Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)

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As you may know, I posted my first Galaxy Nexus review back on November 17th, when I was able to get my hands on the international, HSPA+ version of the phone. Verizon has finally released its 4G LTE version into American waters, and I've spent some time testing the variant. Overall, there are very few differences between the two models, and as such, much of my review of the GSM version still applies. For this review, I'm only going to be focusing on the notable changes, which center around...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.33 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.65 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.0.1

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.33 inches
Width 2.67 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.33 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.65 inches
Technology Super AMOLED HD
Pixel arrangement RGBG (PenTile)
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 720 px
PPI 316
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer TI
Brand / family OMAP 4
Model OMAP4460
Clock speed 1.2 GHz
Number of cores 2

GPU

Model PowerVR SGX540

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 32 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p
Video framerate 30

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.0.1

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer

Battery

Capacity 1850 mAh
Removable Yes

Benchmarks

Quadrant 2002
Vellamo 1065
GLBenchmark 720p 28 FPS
GLBenchmark 1080p 14 FPS
AnTuTu 6079

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by DanTheScienceMan (Currently owns)

    God, I love this device. The design is gorgeous- think bananaphone, in a good way. Much like a banana, it fits very well in the hand. The screen is just right in size for me and I am extremely impressed by its black levels and the intensity of the colors. Using Read it Later and Netflix on this thing is simply wonderful. There are some downsides. The wifi antenna seems quite weak and reception in general isn't great. Battery life is pretty par for the Android course, which means BAD, but this may be related to the signal issues that I have in my neighborhood. Ice Cream Sandwich is a breath of fresh air. Operating this device is fluid and seamless. Switching between apps using the WebOS-like cards is really satisfying, and the UI in general just feels much more accessible while retaining the geeky Android style of old. If you're due for an upgrade like I was, don't hesitate to get this device. You will be content.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Someguyperson (Currently owns)

    Design:
    The design of the Galaxy Nexus is fantastic. For having a 4.65” screen, the phone feels like it has a very ordinary width and thickness. The phone is a little long, but that doesn’t really matter in the whole scheme of things. While the body is made of plastic, it has a good weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap, like other Samsung phones. The weight of the phone is mainly in the bottom half of the phone, making the phone more comfortable to use. The extended battery is a pleasure to use, the buttons are well designed, and it has the dock connector for some interesting docking solutions.

    Display:
    The 4.65” display is fantastic. The Pentile screen doesn’t show noticeable edges, but the characteristic “hatched” look is prevalent to varying degrees pending on each handset. The colors are more saturated than normal LCD screens, but the Galaxy Nexus screen is actually calibrated quite well. Viewing angles are impeccable and the screen is not that bright, like other AMOLED screens.

    Camera(s):
    The cameras are only as good as you use them. If you take your time, focus the camera, and take a steady shot, you can achieve some very good pictures. If you whip the camera out and start snapping away, your pictures won’t look that great.

    Reception/ Call Quality:
    The LTE modem is extremely fast, even by current LTE standards. Cellular connectivity seems more consistent than the RAZR in some markets, but seems worse in other markets.

    Performance:
    Performance is fantastic and will only get better in the future. If you root the phone, you could replace the kernel and actually clock the phone at 1.5GHz or higher, making it the fastest dual-core CPU and about the second fastest GPU on a phone, next to the iPhone 4S.

    Software:
    Android 4.0 is a pleasure to work with, even with some of the bugs it has. This phone will get every Android update quicker than any other phone and it even had 2 OTAs before it was officially launched. The ease of hacking will also make this device a must-have if you’re into hacking your phone.

    Battery Life:
    The battery life, like the camera, is what you make of. it. The phone drains about 1% of battery/ hour just idling, but the battery can drain much more quickly if you use much more data and set the brightness up more, the battery will last much shorter than that. From 3-4 hours in extreme cases to 10-12 hours in more normal use cases and possibly longer if you don’t use the phone that much.

    Ecosystem:
    The Android ecosystem is second only to iOS and is approaching the same level within a year or two.

    Conclusion:
    The Galaxy Nexus is the best Android phone, hands down. Unless you want/ need a phone with specific characteristics, like a hardware keyboard, the Galaxy Nexus is the Android phone to get.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Eggoespada (Currently owns)

    Intro

    I am no stranger to the world of Android. The Galaxy Nexus is marked as my fourth Android device -- one being a tablet. I first ventured into the smartphone market back in March of 2010. I had never been that interested in technology; that changed with Motorola Droid. A year later I had then upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt -- I mostly settled with it as my Droid had taken a major beating. And now, December 2011, I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon the second sales went live. All I can say is that I’ve never been so thrilled with a purchase. I was afraid that this phone and Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich – were all hype. Well, I’m proud to say I was wrong.

