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 scaryslocuda (Currently owns)

    The Galaxy Nexus is a great next step in the evolution of Android phones. The hardware is well balanced with the software and the phone immediately feels like a next gen phone, even when being compared to the Incredible 2 I was using a week ago. I believe that ICS could still benefit from some tweaking (i.e. easier access to the search function, more configurable options for the launcher, etc.), but overall I'm extremely impressed and very excited about my new phone.

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    • Reception / call quality 10
    • Performance 9
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 6
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by kazim.ali (Currently owns)

    Once I received my phone and turned it on, I'll admit, I was nervous. After dumping the iPhone after a solid 3.5 year run, I was expecting an instant gratification by having a fresh, new OS. That didn't happen...immediately.

    Setting up and personalizing your Android device requires more thought than the mindless simplicity of the iPhone. That thought, however, parlays into an unrivaled mobile experience, that looks and feels like me rather than a simple grid of separate apps on a page.

    I'm in love with Android ICS and the Galaxy Nexus.

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    • Battery life 6
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by shukero (Currently owns)

    Great Design, Great OS, and a fantastic screen are what you'll find when you pickup one of these great devices. The OS has been completely revamped with users suggestions in mind; and the contextual menus really help make it "familiar" with anyone how has ever used a computer. No more holding down on the screen for menu's, it's either in the upper right or lower right corner which is a welcome change. (At least for me)

    The battery is one point that is both good and bad for me; the good part is Verizon was smart enough to cut the price of the extended battery in 1/2 right out of the gate. This was great since you'll need it if you want to keep battery power for longer than 8 hours. I usually get around 1.5-2 days out of mine; with "media server" take ~20% of my power with the screen in a close second ~20% too.

    The Camera is AMAZING! Even though it's 5 megapixels it takes great photos in 1/8th the time any other android phone does. This to me is a MUST since I came from the blurrified / crashing camera in the droid X. Yet another thing google has tweaked to make the users happy :)

    Glitches are expected on any new device that comes out; yet I'm happy to report that I have only experienced 1 bad thing with my phone; and I'm 99% sure I identified the culprit. I had turned off my screen and it wouldn't turn back on. Now that I said that people are probably freaking out, BUT this only happened when I was installing the updated version of Google+ (weird I know) but I have only had it happen 2 times within the last 2 weeks of use. (had to re-install google+) Other than that I have had NO issues. THE LTE issue seems to be with people on the edge of coverage, as I get around 2-4 bars of LTE at all times in Midland, MI

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Droosh (Currently owns)

    Post Treo and Blackberry, my most recent smartphones have been the iPhone 3GS, Droid Incredible, Droid X & X2. The Galaxy Nexus (LTE) is by far the best smartphone I've ever owned.

    Highs:
    • No manufacturer skinning
    • Faster updates from Google (hopefully)
    • The display (when brightness is high)
    • The UX is elegant, smooth (for the most part), and much more functional
    • Customizable UI and Open Ecosystem
    • Easy to unlock and root and tether for free

    Lows:
    • DISPLAY: Color temperature looks way too cool and overall very poor to my eyes when the brightness is below 50%. This is unfortunately a bigger issue since the automatic brightness sensor default is way too low. I'm dealing with this manually by using the "Brightness Level" widget by CurveFish. Despite this issue, the high 720P resolution effectively eliminates any "screen door" effects if this is something that has bothered you with PenTile in the past.

    • RADIO PERFORMANCE: See Anandtech’s has a response: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5254/investigating-the-galaxy-nexus-lte-signal-issue They focus on comparing LTE radio performance. I can't argue with their take, as I haven't had LTE. The point they make about not comparing apples to oranges where signal strength bars and dBms are concerned needed to be said. I am experiencing weaker WiFi and CMDA voice connections than on the DX2. This is true for both 2.4 and 5 GHz connections. Supposedly, a software fix is in the works…

    • SPEAKER VOLUME & AUDIO: The onboard speaker volume is too low to be functional in all but the quietest of environments. The manufacturer may be worried about speaker clipping and damage, however, they either installed a poor speaker or AMP, or are way too conservative with their settings. I think that we should be able to raise the volume level to the point of distortion but just short of any serious clipping. I’m confident a developer will release a mod that allows you to boost the volume. Worth noting is that the audio sometimes stops at indeterminate times especially when the screen is off. This is especially apparent with Google's own Listen app.

