Like most Samsung devices these days, the Galaxy Nexus is a black plastic slab. The device feels solid in the hand and seems to be of a good quality. The back cover of the device has a rougher texture which helps with the grip on the device but the plastic feels cheap and I don’t think it quite fits in with the rest of the phone. When taken off, the slightly curved back plastic cover is very flimsy and I think it’s bound to break at some point especially if you are going to open your phone a lot. The only physical buttons on this device is a volume rocker on the left and the power/lock button on the right side, so the front is dominated by the 4.65 inch touch screen with no physical home button as found on most other touch slab devices.
In terms of hardware specks this late 2011 device can compete with the latest smart phones of mid 2012.
As already mentioned it has a 4.65 inch touch screen and some of the other hardware highlights include: