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No Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Nexus

According to the official Twitter account of Corning – the folks that make Gorilla Glass – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will not come equipped with their highly damage resistant screen technology. It would be safe to say that many of us are disappointed to hear this news especially knowing that many of the top-of-the-line tablets and smartphones of the last couple of years have had this wonderful product. Hell, even the DROID RAZR has Gorilla Glass. Definitely not a killer, we would just recommend that you try your hardest not to pocket drop your G-Nex or take a key and scratch the face of it as hard as you can.

Update: Over at Samsung’s Facebook page they admit to the lack of Gorilla Glass, but also share that they use another type of glass that should be good as well:

Samsung Janel No. Instead of the Gorilla Glass we use another kind of fortified glass.

Speaking of Corning, has everyone seen the “A Day Made of Glass” video that they released earlier this year? It’s a fantastic watch. We have included it for you all below.  

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38[/youtube]

Incredibly disappointed? Slightly? Already moved on while thinking of the unlockable bootloader and bloatware free happy times?

Via:  Twitter, Phandroid

Cheers Josh and Soren!

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  • Anonymous

    That a day made of glass video was playing in a loop when I was at the Corning glass museum a few years ago. Pretty cool video though.

  • nailbomb3

    “DOES THIS LIST INCLUDE ALL DEVICES THAT HAVE GORILLA GLASS?
    No, unfortunately, customer agreements prevent us from identifying all the devices that feature Gorilla Glass. This list shows all devices we can talk about. We’ll continue to update the list as customers allow us to share that information.”This on Corning’s FAQ page……..

  • nailbomb3

    http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/products-with-gorilla/full-products-list
    Weird how you have a BUNCH of Samsung devices listed that DO have it, including the SII, but the GNex isn’t going to have it?

    Maybe the above tweet isn’t accurate and we should just all wait and see?

  • Anonymous

    Wow seriously samsung? you really did rush this phone… No 8mp camera, No 2mp front facing, No SD card slot and most of all no gorilla glass?? (Probably more but can’t think of the top of my head) come on even galaxy s2 has all of these specs… Only main good specs are the HD SAMOLED display,4.65 inch screen.. I mean might aswell get a galaxy s2 for cheaper and wait for ICS.

  • OK, so now its official that the Galaxy Nexus does not have Gorilla Glass. Odds are that it has the same glass that the Nexus S had. I have searched and not been able to find any drop test videos of the Nexus S. 

    Have any of you found some? if not perhaps someone is willing to sacrifice theirs to test. this could be very valuable information.

  • 1TallTXn

    So it’s not gorilla glass, who cares? My OG Droid doesn’t have gorilla glass and it’s survived a rough 2 yrs.
    If Samsung is using some other kind of tough glass, it’s all good. If not, well, maybe a drawback, but certainly not enough reason (alone) to run screaming from the phone.

  • As a person who just broke the glass on his thunderbolt, this is unsettling. Like, i truly hope this has good build quality. The tbolt may have issues, but its one of the most well built phones I have owned aside from my RAZR. (no not that one 🙂 ). 

    Digitizer will be in tomorrow, hopefully it wont explode. I just cant stand cracked glass. 2 days later im going insane… 

  • Buckgrad

    Pentile screen and no Gorilla glass. What is the camera…was it 5 mega pixel? You know, I was really excited about this phone and was going to pay full price to get it. But I think now I can wait til my contract is up and see what’s out next August. My Droid X is not so bad. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    i would prefer a Micro SD card slot, and i would prefer Corning Gorilla glass but none of those 2 are deal-breakers for me.. if its running pure android on Verizon 4G LTE, its good enough for me. SCREW THE DROID RAZR AND MOTOBLUR/SHADOWBLUR! SCREW MOTOROLA! my droid x is barely a year old but acts like a 20 year old computer! i cant wait until November 10th!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well that really sucks… There are devices already out there with curved Gorilla Glass… I have no idea why they didn’t use it here other than to save a few pennies. Grrr! Just another strike against my potential next phone.

  • Anonymous

    Gorilla glass scratches. My og was scratchproof because it used conventional glass. Loved it.

  • Alexander Garcia

    LOL! I remember the good ol’ days when it was iOS versus Android! Ahh… the good ol’ days… Now it seems like it’s Nexus versus The Non-Nexus Androids. What ever happened to iOS in all of this?

  • Anonymous

    You guys are a joke you know that? The phone isn’t even out yet. There’s absolutely no verdict on the durability of Samsung’s new glass and people are already going nuts over it and screaming “DEAL BREAKER!!!”. Hope you guys are smart enough to wait and find out before springing for another phone then see that the problems with the new Nexus was way overblown. 

  • Realitycheck

    I was initially frothing at the mouth for the Nexus and rolling my eyes at the RAZR. That is no longer the case. Both phones have pro’s and cons, but the fact of the matter is the NEXUS suffers from hardware issues while the RAZR suffers from software issues. I’ve seen what the dev community can do and am starting to think the RAZR may be open sooner than we think. Motorola has a lot to lose if they produce another blockbuster soon.

    The fact Motorola put every premium feature on the RAZR and Samsung has cut corners all over the place (no GG, no SD, plastic, no AMOLED+, last gen GPU, small battery, 5mp rear cam) makes me feel like Moto is going to fawn over the RAZR and Samsung has already moved on. I could be (and hope) I’m wrong, but it’s a shame the I would even have an inkling of doubt about a Nexus device.

    Solution: I’ll just wait for the drop test and reviews instead of pre-ordering like I originally planned

    • Alexander Garcia

      you’ve made a wise decision my friend 😉

    • Keith Sumner

      You’re exactly right, it’s a much better idea to get the more reliable hardware, because you know no matter what, even if the manufacturer doesn’t bring ICS to a phone that the dev community sure as hell will, and if you don’t like what the manufacturer has done to the software, there is almost always a hack or a work around thanks again to the dev community.

