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Tuesday Poll: More Significant – Verizon’s First Nexus or the Release of Ice Cream Sandwich?

If CTIA had gone as planned, we probably would have had more Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus talk today than any normal human being could handle. But since things did not go as originally scheduled, we were left this morning with an empty 11:00AM slot to think about what could have been. And during that time, we found ourselves looking at the significance of this device. Not only will it be Verizon’s first Nexus (assuming it does end up as the Galaxy Nexus), but it’s the first to launch with Android 4.0. Two incredible things to think about.

Long time VZW Android enthusiasts have longed to finally get a Nexus – a device that receives updates directly from Google and is as unlocked and bare as you can find. It’s really a dream phone for any uber-geek. Throw in the fact that it will run on Big Red’s 4G LTE network and you’ve got history in the making.

But then there is the fact that we finally get to see ICS – the version of Android that would merge both tablet and phone operating systems into one. Most of us expect this to be a massive upgrade over Gingerbread in UI, polish and features.

Which one is more important though? The biggest network finally getting its first Nexus or a phone finally running Ice Cream Sandwich? I personally would lean towards the option of this being the first Nexus on Verizon, but then again, ICS is a real game changer.  Thoughts?

Bigger deal: Verizon's first Nexus device or Ice Cream Sandwich release?

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  • Anonymous

    ICS, even though I cant wait for the Nexus on VZW, ICS is something that all Android fans can look benefit from.

  • Thegreengiant
    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      Yes it is, if you haven’t figured it out yet, Apple knows hardware.  They do it right.  However, like most Android fans, I just don’t give a crap.  I don’t care about the iPhone no matter what they do to it.

  • Anonymous

    my vote goes to ICS. Because if there is no Nexus on Android at this point, I would jump ship.

  • jimbob

    ICS would come out regardless.  Nexus is a MUCH bigger deal.

  • YourFriend

    I don’t give a shit about the Nexus Prime, just give me that Droid RAZR with ICS and an unlocked boot loader and I would forgive Verizon for going another year without a Nexus device.

    • TomHolmes

      U mad, bro?

      • Lolercopter

        you aren’t funny

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    Personally the Nexus is a bigger deal to me, but in the long run, ICS will be the most significant of the 2.  Unifying the Tablet and Smartphone platforms is huge, and getting ICS to the Devs would be Christmas come early!

  • Anonymous

    The next iteration of Android was inevitable, a Nexus on Verizon was not.

  • Anonymous

    It is, without a doubt, the hardware.  I don’t know about you folks, but I am friggin’ desperate for VZW to get a device that’s worth my money.

  • literofcola

    Nexus on Verizon, ICS would have followed regardless.

  • David Hayden

    ICS was going to come out eventually anyways. Verizon may have never gotten a Nexus phone.

  • Chris G

    The real answer is D, all of the above.

    But I would go with a Nexus vs another ICS if the option were there.  So I voted for Nexus on VZ.

  • Anonymous

    They should remodel every Verizon store as an ice cream truck for launch.

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    i dont care what they release on verizon, im leaving when my contract is up next year.

  • Anonymous

    Well considering that I believe shady Verizon will sneak bloatware on it and it will not be a true vanilla nexus then…

  • Papoose34328

    both. 

  • Anonymous

    There will always be another version of Android so ICS is important for the next few months until we start talking J’s.  Verizon getting on board with Nexus devices is a huge plus for hopefully years to come.

  • John

    I say ICS, only because Verizon received the OG Droid.  While this wasn’t a nexus device, it was vanilla and totally unlocked, and it received semi-timely updates from Motorola.  And since you could toss the newest versions on Android on it nearly the same time as the Nexus devices received it due to tremendous 3rd party dev support, this was essentially the same as having a Nexus device.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      Really, really, seriously?  The OG droid?  That was 2 years ago, and Verizon hasn’t had a killer phone since.  ICS is just another version of Android, it was inevitable.  Verizon getting a Nexus/non-bloatware phone was something I personally thought would never happen.

