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Amazon joins Best Buy, calls Verizon's new phone "Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G"

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Amazon joins Best Buy, calls Verizon's new phone
Yesterday, when we showed you the latest flyer from Best Buy that listed the Samsung GALAXY Nexus as the Samsung Nexus Prime 4G LTE, we thought that perhaps the copy writers for Best Buy had been drinking too much coffee, trying to stay awake with Black Friday coming soon. But perhaps Best Buy is getting the last laugh here as there seems to be confirmation that the Verizon variant of the phone will indeed be called the Nexus Prime. And in addition, there is even some confirmation that the phone is being considered as part of the Samsung Galaxy S II line which would explain the picture on the cover of the Best Buy flyer which shows what we thought was the GALAXY Nexus flanked by the AT&T and Sprint versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Amazon's listing for the

Amazon's listing for the "Nexus Prime 4G"

Apparently, a Verizon customer had just purchased the HTC Rezound on Amazon when he noticed a listing on the site for the "Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G Android Phone". The listing showed the device available through Verizon, but was currently on backorder. Of course, there has been no launch date announced for the phone by Big Red.

We are struck by the similarities between the Best Buy and Amazon titles for the phone. Remove the "Samsung Galaxy S II" prefix from the Amazon name and you have a match. While it might be important to know what name Verizon plans on selling the phone under, for long suffering customers of the carrier who have been waiting a long time to hold one in their hand, it could signal that we are close to getting a launch date from Verizon.

source: Amazon via Phandroid

**UPDATE**

A leaked screenshot of the web page used by indirect Verizon resellers to order their inventory of the first Android 4.0 phone, show that the title of the device remains the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. 

source: AndroidCentral

The first Android 4.0 phone for Verizon will still be called the Samsung GALAXY Nexus

The first Android 4.0 phone for Verizon will still be called the Samsung GALAXY Nexus


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posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:38 5

1. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Verizon Droid Galaxy SII Nexus Prime 4G LTE.......FTW.

or perhaps WTF.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:10 2

25. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


plus "lolwut jk"

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:41 2

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


"Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G"...
Can I get one "Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G"?

So Long. mouthful.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:54 11

8. hanszarkov (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


That's what she said.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:41 3

3. evolutionqy7 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 May 2011)


"Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G"

Try saying that without getting bored after the S2 Part. God why cant they just make simple names. Whats the point of having 4G in the name as well?

Samsung Nexus Prime, Galaxy Nexus, keep it simple...

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:43 7

4. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


SG2NP4G....there, I shortened it.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:45

5. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


In a search on the Amazon site, I could not find "Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G"

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:16 2

11. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


The source link shows a page with no picture, no price and no parent catagories (verizon or 4g, etc). I think this is just a place holder page.

The only reason I can see for the lengthy name is to have as many search terms in the page title as possible (for when the site becomes searchable in the future).

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:48

6. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


http://wireless.amazon.com/b/684177011/?phones_categoryFeature=feature4G&phones_categoryCarrier=carrierVerizon

In a search of 4G Verizon phones....not there - there is a NEXUS 4G sprint phone on the site...diff phone, of course. Perhaps, AMAZON removed it.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 07:50

7. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Has anyone else noticed Google updated the Nexus specs again and now it's back to 32 GB?

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:10 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


LOL, wow, well, I am getting the razr - and I can add memory as needed...maybe I will get the quad core galaxy nexus in the future....

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:17 3

12. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And I picked up a Rezound over the weekend. I'm not disappointed in the least, but I might have waited it out knowing it's a 32 GB. How a simple mistake like that could screw with us fanatics...

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:21

13. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I probably would not have purchased the SG2NP4G for the reason that I cannot change memory. But, it was a GOOGLE phone, and that intrigued me. With all Android phones, there are ROMS out there that give you the same experience.
The REZOUND seemed more of music phone than anything else. For some reason I stay away from HTC phones now.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:27

15. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I was actually swayed by of all things the 4S press conference. Of course their customer satisfaction slide showed Apple #1, but HTC was #2 by a decent margin. I had so many electronic problems with my last Samsung, so I was already on the fence about buying another.

Yeah, the Rezound is more of a multimedia (audio, HD video) phone, but I don't consider myself a power user. I was mainly interested in the Nexus' screen, and ICS looked good, but I'll wait for Google and HTC to smooth out the rough edges.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:11 1

10. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Well it is pretty much a variant of the galaxy S II. Not saying it is a galaxy s II but very similar. Pretty much Verizon's version of it considering its why they passed on a S II. So I don't get my PA keeps making such a big deal about it.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:21

14. matty1323 (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


The names are getting a little out of hand. Just like the Sprint commercials for the SGSII. The Samsung Galaxy S ll, Epic 4G Touch. Really? How about the SGSII on Sprint??!! This may have some similar innards from the SGSII series phones but let\'s keep it separated. It\'s a Nexus first, throw the Prime in and now the Asus Tablet is gonna get mixed in there as being related. Less is more.....

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:55 1

16. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I put zero stock in Best Buy and Amazon dredging up the Prime codename of course. It'll be Galaxy Nexus, which has been plastered on Google, Samsung and Verizon's sites and banner ads for the last month.

Still not happy about the 2 week delay, but if it addresses the GSM version's volume bug, so be it.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:59

17. terabyteRouser (Posts: 412; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I totally cracked and bought the HTC Rezound.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:17 1

18. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That makes two of us. Gonna change your pic? ;)

The Rezound is getting lost in the Razr marketing blitz. I think it\'s a more compelling product, but I\'m a sucker for a great display.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:04

24. terabyteRouser (Posts: 412; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Lol, yea I agree. After using this phone, I think that calling the Rezound bulky is a total misrepresentation. I went from a Droid 3, and if anything should be called bulky it's that. I think they are comparing it visually to the RAZR. From my experience the RAZR departs from ergonomics unlike the Rezound. The width and height is slight smaller than the RAZR so it looks smaller.

