Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review
0. phoneArena 19 Dec 2011, 08:00 posted on
Verizon’s version of the highly esteemed Samsung Galaxy Nexus is finally making its rounds in the US – with that oh so lovable 4G LTE connectivity in tow. Timing couldn’t have been any more favorable for the handset, as it’s seemingly chiming in at the literal tail end of the year, but despite that, it’s heading into serious competition against some other top caliber smartphones on Big Red’s lineup...
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1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I want the GSM version more. :) Though I like this because I like John V.
16. mannyfs (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
there you have it fandroids, one more dissapoinment from your beloved android software.. im just waiting to see if they would ever come out with something good and stable
23. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
and let the first hater speaketh!!!!
nexus = UPDATES
28. pdub73 (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Nov 2008)
why are u even reading if you "hate android" so much...??? LTE connectivity isn't an "android" problem...9.5 is a pretty good review for an phone thats not "good and stable" gtfoh...
33. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Lol how about something that can actually make calls without them dropping?
39. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
i think you're mixing this up with the iPhone.... this just shows the wrong signal... data and calling work fine even at 0 bars
42. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Its hilarious how bad the reception is on this thing. My wife complains that the Nexus keeps dropping calls in the house - its only has 1 or 2 bars so of course. My iPhone 4s gets 4 or 5 bars and has yet to drop a call. I've heard poor reception is typical for Samsung phones.
Sure looks pretty, too bad its a lousy phone.
And why is it that Android phones keep scrambling the bottom buttons? Every time you get used to them they change placement or in this case just make them all useless.
2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Well there aint much point to lte if it dont work. And the thicker profile doesnt help, but at least its pure ICS and a Nexus :D
43. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Not pure if it has Verizon crapware and google wallet is blocked.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Thank you John V for confirming my worries of signal and battery life. The RAZR easily gets 4-5 bars wherever i go. But with the Galaxy Nezus it goes to 1-2 and sometimes its at zero. Yet my data connection doesnt stop and runs at a decent speed. Hopefully this can be resolved with a future update. At least i can give it a extended battery too.
10. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Honestly, I'm not bummed by the battery life, since it's typical of any 4G LTE smartphone I've used. However, it's the dropped 4G LTE connection that's sticking out in my mind. I've encountered it on pretty much all the other 4G LTE devices, but with this, it's simply happening way too often. Still, it'll depend on the person. For me, I don't mind just sticking with 3G connection, but for others, they may find it absolutely unheard of. Still, it's a great smartphone in many ways.
14. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
I want to clarify on this battery life. Currently I'm sitting in a 3 bars area with forced 3G on. I have lost only 2% in the past hour with just checking email. This battery life is VERY much tied into the service. Once they get us some good radios (modems, basebands) then we will be fine. We just have to suffer for now.
15. cfprelude (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
couldnt agree more.... i suffer from bad signal but still consistenyly have 12+hrs of battery with pretty heavy/moderate usage (just no streaming videos but 150+ texts, 60mins of talking, 2 emails and facebook syncing all day).... i cant complain about THAT but would expect it to get even better after the signal issue is worked out. thats gotta be taxing on the battery.
27. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I'm not getting anywhere close to that battery life. Is this with 4g turned on? Thanks in advance.
17. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Yes, I agree that service management is key to getting good battery life with the device. But when you simply don't want to be bothered by it, the battery life is typical of any 4G LTE smartphone I've encountered. It's not abysmal, like the LG Revolution, but it's clearly far from being great.
25. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
I know Verizon has already confirmed the signal problem but I have to say I guess I'm just lucky. I do live in LA so I'm not sure if it differs in different LTE coverage areas, but I get 4G almost everywhere. It does drop every once in a while but I am coming from the Samsung Charge and I now have 4G in more areas. Still if Verizon updates me to get even better signal then I'm not going to complain.
I get about the same 12 hour to 14 hour battery life like everyone else. But I did order that extended battery when it was half off and waiting for it to come in.
34. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Unacceptable. Samsung had the same problem with 3G and 4G in the Nexus S and they still have the same problems in the GN. Now you see for yourself why the GN is a subpar phone just because it can not even hold its signal without dropping.
37. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
We're not talking antenna gate here. Calls are not being dropped. Relax iphoneboy. The good news is that things will improve with updates; we won't simply be told we're holding it wrong.
40. TGreg104 (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)
Look, I'm usually a level headed guy, I do like android more then iOS but I see the advantages of both. This is honestly the most fun I've had on a phone ever, period. I love everything about it. And on the battery problem.. It is related to the LTE Radios. One day I was home for 8-10 hrs and I had it on wifi only and my battery that day lasted me 16 hrs. I also have a screen shot of it for proof. So its more of a LTE problem then an OS/Android problem.
48. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
One thing is for sure REGARDLESS of signal issues WHICH WILL BE FIXED VERY SOON AS OF THIS ENTRY the Galaxy Nexus CLEARLY PIMP SLAPS all other android devices. Plain and simple...
4. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
it's under VZW.. so its not gonna be as pure as how it should be.. VZW and all other US carriers will always mess into Google's updates and release them late with their useless crap add ons..
5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
One it only has my verizon and back up assistant and two its at 4.0.2 which is the latest version. So please do some research before trolling.
6. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
so how much are you paying for the mobile hotspot feature thats supposed to be free to use on any nexus phones?
9. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Sadly not free on Verizon's Nexus. Though once rooted you can use Google Wireless Tether and you're good.
7. cfprelude (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
thanks for confirming what i've experienced.... was on the phone with vzw for over an hour last night while they looked at signal data and other factors trying to dtermine why i dont get very good reception with my GN. it sucks because i REALLY like the phone, havent had much of an issue with the battery life but have CONSISTENTLY worse 3g and 4g reception than i did with my OGdroid, Thunderbolt, and the best reception yet was my RAZR)... the nexus is the only vzw phone that ive experienced dropped calls wiht (only 3 in 4 days but still) in the past 8 years and i still go to all the same places. for comparison purposes: @ Home Razr: 1bar 4g inside, 11mps down, and 6mps up.... GN: no 4g (even outside -ouch!). @ work Razr: 4bars 4g inside, 11.5mps down and 5.8mps up...GN: constantly flipping between no service, 4g 1 bar and 3g 3 bars.... download speeds from 500kbps to 9mps download (hasnt had 4g connection long enough to complete the upload portion of the speedtest). I REALLY hope this is a software thing and not hardware because i love the ICS, the form factor (just a hair thinner and easier to use than the razr), and of course the screen!!!
29. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
its software bro, and dont worry, verizon and el goog are already working on a fix and a new update.http://www.phonearena.com/news
31. cfprelude (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
glad to see that released. I've got my fingers crossed.
30. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
Where do you live? Verizon 4G is great in NY.