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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review
Despite its average volume output with its earpiece, we find calling quality on our end very pleasant thanks to the natural and distinctive voices heard through it. However, our callers on the other end of the line mention hearing robotic-like voices, but it’s still more than audible to comprehend. Meanwhile, the speakerphone’s volume output isn’t the strongest, but unfortunately, it doesn’t help that it emits squeaky tones.

Above all things, the biggest frustration that we find with the handset is its wonky 4G LTE connection – simply, its signal strength is rather weak! Blessed with great Verizon coverage in our area of testing, the handset is strangely putting out a signal strength of -100 dBm on the average, thus, giving us roughly 2 bars on the average. Even though losing 4G LTE connectivity isn’t uncommon with other devices we’ve tested, it’s alarming that the issue is happening constantly – even outdoors! Worse yet, it can go from 4G, to 3G, and then lose the connection entirely in a matter of minutes. Then, it would take a long minute to reestablish a connection to the network. Yes, the entire ordeal is maddening at times, but luckily, it didn’t drop a single call during our testing. Thinking about it more, we wonder if this issue has something to do with the handset’s launch delay. Reading through some other reviews, we found out that we aren't alone in this, although not everyone's experiencing this issue. Unfortunately, we can't be sure what's causing it, but we hope that it's something software-related that will get fixed via an update soon.

Boasting 4G LTE connectivity, we’re obviously inclined to not expect much out of its battery life – even though it’s packing a beefy 1,850 mAh battery. Confirming our suspicious, we’re able to obtain 10 hours of normal usage on a single charge with the handset set to connect via 4G LTE. Furthermore, we enabled the handset to connect via 3G only, and even though it’s better, the 15 hours of normal usage is still rather slim – then again, it’s packing a monstrous display. Getting us by through a solid work shift, we still find the need to charge this one whenever and wherever we can.


Undeniably, Verizon Wireless customers are surely lucky because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus managed to make its landing this year – as opposed to being delayed to next year. Who cares that the carrier missed out with a Galaxy S II model of its own, well, customers have consolation knowing that the Galaxy Nexus makes for a wonderful alternative seeing it’s the first device stateside to land with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Yes, its pricing is still remarked as being on the pricey side, but as we’ve come to expect, a $299.99 on-contract device represents the best of the best. Obviously, its incorporation of a 4G LTE radio is what differentiates this model apart from the previous one we reviewed – and with that, it provides us with an unrivaled experience in chomping down data lightning fast!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus represents itself as an industry-leading smartphone thanks in part to being a very balanced product with several strong points. However, its lack of maintaining a steady data connection is by far the biggest distraction that we find with the handset.

If you can overlook that problem, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of those smartphones that will constantly be in contention. Knowing that this is a Nexus branded device, we love the fact that we can sleep knowing that it’ll receive the latest and most up-to-date software updates – and it in a timely manner even! For right now, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is as good as it gets in the Android world, considering that its high-spec’d hardware ensures that it’ll be future proof for some time. Is it perfect? Of course not, but it has enough lovable qualities to perfectly end the year on a wonderful note.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version:  4.0.2
Kernel Version: 3.0.8-gaaa2611
Build Number: ICL53F

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  • Clean, complete, and thought-out interface
  • Large & sharp looking display
  • Offers 4G LTE connectivity


  • Constantly losing 4G LTE connection
  • Poor battery life
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Samsung GALAXY Nexus CDMA

Samsung GALAXY Nexus CDMA

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1 4.0.4 4.0.1 4.0
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (316 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size5.33 x 2.67 x 0.37 inches
(135.5 x 67.94 x 9.47 mm)
5.29 oz  (150 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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