It was only going to be a matter of time before Google decided to make an entrance into the smartphone market in order to keep up with its main competitors such as, Apple and Microsoft. Their first entry into the smartphone market eventually came in 2008 when they teamed up with HTC to create the G1 model, which was also known as the HTC Dream. As you would expect from Google and HTC, their first joint offering into the marketplace was very impressive, in particular the speedy web browser. However, this model left a lot to be desired in terms of its media functionality, lacking both a video player and video camera, as well as having no standard headphone jack and was accused by many of being more like a phone model from 2005 than resembling a modern smartphone. However, these faults were recognised by Google and they soon announced plans to develop their own Nexus series, which would aim to challenge the leaders of the smartphone market even more. The next smartphone attempt from Google came in the shape of the Nexus One in January 2010 and was another example of partnership between Google and HTC. This model was also known as the HTC Passion. The model showed huge improvements from the G1 and included a variety of impressive features such as the ability to be able to transcribe voice to text, an extra noise cancelling microphone and voice guiding navigation for drivers. The phone also included a 5-megapixel camera, which was certainly better than the 3-megapixel camera of the iPhone 3GS. The follow up to the Nexus One came in December 2010 with the Nexus S and this time Google partnered up with Samsung to develop and manufacture the phone. The Nexus S was the very first smartphone to use the Android 2.3 ?Gingerbread? operating system and also, rather impressively, the very first Android device to support NFC (Near Field Communication). The latest Google smartphone to be released onto the market is the Nexus Galaxy, which was released in November 2011 and once again saw Google partnering with Samsung. Without doubt, this model is a clear leader in the smartphone market, with its curved glass display and much improved camera system. The phone runs on the Android 4.0 operating system (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich) and includes the new Face Unlock for extra security and Android Beam functionality to improve content sharing. It has a 1.3-megapixel front camera, with 5-megapixel back camera which has zero shutter lag, which means you can truly capture things as they happen, as well as being able to use the much improved zoom which lets you see larger and clearer previews, as well as take incredibly clear close up shots too. The Galaxy Nexus is a vast improvement on all previous Nexus models and offers users incredibly impressive, fast AND powerful performances ? a worthy contender for the Best Smartphone Award.