    • Alexander Garcia

      …and let’s just add to that: stainless steel chassy, kevlar weave back plate, nano tech splash guard coating, and a super slim form factor. sorry Sammy… not into the plastic bull$#it!

    • LionStone

      Wow, you’ve already determined as fact the NEXUS has hardware issues!? Amazing.

  • This is no big deal for me, i always put a screen protector on my phones and never get any scratches.

  • Anthony Armando

    good! samsung has superior fortified glass anyway. in the drop test a iphone 4s pretty much totally shattered and a GS2 was totally fine.

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

    • Anthony Armando

      and since im sure someone may say it, it isnt totally clear whether or not the 4s has GG or not. also GG is more for scratch resistance than drop strength. i personally dont care about scratch resistance, that is what a screen protector is for. im more worried about the screen shattering.

    • joejoe509

      Well… that’s not the whole story. The GSII has Gorilla Glass. So that kind of defeats the argument. But the GSII does have a plastic body like the Nexus if there’s anything to glean from that video in relation to the Nexus.

      • Anthony Armando

        aww crap….

  • Granted

    Is that bathroom mirror display capacitive? Because I’m a messy bastard in the bathroom, and I know if a drop of liquid gets on my Galaxy Tab or Droid X, well the screen goes all nutty fu fu! So it’s going to be circus when I’m shaving and trying to read traffic reports on mirror, only to have it start going nuts from water splashing the mirror. But I’m sure in this future they will have that figured out. And hopefully a law has passed by then that made it legal to kill the “cast” of The Jersey Shore, and their thousands of bastard children, and of course fans. I also hope it’s not all Demolition Man, where people freak out when I try to mix my man fluids with their lady fluids, and try to get me to head gear hump them. Although it would be quite fun to get retarded drunk and drive 265 miles an hour, only to crash into a school bus full of aliens, and be enveloped in marshmallow goo.

    By the way, anyone else having a “blast” playing Battlefield 3 so far?! I haven’t touched multiplayer yet, and probably won’t for some time seeing as it’s always rampant with fucktarded 10 year olds. But wow, the campaign is riveting so far! And the face capture technology they’ve used is outstanding!

  • RW-1

    BTW folks, GG is not shatter resistant per se, if you drop any phone you run the same risk if it shattering imho

  • RW-1

    GG is not what it is cracked up to not be hehehe.

    My OG got a small scratch on it at one point …

  • lolz, making me feel better about my droid bionic every day

  • Theandyplan

    I don’t really understand why people are bothered by no sd card slot on the gnex. I still have my og with the card I put in it when I got it. I’ve never taken it out and it’s a 16 gig which I haven’t ran out of space on. Granted I don’t have my music saved to it anymore, but other than that…what’s the big deal?

  • Guest

    Gorilla glass is by no means shatter-resistant. Lot of you are getting the “scratch” and “shatter” resistance mixed up.

    For example, I went through two Droid Incredibles which are equipped with Gorilla glass. My first one had a fall from hip high, landed on concrete screen facing down. Glass shattered in hundreds of pieces. My second Incredible, it sustained a same level fall as my first one multiple times, but it’s crack-free even to this day.

    My point is it doesn’t matter what type of glass your phone comes with. With any right combination of fall, the screen will crack 99 out of 100 times.

    I will tell you what technology gurantees shatter-resistant screen. It’s called Don’t-Drop-Your-Phone!

    • No

      DI did not have GG.

      • Keith Sumner

        Yep, DI did not have GG, HTC doesn’t use this in their phones.

    • Alexander Garcia

      droid incredible didn’t have gorilla glass

  • Anonymous

    The Droid Razr does NOT have the same CPU as the Galaxy Nexus.  Motorola has already released the official specs. It doesn’t make the Razr any less awesome.

    It’s on the right side, under the list of OpenGL extensions. Can we put this silly debate to rest now?

    http://developer.motorola.com/products/droid-razr-xt912/

  • Tomgillotti

    Might be a deal killer….

  • Go Gorilla or go home. Go to an Apple store help desk and look at how many shattered phones they have. Brand matters!

    • Bill Mitchell

      Hahaha, Gorilla Glass must be that great then, since that’s what’s used on the iPhone 🙂

      • joejoe509

        iPhone does not have Gorilla Glass

        • Bill Mitchell

          It sure does, since the iPhone 4!

  • Matt2783

    Just today my OG droid rang, I pulled it out of my pocket and it slipped out of my hand and fell four feet to the ceramic floor. Not a dent, scratch or anything. This makes me realize how much I don’t want to break a $700 fragile Nexus… Maybe I’ll go with the Razr and wait 6 months for ICS.

    • Keith Sumner

      Don’t fret, if you don’t want to wait, the dev community will deliver a way to get ICS on your phone before that.

  • Raymond Kim

    Wow… I don’t think I want glass (I don’t care if it’s Gorilla Glass…) on the dash of my car when I’m in an accident…

    • joejoe509

      Hate to tell you but isn’t your dash attached a couple of glass windows including the windshield?

  • Cheaply Made

    Future iterations/improvements to the Galaxy Nexus will probably implement Gorilla Glass and HD Super AMOLED “PLUS” screens.  Think Xbox 360, Xbox 360 HDMI. Xbox Slim, PS3 Fat and PS3 Slim, I*hone 4, I*hone 4S.  Unfortunately, it’ll take around 6 months after the phone gets release for it to happen.  But then a 12 Core, 4ghz OMAP9999 phone, with Jelly Donut 5.0 will be out. Sucks

  • Was there Gorilla Glass on the Motorola Droid?  Just wondering. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the OG has GG on it 🙂

      • Ahh.  Okay.  I’ll be a little concerned about the glass on this phone then.  My phone’s taken one heck of a beating and there are no scratches or chips.  Just hope it’s almost as good. 🙂

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, my orginal OG about two ago fell out of my hand and it the pavement faced down, when i picked it up it was shattered, so I used my insurance for another one. It helps but not the end all deal breaker for me the G Nex is my next device 🙂 finally a worthy successor to the OG 🙂

  • Jon

    i won’t buy it now.
    unless this other glass they are using is as scratch resistant as the big gorilla

  • Guest

    Be it good or bad news I’m happy because it’s regarding the Galaxy Nexus

  • Marvin de Pano

    Unlockable bootloader and bloatware free? I have a feeling Big Red’s gonna find a way to rain on our parade.

