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 ChristopherWilliamsGLV (Currently owns)

    Nice design, large phone but slim and feels great in hand. Plastic but not cheap feeling and very light. Beautiful large HD screen, amazing display. 4g LTE is blazing fast, unbelievably so! Browser loads super quick and on the large 720p screen webpages look great. ICS is fast smooth and intuitive, finally Android has that polish its been lacking. The camera takes great pictures and the software is top notch, however there us definitely areas lacking in this departnent. Google is a beast and now integrates fully with this device from maps, G+, Voice, Talk, Music and even Google Wallet! The battery definitely could be improved which is my only complaint, but i get about 8-10 hrs with what i consider moderate use. This is an awesome device, easily Androids best ever and maybe even the best phone out today.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by binyamin.goldman (Currently owns)

    The Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus is probably one of the best android phones I have ever used. It runs Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and works very well. It has a pretty good design, and good cameras but people are experiencing connection issues which is why i can't give call quality a good rating. Everything else worked pretty well, and if you can't get an iPhone (Apple Fan Boy Warning!) get a Galaxy Nexus.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jeffxallen (Currently owns)

    I love this phone. It is the so smooth and the screen is amazing. ICS is a huge step in the right direction. It will be hard for me to ever buy a skinned phone again. The camera is better in low light then what I was coming from on the DX, however in nice sunny shots I don't feel it is as good as they should be. atleast the camera software and speed is great.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jstine (Currently owns)

    Having used the Galaxy Nexus for a few days. I must say I have never used anything like it before. This is the phone to buy if your in the market. Go try it out and you will know exactly what I mean. I think what Google is doing is just amazing. This will be my phone of choice for the next couple months until something much better comes. It will be hard to be the beat the hardware/software combination that is a Nexus phone. Merry Nexus

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Samoid (Currently owns)

    Display is not great with low brightness. Battery life is less than stellar. A few early bugs plague the phone. Signal issues and audio issues when screen is off. Hardware buttons are fantastic compared to my previous phones (Droid and Droid Incredible). I love the notification LED. Looking forward to CM9. Overall, great phone. Best one I've ever owned.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jxcgunrunna (Currently owns)

    Having owned a Motorola Droid prior to this, I can tell you that there are some things I miss about the OG Droid. First of all, there needs to be some soft touch plastic on this thing. It also seems to lack the radio quality of Motorola phones. That said, this is the best phone I have ever used. The display on this phone is the 2011 counterpart to the ground breaking display on the Droid. The battery life with the extended battery helps it last between 12 and 19 hours. Overall, I could not be more happy with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS is buttery smooth, easy to use and loaded with features.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by thejimmy (Currently owns)

    I'm just going to point out a couple of things in this review that I feel need to be addressed.

    The display is gorgeous for most uses but does display skin tone wrong, giving faces a reddish tone.

    The camera isn't as bad as some make it out to be. Just because it gives you the ability of zero-lag shooting doesn't mean you can click on it continuously and expect every shot to be in focus. If you are tapping the shutter button repeatedly, you are most likely not holding the camera very still. In addition, your subject may be moving as well. That is why you are getting some blurry shots, people. You need to give any camera in the world time to refocus if the camera or the subject moves. If you shoot like you are supposed to, by having the phone focus on the subject and then shooting, you'll get a focused shot.

    Having an iPad 2 as a comparison, I love how fast the phone is. Just like iOS, it responds to your clicks, taps, and swipes instantly.

    One minor thing that I wish Google would add is an LTE on/off single click widget, like they do with Wifi and bluebooth.

    I wouldn't tell an iPhone user to switch to the Galaxy Nexus, but I could easily recommend this to a current Android user that wants the perfect Android experience.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by nitriletiger (Currently owns)

    Overall a fantastic phone here are some criticisms:

    The case design is ho-hum; the front with no logos is really nice but the back feels too plasticky.

    The display resolution is tremendous and the blacks are spectacular but the whites aren't true and change color with viewing angle.

    The camera is speedy but the pictures are of average quality.

    Everything moves much faster compared to my old Droid X.

    Software is spectacular.

    Battery life is awful just like other LTE phones; integrated chips in 2H 2012 will improve this.

    Ecosystem has much improved; syncing, google+instant upload, etc.

    Needs a real competitor to Siri.

    64GB of storage would have been a nice price differentiator to the iPhone and would have held all my music!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by dscarfogliero (Currently owns)

    By far the best Android device I have owned. The screen is just unbelievable. I love the design of the phone. Samsung did a great job with it. I was a little worried that it would feel a little plasticy, but it is a great feeling phone. No complaints, would definitely recommend.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Successful Troll (Currently owns)

    Great design, although I would have preferred a metallic construction. The screen is great, but it becomes extremely cold when viewed at an angle. Whites aren't as white as they should be. The camera is great, unless you're a photographer. Call quality is excellent. Performance is almost perfect, although panning and zooming within the web browser is far too laggy. Android 4.0 is fantastic, and widgets are a great addition to the home screen. This is definitely the best smartphone OS around. Battery life is great, until you turn LTE on. Android Market still lags behind the App Store in terms of both quality and quantity.

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