But yes, that was what did it for me. The screen on the Rezound is superb. The quality of the screen on the Nexus is still to be determined under the pentile arrangement. Although the colors on the RAZR are more vivid, the screen on the Rezound is simply better and is more ICS compliant. Also with the ICS update you will not be losing real-estate to on screen buttons, you get to keep all the 720p screen to use.

The phone is extremely fast and web-surfing is no longer a tedious process (mostly because of the 4G).

I do not like the way sense does friendstream and their contacts/dialer apps but the lock screen and the way calls appear are great.

Yea the RAZR is receiving an incredibly disproportionate amount of marketing.

Also on the Bionic and Droid 3's I've had the GPS sensor has been off. On my Rezound that is no longer a problem. I'm still interested to see how this gyroscope and barometer on the nexus improves the phone.

I really like this phone, but I'm still on the fence about the Nexus.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:17 1

26. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


I'm really interested in getting the Rezound strictly for the processor, display, and 4G, but I can't help but feel that I'm paying a premium for something I don't want i.e. the Beats Audio headphones and the BS software enhancement. I mean, the marketing they use for it is kind of ridiculous and makes me think of Monster. Intended to make it sound the way it did in the studio my butt.

I've found the very best thing I could do for my listening pleasure was to get a decent set of earbuds (klipsch) and apply replay gain to all my music to prevent clipping. I think it's safe to assume most of the artists I listen to recorded their music exactly the way they wanted me to hear it, except for any possible clipping. I don't even use EQs on anything. Not at home, not in the car, not on the iPod itself.

I suppose the point is moot because it seems that VZW will price ANY dual core and LTE phone at $300. I just help but think the Rezound could be sold at $250 sans Beats Audio.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:21 1

27. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Comfort in the hand was a big factor for me too. I was concerned about the Rezound being 0.5" thick, but it doesn't feel it at all. Much of that bulk is in the center of the back, and the sides of the phone are much thinner (like the Incredible 2). Bottom line, my hand wraps around the phone comfortably whereas the Razr felt awkwardly wide.

I predict the Nexus will feel comfortable to hold, but the screen is taller and may be more of a stretch to reach every corner.

The Beats thing is a fringe benefit - it's nice that it comes with quality earbuds, but I bought the phone for the 720p screen and LTE, not Beats. The rest of the phone is still worth top dollar.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:30

20. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah, i'm giving the Nexus until the end of December to release on Verizon and if it hasn't happened by then i'll probably buy a RAZR...

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:21

19. xupru (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


What the chances of a 720/1080p, Super Amoled Plus (Maybe a fix to the white?) Phone with NFC releasing prior to 3rd Quarter 2012? If it's more than 50%, I'll be putting aside my dreams of the Nexus and just jump onto the Amazon Penny Deal, 300-400 discount is a bit too much for me to pass up. Question then results to Rezound or Razr, seems like most of you like Rezound here, which was what I was leaning toward, but I'm unsure now as the Razr seems to have much better resale value.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:45

21. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Isn\'t the SGS3 supposed to be 720p SAMOLED+? I could see that appearing in the US around 3rd quarter 2012 if this year is any indication, but I see the top phones for the next half year being the Rezound, Razr, Nexus and Droid 4.

The Razr has the more interesting physical design, but I prefer the Rezound\\\'s combination of 720p and Sense.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:57 1

22. xupru (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


To be honest, I didn't personally like the physical design on the Razr, and I've spent about 2 hours on each phone at the store already trying to decide which one to get. To me the the Razr is actually too thin and wide, and therefore slightly awkward to hold in my hand, while the Rezound actually fills my hand up, although the battery connection kept me from making a definite opinion.

That being said, I couldn't find anything to demo the 720p quality of Rezound's videos, I found typical 1080 Youtube videos and played them on both phones side by side... but I have a nagging suspicion that the HQ choice doesn't actually show 720p because both seemed the same, and both seemed to be slightly pixelated.

It's said that Razr has marginally better processor speeds, battey life, call quality and high volume speakerphone quality. Add in the fact that it seems to retail for $200 more on third party sites is what's pushing it to be my decision against the rezound.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 10:22 2

23. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


If you want the best of both (more comfortable shape + HD + OMAP), you\'re probably better off waiting for the Nexus. It may only be another 2 weeks. Unless the lack of SD slot is a dealbreaker.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:27

28. xupru (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Lack of SD doesn't really seem to bother me, I'll be moving things between my laptop and the phone a lot, so I don't think I'll ever have too little space. It's more so that the current Amazon penny deal is a Dealmaker, so I'm probably going to jump on the Razr or Rezound for now, and possibly buy the Nexus off-contract if it seems future-proof enough.

There's people saying they wish Rezound was $50 less... and the deal is $300 less, it almost makes no sense to resist

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:57

29. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It would be nice if the Rezound were $50 less, as that's about the cost of the schmancy headphones. It's absolutely worth getting, especially if you can take advantage of the penny deal!

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 20:07

32. yossarian (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


What's up with the Amazon penny deal? New contract is a penny, but an upgrade is regular price. My upgrade date is 11/30 and I'm looking for a deal on Verizon, and best I've seen for Razor or Rezound is $229. Think I'm leaning toward HTC.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 16:59 1

30. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


"Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G"
........... quote of the year

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 19:30 1

31. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Samsung Galaxy SS II Nexus Prime 2 4G LTE Deluxe....lol, next year's model's name.

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