  • Anonymous

    That video has some high hopes, why do I always feel like I won’t see this type of stuff in my lifetime.

    On the no gorilla glass, not too worried, I’m fairly safe with my phone and always use a screen protector.

    For people saying “terrible screen protectors”, um, I can’t see or feel my Sedio screen protector on my Droid, so maybe you just are buying the wrong ones or don’t know how to apply them.

    • We’ll see it in our lifetime for sure.   Think about how far tech has come in just the last 10-15 years.   The tech in that video will be available within the next 5-10 years.

      Most of the interactivity featured in that video will be using NFC, which all of us Nexis owners will soon have 🙂

  • Flag_U_Mad_Bro_Comments

    Every time you see a “U mad bro?” comment or any variation of the such please hit the flag button. I will.

    • Bear0013

      U sad bro! ..lol

      • Kierra

        lol

  • That’s a given, just like from a year ago how the Nexus S didn’t have one due to the curve screen. Corning have no mention of Galaxy Nexus on their site unlike the RAZR, and it was never mentioned by Samsung and Google.

    Not sure why people are under the impression that it came with one, and that is one of the reason I am getting the RAZR.

    • Anonymous

      Yes I like the Razr better myself

  • Anonymous

    I think many people miss the point of the Google Experience Devices.  These devices are designed for developers. Hence the stock experience.  The idea behind these Google experience devices is to establish a baseline for the new and upcoming devices that will be running a new version of Android.  Many of you who comment on this device from a complete consumer point of view are correct in saying it may lack the features/qualities that the normal consumer values, such as screen glass/sdcard slot,  but this device is not designed for the aforementioned consumer.  This phone is an experimental device.  The open nature of the device promotes developers to see what they can accomplish with the device outside of what is standard with the new version of Android. For instance perhaps you need to tweak the kernel to support a type of encryption for a secure telecommunication line on a GSM network or maybe you are a ROM developer like CYANOGEN who works on ASOP ROMS.  This device is a platform to build from.  If you are not willing to use this device as a platform rather than a device with instant gratification then this device isn’t for you. The appeal of this device is its ability to promote growth in the Android community.  If that doesn’t interest you then you should get another device.

    on another note pertaining to the actual topic of this post a SAMSUNG rep stated this on facebook.

    “Samsung Janel No. Instead of the Gorilla Glass we use another kind of fortified glass.”

    • Dominick DeVito

      Thank you – your comment pretty much puts out the troll fire

      • Anonymous

        You still seem to be burning bright…

      • Anonymous

        Nice that you call other people “trolls” just because their opinion are different from your own. Stay classy dude.

    • Kierra

      Naw just you techies act like this phone is the 2nd coming. Its just for a different set of ppl . You guys act like its superior to other devices when its not and when others say so its a problem?

      • Anonymous

        Apparently you didn’t actually read my post.

        I stated:
        “Many of you who comment on this device from a complete consumer point of
        view are CORRECT in saying it may lack the features/qualities that the
        normal consumer values, such as screen glass/sdcard slot,  but this
        device is NOT designed for the aforementioned consumer.”

        I am in fact, agreeing that this may not be the the device for the typical user and in fact is for techies. Yes us techies do think its the second coming but actually its the 4th coming of the Android OS and no other device will have it at the time of release except for some SDK ROMS. Most of us educated techies don’t have a problem with people pointing out the fallacies of the device. What we do have a problem with is people saying “I R NO HAZ GORRILLZ GLASS ME GO GET *insert phone*”  Most of us have a reason for getting a Nexus device and everyone is entitled to an opinion but if your opinion is asinine or irrelevant to the topic we get annoyed.

        • Kierra

          TL;DR

          • Bill Mitchell

            So immature…

      • joejoe509

        The Galaxy Nexus is superior in a lot of ways including a few hardware specs (screen, processor, etc) than 99% of the phones on the current market. You really don’t have a lot of room to talk about the RAZR’s superiority if you are implying that. Just because the Nexus lacks a few silly things like an sd card slot (unconfirmed BTW) or a Gorillas Glass branded face (it’s still scratch resistant), doesn’t make it any less special. The Nexus series is a very special series unrivaled in the Android world and even if the RAZR was twice as powerful, we’d still buy the Nexus.

    • joejoe509

      Nice. True story. I didn’t think of it that way until now. I hope one or more of the Android sites post something similar to this. It seems like a lot of people need to be schooled in their Nexus history.

  • Rich

    Its one disappointment after another with these damned phones… The prices are getting to high, VZW is screwing you in the butt with no lube… And here they are offering the razor for 700 retail, who in the right mind would pay for a PC but get it in a phone size? that’s stupid… Who would want a phone that can break or scratch easy? Especially with VZW POS rules they put in place on charging you if your phone has scratches… limited to 2 scratches, anymore and your screwed… Not to mention it only comes with a small amount of storage in which it has no SC card spot, Who in the hell would want that?

  • John Hicks

    Stop dropping your phones, and you won’t need Gorilla Glass.
    Stop scratching your phones with keys, and you won’t need Gorilla Glass.

    Friends don’t let friends phone drunk.

