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!