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Samsung Nexus Prime…err Galaxy Nexus…err Confusion – More Details Emerge About the First Ice Cream Sandwich Device

In one of the more aggressively toned reports we have seen in a while, some additional next “Nexus” points have been brought up that need to be addressed.  Everyone ready for all of this?  In a follow-up to their rumor of the Nexus Prime having a physical home key (which it won’t), The Droid Guy is back with more, but would like to clarify some things.

First, all of this confusion about the name, “Nexus Prime.”  According to their report (which I actually do beg to differ with slightly), the Prime and next Nexus are two different phones.  I will say this.  They are…sort of different.  Anyone been wondering why we have used the name Galaxy Nexus and those sexy images up top a ton lately?  We sure weren’t doing it just because we thought they looked pretty – which they do by the way.  To our knowledge (along with separate reports), the Galaxy Nexus is headed to Verizon as the first Ice Cream Sandwich device.  Then, potentially within a few weeks, a different version of the phone which will more than likely be re-named slightly, will be released to other carriers.  Moving on…  

Their report continues with the idea that the name Nexus Prime is actually just a made-up fanboy creation and that Samsung is using it as misdirection.  Well, we heard the name months ago before it caught on in the rumor mill, and can assure you that it is more than just an Android enthusiast created code name. Moving on again…

The tipster that supplied this info mentioned that he had tested both the HTC Vigor and Galaxy Nexus, saying that the Vigor is actually the better of the two.  That could very well be true, but that’s not the big point here.  He also brought up the idea that the Galaxy Nexus is not stock and that it will have TouchWiz. Before you freak out, I’ll just say that I would be highly surprised to see Ice Cream Sandwich with a skin on it at launch.  I know for a fact that the device is in the wild with ICS on it, but have not heard any word of a skin.  My guess, is this tester had the device pre-ICS which is where the TouchWiz came from.  If he had it with ICS and Sammie managed to toss on TouchWiz already, then damn, talk about a quick skin turn-around for an OS that isn’t even available yet.

And back to their description of the device which they originally said had a physical home key.  They are now retracting that idea and I’m glad they did, because this phone does not have one.  Their source said that the phone only has a lock switch and a volume rocker – I can confirm that this is exactly how it will be.

So what do we know?  That there is a Verizon ICS phone (which we are happy to call the Galaxy Nexus) on the way along with a version that could roll out as a separate Nexus just weeks later to other carriers. Confused?  Yeah, we all are.  Just know that Big Red customers will be more-than-happy come early November.

Via:  The Droid Guy

Cheers to Nate for the new white logo!

 

  • Lambs312

    4.65″ is HUGE! does the fact that it would have no buttons mean that the overall size would stay closer to a 4.3″ like the bionic?

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  Not to mention a bigger screen width by going with glass edge to edge, like the new ifone…

  • Enoel69

    Something is off on all the rumors abt the ICS Nexus. I have a feeling we have been decoyed. Does HTC has smth to do with theICS Next Nexus. Despite all the evidence to the contrary pointing to Samsung

  • Anonymous

    If the vigor is better than the prime or whatever it will be called then many will be happy in Oct ad long as the vigor doesn’t get delayed.

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  • Djstar2k2

    damn i miss when droid did what icrap didnt(keyboard)

  • Djstar2k2

    i know im gonna be disappointed because now keyboard on this new pure android experience device.  and ill be stuck with my og well past my contract ending date in nov.  and i dont think the og is gonna make it much further

    • Anonymous

      Whats wrong with the D3 if keyboard is your main spec differentiator (other than LTE)?

  • MOTOX

    @kellex:disqus  so were getting the galaxy nexus or droid prime…but no sgs2? just asking. I like phones so ill probably get both or just the vigor because i like HTC and beats…but then why would verizon pass on the sgs2 if the other carriers now have the sgs2 and the soon coming different named nexus verizon is getting…?

    Srry if its confusing…

  • Anonymous

    Wont be out til December, I would wager. I hope I’m wrong though.

  • Anonymous

    It would make the most sense that what ends up on Verizon ends up being a Droid and what goes elsewhere ends up being a Nexus device. Maybe a Droid Prime for Verizon and a Galaxy Nexus for everyone else.

  • Anonymous

    Their source said that the phone only has a lock switch and a volume rocker – I can confirm that this is exactly how it will be. So you have seen the prime or whatever they will call it kellex?