    • joejoe509

      Let’s call the phone abuse hotline. 🙂

  • Guest

    Well, since I work for the big C this pretty much makes the phone a no go for me.  Dang it.

    • joejoe509

      Corning or Cricket? lol

  • Anonymous

    When Verizon said they were holding off on the SGS2 because they had something better coming out, I think they were talking about teh Razr. VZW is in love with Moto. I do personally like the Razr better myself, but I think that is what VZW was talking about.

  • Bear0013

    Its gotta have something decent? ….that screen is nice big and beautiful I can’t wait to get myhands all over her sexy curved a$$ that dirty lil slut …..I means that phone

  • Dominick DeVito

    Yup, so my OG has Gorilla Glass. The screen is good, too bad the frame is mssing paint, the camera button lost paint, and my battery door keeps falling off.

    Gorilla Glass = not that big a deal.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you should take better care of your phones. Just saying.

      • Dominick DeVito

        It’s a phone not a girlfriend.

        • Anonymous

          Then don’t complain about your phone’s battery door falling off.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I didn’t complain, I just said it did. Read my post troll.

            I said gorilla glass ISN’T THAT BIG A DEAL considering the OTHER ISSUES my OG suffers from (such as my battery door falling off).

            Reading is fundamental. Read everyone’s posts S L O W L Y at your capacity before blasting people with nasty comments.

          • Pennywise

            So, the screen is good, and everything that isn’t Gorilla Glass is falling apart on your phone?

            Ok yea so I draw the same conclusion as you that the GG isn’t that big of a deal… O.o

  • Rjtoudouze

    I am really tired of bad news about this phone.  None of it alone is a deal killer, but altogether it sounds like Google is cutting costs instead of making a superphone.  I think I am starting to lean back to the fugly looking Rezound.  Lets just hope HTC doesn’t take 10 months to get ICS like they have taken on the Tbolt for GB.

    • Anonymous

      ROM devs will have ICS on the Rezound (and TB) long before its officially out.

  • Kierra

    I hate all this cheap shots over a phone. This IS fragmentation…

  • Samsung is probably using something just as good. 

    • I am sure the “just as good” glass is already on the iPhone 4S; but I am sure most people already knew what happened to that phone when you drop it compare to the GSII with the Gorilla Glass.

  • Anonymous

    what do you mean “EVEN Droid RAZR”…??

    You talk as if Motorola makes cheap phones and the Razr is some kinda low end and cheap.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Well, it was announced the same day the G-Nex was announced with an already old OS. That alone makes it 2nd rate.

      • Dominick DeVito

        …with a nonreplaceable battery – better hope battery life is good.

        Moto’s specs for battery life are based on 3G connectivity not LTE.

      • Anonymous

        so when they announced it’ll have ICS pretty soon on the RAZR.. does it make it 1st rate automatically? With android, I always like to think I am buying the hardware.. since software is easily gettable.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Software is easily gettable?

          Are there any TBolt owners out there that would like to reply to this?!

        • Dominick DeVito

          And when exactly is soon? They said it will take 6 weeks to TELL YOU when you’re getting it. No thanks

          • Anonymous

             nope.. they further explained the tweet.. they said it’ll be 6 weeks before they actually START rolling out the update.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Fair enough, I stand corrected.

          • Jake

            And we all know that Motorola always sticks to its deadlines, right? RIIIIIIIIIGHT.

  • Anonymous

    : Awesome video! Although that phone looks like a futuristic i*hone. lol

  • Dave

    Isn’t this using another form of protective glass? Just because it’s not gorilla glass does not mean it won’t be highly scratch resistant. Remember, gorilla glass is just a brand/trademark.

  • tjmonkey15

    This phone is sounding much less appetizing all of a sudden.  No SD card and no Gorilla Glass are two fairly large cons in my book.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Great, so don’t buy it. There, I just made up your mind for you.

      • Keith Sumner

        KING of the trolls, man. King of the trolls.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Hey welcome back – didn’t post for a while. Did your Bionic run out of juice?

          • Har har….you’re so cute Dominick!

          • Keith Sumner

            Nope! 90% with 3h 36m 37s on battery.

          • Not like the Galaxy Nexus is going to be much better, if it is better.

  • Anonymous

    Its all preference. If you want the Nex than get it. The screen will look nice, it is Google supported, has ICS at launch, fast processor. If you don’t care about the gps or radio maybe not working at times, or dropping the phone from a short distance and it breaking and new tech bugs…then get it. It’s not for me, I have gone the Samsung route, and I had to learn the hard way.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe GG just can’t pull off the concave glass that is on the GN…

  • guest

    ” Definitely not a killer, we would just recommend that you try your
    hardest not to pocket drop your G-Nex or take a key and scratch the face
    of it as hard as you can.”

    It may no be a killer, but it is a significant flaw.  That’s the only way to look at it unless Samsung comes out and says its made with a similar product etc… I really do want a Nexus device, but things keep piling up as to why i should get something else.

  • dima

    How did Corning manage to convince the Android world that their scratch resistant glass which is indistinguishable from at least four other brands of glass is necessary for their screens?

    • I was just looking for the names of the other companies.  Can you provide them?  I’d like to look into them and find out more.  Thanks.

    • K B

      I dont know but it must be damn good becouse sony is now using it on all there high end flat screens.

      • Bill Mitchell

        That seems like a gigantic gimmick to me since tvs don’t have a big chance of being dropped or scratched like phones do.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re spending 3 to 500 on a new phone…wouldn’t you protect it from scratches anyways? Not disappointed.

    Ps: Can we stop with the bro comments bros?

    • Ryan Perry

      u mad bro?

  • Anonymous

    My question is will the Rezound have Gorilla Glass?

    • Jac_White

      “have”

      • Anonymous

        Thanks and fixed.

