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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8.6

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  • Performance 9
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 6
  • Ecosystem 9

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Sederts (Currently owns)

    Really good, except camera and battery life. I have enjoyed this since day one. The customizability is amazing You don't even need to root. Just Damn Verizon with the updates. I hope we get 4.3. Oh well, guess I'll go for Moto X or Droid Maxx next. Great phone!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by tylerbrainerd (Currently owns)

    I came to this phone from an HTC Desire that I'd had for right around 2 years. That phone was really fantastic, and I was actually quite nervous about upgrading. The android phone market can be a messy thing to jump into if you are not absolutely sure, and I knew that there were a bunch of new devices just on the horizon (for instance HTC's new phones).

    However, the decision was essentially forced on me to go and not wait, so I went with the Nexus. Overall, this experience has been exceedingly great.

    The best is clearly the software. I've been running custom roms on the Desire, but getting a clean stock 4.0 was incredible, and this phone could actually handle the performance. The screen is quite nice too, mainly for it's size and pixel density. As others have noted, it seems to have issues with low brightness and white settings, almost giving white backgrounds a textured grainy look. However, anything about about 30% looks fine, and unless you're looking for it, it's great.

    The biggest disappointments were the battery and the camera. The camera is not bad, but it's not as much of a step up as every other part of the phone. The Desire was a higher end device in it's time, but it was never noted for an amazing camera. The gnexus' camera is only a slight step up, primarily in shutter speed. The photo's are technically better, but they will not blow you away or stun you.
    And of course battery is not super great. Truthfully, with the exact same usage as my Desire I'm seeing around the same battery life, but that's with heavy battery saving and no 4g. I just got the extended 2100 battery today (which is really not noticeable in terms of how much thickness it adds and really should have come standard), and hopefully that will give a little bit of padding.

    Overall, really great phone and a step in the right direction for android, but still a sadly incremental upgrade in many ways, rather than a new paradigm.

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by Engadg3t (Currently owns)

    I have had the verizon version of this phone since it came it out and its one of the better android devices out there. My major issues are battery and design that keeps it from being a top end competitor. First off the materials feel incredibly cheap and I managed to break the back-plate with a 3 ft drop onto tile. Compared to the iphone this feels incredibly inferior because of the quality of materials chosen which seem to be some sort of polymer and their lack of durability. I was luckily able to change it for another one and now have a protective case which makes it a little larger but is absolutely necessary due to the phones brittle nature ( I had a droid 2 that was able to take a lot of abuse before).

    My major issue with this phone is the battery life. I have been able to drain both my original and replacement nexus that had the extended battery (2200mah) in about 1:45 using the navigation feature. This phone will only make it through a day if you turn off almost all the radios, mainly gps, wifi, and lte, and keep usage light. Its great having the features on this phone that make it like a portable computer but battery life unfortunately makes this very good phone into and average competitor.

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    Reviewed by richie681 (Currently owns)

    Galaxy Nexus is really what Android phones should strive for going forward. Fast, sleek, and stock Android. Camera could be better, but it's certainly not horrible. Battery life is pretty amazing on 4.0.4 for a screen of this size. Untouched ICS is reason enough to get one, to be honest.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by NexusVergil (Currently owns)

    This is the best phone on the market without a doubt. Screen quality and size are phenomenal and the LTE speeds are blazing fast. ICS is smooth and very intuitive. The camera is fine for my usage. With the VZW extended battery, I can normally get through the day and charge overnight, which is all the capacity I really need. Overall 9.5/10

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by holmsc (Currently owns)

    This phone is nothing but a pleasure to use on a daily basis. Having a 4.65" screen on such a thin (and pocketable) phone is so nice, coming from the original Motorola Droid with only a 3.7" screen. With proper usage I see on average 12-20 hours of battery life, even on 4G - which bested my expectations.

    I can go on all day about how fast, beautiful and responsive this phone is, but I won't. The only gripe I have with this phone is the camera, which in my experience works really really well in bright light, but if it's even the slightest bit dim, it takes bad photos. I'd like to see this improved with a software update if possible, but I'm just not ready to give up my point and shoot camera for a cell phone at this point.