  • Anonymous

    “Just know that Big Red customers will be more-than-happy come early November.”
    -Its about godddamn time!

  • Anonymous

    If this is true that the vigor is better it will be interesting to see how these two turn out and wonder what makes the vigor so good?

  • Vaperware

    Didnt P3Droid say that the Galaxy Nexus would have a skin? Also, do not be suprised if this device has a totally locked and signed bootloader.

    • Like the Droid Charge?

      • Anonymous

        the charge doesnt have a locked and signed bootloader.

    • Mike

      Name one Samsung device that has had a locked and signed bootloader.

  • Sigh… Really? No Nexus? My Droid X has a dying screen. I have rather large areas of dead pixels on the bottom of the screen. All I’m looking for is a Nexus. And we’re not ever going to freaking get it… I may just have to switch to Sprint.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it’s stock android or iPhone 5 it is!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Sadly I wont sign a 2 year contract with a 3g only phone so iphone is out of the picture for me. Vigor is looking better everyday.

      • Anonymous

        It maybe lte . No one knows yet . I was looking forward to returning to android but no stock no return

        • Anonymous

          You have as good of chance of getting a stock phone on Verizon as the iPhone 5 has of having LTE.

      • Anonymous

        WTF people? why post questions already answered??   He CLEARLY confirmed LTE in the comments… just as he did with the absence of a keyboard!  read first

        • Anonymous

          Too bad we are talking about the iPhone and not having lte. Way to read. Smh

          • Anonymous

            Just making sure you were gay

          • Anonymous

            Gay? Really you must be retarded because you can’t read so I’m gay?

          • Anonymous

            Whatever…. queer

          • Anonymous

            U mad? Then again you probably can’t read this maybe have your mom read it for you while you suckle on her nipple-)

          • Anonymous

            Lol

          • Anonymous

            Only a twink sitting on a butt plug uses smilely faces…

            :}

          • Anonymous

            Your mommy not let you have her breast milk today? Maybe want a wamburger.

          • Anonymous

            Well she did let me, but it was tainted today…  That damn water buffalo was drunk again. She did say you are a round mouth though.

  • Sporttster

    Next we’ll be hearing the Vigor isn’t the Incredible HD and those two are different phones….every day brings new fun

  • Bewara2009

    I find this funny, here are my inputs on this. Kellex there is no Droid guy tester and that being said, its you and I am very well sure you have tested the HTC Vigor, Droid Prime, and Nexus prime. And that you have made your self clear on the HTC Vigor is better than both. I bet you can answer all out questions that we have. The only thing you cant answr is the price and the release date.

  • I want some nfc

  • Anonymous

    You people are chasing a Vanilla dream that will never come true. I will never place my hopes in Samsung again. They are @ssh0l3s. Have any of you ever owned a Samsung GS1 device…fascinate, captivate, etc…you would be thinking twice about buying phone purely on specs if you did. The hype was the same for the Galaxy S1’s. They were suppose to be world changing…but they were some of the crappiest phones I have ever used. I almost ditched Android altogether when I had a Fascinate before I realized it was Samsung that had the problems not Android.

    • Have you not read all the awesome reviews on the GSII?  Every single blog site has done nothing but praise it.

      • Anonymous

        Yes I have and it looks decent. But those are the European versions that run on GSM networks. Samsung has always had radio and GPS problems with CDMA networks. Some people state that the Charge is ok with GPS on cdma, but its not enough for me to place any thought into Samsung. They need to do a lot to redeem themselves in my eyes. Just trying to warn you all to wait for these Samsung phones to be released an tested before one jumps on buying one. I guarantee the ones on CDMA networks will have GPS and Radio issues.

        • 93036

          @stelv81; I really doubt Samsung has CDMA issues.  CDMA is used by SK Telekom, and others; in Korea.  I’ve used my Fascinate while there, with no issues.  I think that it’s the Verizon bloat that screwed the Fascinate.

          • Anonymous

            Yes you maybe correct. Maybe it was Verizon that screwed up the Fascinate. But rooting the phone didn’t help to improve the phone much though. It still had GPS and radio issues. Everyone was always flashing different radios to try in fix their issues. Maybe Samsungs radios, gps has some sort of conflict with Verizons networks. Idk, good luck to all you buying Samsung phones on Verizon in the future..hope they work better than they have in the past.