      • GuestNumber

        Some people would like to disagree with you. The Droid X was considered by many a killer phone, the only thing it had that was holding it back was BLUR. There was also the Incredible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

    Without a single doubt in my mind it’s the first Nexus on Verizons network. Think about it, thousands of us have wanted this AND ONLY THIS for such a long time. Ever since we got shafted with the Nexus One for a DROID Incredible (great phone but no Nexus). This will mark the beginning of a new era for Verizon if you ask me. Doing  this even slightly hints towards Verizon actually listening to us for once (even though their motives might be different). All in all this is absolutely HUGE for us and I don’t think I have ever been so excited and anxious for a damn phone in my whole life. I was not even this fired up about the OG DROID. 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    so.. no good actual news coming out of CTIA huh?

  • Bionicman

    ICS is all fine and dandy and im liking some of the new features but what really is getting me excited is the hardware features of the Nexus Prime plus the possible design of the phone as well. i wouldn’t mind gingerbread on it either with the promise of ICS in the future. oh and i hope they keep Nexus Prime cause it sounds siiiiiiick

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

    The Nexus is cool of course no denying that, but I’m prefectly happy with my Bionic. I’m excited about ICS and it coming to my Bionic. and of course Developers getting their hands on it, only good things are to come from that. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

      Motoblur ICS……….. I’ll pass…………

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Agreed, Motorola is dead to me.  Their phones are ugly, their software is garbage, their screens are crap, and they have no vision.

        • wintersun

          I completely agree with your statement. I’ve owned both the OG and the X and once thought Motorola was the top dog but I have lost all faith in their products and their overall vision.

  • joejoe509

    I’m sick of my wife gloating about the Verion iPhone I bought her when I’m still rocking an enV Touch. I can’t wait to shut her up with this phone. :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

      Sounds like you married a good one. +1 to you!

  • Anonymous

    Nexus for sure.  ICS is all well and good, but if it comes “bloated” up again and that’s our only option, I’m going to have to really consider other options

  • Anonymous

    has anyone considered that this verizon nexus won’t be a special version but will be in fact a neutered version of the others, with a locked bootloader and touchwiz and that crap?  i’ll only believe it when there’s definitive proof out there.  ICS is more significant right now.

    • Anonymous

      Nope. If they were going to have a neutered, touchwiz’d phone then they would’ve just gotten the Galaxy S II for Verizon. The fact that they didn’t means this is something special.

      • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

        Very good point. It won’t have TouchWiz because Verizon could have already gotten this. 

        • Anonymous

          Or they were just waiting for Samsung to make TW for ICS…  It doesn’t make any sense that it’s two vastly different model numbers for the main Galaxy Nexus vs. the Prime or whatever.  I’ve had the sinking feeling for quite a while that we’re not getting the same thing on VZ.  The VZ one is just the Droid Charge’s model number +5 and that makes me think it’s probably just to the Galaxy S II what the Charge was to the original Galaxy S.  I hope I’m wrong, but I won’t be surprised in the least if that’s what’s going on here.

          • Anonymous

            No way they would call it a Nexus device if this were the case.

          • Anonymous

            Where is it even confirmed that it’s called that though?  Those leaked docs said “Samsung Prime” on them and show it replacing the Charge.  We have no official word anywhere that this is really a Nexus device do we?

          • Anonymous

            I’m not sure it’s been “officially” confirmed but from everything I’ve seen so far it’s seems to be the name that keeps popping up.  Droid Life posted an image earlier today from a couple of Google employees that showed Galaxy Nexus as the product name in their system.  Also Kellex seems to know more than he’s letting on so the fact that he keeps coming back to this name gives me confidence (as blind as it may be).  

  • Michael

    lets just put it this way: ICS was going to be released without a doubt. Getting a Nexus on Verizon could have possibly never happened.

  • Jason Purp

    I’ll take the Prime with Gingerbread. Just give me the damn phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Wilson/1491637008 Scott Wilson

    To me, Verizon getting a phone is a hopeful indicator that Verizon may someday start allowing oem’s to let out more unlock-able and open phones without all of the bloat….   