  • My OG Droid with Gorilla Glass hasn’t scratched after 2+ years and has been otherwise DESTROYED.  Keyboard falling apart, body scratched to hell. This phone has been abused but the screen is still pristine.

    HTC Incredible scratched day one after being in my pocket with some change.  No Gorilla Glass is a DEAL BREAKER.

    • The DROID INCREDIBLE has Gorilla Glass, http://goo.gl/7VVwE.

      • Jake

        Oh, SNAP!

  • Anonymous

    “Hell, even the Droid Razr has Gorilla Glass” Wow Kellex you make that statement as if the Razr isn’t worthy of having it? Is this Droid Life or Nexus life?

    • Anonymous

       It’s the 4460 that let’s you say that, but we all know they’re great phones.

    • Kierra

      Kellex is selling his ass for the Nexus. Its all good.

      • Bear0013

        Hope its tight :p

      • Dominick DeVito

        That’s because he knows it’s the best phone to get.

        • Anonymous

          The best phone is all speculation and preference. I wouldn’t touch this phone with a ten foot pole, but thats just my opinion. Some people may find the Razr, iFail, Rezound Bionic the best.

  • hatethanet

    Samsung shoulda just brought the LTE HD version of the SGII over here. 

    • joejoe509

      It’ll be here in due time. It always takes 6 months for this stuff to come stateside. Keep an eye for it mid-summer or maybe even early fall. It’ll be the Galaxy SIII.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what the big deal with Gorilla Glass is.  I’ve owned an OG Droid, Droid X, Fascinate, and Droid 3 and every single one of my screens has gotten scratched.  The ONLY way to prevent scratches is with a screen protector.  

    • Gorilla Glass is not scratch proof, but it is the most scratch resistant material out there. I can’t imagine what you screens would look like with a non Gorilla Glass surface.

      • Anonymous

        See that’s the thing though, I’m really not hard on my phones at all.  I always keep my phone in my front left pocket and take great precautions to avoid having them come into contact with anything abrasive. I just think there is a mis-conception that Gorilla Glass is scratch proof.  In my experience it has not been.  

        • Anonymous

          My Droid’s screen looks as good as the day I got it, not a single scratch.  Before that all my phones that didn’t have GG always got scratched and scuffed up.

  • I’m happy to have my Motorola Droid 3 and Droid Bionic, so I’m good, but I’m kind of shocked Gorilla Glass isn’t in play on the Galaxy Nexus. It’s on the S2s, which helped it significantly in drop tests versus the iPhone 4S.

  • galaxy nexus is pentile  also…

    • Yep, Pentile, No Gorilla Glass, No MicroSD slot. Done deal.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Yep – no bloatware, no update delays, no fugly customized UI – yep, done deal.

        • Yes Bloatware-VZ Navigator, Blockbuster, VZW Apps, 3G mobile hotspot, etc. It’s all there. Your smoking hash if you think different.

          • Bill Mitchell

            It’s not… the carriers don’t get to mess with the phone at all, like the other Nexuses. You’re smoking hash if you think different.

      • joejoe509

        Well… everyone compares this to the RAZR which btw also has PenTile, but not full HD like the Nexus. The Nexus does not have Gorilla Glass like the RAZR but it does have a similar type of glass just a different brand, the Nexus has a better processor with a better GPU, the same amount of RAM, newer and more quickly updated software, no bloat, no Blur, removable battery, decent but boring looks… the list goes on. The ONLY legitimate thing I think people could complain about the Nexus is the lack of SD card slot and that’s really not a deal breaker for most.

    • Nathan Cox

      It’s not the same Pentile as on the Bionic, it’ll be the same type used on the original SAMOLED screens. Not a big deal.

      • Pennywise

        Right. Unlike the Bionic it will have OLED Pentile, meaning that it won’t have the same great visibility in sunlight as the Bionic’s pentile.

  • hatethanet

    Does the GSII have Gorilla Glass? If not, then I’m not worried about the G Nexus not having it, since the GSII has proven to be sturdy.

    • razrftw

      yes

  • Dominick DeVito

    No custom UI
    No bloatware
    No carrier interference
    No manufacturer interference

    Most current up-to-date OS
    Direct OTA updates from Google
    Unlocked bootloader
    No irreplaceable battery

    No gorilla Glass

    Sure still sounds nice to me.

    • Kierra

      You wont get immediate updates though. Is it confirmed there will be no bloatware? I think its a matter of preferences…

      • Dominick DeVito

        Why won’t it get immediate updates? It’s a NEXUS phone – yes it will. The Nexus S was the FIRST to get new Android updates (from Google).

        Nexus and similar devices – even on Verizon – like the OG Droid and Xoom were the first to be released with a new Android OS – did those have bloatware? Nope.

        And even if it did – ICS can disable any 3rd party app.

        Matter of preferences for what? Bloatware? You prefer to have bloatware?

        • Kierra

          The last nexus had to wait months if I remember correctly for the next update. They dont get immediate updates. I dont pay attention to bloatware ,and again I DONT ROOT. If I have to mess with the innards then its not the phone for me. Its a phone ish should be ready made awesome…

          • Dominick DeVito

            Yes, but it’s always THE FIRST to get updates.

            Damn, what’s wrong with you people. educate yourselves before you troll.

    • GPU from 2007 slow as molasses. Fail.

      • Nathan Cox

        The GPU is not from 2007, but nice try….

        • Jake

          …and it’s clocked higher than it was in previous chipsets.

          • Big deal. Take an antique gpu and over clock it a bit. Still old and slow.

          • joejoe509

            As opposed to what? The 5th gen OMAP’s that haven’t come out yet? Or the RAZR that has a TI4430 compared to the TI4460 in the Nexus? The 4460 might be based off an old (2007? Hmm…) design, but it’s still one of the best processors on the current market and was designed specifically to be optimized with ICS.

        • Yes it is. Do some research before opening your pie hole.