          • GPS issues came as result of the fighting between Google and Skyhook. Samsung originally planned to use Skyhook as the locations service provider on the GS1 series phones, but was forced by Google to strip it out at the last minute in order to be able to ship the Android Market on them.

            They also lagged horribly because they were using a proprietary filesystem on them for whatever reason, but now that they’re using ext4 like everyone else that issue is gone. TouchWiz also isn’t as terrible as it used to be. The only thing I really worry about is the radios; I haven’t used a Samsung phone connected to a carrier, but the Nexus S has a low-power Wi-Fi radio and it shows in the fact that mine can’t keep a connection to Wi-Fi in my own house. Then again, my Galaxy Tab 10.1 can stay connected even a couple yards outside of my house.

            I’d say Sammy’s gotten a lot better since the GS1 days, personally. They’re sticking closer to ‘mainline’ Android practices instead of their old practices of almost outright forking Android, and it’s paying off well for both them and their users.

  • I too believe that the first ics phone especially a nexus would Run a skin

  • Touchwiz=fail

  • Tony Allen

    If this device comes to Verizon and doesn’t have stock ICS, it WILL be a deal breaker. I don’t see the first device being released with a form of Touchwiz, just wouldn’t make any sense. Unless its a Touchwiz add-on like Samsung did with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 where they are just small iterations and widgets. Even then, it seems highly unlikely.

    • Agree it better be stock and stay stock or I will go ninja on someone

    • Anonymous

      Touchwiz is not that bad and not to mention since it would be a flagship and easily unlockable it will have good dev support.

  • shdowman

    This is the “droid” I have indeed been looking for. 😉

  • Francisco Sandoval

    I can’t see how a device with the “Nexus” branding would NOT be stock… that kind of defeats the entire purpose of a “Nexus” device, no?

    • Its not going to be a nexus brand tho…that’s the problem it is just going to be Samsung prime, droid prime not nexus

      • If it’s going to be called the Galaxy Nexus, then isn’t it Galaxy branded?

        • Anonymous

          Yes and Galaxy phones always have TouchWiz and Bloat

      • Francisco Sandoval

        I guess we’ll know for sure soon enough, but it seems there will not be a Prime but rather a Nexus coming out… and I will be all over that  

      • Anonymous

        Uum if you read what this source said he clearly said the prime was just made up and not what it would be named.

  • MIO-9377

    Haha I preferred the original “douchier” article 🙂

  • If this phone does not get release with Vanilla ICS then this will be the most EPIC FAIL of all times. I have been wanting this stupid device for so long now (even tho I just got the Bionic but wtf it has a locked bootloader). I will slaughter all of Samsung and that’s a promise

  • I love all these Nexus rumors, but the only other phone I would consider using my upgrade on is the Samsung Note.  Any updates on that phone, such as a possible release date and carrier?

    • Jameslim14

      I think Note will be released in European markets around March 2012. US version, if at all, will probably take few more month thanks to the stupid carriers wanting different versions. But I wouldn’t count too much on Note. From the demo, it looks to be little lagging, and running Gingerbread. Of course it may all change but I rather buy new Nexus, whatever it’s name will freaking be. Hopefully a vanilla.

  • Davros

    roflmfao. douchier. i think i just dribbled in my pants a little. thanks for brightening my day kellex. p.s. put douchier back in 😉

  • Dave

    Still have a few days to return the Bionic…hmm.

  • Thanks for the update as always Kellex!

    • Though have you said where you got that picture at? You aren’t playing some kind of trick on us are you?! 😉

  • Anonymous

    Hahahaha edited out of the article now but Facebook never forgets….

    “douchier”

  • tjmonkey15

    First of all, Galaxy Nexus is the crappiest name of the three (Galaxy Nexus, Droid Prime and Nexus Prime).

    Second, why does no manufacturer believe in physical camera keys any longer?

    • Anonymous

      You are actually more likely to take a non-blurry shot with a touch screen shutter button. Plus, one less potential failure point.

    • Jameslim14

      I think, physical makes phones thicker than planned. And Samsung LOVES thin phones.

  • Anonymous

    The HTC Vigor is the better device??? How could this be?

    • Anonymous

      maybe htc hit a home run with the vigor and it will really be a true beast of a phone and not bug ridden like the tb.

  • the galaxy nexus sounds pretty nice. do want. can’t wait for november.

