Verizon announces the Samsung GALAXY Nexus
At that time, Samsung said there would be a 4G LTE version of the GALAXY Nexus, but neglected to say which carrier it would be for. Now we can drop all the speculation, as Verizon has officially announced they will be offering the Samsung GALAXY Nexus "later this year", though we're guessing it will be in November.
Unfortunately, Verizon happens to leave out what the price of the GALAXY Nexus will be, and if they will be carrying the 16GB or 32GB version (or both) - as the phone will not have a microSD memory card slot.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it is the first smartphone to run on Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich, which offers an updated user interface with better multitasking, notifications, browser, face unlocking, and Android beam. If that wasn't enough, the GALAXY Nexus will feature a large 4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED display (though it is PenTile), a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear autofocus camera with flash & 1.3MP front camera, 1080p video recording, NFC for use with Google Wallet, Bluetooth 3, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, and a 1750mAh battery.
Naturally, we can't wait to get our hands on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, or the Motorola DROID RAZR, and see how well they stack-up next to each other.
source: Verizon Wireless
VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES THE GALAXY NEXUS BY SAMSUNG
Features the Latest Version of Android and America’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.
Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display.
· 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
· Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
· First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display (1280 x 720)
· 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM
· 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture
· 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
· Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled
· Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together
· Support for Google™ mobile services – Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google＋ app
Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
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3. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it's be great if they went with $250 for the 16GB and $300 for the 32GB being that the Droid RAZR is similarly spec'd with 16GB of internal memory and it's capable of expanding with it's microSD card slot and it'll be priced at $300 no doubt.
7. tim7722 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Knowing Verizon, it'll be 299 and 399. I hope not. If its not expandable memory it SHOULD be priced at 199.99 and 299.99. Apple has all the hype right now (except us phone geeks). Pricing a 16 GB at iPhone 4s 32GB price would be a hard sell.
For me personally, 16 GB is enough storage only because I have a 32 GB card and have only used about 7 GB. I change phones every 3-4 months. So I don't see myself filling up my memory that quickly. I've been working in mobile electronics since phones were a "luxury". I remember all of my phones and pagers and Holy crap. Tech moves so fast these days and if you're a technophobe like me, you can buy a new phone today and your phone is old news in what....... 6 and a half hours. This is an expensive habit.
21. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah i think 16GB is plenty myself especially with all of the cloud services there are now but $100 more for the only difference being storage space? i think i'd go with the Droid Razr if that really mattered so much because then you can have 32GB on top of the 16GB of internal storage.
13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I wish but a 50 dollar difference on double the memory? Nope that's not going to happen. I'm afraid it might very well be 300 for the 16gb and 400 for the 32gb. Verizon loves to make their LTE phones at 300 dollars when they are first released. This is the Nexus and the first ICS device w e are talking about. Hopefully Amazonwireless will offer it with a much cheaper price. I'm getting it either way though, no doubt about it.
22. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
you're talking about paying $100 more than the RAZR which has expandable memory for more internal memory which is becoming less necessary with cloud services. if they do price it at $400 for the 32GB version it won't sell well.
26. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I know, that's why everyone will get the 16gb model. Or maybe they are just going to release the 32gb one instead, which I hope they do.
31. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
then why the 32GB at a premium? i'm sure the 32GB will be $300 and the 16GB will either fit in somewhere or it won't.
36. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
If there is no micro sd slot, like with the iphone you are stuck with what you have as far as storage on your device itself. Sure there is cloud and what not but not everyone will use it. I would rather have more storage on my device and not have to worry about online storages.
38. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
would you pay $100 to not use cloud storage on a 4G LTE device?
44. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Personally, yes I would and I can understand why others wouldn't. But yes I would pay an extra 100 dollars to have double the space on my device.
47. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well you spend money for no reason then.
53. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
People buy the 32gb and 64gb model of the iphone because they want the extra space, not to throw away their money. Just because there is a cloud storage system doesn't mean everyone wants to use it. People will buy the same product and pay more for storage on the device on just about everything out there.
54. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm hoping they don't pull the same pricing crap with the Nexus though. $100 for an extra 16 GB is absurd given the current price of memory.
58. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
iPhones and most products don't have 4G data and then with everything else we just migrate SD Cards.
besides who fills up 32GB on a phone anyway?
62. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
My friends and myself. I have a 16GB card filled up and I also have a 32GB card filled up. Lots of Movies and Music can fill up even 32GB cards easily.
64. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm more picky about what i keep on my card. i've been rolling with an 8GB card since my LG Dare. i just dump the contents every now and then. music on the card, movies in the cloud. i'm an efficiency freak. ;P
67. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
My car autoconnects via bluetooth. I have a rhapsody subscription, giving a couple hundred million songs on demand. I store a full 32g chip of my fav stuff to avoid any downstream lag. So yeah, 100 bucks extra blows, but I def will get the Nexus w higher storage.
ps... 2011 Lexus ct200h hybrid. 42mpg CITY.
72. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
...you know that has nothing to do with your memory capacity right?
oh that's cute. i have a 2012 Bentley Continental GT. 12mpg CITY so SMD.
79. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
LOL maybe I just havent noticed until recently but you are on a mean streak! I like it!
82. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, betta look out, I'MMA FIRIN' MAH LAAAZERRRR! BAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
71. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
wow, there's a phone that I haven't heard in a long time. Ahh I still remember the commerical for it with the hot blonde chick trying to get to the phone. lol remember the good old days when LG was Verizon's best phone maker? I still have my original LG Voyager, one of my favs of all time.
74. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh yeah. that got me all excited like a Droid ad does now. omg yes. you were so ballin' if you had LG's newest feature phone on Verizon. i remember showing it to my friends for the first time. they were like "omg! it vibrates when you touch it" xD i actually replaced my Dare with an enV Touch, sold that and the money for that buried the price of a Droid X so i got one for my dad since he got me the Devour a few months before that. (:
80. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
It's amazing how time just flies by in the cell phone world. The LG Voyager was only second to the OG iPhone. It had a touch screen(very small and narrow and annoying to use) BUT what made that phone also and even till this very day it had and still has one of the best keyboards ever. I use to be a text junkie when I had that phone. I use to text until my fingers would start to hurt and turn red LOL.
83. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh yeah, dual screen clamshells made a lot of room for keyboard layout. my friend still can't get over his enV Touch's keyboard after all these years.
91. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Dude. You guys might remember the Voyager and the Dare... but I remember issuing warranty replacements for them. The Voyager I actually didn't replace often, but the Dare had some issues, and HOLY HELL the Env and Env 2 sucked. So did the Glyde. *eyes turn dark with rage* And the Chocolate. And the Z6TV. And the Krzr. And the s**tty little Pantech flips.
I know there are a few models I'm forgetting. But nothing could have turned me off to LG worse than being in that warranty department. Oh yeah, the 8350 with its hinge that would just snap on people. That was GREAT fun! And don't get me started on Asurion.
68. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)
I would, just like I still have one of those giant paper calendars on my desk vs only using my tablet, for some things I like a "hard copy" . Music is one of those things.
69. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
and you're going to fill 32GB with...music on your phone? i bet you wouldn't even listen to that many songs. i agree, if it's one thing i want to be there at my command it's my music but i use like 4-5GB for that and i keep it there by maintaining it and removing stuff i don't particularly want to hear while i'm out.
73. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Yeah....i see your point. Much better to fumble with your cds while driving. Sigh.
I have an office...stream music all day. I drive...i listen to ANY SONG ON DEMAND. I have 2 mp3 players loaded. You can keep your "hard copy". Do you still long for blockbuster too? Refuse to get sirus cause you "like local radio stations"?
