He likes it:
I want to note that moving around all of these screens is buttery
smooth. There’s no lag, no stutter. Animations are fluid, and
everything feels cohesive and solid. It’s like Ice Cream Sandwich
is more “there” than previous versions of Android. Additionally,
there are repeated motifs that really work, such as the concept of
swiping left of right through panels of an app to get at different
pieces or layers of content. That’s used throughout the OS now,
and it makes a lot of sense.
If you’re like me, you’re skeptical about this, because every time a new Nexus phone has arrived (along with a major revision of the OS), the initial reviews have been along the lines of, “Hey, Android finally got its act together”, but then when the excitement wears off it turns out the whole thing is still a jumbled mess and second-rate (at best) experience and we’re really supposed to wait for next year’s Android.
But there aren’t many buts in Topolsky’s review of the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0.
★ Thursday, 17 November 2011