  • Anonymous

    “…Big Red customers will be more-than-happy…”

    It’s been awhile since anyone could say that.

  • palomosan

    I don’t care since I’m getting both phones as long as the specs hold true…and the battery life does too.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t count on the HTC doing that.

  • Scott Willenborg

    I read somewhere that the next awesome Droid is going to be called the “ScotthasabigNexus”.  Feel free to spread that rumor, especially to my Facebook page.

  • Anonymous

    Charge 2? Charge Prime? Nexus Prime? Galaxy Nexus? Just knowing the
    official name I feel would give a good idea of what to expect from this
    phone.

    • Anonymous

      Just to clarify, after re-reading the main post here, it would appear as though what Kellex is saying is that the Verizon phone will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It is possible then that his next point is saying that a few weeks after the Galaxy Nexus is released, we will be seeing a Galaxy Nexus Prime (or just Nexus Prime) released to the non-Verizon carriers. He also states there is a slight difference between the two different versions of the phone. I suppose this could be a cpu change or maybe the mention of the physical keyboard could actually show up on one of the other carriers. Just thinking outloud.

  • OG Droid

    If touchwiz is on this thing i might have to go punch a baby………..

    • Anonymous

      Haha dude that’s hilarious. I almost did a spit take!

  • Anonymous

    Is he saying that the phone “only has a lock switch and volume rocker” as in no capacitive buttons…?  Or does he mean those are the only physical buttons?

    • Anonymous

      The latter

  • Anonymous

    I would assume Google or Verizon is trying to make up for never having a Nexus on their roster by releasing 2 phones from the same manufacturer so close together. Works for me as I am a long time Big Red customer. Its gonna be one hell of a end of 3rd and 4th quarter for Verizon customers this year that’s all I gotta say.Live It, Love It, Android-Life……Drooooooooooooiiiiiiiiiid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason Purp

    “More than happy?”
    I don’t care how good the specs on a phone are. If it has an OEM skin slapped onto it, I will be turned off. I’ve had to just settle with phones for so long just for this reason. I HATE the OEM skins. TouchWiz 5 (what’s supposed to be on the Prime/Nexus/F*** You) is SUPPOSED to be a minimal-impacting skin. But if it isn’t which wouldn’t surprise me since it’s Verizon, I will be PISSED off.

  • Jada

    Hoping it’s not a huge brick (ie. smaller than any of VZW’s current 4G phones).

  • Aaron Sauer

    Curious how the Vigor will be the better of the two?

    • Motofail

      As am I.

    • Larizard

      Only one reason I can think of: because the guy spent less than a day with it, and had no way of gauging battery life.

      HTC is fail at battery life. See: Thunderbolt. I’m so glad I dodged that bullet. 

  • Goodbyemoto

    Soooo… Nexus or Vigor?

  • Anonymous

    “I know for a fact that the device is in the wild with ICS on it, but have not heard any word of a skin.”
    There isn’t one now and there may never be. The only option is a future update to add it, like Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is still being kicked around.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.

  • No, no, no, no, no. The phone will not have a physical home button. In fact, it wont have a physical anything. It will be running a completely different OS (not ICS) and it will be using technology completely unheard of. This phone will revolutionize the mobile device industry and I found a secret marketing promo for it that has yet to be released:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtFa3EFxg9A

  • Anonymous

    I desperately want somebody who knows to just say what the Verizon “Nexus” phone is, and what the specs are. Anybody who seems like they would know is just hinting here and there. I really want to know dangit.

    • Anonymous

      1.5Ghz OMAP 4460
      1GB memory
      4.5in HD screen
      Stock ICS (for now)

      • Anonymous

        Charge 2? Charge Prime? Nexus Prime? Galaxy Nexus? Just knowing the official name I feel would give a good idea of what to expect from this phone.

      • Anonymous

        Those specs are close. 😛

        • Anonymous

          I think the only thing off is the screen, as I think it’s 4.65, no?

          • Anonymous

            gotta think “direct iphone competitor” so….same “size” as SGSII but with “edge-to-edge” like the rumored iphone 5 = 4.65″ screen.  Probably same screen on the Galaxy Note (SAMOLED HD). 1.5 ghz omap, and possibly more htan 1ghz RAM.