  • Anonymous

    While the first Nexus on Verizon is no small accomplishment, ICS is for more important as a whole.  Why?  Because it will be getting installed on millions and millions of Android phones around the world, on all OEMs and all carriers.  Verizon is just one carrier in one country of the world, not all that significant from a worldwide perspective.  Overall, I agree with what somebody else said.  Verizon’s first Nexus is more important for me, but ICS itself is the bigger release for the community as a whole.  I can only imagine how developers working on roms for tablets feel about it, as they will finally have usable source code that contains tablet features and support.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    This is an easy one.  ICS is and was always coming, it’s just the evolution of Android.  However, Verizon getting a Google controlled, bloatware free, skin-free phone is MONUMENTAL.  We (Verizon customers) have been waiting for this for YEARS!!

    • Anonymous

      droid came out November 6 lol. It has not been that long man relax.

  • J Dub

    First Nexus on VZW hands down.

    Considering the Nexus One still gets updates from Google in a very timely fashion. Just think of next years Android OS…Galaxy Nexus owners will be first.

  • http://an.droid-life.com/ Dan

    Ice Cream Sandwich is cool and all but I would take a Nexus running Froyo if it is released on Verizon :-P

    • IntlGrizzly

      that might be pushin it

      • EC8CH

        Y?

        If he did, he would have ICS a couple of weeks after it came out.

        • Jboogie1289

          Like and +1 my good man.!!!!!!

        • IntlGrizzly

          hardware does matter…at least to me. Everyone is entitled to their opinions

        • IntlGrizzly

          What if he wouldn’t get ICS until a year later, would he still take it? Probably not. That’s why I think the majority of people voted for the 1st nexus on verizon being more important because it is hard to imagine this 1st nexus on verizon without ICS. People just can’t separate the two, so it’s like they are voting for ICS without realizing it.  

  • Guttatae22

    Where is the vigor give me some info on it thanks and the prime is a nice phone but I just prefer HTC products

  • joejoe509

    As a Verizon customer, I feel honored to make the Galaxy Nexus my first Android phone. I’m still rocking a Verizon feature phone. lol. That said, Ice Cream Sandwich will have a long-reaching legacy for nearly every Android phone (and tablet!!) already in existence PLUS every Android phone/tablet that will be revealed in the next year or so. That’s HUGE. We’ll still be talking about ICS for months and months. Whereas the Nexus will probably fade in and out of memory just like the other Nexus devices. AND it might be the OS that finally starts converting Apple’s loyal sheep into Androids. We’ll see. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Nexus all the way. Pure Google please, no Verizon bloat or OEM UI’s!

  • Anonymous

    Having a true dev phone (Nexus) on Verizon with 4G LTE for the first time in 2 years is definitely more important. You can buy an ice cream sandwich anywhere. (literally and figuratively)

    • http://profiles.google.com/truemobius Jeremiah Bengtson

      I wish I could buy an ice cream sandwich anywhere. Imagine eating one while on the toilet…mmmmm

      • FortitudineVincimus

        isn’t that a blumpkin?

        • Kevin Parlee

          A Blumpkin is FAR FAR better…

          • Anonymous

            I would assume is depends which side of the blumpkin you are on.  

          • DROID VADAR

            HA HA so true!!

    • Anonymous

      @zepfloyd: Any knowledge on whether ICS incorporates more hardware acceleration? Thx.

      • Anonymous

        No, other than that some stuff was definitely bumped to Jellybean (what..who knows) I know about as much as everyone else on ICS. Even when I saw the Jesusphone it was still running 2.3.5

  • hatethanet

    It’s all about having a state-of-the-art phone on LTE. That’s what makes it a big deal for me.

  • Steverip

    I wanna shoot my hot load on kelkexs face and record it on my iPhone 4s

    • Anonymous

      You don’t have either

      • Steverip

        Suck my cock

  • Kevin Radloff

    ICS is much more exciting to me.

    I’ve seen the Super AMOLED Plus screens on multiple Galaxy S2 devices and the white balance/color accuracy are terrible. I’d rather look at one of Motorola’s Pentile RGBW screens that has decent color (mostly, with the notable exception of muddy yellows).

  • shdowman

    both.

    How dare you try and make us choose…..