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    Reviewed by robertlacy (Currently owns)

    I'll try to keep it short & simple:

    PROS:
    1) The HD Super AMOLED screen is amazing!
    2) The phone is thin & light
    3) Android 4.0 is the best version of Android yet
    4) I no longer have phone envy. I don't care about any other phones. They all seem like pieces of sh*t to me now.
    5) Camera has lots of cool features
    6) 32GB of built in storage

    CONS:
    1) The volume could be better. (I tried the Volume+ app & it didn't make much difference)
    2) I've had issues where people call me but that can't hear me, or we can't hear each other at all. (Hasn't happened lately)
    3) No SD card slot. Not a big deal, but still...
    4) I have had shortcuts on my homescreens launch other apps. For instance, I would tap the Googlee Music icon & it would launch the text messaging app instead. i had to open Google Music from the widget to fix it.
    5) The camera sucks. If you use the zoom at all, the picture is going to be bad. BAD. If you don't use the zoom at all & have some good light then you can get some decent pictures.

    All in all, this is the best Android phone I've had (previously had a Droid Eris, Motorola Droid X and an HTC ThunderBolt). It's the best Android phone on the market in my opinion. If camera quality and an SD card slot priorities for you, then skip the Nexus. If "timely" updates & a pure google experience are important - this is your phone.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by yamaha3240 (Currently owns)

    I had two android phones previously and decide to get a vanilla android experience. I was not disappointed. The outside is good looking and very comfortable in the hand. I have rather large hand so i can reach every corner of the screen. The camera takes quick pictures when you want them yet if you hit the screen it focuses and takes great pictures. The 4g signal has been great. I live in Appleton Wisconsin and work on the south side of Menasha, Wisconsin I never loose 4g throughout the day. Android 4.0 is a completely new experience. Any pet peeve i had about android is gone. The biggest upgrade is the integration across my tablet cell phone and computer.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by TheMilkWars (Currently owns)

    When you put all that together, you begin to paint a picture. It's an unfinished picture, and were not sure what it is yet, but we can tell just by looking that it's using all the right paints, colors, and techniques. You can't help but feel that Google and Samsung are outdoing themselves, time and time again. And now they're really competing with the level of polish that Apple has with their products. Android still has its’ kinks but that can’t be blamed on the phone itself. All in all, the Galaxy Nexus is a great phone. If its worth $300 plus a two year contract remains to be seen. All I know is that with all it's faults, it's advantages balance them out. And for me, that's more than most of what the other guys can say. The Galaxy Nexus is my new phone, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    Reviewed by malikona (Currently owns)

    I picked up the LTE Nexus on release day, my first Android phone, and my first on Verizon. I bought out my AT&T contract to switch because data service in my area is so bad on AT&T, and Verizon offers LTE in my small town. I've had every iPhone since day one, waited in line for all of them.

    The average of the scores I gave the Nexus comes to 7, and I would say that's about right. (I continually revise this review.) Many things about the phone are awesome, but most of them don't have to do with the phone itself.

    Android 4.0 is, in my opinion, better than iOS 5 in terms of versatility and aesthetics. It's just more fun to use, and I find myself whipping between apps and tabs much more comfortably, almost like it's a little desktop computer. iOS - while I love it - just isn't like that. iOS is designed to run one app at a time, and do it great, which it does. Android 4.0 is designed as an actual operating system in the traditional sense, and while that doesn't appeal to everyone on their phone, I am looking more for a pocket computer and less for a phone. So it works for me. Plus there are some very cool innovations in the UI like the Labs option for full-screen browsing where you swipe from the edge to get toolbar commands. SO cool. Browsing in full-screen on this 4.7" display is awesome.

    That said, the UI does lag sometimes. An hour after I started it up I began to notice stutter as I swiped from one home screen to another, and it's persisted since. It isn't terrible, but it is just not buttery smooth like iOS, and you notice it. That is one of the tradeoffs Apple made in design, but it's a tradeoff I'm willing to make for Android to have the benefit of widgets, real multitasking, a file system, and the like (not to mention LTE). Also the Android Market feels more like a Wal Mart whereas the iOS App Store feels more like, well, an Apple Store. The apps, for the most part, seem better and more thoughtfully designed for iOS. I'm not sure why that is, and maybe it will change, but that's my impression. Finally while I do like the look and feel of the phone, I always feel like I am going to snap it apart by accident. It just feels sort of flimsy, & slippery too. It will eventually slip out of my hands.

    Overall I love this phone, and I'm happy I switched. I'm keeping my iPhone 4 though, so I can have the best of both worlds.

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