            If they want to keep up in specs with iphone its gotta be thin though.  can’t be brick-like. (bionic)

        • Kellex, is this any closer? (you don’t have to say if they are exact =P)

          4.65″ screen (the odd seeming screen size is there to account for the bar at the bottom with the “software” home/back/menu keys)
          1.5 Ghz OMAP processor (of some kind – since we know OMAP is the ICS flagship platform)
          1GB RAM
          Stock ICS (at this time)

          • Gadgetgirl

            So which will be better… HTC Vigor or Galaxy Nexus??

          • Anonymous

            you’re right on 4.65, i just called 4.5 cause .15 doesn’t make a difference to me and it is primarily where the  menu is, so it should function like a 4.5 but remains to be seen. However I was told 4460 by name.  

          • Anonymous

            It’s gotta be the 4460.  The 4470 is not ready (at least I don’t think it is).  And there is no way they would just toss in the 4430 that is in the Bionic.

          • And are we talking a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, right?

          • Anonymous

            yes

          • Anonymous

            They’re the exact same chips (as far as the 4430, 4440 and 4460 go), TI just renames them based on their binned speeds.  The 4470 uses an SGX544 though. I would fully expect it to be at least 1.2 GHz if it has an HD screen, especially since all the other current and future phones are getting 1.2 to 1.5 GHz processors.

          • Anonymous

            Not entirely true, there are a few other differences between 4430 and 4460. There isn’t a 4440 anymore either. its 4430, 4460 and 4470.

          • Anonymous

            The GPU is clocked higher, that’s about the only other difference.  The 4440 was just renamed the 4460.

          • Rikstr

            No dual core?  Does it matter?

  • OMG Kellex. You have me thinking this could really happen. A Nexus on Verizon… and the first phone with ICS. Am I dreaming?

  • toy robot

    HTC Vigor is pronounced … V eye gore?  or  V eggh-er?  Let the games begin.

  • WalkingDead

    I want this phone so bad but if it doesn’t have LTE it’s a deal breaker for me, so I’ve decided if it doesn’t I’m def. getting the Vigor or whatever they’re going to end up calling it. BTW on a side note I’m starting to see what some of the DL commentors are saying about ThatDroidGuy, that article was confusing.

    • Anonymous

      It has LTE.

      • WalkingDead

        you just made my day, sounds like my dream phone

  • Bigups23

    Any stock to the rumors of a qwerty keyboard? I’d hate to see the big red version sporting this as a customer who has been patiently awaiting a nexus, but could see how it could complement the gs2 on other carriers.

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, I hope you’re right.  This is about the only blog I still read when it comes to Android.  Can’t stand the egos of most other bloggers (cough, androidcentral, cough).

    • Tony Allen

      i wasn’t aware that phil or jerry had any kind of ego.. they’re both really down to earth guys. All these sites report on the same stuff, and all of the writers have their own sources for insider info and experience. No sense in putting up barriers between one blog and another, I check up regularly on a few to see when something new is posted before the others get it.

      • Yea androidcentral is legit love that site too

      • Agreed. I love Droid-Life and AC (especially since I won one of AC’s contests, lol…)

  • Something tells me Kellex knows more than he’s letting on right now…

    • Anonymous

      🙂

      • Anonymous

        do tell? *sits on fancy chair smoking a pipe*

        • Anonymous

          Excuse me chap, can I borrow a light? *pointing to his own pipe and fancy chair eagerly awaiting Kellex.

          • *stumbles in drunkenly sporting a brostache and mumbling profanities*……….. *ruins the party*

      • oooooh what a develish smile you have!!!

      • its clear that the Droid Prime is the Droid Charge 2. 
        Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the Samsung Nexus Prime we’ve been hearing about (GT-i9250). <— this will come to Verizon first, then trickle down to other carriers in the months ahead. 

        • Anonymous

          And this is me nodding at everything you just wrote. 🙂

          • Anonymous

            so kellex if u know whats really going on, come late oct/early nov, will u be waiting in line for the vigor or the galaxy nexus? (well u will be mailed these to test, but hypothetically which?)

          • Anonymous

            …PenTile?

          • Tony Allen

            Yes PenTile, stop feeding into the evil pentile crap.. all SAMOLED screens are PenTile, just a different sub-pixel arrangement than Motorola is using in their displays.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t worry, it’s not the same Pentile as Moto uses.