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Man, this really better be a Nexus on Verizon. To me, a real Nexus is stock Android AND instant updates from Google. I want NO bloatware and an unlocked bootloader. Please. Please.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    First Nexus on Verizon, definitely. It is because that one affects me directly and immediately. ICS also affects me, but not unless Verizon has a Nexus, since we know updates to other phones will take a VERY long time.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. One kind of depends on the other (i.e. Verizon getting ICS before the next 6 months depends on them getting a Nexus device).

  • Anonymous

    I’m going hardware on this because I won’t be thinking about ICS when I get the first version of Jelly Bean on my Nexus phone…

  • http://twitter.com/jon_shiflett Jon Shiflett

    where is the “both are as important as my wedding day” button?

    • Anonymous

      That’s cold.

      • Anonymous

        …are you his wife?

  • Anonymous

    While I am extremely excited for the Nexus on Verizon and will be getting it the day it’s released, ICS will hopefully be a game changer. If some of the things come about that I’m hoping for, it could seriously up the ante. I mean, if the Vigor was the first ICS device would the Nexus still be as big of a deal beyond the hardcore Verizon Android crowd?

    • Interstellarmind

      speaking of which… where’s the vigor news?!?!

    • Binglut9

      If the vigor had I cs first it still wouldn’t matter because sense is on top…people are excited because its pure google and on verizon….people would be disappointed if the vigor was the launch of I cs simple

  • Interstellarmind

    not concerned about this being first/ vanilla ICS. the dev and romming community is thriving and pretty much any phone from htc and sammie is liable to get rooted and ROMmed and thus blessed with pure ROMs.

    if this thing jsut had an 8mp camera, i would probably be singing a different tune. no one else is bothered by the lack of MPs???

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure I understand the complaints about 5mp over 8mp. Unless you are blowing the pic up to giant poster size you won’t see a difference…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1444881441 Brian Walls

      why be concerned when its not just about MP’s? optics/sensor make the magic.

  • Fastlane1000

    I’ll be very surprised if Verizon allows a Nexus device

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    Yes.

  • EC8CH

    No doubt Nexus on Verizon.

    It gets the industry one step closer to where it should be.  Carriers leaving their hands off the software.

    • Anonymous

      Logic dictates that the answer is a Nexus device on Verizon, but hey, this is the internets…

      Seriously, there must be a lot of non-VZW customers here (which might also explain many of the ridiculous comments we get to enjoy)… that said; “Carriers leaving their hands off the software” couldn’t be more true, but in a market where two carriers have control over 80% of the market and usable spectrum, there is little incentive for them to truly compete to win over customers as long as they can differentiate on things other than price and service.

      The Nexus on VZW is a huge surprise and a huge win. Either way OS updates will eventually come and if you’re on a Nexus device, you can be guaranteed to get them when they do.

      • TomHolmes

        Where’s the option for “it’s a completely bad-ass phone”?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard
          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664474210 Bill Newman

            I totally agree! Especially since it doesn’t have LTE speeds so it has to process data a bit faster since network speeds are slower, it still can’t sideload apps, still doesn’t have keyboard flexibility, or have anything near NFC capabilities. 

            But hey the solitaire app loads WICKED quick right?….

          • Anonymous

            I LOLed.  Thanks!

            It’s like 500 horses in a car with square tires.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

            yeah because processor speeds have something to due with network speeds. haha, i know you didn’t major in computer science. why the hell do i want to side load apps? haha, this is what you guys are claiming is a feature now? we have the best keyboard and the best voice recognition and where do you plan on using that NFC? 

          • Tboltuser

            Something to “do”, not “due”.  I think Siri and Nuance had a pretty good working relationship, so I would probably wait to see how it turns out before calling it, simply, “the best VR.”  Personally, I don’t use my VR, and wouldn’t use Siri either, so to me it’s not much of an important feature.  I like the ability to side load apps, but I can see where someone wouldn’t care about that either.  Keyboards are definitely subjective, but Android users can easily swap those out if they don’t like the stock keyboard provided.  I’ve tried the keyboard on an iphone and 4th gen ipod and they were ok, but I wouldn’t call them the best for my tastes.  No swype on the iPhone, right?  Perhaps that will change with Nuance purchasing them. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664474210 Bill Newman