Plug outlet on bottom is perfect placement for usb port in my car as well. Now it wll sit in correct orientation on the consol.
75. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i like being able to listen to any song on demand too. thank you interwebz. ;) like really, you're so ballin' because you pay for higher quality radio. i wish i could get on your level.
89. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
dude, unless your getting HD radio, sattillite radio is actually a downgrade in sound quality. Its only benefit is that you can listen to the same station anywhere in the country.
I listen to it for Pearl Jam radio.. thats about it :)
106. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its a downgrade from FM radio. that was my point :)
109. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
sound quality wise it sure is. except for Pearl Jam radio, the only time I ever turned on sattilite radio was when we did our lil cross country excursion last year. The sound quality is like trying to back to mixed tapes after listening to CDs.. lol
110. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
your one comparison doesn't necessarily mean that Satellite Radio is lower quality than FM Radio. i'm sure there are tons of factors.
66. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
Radio Shack currently has $100 off all verizon smartphones that arent the iphone...
70. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i doubt that'll fly with the newer phones.
14. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Considering this is to be Verizon's premium phone, I don't know that they would even offer the 16 GB model, especially if it lacks a microSD slot. The 16 GB might be for the GSM/unlocked version only. I expect it to be the usual $299 for the 32 GB.
18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I really hope so, we will have to see. I might just go full retail price on this, esp if it's 550-600 dollars at full retail and it's 300 on contract.
23. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it would be smart to offer the 16GB as a slightly cheaper offering.
27. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Yeah, but since when has Verizon offered smart pricing?
32. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
since when has Verizon offered a Nexus?
37. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I think this is a question of profit margin. An extra 16 GB storage only costs about $15, so the main cost of the phone will be in the screen, CPU, etc. Given Verizon's latest LTE pricing, there's little incentive for them to offer a cheaper model.
In other news, across the board price cuts for the rest of the lineup: $200 for the Charge, $149 for the TBolt and Revolution. I smell a Rezound coming...
43. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i could maybe see the 32GB being priced at $350 but not $400. people gripe now about spending $300 for the Bionic and it has 16GB of internal storage and a 16GB SD card i believe.
the Rezound will no doubt be $300 being that there hasn't been a true high-end HTC phone on Verizon since the Droid Incredible. i think that leaves the $250 slot for the Droid Bionic and a 16GB Nexus.
48. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
According to the leaked MAP, the Bionic will stay at $299, alongside the Nexus and Rezound. Hard to believe, since the Razr is coming soon.
There's no mention of a cheaper Nexus. I'd be willing to bet my upgrade it will be offered in 32 GB only.
81. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
HOPEFULLY. I mean there was also a 32gb model of the unlocked SGS2 overseas, however there is no option under carriers to get one of those.
63. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I would hope that they do the 32gig as the 300 model and probably just skip on the 16 gig or make it 199. They would want the premium model to go head to head with the iphone4s. Having one at the same price as the 4s would really cannibalize its sales.
65. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah bro. that's what i'm sayin'! i would even nod in approval if they offered the 16GB at $250. just as long as nothing passes $300.
76. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Do we really want to bring a classy new phone like the Nexus down to the iPhone's level though? $200 is midrange now.
77. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i think i could try living in a world where high-end phones equal mid-range prices.
90. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thats only midrange on VZW. Most carriers dont have many phones that pop over 200 after rebate. Tmobile has just started doing that with the Amaze and SGS2.. not sure I like it.. lol.
Besides, I'd rather a model be the same price as the iphone, that way it takes even more money from apple.
If you were looking at the nexus side by side with the iphone and didnt have a vested interest in either.. who the heck would go for the iphone unless you really just wanted a smaller phone??
4. Shangri-La (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
Will it have an unlocked GSM radio in it?
9. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Highly doubt it. No mention of global capabilities in the press release, and I think they'd have enough trouble cramming LTE in the Nexus without also cramming in a GSM radio.