          • Anonymous

            Super Amoled Pluse is not Pentile

          • SAMOLED+ is very much so PenTile. They’ve made changes to the screen so it uses more subpixels, making it less grainy. Detailed analysis here. 

            http://www.anandtech.com/show/4686/samsung-galaxy-s-2-international-review-the-best-redefined/6

          • Went from 8 to 12 subpixels in the group. Much finer.

          • Anonymous

            I stand corrected. Thank you.

          • Anonymous

            No, it is not pentile.  The AMOLED+ display is an RGB matrix like most LCDs utilizing three subpixels.  Pentile displays utilize four subpixels in an alternating arrangement, that is what creates the pattern and dithering effects that you see on pentile.  Look at the images you linked to, notice how the colors don’t line up on the right image (super AMOLED) and do on the left image (AMOLED+).  Also notice that there are two green subpixels to every red and blue subpixel on the super AMOLED, that is because super AMOLED is an RGBG pentile array, AMOLED+ is not.  The new HD AMOLED displays are back to being pentile like the super AMOLED panels because of technology limitations, the pentile design is easier to make because it means less subpixels to produce.

          • really? awesome! i’m glad there is concrete proof now. im so stoked!

        • Anonymous

          So wait, the SCH-i515 is the Droid Charge 2?

        • MikeyBotz

          1.5 GHz is much higher then the Droid Bionic, but does that necessarily mean much considering the Bionic is dual core? A question I’m sure many readers wonder but are afraid to ask at the risk of looking stupid.

          • Anonymous

            The rumor is that it will use an OMAP 4460 at 1.5 GHz.  The OMAP 4460 is the exact same binned chip that’s in the Bionic, the only difference is that one is clocked higher than the other (along with the GPU).  Overclocking the Bionic’s 4430 will essentially yield the same or closely similar performance depending on whether the GPU can also be overclocked along with the CPUs.

        • Ravnos CC

          Traditional RGB, or horrid (what we’ve seen so far) RGBG?

        • MetalPhoenix79

          Kellex can you confirm that it is Super AMOLED Plus or Super AMOLED HD? I’ve heard both.

        • Eric

          and thats because Kellex is just another greedy bitch. You(Kellex) really have changed since you stated this site. Its a damn shame. The million dollar man said it best “Everyones gotta price.”  SMH

      • Anonymous

        Kellex, I thought it was interesting that you somewhat agreed that the HTC Vigor will be better than the Galaxy Nexus. Your thoughts on that statement :P,

        • Anonymous

          I really have no idea there, but I was just trying to not speculate on that part.  

          • Anonymous

            I’m not buying that part on the Vigor. I have never been impressed by Snapdragon, and the Vigor seems like a warmed over Sensation. And if it comes down to battery life, well, it won’t really be much of a contest. With Google favoring OMAP4 as the dev platform, seems like once ICS is in full swing you’ll the difference. 

          • Anonymous

            ^ Word.

        • what they had was probably the droid prime (aka Droid Charge 2). This is a different device from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Just pointing it out for accuracy sakes. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, just by reading his post you can tell kellex is “In Fact!!!  In The Know” lol

  • Anonymous

    And, it has a keyboard 🙂
    The Panda speaks of it!

    • Anonymous

      Let’s hope not, or at least has a variant for VZW without one.

    • Anonymous

      It does not have a keyboard.  A device coming after it may, but this one does not.

      • Bigups23

        music to my ears. thanks kellex for the consistently solid work. best android blog out there.

      • Matthew Galyon

        Thank you Kellex, I can rest well tonight.

      • Gadgetgirl

        So Kellex…. which is going to be better to get (if I can only get a new phone once every 2 years)…. HTC Vigor or Galaxy Nexus??? Help.

    • Anonymous

      NO keyboard.

  • John

    Why am I so excited for this phone?

    • Adam Wiggins

      How could you not? Awesome hardware, ICS, and perhaps unlocked?  It’s a nerd’s wet dream.

    • I am too!!! This phone seems like a very good reason to finally put all of my other phones in the draw for good.

  • Lolercopter

    this phone isn’t coming to verizon.  we have never had a google phone and never will.  the closest we ever got was original droid.  verizon likes bloatware WAY WAY WAY too much to release a google phone.

    • Anonymous

      They don’t want OG Droid owners (like me who are coming up on their 2 years) jumping ship, so I see this happening, just 95% of their phones will be full of un-removable bloatware…

    • Anonymous

      Your statement would be relevant if Verizon didn’t release the only pure Google tablet to date.