          • Anonymous

            You first dipshit.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Okay, so don’t buy it.

      • Dominick DeVito

        You know a VZW phone with a better GPU?

    • lol @ the techie who won’t get a phone because it doesn’t have the right software on it when you can root and install vanilla android on pretty much any device. lol.

  • You guys do know Samsung and Corning have a joint company, right?  You know, Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass? 

    • Jake

      Samsung and Corning co-own a company called Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co., Ltd that manufacturers LCD glass for various electronic devices.

      • joejoe509

        Could this be the glass that the Nexus uses?

      • nailbomb3

        I’ll be damned. That’s good news then…

  • Pcman1911

    No SD card slot, Pentile Display, headphone jack @ bottom, now this??? Guess i will be waiting on the SGIII

    • razrftw

      why is the headphone jack on the bottom?

      • Bill Mitchell

        Teardrop shape of the phone.

      • joejoe509

        I don’t mind. I like the headphone jack on the bottom. It makes more sense to me. I hate how my wife’s iPhone jack is on the top…

    • Nathan Cox

      Haters gonna hate…

  • Hal

    Still getting this phone, disappointing but by no means a deal breaker at all……

  • Jordan Webb

    No, sir. Stock everything, non-rooted.

  • My very first thought (And I tweeted it too) was that I hope Samsung is using similar/new tech that does the same thing. 

    Thanks to those in the comments who showed the FB updated from Samsung. Hopefully, this announcements forces Samsung to reveal what this new tech is and how well it will hold up to daily use. Gawd, I really don’t want to put a screen protector on this thing…

  • exiOS

    Make this a poll…

  • joejoe509

    Isn’t it funny how we refer to this phone as THE Nexus? Like it’s the one and only Nexus. There are a couple other Nexus phones out there… lol

  • Anonymous

    This facebook comment sums it up for me “Christopher Adkison Remember all those horror stories we read about the screen of the Nexus S being scratched so easily due to no Gorilla Glass? Me neither.”

    • joejoe509

      lol. True.

  • exiOS

    They should have just named this phone the Nexus Lowered Expectations

    • Anonymous

      That makes no sense at all.  Unless you are all excited about phones that are locked down with less ability.

  • Anonymous

    Like many of the comments said: it’s still using a fortified glass.  Just not the name brand we know.  

    We’re speculating out the wazoo and in a week or two this thing will be out and we’ll probably say it was all a misunderstanding or no big deal.  

    Honestly is it worth vexing over??  No not at this point.

  • Anonymous

    No thanks Bionic, I’ll hold out for the Nexus… wait… are you still there??? I changed my mind…..

  • razrftw

    but its got a plastic body and no gorilla glass, this thing will look beat on after 6 months!

    • joejoe509

      Plastic should hold up pretty well. The glass is a bit of a variable.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    2 words.. Ghost Armor

  • Bryan Williams

    I really can’t believe people think this phone won’t have some sort of reinforced glass on it and in turn aren’t going to buy it because of their ignorance.

    Can you read?  Do you buy things at the grocery store just because of the name, regardless of the ingredients?

  • joejoe509

    In other news: Riots and mobs across the planet form when they finally realize there is no gold at the end of the rainbow and the world is not a perfect world.

    I was really hoping for this, but not a deal breaker. I’m sorry it’s not the phone of your dreams, but it’s still a smidge better than the RAZR. If you don’t agree with me – great. That’s what opinons are all about.

  • I can not make a decision to say that I do not want a product because it is missing something that many of us probably can not tell the difference. I will reserve my like/dislike for when the product is released. The good part is that with patience we will have 3 high end devices to get on VZW by the end of the year. Christmas is looking good.

  • Anonymous

    There’s always that “something” that’s missing. LOL. I’ll still take it over the Razzzor. 

    Vanilla Android rules the airways.

    • joejoe509

      Amen brother

  • Richard Ozment

    GNex will be awesome but i’m happy with my Bionic…root & rom baby, root & rom

  • PowersUSA

    The Nexus Prime uses another fortified glass, not the brand name Gorilla Glass from Corning

  • kep

    would be nice but oh well, that’s what they make insurance for.  I don’t buy it on anything except my smartphone(s).

  • Nexus S doesn’t have it either. http://goo.gl/7VVwE

    I don’t think Corning makes Gorilla glass for contoured displays.

  • Anonymous

    hmm no gorilla glass, no hdmi out, no sd card, pentile screen. the only thing it has going for it is ics. so much for super phone.

    • joejoe509

      It does have HDMI out over the MHL port

    • Anonymous

      i’m thinking this too.  still waiting for word on the bootloader.  i’m still willing to bet verizon negotiated some kind of deal that got them a nexus phone on some of their terms, like being locked down.  that and forever having blockbuster installed.  i’m only still considering buying this outright for the bootloader and what would be an awesome and unrivaled dev community in the android world today.

      • Anonymous

        well from the ics event, they stated that you can get rid of any preinstalled apps that you don’t want regardless of root.

        • Anonymous

          right, and in the hypothetical situation where verizon negotiated for some terms, they could easily disable this.  i guarantee every ics phone on verizon after the nexus will have disabling of certain apps, like blockbuster and let’s golf 2, disabled.  disabling apps will be one of the things they cripple in the future, at least as far as blockbuster goes and other bloatware goes.

    • Q

      Agreed.  The more I read about this, the more I become content with my Bionic.  Once this thing gets ICS, it will be pretty sweet and I wont even have a second thought about the Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    Guess I won’t have to feel guilty buying the Bionic to replace my dying OG!

    • joejoe509

      Why? The RAZR doesn’t appeal to you?

      • Anonymous

        My phone is dying now and the nature of my job requires I have a phone with email working at all times. On call FTL.

  • Razr and Nexus need to have a baby because each phone is teasing me with what I want but neither go all the way!

