Verizon Galaxy Nexus unboxing and hands-on
Alas, the time is finally here, after much wait and antagonizing anticipation! At long last, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon, 4G LTE equipped and all, is available starting today for the devilishly hard working on-contract price of $299.99 – so yeah, you know that you’ll need to work your behind off to earn this one. In any event, we’ve got it in our hands and eagerly waiting to check out how Big Red’s version stacks up against the horde of competition. With that, let’s get right into the fun!
Taking into consideration the pure Google experience we’re naturally inclined to see with the handset, its packaging is rather fitting with its all-white appearance. Actually, there isn’t a single image of the handset in question anywhere around the box, rather, our attention is placed on some of the subtle brandings littered throughout – like the Verizon, 4G LTE, Samsung, and Galaxy Nexus logos etched on. In the rear, we’re given a sneak peek into what the package contains, and rightfully so, it’s the normal things we tend to find. Specifically, this flagship device is packing along the usual set of documentation, microSIM card, microUSB cable, wall charger, a pair of wired headphones. For something so costly, one would imagine getting treated to more, but alas, it’s what is expected nowadays.
Right off the bat, the design of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus embodies all of the characteristics akin to any Samsung device we’ve checked out already – like its all-plastic construction. Although it doesn’t quite come off as being the most solidly built thing, it’s reasonable enough to accept, plus, the textured back cover gives of a subtle rubbery feel. For a device that’s completely constructed out of plastic, we notice some weight behind it all, which isn’t all that bad to tell you the truth, but noticeable enough over the featherweight feel of Samsung Galaxy S II line. Additionally, for a device packing a larger than normal display, we’re glad to see it retaining a tight body that doesn’t feel as wide as some other handsets. Clearly, its design is hardly drool worthy when you compare it to something like a Motorola DROID RAZR, but hey, it’s decent enough for most people to accept.
After looking over its looks, our eyes are instantly fall upon on its lovely looking 4.65” HD 720p (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED display. Honestly, even though it utilizes the RGBG PenTile matrix for pixel arrangement, it’s detailed enough that one would hardly notice it when looking at the device from a good distance away. Even more, with things like fine text within the web browser, it’s sharp enough to discern tiny text at a zoomed out view. Beyond that, our eyes simply melt over the gorgeous and punchy looking colors that AMOLED displays in general are known to exhibit. From a side profile view, there’s a slight contour to the display that yet again follows in the same path as the Google Nexus S from last year, but it doesn’t particularly add anything beneficial.
So we know what else is coming along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but as a refresher, it features a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1080p video capture, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n/a Wi-Fi, and that oh so wonderful 4G LTE connectivity. With the latter, it’s actually what makes this guy so special compared to the GSM version that we reviewed, which is also the cause for its slightly larger size as well. Nonetheless, we’re curious to see how battery life manages in the end with its hefty 1,850 mAh battery. Ultimately, that leaves us with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – the one platform that’s meant to combine Google’s smartphone and tablet operating systems together. We’ve gone over it extensively already, but as always, we’re giddy to checking it out again. In the meantime, we’ll be putting Verizon’s latest wonder through its paces to see how it stacks up. So expect our in-depth review soon!
4. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Ahhh I can't wait to get out of work so I can get mine. This would release on a day where I have appointments all day... blaaah
20. sgogeta4 (Posts: 388; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
I have an exam today lol. I ordered it online through LetsTalk. Hopefully will arrive tmw.
5. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
damit i want this phone in gsm for tmo!!!!
7. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I want a post on the battery life. PA get on that:)
15. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Seconded, but we'll likely have to wait for their full review. Very curious to see how this holds up compared to my Rezound. The screen on the Rezound sucks up something like 80% of the battery life. Wonder if SAMOLED is that much more efficient than S-LCD, even at 720p.
26. Hello-dirt (Posts: 100; Member since: 02 May 2010)
the battery meter dropped some in the video. The 4g radio is turned on, but I doubt this phone will be as long lasting as the sgs2. If Verizon and a swap carriers sale, I would be more than willing to take the chance on this phone.
27. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The only SGS2 worth comparing to the VZW Nexus would be the Skyrocket (and some would argue without the Exynos that's not a "real" SGS2). Apples to apples when it comes to LTE.
8. dudemanrod (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
i'm the type that waits a week to see what the reviews are like before i make my decision...
9. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I wish I had self control like that. If my girlfriend hadn't threatened to hold out on me I would've bought the Bionic and RAZR already haha
18. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i am too.
but i didnt for this. i was at the store at 855. i was the second to purchase.
it is so smooth and such a nice phone. its amazing.
22. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I already have one on hold at the store by me... just have to finish up at work and i'll be there around 5! Can't wait.
29. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
it is a bit painful to be siding with you fandroids so much.
maybe i need a new avatar.
31. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
But I give you massive props for accepting a GOOD Android phone into your life.
For your new avatar, might I suggest an iPhone and a Nexus gettin' it on?
10. bossmt_2 (Posts: 409; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
I ordered mine online should get it tomorrow.
12. pdub73 (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Nov 2008)
Got mine...I love it...couple of little problems I noticed...but i'm gonna investigate more...but for starters NO SUPPORT FOR SWYPE.... :( (not yet at least)...and compared to my Droid X the signal strength is very low....Hmmmm
25. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Samsung is know for poor reception. On the other hand, the DX and DX2 have better reception than almost any other phone.
28. pdub73 (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Nov 2008)
this is true and I did know this but I was hoping the GN would be better...oh well...other then that the phone is awesome...
36. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
they are patching a SOFTWARE upgrade which should be within 2 hours of initial activation.
or might take longer
13. Stayfly2407 (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
Anyone looking to save money, I'm selling this for $249 just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll send you my direct link to my website. Still have a few left in stock from this morning.
14. ny1464 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
Why is taking so long to review the f**king box? Who cares about the box . What's wrong with you man.
16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Haha I have always wondered that about unboxing videos. I always skip to like 3 minutes in and they are usually still taking it out of the package...
17. santy (Posts: 32; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Now that Verizon is done, the wait for ATT starts now.
23. Alantef (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
i really wanna know who all has this phone i wanna do a major hangout with 6 people to test it out lol
30. Ksupowercat13 (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Readin this review with my smooth nexus :D
32. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Wow. A 5mp camera. If this was the ip4s with a 5mp camera, fandroids would be all over that, lol. But since this is an android device, 5mp is acceptable and no one noticed :)
35. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Oh we noticed, just ask the SGS2 fanatics. The rest of the phone more than makes up for a less-than-stellar camera. Whereas CPU/GPU speed and camera are the only hardware advantages of the 4S over the iP4.
34. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
well i just got it. Battery so far is lousy as expected but i also have all my apps redownloaded in the backround. But i qould say so far it is on par with other lte phones.
I have not downliaded but vincent tape and joel witt that was voic rec while typing this. Does not work at all but besides that by far best phone i have ever owned. I believe ics is better than ios so far but i am still exited about learning the features. Sure thwre will be a review soon but time will tell on this phone and mostly ics but first imoressions are i love it.