      • DolbyFighter

        Yours would be relevant if they were talking about/including tablets into the discussion. They were not. Verizon takes every phone with potential and destroys it with all the stupid bloatware they have. Of course, the manufacturer typically hands it to them destroyed with their custom skin away.

        In all honesty, if phone companies wanted to really sell Android like hotcakes, they would all make one phone with vanilla Android and highlight their hardware. If that actually happened though, then we would see what phones/companies really shine, and which have obvious weak points.

        I’m praying that Verizon will, just for once, have a vanilla phone with no bloat. So tempted to switch to Sprint just for that amazing Nexus S 4G….

        You need to make this right Verizon. Give the customers what they want. Please!!!

        • Guest

          Phones or tablets, doesn’t matter. Still both Android devices, and the OP failed to recognize the XOOM as a pure Google device on Verizon. Clearly Verizon had no problem releasing a device without bloatware.

  • Derp

    Is it safe to assume that the HTC Vigor will get ICS as well early next year?  Deciding between these 2 phones is going to be damn tough

    • Anonymous

      Probably just as safe to assume the Bolt will get Gingerbread this month, meaning you know what happens when you ass u me something.

    • Anonymous

      i’m with you right there, i have to see both before deciding though. After that, its one less comparison to deal with in deciding.  I’m turned off to the idea of having a QWERTY again when i find i’m pretty fast at on screen typing than I used to be.

      Vigor and Nexus is my difficult decision to make in the next month(s)

  • Anonymous

    Any comments on the panda poem keyboard rumor?

    • Anonymous

      This ^^^

    • Anonymous

      Heard rumors of a Holiday/December phone which could be the keyboarded device he mentioned.  It’s not the Galaxy Nexus though.

      • Good, I’m over keyboards anyway, so no need to wait lol

      • The question is whether it’s essentially the same thing, but with added keyboard.  As in HD screen at 4.5″+ with a keyboard, dual core, and LTE????

    • Larizard

      I spent the last 2 months not using the slide-out keyboard on my OG Droid to prep for the next Nexus. I installed SwiftKeyX and Swype (I stick with Swype) so that I can get used to typing onscreen. 

  • Anonymous

    Exynos/OMAP?

    • it can’t be both. 

      the vanilla galaxy nexus will be TI OMAP 4460 guaranteed. 

      not so sure on that ‘droid prime’ though. that could very well be a exynos processor.

  • Please stop using the Droid Guy as a source for anything.  You’re giving that attention-craving toolbag exactly what he wants.

    • Anonymous

      Just remember that when other people report things, it gives us an opportunity to share knowledge that we have heard from sources that ask us to remain quiet.  When this stuff comes out though, it lets us spread a little bit of the things we have been told. 🙂

      • Well, you don’t need the Droid Guy for that.  See, I’ve been hearing that the next Nexus will resemble a turkey sandwich on rye.

        Correct me if I’m wrong! 🙂

        • Anonymous

          Kellex is saying he’s under an “unwritten NDA” to protect his sources from being fired more than anything else.

          So, when someone else reports information similar to what he knows from primary sources, then he can report on what that someone said as fact because he isn’t breaking his agreement this way. If he was told ABCD about the device and some other enthusiast on the internet starts talking about B and D, then Kellex can freely report about B and D, citing that enthusiast’s article instead of his own sources. He can even go as far as to affirm or deny whether the information made available by that other blogger is legit, just as he has done in this article today.

          Everyone plays a role. Just sit tight – the device will be here in < 2 months.

          • Anonymous

            Well said there. 😛

        • Anonymous

          Attachment didn’t load. :/

        • Anonymous

          I’d totally camp out at Verizon for a turkey sandwich on rye.

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s safe to say we have more questions than answers….are we honestly to believe that the Vigor is the better product? 

        • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          HTC does make some good phones not all are like the tb.

          • Anonymous

            HTC is overrated.  They make decent phones but they’re hardly as good as everyone makes them out to be.

          • Anonymous

            Every phone is overrated including your moto phones. Just saying.

          • Anonymous

            Please look up the definition of overrated.  Very few speak highly of Moto, quite the opposite in fact since the popular thing is to spew their hate and vitriol.

      • Anonymous

        Panda Nation is saying there will be a keyboard version. Could you comment on those rumors?