Verizon Galaxy Nexus unboxing and hands-on

Verizon Galaxy Nexus unboxing and hands-on

Alas, the time is finally here, after much wait and antagonizinganticipation! At long last, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon, 4G LTEequipped and all, is available starting today for the devilishly hard workingon-contract price of $299.99 – so yeah, you know that you’ll need to work yourbehind off to earn this one. In any event, we’ve got it in our hands and eagerlywaiting to check out how Big Red’s version stacks up against the horde ofcompetition. With that, let’s get right into the fun!


Taking into consideration the pure Google experience we’renaturally inclined to see with the handset, its packaging is rather fittingwith its all-white appearance. Actually, there isn’t a single image of thehandset in question anywhere around the box, rather, our attention is placed onsome 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 sneakpeek into what the package contains, and rightfully so, it’s the normal thingswe tend to find. Specifically, this flagship device is packing along the usualset of documentation, microSIM card, microUSB cable, wall charger, a pair ofwired headphones. For something so costly, one would imagine getting treated tomore, but alas, it’s what is expected nowadays.


Right off the bat, the design of the Verizon Galaxy Nexusembodies all of the characteristics akin to any Samsung device we’ve checkedout already – like its all-plastic construction. Although it doesn’t quite comeoff 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’scompletely 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 thefeatherweight feel of Samsung Galaxy S II line. Additionally, for a devicepacking a larger than normal display, we’re glad to see it retaining a tightbody that doesn’t feel as wide as some other handsets. Clearly, its design ishardly drool worthy when you compare it to something like a Motorola DROIDRAZR, but hey, it’s decent enough for most people to accept.


After looking over its looks, our eyes are instantly fallupon 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 devicefrom a good distance away. Even more, with things like fine text within the webbrowser, 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 AMOLEDdisplays in general are known to exhibit. From a side profile view, there’s aslight contour to the display that yet again follows in the same path as theGoogle Nexus S from last year, but it doesn’t particularly add anythingbeneficial.


So we know what else is coming along with the Samsung GalaxyNexus, but as a refresher, it features a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1080pvideo capture, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/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 thatwe 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 itshefty 1,850 mAh battery. Ultimately, that leaves us with Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich – the one platform that’s meant to combine Google’s smartphoneand 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 beputting Verizon’s latest wonder through its paces to see how it stacks up. Soexpect our in-depth review soon!

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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1850 mAh(12.00h talk time)



1. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

second!!!!!!..woot woot..^_^

33. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I looooooove my GNexus.

2. Dwoogs

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

24. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

You never touched plastic before??

37. bobnnate

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

ever dropped glass before??

3. jkapster

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

Leaving to pick mine up now, woohoo!!!!

4. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

I have an exam today lol. I ordered it online through LetsTalk. Hopefully will arrive tmw.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Drroooooolllll :)....... damit i want this phone in gsm for tmo!!!!

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

best phone i have used

7. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I want a post on the battery life. PA get on that:)

15. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Hopefully the bigger battery helps

26. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 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: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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: Apr 15, 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: Oct 07, 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

11. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Smart move

18. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i am too. but i didnt for this. i was at the store at 855. i was the second to purchase. get it. it is so smooth and such a nice phone. its amazing.

22. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

it is a bit painful to be siding with you fandroids so much. maybe i need a new avatar.

31. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I ordered mine online should get it tomorrow.

12. pdub73

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 25, 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: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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: 33; Member since: Nov 25, 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: Feb 26, 2011

they are patching a SOFTWARE upgrade which should be within 2 hours of initial activation. or might take longer

13. Stayfly2407

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Anyone looking to save money, I'm selling this for $249 just email me at 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: Dec 15, 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: Oct 07, 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...

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