nexus have users eagerly anticipating the imminent release of Android's newest flagship device, which is expected to arrive stateside on Verizon in a few weeks. Analysts say that it's the Android phone to get -- a not to be confused with the Droid Bionic in September or the Motorola Droid RAZR in October. Armed with the latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich), near-field communication, and impressive speeds, Galaxy Nexus certainly provides consumers a viable option to Apple's latest iPhone 4S.

In fact, aside from the absence of NFC, the iPhone 4S was bested by Galaxy Nexus in certain speed tests.

An Anandtech reader ran the Galaxy Nexus through a series of benchmark tests and found the device to be more than capable. In fact, the Galaxy Nexus inched past Apple's baby in browser speeds and JavaScript loading. (The Motorola RAZR also beat Apple in the latter tests.) As noted by reviews of Ice Cream Sandwich, these results are a testament to the work the Android team has put into the latest version of Google's mobile OS.

The Galaxy Nexus didn't win out in every department, however. Because of its faster GPU, the iPhone 4S handily beat the Galaxy Nexus in graphics benchmarks, where even the Samsung Galaxy S II -- a relatively ancient device in comparison -- topped its Android cohort.

With Ice Cream Sandwich coming to more Android devices in the coming months, soon that solid software experience won't just be limited to a lucky few.

And with Adobe Flash bowing out of the smartphone scene, we can only assume that it'll get even better from then on.

(See also: iPhone 4S Users' Best Choice: AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint? and Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure)

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