    • BATTERY LIFE: I wish that performance was better for all devices even when LTE is off. I knocked the battery score as this is a better performing and feeling device with the 2,100 mAh extended batter installed. This should have been the standard battery. They still could have milked accessory sales by selling a super large extended battery to people like Chris Ziegler. ;)

    • GOOGLE WALLET (Not preinstalled): This is often misreported. You can easily install the stock Google Wallet App without even rooting and it works perfectly. In fact Google gives you $10 in free credit to do so. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1365360

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Eloquescence (Currently owns)

    This phone is amazing. It's so fast and fluid. There are so many great things that this device can do! If you are into hacking and ROM'ing like I am, you can't go wrong with a Nexus device. The screen is amazing, Ice Cream Sandwich is polished and smooth, and the hardware is sleek. All around WINNER of a device, if you ask me. I am in smartphone heaven!! :-)

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by thompsonlive (Currently owns)

    By far the best phone I've ever owned! I was really close to switching to an iPhone but kept staying with android phones mainly because of 4G, SwiftKey, and free turn-by-turn navigation with google maps. So picking this phone was a no brainer when it was time to pick up my next upgrade however this has been so much more than just a slightly better android phone than my previous phones. It's like a breath of fresh air mainly because of the overhaul and new features brought to the table by Android 4.0 but even the phone design itself is sleek and innovative. Could not recommend this phone more.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by kekspernikai (Currently owns)

    Fastest Android phone I've ever used - for reference, this phone experiences about the same amount of lag as my stock iPad 2. The lag occurs at different times, of course, and I'm largely talking about what occurs in the OS and core apps, since I can't hold Google/Nexus 100% responsible for a poorly developed app. The screen is absolutely incredible (HD YouTube looks astonishing). The software is where this phone really shines, though. The way that multitasking works in both the OS and the browser amazes my friends that have iPhones or Android phones pre-4.0. It all works very well. The battery could definitely be improved, and apparently it will once a partial wake-lock bug is fixed. Highly recommended for someone looking at Android. First Android phone in the world I would recommend to someone that originally wanted an iPhone.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by kwolgast (Currently owns)

    A shining light for the android community. This IS the android phone to have - and what better way to showcase the latest software treat Google has to offer.

    Battery life on LTE is nothing short of whats been expected - the larger battery will definitely be a good add -on for this device, adding a minimal thickness to the already thin device.

    The screen is beautiful - while the white's don't show up as a burning hot white you'd see on other screens, the muted white is refreshing and I can still see. The high pixel density is simply gorgeous - I can't squint hard enough to make out the individual pixels.

    Samsung has created a great device that can only get better with updates to ICS and we all know who's getting those updates first....

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by ju12zo (Currently owns)

    This is my first LTE device and I don't feel as though I have any more battery drain than any other Android phone I've owned. That said, I do like to keep chargers on hand at work and home. Ice Cream Sandwich is exactly where Android needs to be.

    The camera quality leaves something to be desired. The flash seems to wash much of the picture out but is super fast and bright for decent shots in pitch black.

    The display is enormous to say the least. A 720p screen in the palm of your hand seems crazy. I'm not much of a mobile movie watcher but even watching something like the new Louis CK special on the phone you can see so much detail.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by sooper_verge12 (Currently owns)

    This is not the perfect device, but then again, no device is perfect. It won't win any awards in industrial design, but then again, with the break neck speed that Android devices are being developed and the manner in which its users tend to swap devices, it makes no sense to invest in design. It doesn't have the best screen or the fastest processor out there. But what it does have is Google's stamp as a Nexus device and that means on-time updates, the best integration with Google services and some meaningful exclusivity. This is by far the best Android device on the market hands down.

    My full review of the Galaxy Nexus LTE exists here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107286907439975961520/posts/1GAkAVJsQuG

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