To say I've been eagerly awaiting a chance to review the Galaxy Nexus would be an understatement. As I mentioned last week, I've been thinking pretty seriously that this device would be the next phone I lay out cold cash for. And really, is that so crazy?

The Galaxy Nexus is a beast of a device. The phone — which was built by Samsung in conjunction with Google — is the same thickness as the iPhone 4S, but sports a massive, 4.65-inch, 720p display, and a speedy dual-core CPU. In the US, it will come equipped with LTE on Verizon's network, and will also be available internationally as a pentaband HSPA+ device (I tested the HSPA+ device).

But the big story is that the Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to run Google's newest mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich (or Android 4.0, if you like). The new software is probably the biggest alteration to Android smartphones ever. The OS is a further evolution of the work Google started with Honeycomb, and is not only a complete revamp of the phone OS, but a unifying component of the entire platform, bringing Android tablets and phones to parity at last.

Want to know just exactly what the Galaxy Nexus is really like to use (and whether or not you should shell out the cash for it)? Read on for my full review below!

Note: our testing was done on a pre-production model, so there are some minor hardware build issues unrelated to performance. Our time for battery and data testing was limited, and we'll update the post with further findings as we get them.

Read our review of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus right here