    Razr, thin, carbon fiber tough, manly lookin and gorilla glass
    Nexus, 4.65″ 1280×720! ICS!! Gorgeous looking

    Their sexy little baby, priceless

    • joejoe509

      Lol… It would be some gorgeous, manly looking tansgender phone.

      I dunno- if the Nexus was a little thinner, had an sd card slot, and gorilla glass… it would be perfect. Not that any of those things will keep me from my Nexus 🙂

  • Bionic

    “HAAAA HAAAAA” – Droid Bionic

    • joejoe509

      Dear Bionic:

      We’re laughing AT you, not WITH you.

      • ChingChong

        Noooope.

        • miscreant

          Chuck Testa.

          • Anonymous

            I got the reference!! Hahaah

  • Booboolala2000

    FFor some reason, I think the fortified glass Samsung and Google choose will be fine. See you guys at VZW on the tenth. Goodbye bloat and late updates. And still no screen protectors.

  • I wish the RAZR ran Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. That said, my original Droid doesn’t have Gorilla Glass and the glass is still fine.

    • razrftw

      the og droid does have it.

  • Nyce2beme

    bionic doesn’t look so bad now huh

    • LiterofCola

      no, but it doesn’t look that great either

      • joejoe509

        I was never impressed with the Bionic so my opinion has not changed. Why would ANYONE buy the Bionic with the RAZR so close?

        • Q

          Agreed, the RAZR is the Droid you should be looking for these days, but the Bionic is not nearly as bad as Nexus fanboys try to make it out to be.. 

  • Trooper

    This is a bummer as well.

    http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1319022037

    I think the RAZR is starting to look a bit better.  But alas, it will be locked.  Ugh.

  • This is pretty old news (by Internet standards).

    A Samsung rep posted on their Facebook account  last week and said it used a different type of reinforced glass. 
    http://www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA/posts/10150320290026786

    You’re slipping, Droid-life.

  • This, oddly enough, makes it a deal breaker for me.  I work in an outdoors and sometimes industrial environment for extended hours, so my phone gets dirty and damaged a lot.  I was thinking this or Razr, but with 1) no gorilla glass on GN, 2) no removable battery (for extended, etc) on the Razr, and 3) a qHD pentile on the Bionic (the only screen that i’ve ever been able to read in direct sunlight), looks like the Bionic may be the best choice.  Oddly enough.

    • Keith Sumner

      Don’t let others opinions get you down, the Bionic is a GREAT device and despite what others have said, the screen is fantastic, battery life is great, and overall very powerful and fast.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Sure, but the Razr will be GREATER and the G-Nex EVEN GREATER

        • Pennywise

          Razr? Battery is not removable and the screen is OLED (garbage) meaning that it won’t be visible in sunlight… Did you read Dan’s post?

          Bionic wins.

  • Mevestalloy

    Kellex, would you update the article with Samsung’s Facebook info showing they ARE using a different type of fortified glass? A lot of people might not read the comments

  • Calm down everyone, it has “scratch resistant reinforced glass”, it’s just not gorilla glass.  Maybe they couldn’t use gorilla glass due to the curve in the glass.  Who knows.

  • webby

    No problemo, I always go to the local mall and have Ghost Armor put on my phone screens as soon as I get them — protects from scratches and also easier to wipe off.  And we will only know after the phone is in the wild for some time whether or not the “fortified glass” that Sammy is using for the G-Nex is as strong as Gorilla Glass … or not. 

    I’m still a buyer.

  • Anonymous

    What Nexus phone was ground breaking with hardware…

  • If the RAZR came with Ice Cream Sandwich, it would be mighty tempting.

  • How are they going to design, manufacture, market and sell a superphone without gorilla glass? This is even weirder than the SAMOLED/SAMOLED+ controversy.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “we would just recommend that you try your hardest not to pocket drop your G-Nex or take a key and scratch the face of it as hard as you can.”

    oh… thanks

  • Kris Brandt

    Does the Galaxy SII not have Gorilla glass as well?  If so, I wouldn’t worry one bit since we already know how good it is in a Drop Test.

  • Lane Gordon

    I saw a Motorola Atrix with Gorilla Glass with a busted up screen from dropping.  It was busted bad.  I couldn’t understand how the guy was still using it but he said replacement glass wasn’t available yet at that time.  It still seemed to work fine although hard to see through.  

  • Jason

    O M G!!!! No gorilla glass???? Yep I’m still gettting it lol Who cares? Would have been nice but def not a deal breaker.

  • SamsungSucks

    This is why I hate the fact that Samsung got another shot at the Nexus line. Every time they make one, it sucks butt. They cut corners, and find ways to screw us customers. Ugh, why can’t Google pick anyone else to make their Nexus phones?

  • Kierra

    Since I dont root, I just will not settle for plastic and no gorilla glass. 
    I know some ppl dont like Moto but their build quality is peerless. 

  • Henry_is_awesome

    The nexus s didn’t have gorilla glass. The DROID charge does not have gorilla glass. Most htc products don’t have it. Why is this an issue all of the sudden?

  • Hamholla

    I want to fast-forward to the glass future that Corning’s commercial just displayed. that was awesome… 

    And yes I’m getting the nexus regardless 

  • Mike

    Very disappointing. Will we ever see the perfect Droid? The Nexus came close, but this is definitely a must have feature on my list.

  • Anonymous

    well that sucks…

  • Anonymous

    no bloatware says it all

  • Bionicman

    i use a screen protector anyway. maybe it has to do with it being a curved glass screen? who knows. not a deal break though

  • Anonymous

    Definitely not a killer, we would just recommend that you try your hardest not to pocket drop your G-Nex or take a key and scratch the face of it as hard as you can.