            lol obviously you didn’t major in computer science. We all know how much benchmarks dictate reality and that they can’t be skewed for subjective data. If you network will only transfer X amount of data in Y amount of time, then processing speed/clock is DEPENDANT on the incoming amount of data. My webpages will load faster than yours. Let me know how that 1.5-2mbps DL works out for you…haha
            The McDonald’s around the corner already uses NFC technology with my credit card. OLD NEWS…haha.
            Here you go, since Siri didn’t know what NFC was. lolololol
            http://www.creditcards.com/glossary/term-nfc.php
            How does it feel to have Apple tell you what apps you can and can’t load on your phone?
            One more thing….2009 and the Droid 1 called. They said you were late to the voice recognition party…lmao!

          • Anonymous

            droid destroyed iphone and it just have 256 of ram at that time :) iphone is old newssssssss

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

            siri is not voice recognition. haha you should really use google before you look like an idiot. oh well too late. siri is a personal assistance using AI to interpret the data it receives via your voice. the voice recognition is powered by nuance not siri. a webpage is very little data and the ability to render a webpage is not dictated by network speed differences between 3g and 4g. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664474210 Bill Newman

            That’s so cute, you think it’s actually full AI, and not another program such as Dragon Go, Vlingo, Voice Actions, Voice Search, Wolfram Alpha, IBM Watson, Speaktoit.
            If you think network speeds don’t dictate browsing abilities, you’ve been drinking too much of the kool-aid. lol

          • Anonymous

            iphone is so far behind lol, it just got dual core now copying from android.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

            yeah its so far behind that the A5 destroys all other processors on the market right now. wow that is realllllly far behind. you are not very smart are you?

          • Anonymous

            I phone is old news. If you a smart you should know that. People bought iphone 4s to show respect to jobs.

          • Markiewesthouse

            Who let the apple fanboy in a discussion about android and nexus? Why would you insist on “upselling” apple in a artical where all you are going to get is android fans who wont listen. Thats a dumb move.

          • LionStone

            When you get your ‘same phone with different insides’…please be sure to post a screen shot of your new “4G” speeds on your speedy network OK? :-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

            I live on wifi. Do you want those numbers plus my battery life?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664474210 Bill Newman

            That must be terrible to be chained to wifi just to get decent network speeds….lolololol

          • Anonymous

            Hey man, I mostly web browse on wifi too! My speeds are pretty good, Chrome runs great on Windows 7. And my desktop has A/C, so I don’t have to worry about battery life! lololol

            Seriously, if you only browse on WiFi then there’s no point to a smartphone.

          • Anonymous

            i totally agree.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

            yeah because i want to carry my laptop with me wherever i go. i am sorry you don’t see a size and weight difference between a phone and a laptop. 

          • Anonymous

            I see that. What I fail to understand is how one can “live on WiFi” out in the world. And, if one somehow does, why one doesn’t merely use a WiFi device such as a laptop or even an iPod rather than an iPhone with a monthly data plan.

            Seriously, your argument has more holes than that block of swiss cheese I just ate.

          • Anonymous

            use your phone with the speed of the carrier moron. You are afraid you will not load fast data lol

          • LionStone

            Nah, don’t care about battery life, just curious what you get without wifi…come on, your a good sport. Don’t even need a screenshot, I’ll take your word for it. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

            10Mbps on wifi

          • Anonymous

            Seems like that $20/mo data plan is well spent.

          • LionStone

            and uploads are probably 1 or 2?

            And without wifi? 

            It’s okay, I’ll check my buddy’s ip4$ when he gets it on sat. 

          • EC8CH

            “I live on wifi.”

            …that would explain your obvious lack of a life.

          • Anonymous

            that device was a failure lol

          • Anonymous

            You know that you can write a benchmark program to make any processor look the fastest, right? You just have to know a little bit about architecture of computers. Don’t be a fool and claim to know something based on benchmarks. I could write a benchmarking program that makes the Droid Eris look like the fastest phone out there.

  • pezjono

    Most important to me: Nexus
    Most important to the community: ICS

  • Scott Willenborg

    As a Honeycomb user on my Asus I can kind of expect what’s coming for ICS so for me, by FAR is the advent of a Nexus device on Verizon.

    • Anonymous

      how do you like your ASUS?