    Software

    Google has really done a great job with this update. Everything has been totally revamped. All of Google’s core applications have been tweaked one way or another. Apps like the ‘People’ app, offer up a ‘hub’ for connecting with all your contacts and plugs in all their social information and network contacts you’ve had with them – much like WP7. Other core apps such as Gmail and Calendar have gotten revamped as well. Making them much easier to navigate through. The big tweak in ICS that I love is the lock screen. You can access your notifications on the lock screen, unlock to the camera app and control your music. The OS feels very modern and offers tons of neat features that work very well. It could be a little more user friendly, but it’s defiently a major improvement over previous versions of Android.

    Hardware

    There’s nothing mind blowing about the hardware, but it sure is gorgeous. It’s slim, sleek and curved. It feels very light and durable in the hand, regardless of the fact it’s made of plastic. The hyper skin in the back gives the phone a very nice grip and the curve of the display makes the device more bearable in the hands. Passed the aesthetics, you get some pretty decent spec’s for Google’s flagship device. The phone sports a 4.65” Super AMOLED HD display, a 1.2GHz OMAP processor, 1.3MP/5MP cameras, 1GB RAM, 32GB memory, and an 1850mAh battery – all on Verizon’s 4GLTE network. Going back to the display, it’s a very beautiful display. There is some bandings down the device at its lowest brightness and offers a purple-ish tint, but passed that, it’s absolutely jaw-dropping.

    Wrap Up

    The Galaxy Nexus is easily one of the greatest pieces of technology I’ve ever owned. It’s fast, sleek, and durable and the software is a major improvement and I truly enjoy using. I could not find myself giving up this phone, and I personally think that if you’re on Verizon, you’re crazy if you pass this phone up. It exceeds my expectations and I couldn’t be more content with this device. Well worth the wait.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Bryan Bishop (Currently owns)

    My expectations for the Galaxy Nexus were admittedly pretty high — it's my first Android smartphone, and my first LTE device — and while there are a lot of things to love about the phone, it's also a grab-bag of mixed blessings. The 4G speeds are incredible (especially for someone coming from AT&T's 3G network), but I've found the battery life to be poor. The screen is lush and vivid, with deep blacks, but it also suffers from a strange texturing that can makes whites look like rumpled paper, and bring out blue / green striations in darker colors. Ice Cream Sandwich is a robust and powerful operating system, yet the move to three software buttons seem to have thrown the consistency of many apps (and the OS itself) for a loop, with random menu buttons popping up all over the device. As many have pointed out, the 5-megapixel camera and speaker also leave much to be desired.

    Is it a great device? For me, it's not quite there. Is it a very, very good device? Without question. Am I looking forward to next year's crop of ICS phones, that will hopefully address some of the weaknesses of the Nexus? Absolutely.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by cahooa (Currently owns)

    PROS: I like the layout, look, and intuitiveness of ICS.

    Google's constant updates makes this phone a great choice to last for your whole 2 year contract.

    Awesome screen, I don't notice it being pen tile that everyone is so worked up about.

    CONS: battery life is short even with auto brightness, the camera is okay, and it is not as smooth or as fluid as the iPhone.

    OTHER THOUGHTS: I wish I could use the menu buttons when the screen is horizontal with my right OR left hand, the software always puts them on the right.

    This phone is big, but it fits in my pocket fine.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by patfactorx (Currently owns)

    Software is pretty good but I still prefer Liberty Rom. Hardware is Samsung and has all the pros/cons of a Sammy product. I think this is the best phone if you are coming from another Samsung or HTC product but the Droid RAZR still has better build, speakers, radios and durability.

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  • 4.0
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    Reviewed by Keamy (Currently owns)

    Pros: The Screen is amazing.
    LTE ( it's also a con in my opinion).
    Ice Cream Sandwich of course.
    Big software improvement but still not there yet.
    Verizon call quality with this phone is good not the best I've seen.

    Cons: 4 hours battery life, the thing die before lunch.
    Expensive but resale value is not good.
    Feel cheap, too plastic.
    Still lag, not as smooth as iOS and WP7.
    The camera is down right horrible.
    Ecosystem is a mess.

    LTE is not mature enough. Returned it, stick with Galaxy S II for now.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by 4wrestling (Currently owns)

    The major pluses of this phone are the display (gorgeous), the software (Ice Cream Sandwich is an amazing operating system, even in its early stages), the speed of the phone (between the internals and ICS, the phone moves incredibly smooth and quick), and the network speeds (this is my first LTE phone, and the data speeds are awesome).

    The phone is well designed, but it does feel a little light/breakable because of the plastic. The camera is good but could be better. The only major negative is the battery life. I can barely get 12 hours of use on a full charge.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by tommychen (Currently owns)

    If you're in the market for an Android smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus is currently the best money buy. The screen is beautiful, but not better than Apple's Retina and you'll need to the tweak the default settings to get the most out of that pentile display. Pure ICS is the real sell here, it's Google's newest iteration of the Android OS and it's the first version that I really like.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by San_Juan_21 (Currently owns)

    Nice comfortable phone. Only design problem is the on/off button placement. When pushing that button, you will also press the volume rocker. Takes some getting use to.
    The 4G signal still doesn't work all the time. At work, it never has 4G and I am 5 miles inside the 4g border..

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