Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)

Verge Review

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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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by SuX0rz (Currently owns)

    As an Apple fan, I was pretty dead set on the iPhone 4S but the gorgeous screen, improvements in ICS, and LTE lead me to get the Galaxy Nexus. The only thing I'm disappointed in is the camera. It's just a shame that Samsung/Google didn't put a better sensor in the phone.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Manibi97 (Currently owns)

    The Galaxy Nexus is an excellent phone. I'm constantly impressed by the gorgeous screen, and while it is big, it still feels great in the hand. Ice Cream Sandwich is fantastic and simply a joy to use. The camera takes great shots in well lit environments but fails to impress in darker lighting. The battery life lasts around 8+ hours with moderate usage. Overall, I'm quite satisfied.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by jackdw (Currently owns)

    I had high expectations for the Galaxy Nexus, but perhaps those expectations were too high. I expected blazing fast performance, and while most things run very smoothly, some things can run slowly from time to time (Android 4.0.3 promises to fix these bugs, but I'll have to see it to believe it). HD videos look amazing on the 720p screen, but on light colored backgrounds (white and gray), you can definitely tell that it's PenTile. I do love Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Galaxy Nexus isn't the best hardware to serve as a flagship device. The 5 megapixel camera is, while ridiculously fast, about as good as my HTC Droid Incredible from April 2010 in terms of image quality. LTE performance is amazing (I average close to 20 MBPS down), but battery life is terrible. The device itself looks and feels great, though the buttons can get flimsy. I will definitely be keeping my Galaxy Nexus, but if promised software updates don't come soon enough, I may have to turn to custom ROMs. It seems (almost) everything about the Galaxy Nexus is great in theory, but the execution could be a bit better.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by huntmol (Currently owns)

    My previous phone was the OG Droid, and the Galaxy Nexus makes it look like a StarTac. The Galaxy Nexus offers seamless multitasking, incredibly powerful performance and a gorgeous screen. Many have complaints about the camera, but I actually found it to be excellent as far as smartphones cameras go. The Galaxy Nexus represents all the promises of Android. There were so many small tweaks to the OS that add up to this being hands-down the best Android device on the market.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jasondclinton (Currently owns)

    Best phone available at the time of this writing: I love the face warping feature of the camcorder, the awesome new text-to-speech engine powering Navigation, the new GMail and Calendar UI's (and animations!), and the browser feels blazing fast. The user experience feels coherent and intuitive without introducing incompatibility with legacy Android apps.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by blakerboy777 (Currently owns)

    Let me start off by saying one part of the score that one part of the score above doesn't take into account data speed. Living in a relatively small city with LTE, I was expecting some pretty amazing data speeds. Previously, I had used a Droid Bionic and gotten those speeds. The 4G on it is still pretty incredible, and maybe Verizon's network has just been having trouble lately, but my 4G speeds have been the far more domestic 5-7 down since I got this 2 days ago. Uploads have remained pretty incredible, however. I manually bumped the over-all score 1 point because 4G isn't taken into account by the other numbers.

    Display: Solid colors (like in Facebook app), especially white backgrounds, can sometimes look a little funky. I don't know how else to describe it, but when scrolling text there is an unmoving pattern on the white that can be a little distracting. Super AMOLED is awesome, 720P is awesome, would deserve a 10 otherwise.

    Cameras: They work well, and their features impress me a lot, but when I take a photo I'm not really impressed. It meets my expectations, but it doesn't blow me away. Since in most reviews 5=0, I gave it a 7 for being about average. If I gave it a 5, that feels like I'm saying it's a bad camera, and anything lower than that is salt in the wound. (Notice how I did give battery life a 4, back to that in a minute).

    Reception/call quality: not enough time with the phone to really give a good review. I've been having some problems with this area, but everyone in my house (2 Statosphere's and a RAZR) seems to be having issues to the same or greater degree.

    Battery life: Basically 4 hours of use. You can stretch that over as long a period of time as you want (mostly), but 4 hours is pretty much how long you can keep it awake with the screen on and the internet running. Not sure how long I could play local music for, I suspect 8-12 hours. I think this is pretty pitiful, but maybe my usage patterns will change, we'll get stronger LTE signal in the area (mine switches from 4G to 3G a lot, so that can impact battery life a lot), or I'll break down and get an extended battery.

    Ecosystem: again, fairly average rating. Love the Android Market and Amazon App store, deducted points because of broken compatibility with ICS that some apps have. I haven't had any completely incompatible, but a lot of text fields are messed up, especially in a confined space like on a button.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by AthlonRob (Currently owns)

    After trading my HTC Rezound in on the Galaxy Nexus, I am apalled at my first choice. This phone is simply amazing; it feels great and performs better. The only things that could make it better would be better battery life and more customization options (which I assume CM9 will resolve).

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by StephenWarner (Currently owns)

    I upgraded from a barely functioning Droid Eris with Cyanogin Mod 7, and in comparison, the Galaxy Nexus is a dream! I was not quite sure what score to give the battery life, because I have been unable to put the darn thing down since I got it on launch day.

    Matias Duarte and the software engineers at Google have done their jobs, because I LOVE this phone!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by th0r615 (Currently owns)

    I love my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. The only things I would change are the battery life and reception (cell and wifi) because they are the only weak links. And if Verizon does update the radio to get better signal strength then this phone would be nearly perfect in my eyes.

    I've heard complaints about the screen but I have none myself and it is without a doubt the best screen I've ever had on a mobile device (blows my HTC Thunderbolt's LCD screen out of the water)

    Some aren't happy with the camera either but for me its fine. I'm not a camera nut, only take pictures with my cell phones and have never had any issues.

    The Galaxy Nexus is more then the sum of its parts.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by chrisbie (Currently owns)

    I bought the Galaxy nexus the day it came out and I have not put it down which could be why my battery has not lasted all day. I believe once I get over the excitement of having the phone then my battery life will go back up. ICS is amazing I love the app management that is built in. With one button you can see all of the apps that are running and you can swipe them away to close them or click on them to open them up. Overall I love the phone I believe it was a good choice and I would recommend this to others

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