First Samsung Galaxy Nexus customer given a developer's device, but all ends well

First Samsung Galaxy Nexus customer given a developer's device, but all ends well
Samsung gave the first customer ever to get his hands on the first Android Ice Cream Sandwich device ever his 15 minutes of fame via its UK Twitter feed, but fired the shot with him standing by a giant Galaxy Nexus prematurely, it seems.

Apparently Alex Ioannou got a developer's device, since the usual debugging stuff was still loaded, which also included a feature "Report a WTF condition", but he couldn't for the life of it log onto his Google account.

Needless to say, the guy ran back to the reps, who apologized and swapped the proto Samsung Galaxy Nexus with the real deal, restoring the balance in Alex's universe. This confirms for the Nth time that the life of early adopters is not just photo ops and bragging rights, although we wish we had his problem here in the US, where the phone is not even on sale yet.

source: SamsungUK (Twitter) via Engadget



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21 Comments

1. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

C'mon Verizon... don't let the Brits beat us all to the punch!

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I still think they are giving the razr some time to sell.....

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i still think they are giving the i4s some time to sell... :)

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

lets have that out of this convo pweaase?

5. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Razr will sell on its own merits, as will the Rezound. Let loose the Nexus so we can choose from the 3 best phones on the market! Either tomorrow or Monday.

6. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

for whatever reason, its not happening that soon. we will get leaks and info at least a few days, probably a week or so out prior to the launch. that screen shot showed after black friday, so i think we may have a week and a half. i'd expect to see some leaks early next week. but, believe me, im as anxious as you guys!

9. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But there was another screen shot showing today, and other rumors pointing to the 21st. I still have my hopes up for next week.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i hope its not after black friday. i thought the rumor was like the 21st or whatever.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Many polls Ive seen on forums and places are placing the G-nex over the rezound or the Razr by a huge margin, I know this may not translate as average customer selling point but I think this will be the Most sold Nexus so far

10. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Outside of forums and phone websites though, people are talking Razr. Good advertising + great product = sales gold.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I haven\'t seen the razr advertisement much, I think the droid does is the kind of commercial we need to bump sales by a lot. I once posted an article about how bad advertisement has turned out for some devices

13. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I definitely saw the Razr ad a few times last week, and I barely watch any TV. Stores are pushing the Razr too - big banners in the window will get people's attention. I agree that some of the ads have been weak - the Bionic for example. Sure, they spent a lot on CGI, but the overall impression was that this new phone is cold, dark and, well, robotic. Not going to get much response outside of 10-to-30-year old boys.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

oh and check out the best comercial so far XDhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPMfpDDLdNY

15. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i would hardly call the razr advertising good. its 90% cheesy action and one shot of the phone at the end. no functions, no specs. verizon needs a new marketing team.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

android marketing "you are doing it wrong!" most ads are targeting nerds and geeks, those people do their homework, they are well informed of the pros and cons of a device before they buy, to the average consumer the commercial says noting. of all the stuff the could use to advertise. to me is one of the reasons apple hits what apple sells, not only it builds great products but also tells people how heir products are useful

18. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i think the brits have already beaten you to the punch...feel sorry for US customers that want the galaxy nexus.

2. Lionheartcahc

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

yup,no release date here yet..of course!! i hope they announce it soon,it would be foolish to just bring out a phone like this with zero notification or advance to say "hey this is the date this phone is coming!(commercials etc..etc) on a screwed up side note on the galaxy nexus you tube page they have a getting started video for the u.s (verizon) version.also with no release date! i see rezound and razr commercials ten times a day but nothing on the nexus besides every website i go to (phone related or not) has a advertisement on it i guess that is better than nothing.

17. willowseve77

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I heard it's coming out in december, which is still around the holidays for some great sales. you know how it goes. they leak stuff out little by little to get everyone excited(like people aren't already) and then they release it. so , my estimate is like the first week of December. It would be so awesome to get it next week, so I hope what i heard was wrong.

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

call me crazy but the before picture .. he looks happy... and the after he is already regreting it... once he was told it came with a 2 year agreement...

20. sumdude

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Please correct me if I'm wrong but big sales figures on the Nexus line have never seemed like a big concern for Google. It's a dev. based device that will continue to grow and appeal to the general public for it's simplicity and functionality. Sales will follow but they aren't pushing out phones like OEMs are. They want the OS to be the selling feature not the Nexus product line itself. Although, I'm sure they'll welcome healthy sales figures. It goes w/out saying, Verizon will definitely sell a ton of these units upon release

21. breathlesstao unregistered

Well, finally Americans complaining about something not being available there while it's already on sale in other countries. That's what we, the world outside the US (yes, it does exist!), feel most of the time. So now you know. And to be on-topic: well, sh×t happens. At least it wasn't an actual faulty unit; and hey, had he been just a little bit more of a geek, he could've been excited at such. And might've thought of selling it on eBay - I imagine, he most prolly could've bought at least a few more replacements from that money.

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