    Yeah, exactly. Just treat your Galaxy Nexus with respect, and your Nexus will treat you with respect by not breaking. Don’t drop it, don’t throw it around, don’t play catch with your dog with it, don’t do anything of that nature other than “using” it the way its meant to be used and it’ll be A-OK. Capisce?

  • Samsung has already confirmed on Facebook that they are using another brand of fortified glass. Please present both sides of the story.

    Source: http://www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA/posts/10150320290026786

    • John

      all glass not created equal.  GG has shown to be superior to scratch resistant glass on other devices.

      • [Citation needed].

        All glass is indeed not created equal, but none of us know what glass *is* used in the GNex, so let’s stop being dramatic about the idea that it’s not a particular brand. And, hell, maybe let’s try the “wait and see” approach; that’d be a lot better than this one-sided story, and the ensuing comments that never actually had enough real information to be made.

        • John

          I’ll wait and see, but I’m not optimistic because no other glass used to data can compare to GG.

          • John

            date*

          • [Citation needed]. You keep saying that no other glass can compare. Prove that. The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that Gorilla Glass is actually the best.

          • I’ve taken a fork on several occasions and stabbed/scratched my Droid X screen before while DRUNK and still didn’t have any scratches. I think that speaks in and of itself. Not saying it’s not possible, but if there was another product as good as or better than Gorilla Glass then I’m sure someone in this community must have heard of it. Until then, I’ll still hold to my belief that GG is the best out there. 

          • Anonymous

            “I’ve taken a fork on several occasions and stabbed/scratched my Droid X
            screen before while DRUNK and still didn’t have any scratches. I think
            that speaks in and of itself.”

            Yes… yes, I think it does.

            (But it *also* really testifies to the scratch-resistant properties of Gorilla Glass.  🙂 )

            I kid.  But seriously, my original Droid has gone two years without significant scratches, despite treatment that has left the photo button devoid of goldish and the volume rocker able only to make things louder.  So I have reason to trust Corning.  Samsung… has not acquitted itself as well in my experience with its consumer products.  (Your mileage may vary, of course– the plural of anecdote isn’t data.)  A GG screen starts with a certain level of confidence for me– a no-name fortified glass of unknown properties has yet to prove itself.  I await the real-world reviews, but I’m already wondering if I can keep my OG Droid going another eleven months till the next Nexus device.

            (But of course this one is on Verizon, and who knows if the next one will be? Decisions, decisions.)

  • Nexus S doesn’t have Gorilla Glass, no?  Any owners care to share their thoughts?

    • Anonymous

      I have had mine for a few months now. I have no scratches on the screen even after a tumble on some concrete. I do not have a screen protector on it and it is usually kept in my pocket. I wouldn’t worry about the Galaxy Nexus if it is the same type of glass as the S

  • Alexander Garcia

    …another reason why I will be getting the Droid RAZR over the Gal Nex 🙂

  • Windex should help the “A day made of glass” come to fruition.

  • Anonymous

    Just when I thought screen protectors would be a thing of the past….

  • EC8CH

    I saw a post from Samsung that said they used a scratch resistant glass, but not “Gorilla Glass”.  Similar tech, just not the brand name.  Guess the importance of this depends upon how special “Gorilla Glass” really is versus how much of it is just branding.

    • Anonymous

      Linkie link?

      • Anti_Gorilla_Glass
        • EC8CH

          that’s it… thanks for finding that.

      • miscreant

        I saw this as well…I believe it was Sammy’s facebook. They confirmed a “different type of fortified glass” instead of Gorilla Glass. My guess is they found a cheaper alternative that’s just as good. Gorilla Glass is just a brand name, not an end-all, be-all.

        • Lgreg64

          just another US product stolen and made cheaper over seas.

          • Anonymous

            Corning already makes it in the US and Japan – and I would almost guarantee that since your smartphone is probably made in Asia, that’s where the GG comes from now.

          • miscreant

            Honestly, I don’t care where it’s made or what name is attached to it. If it can be just as effective as a brand name product, who am I to deny it? If it works, it works. If anyone seriously believes that Samsung/Google would allow a device like this to get away with inferior, weak glass (relative to what’s on the market now), they’re naive.

          • Anonymous

            I agree – I just want some evidence as to that what they’re using is going to be as good.  Name brand doesn’t mean much if it holds up the same way.

          • K B

            You will find out.

    • Anonymous

      If it’s just as strong and less vulnerable to finger grease, I’m all for it.  I haven’t been terribly impressed with Gorilla Glass.  Or my greasy fingers.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not impressed with your greasy fingers either =)…

        • Anonymous

           

    • Anonymous

      Id say the thing to note is that Gorilla got the patent for the tech that goes into their glass, so if Samsung uses some no-name generic glass, it just cant be as good. Now on the other hand, if it turns out that what theyre using was good enough to warrant a crazy name like Alien Glass (lol) or something then i think we might have a chance at some quality.  

  • Wank, wank, wank.

    Sorry, I was feeling left out.

  • razrftw

    i wonder if it’s curved, could it be easier to break?

    • The curved glass will make it so the glass is less likely to break.  Straight lines and sharp corners help create stress points, curves reduce the stress points.  In comparison to air planes this is also why they have round window and doors. 

      Warning: History ahead!  

      Back in the early ’50s the Comet jetliner was the first production jetliner that was doing pretty well.  Then two years later seven of them fell out of the sky without warning.  The common theme was 45 degree breaks at the corner of the windows causing the jets to crash, the reason why they cracked is from the cycles of compression and decompression from landing and take off.  Long story short engineers learned something about fatigue and made round windows to overcome these stress points.

  • Trooper

    Disappointing.  

  • Keith Sumner

    ahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhah

    • Dominick DeVito

      Yep – laugh it up. In 4 weeks we’ll be enjoying ICS on a great device while you’ll be playing with your Bionic on Gingerbread.

      Then in April we’ll be enjoying 4.1 Jelly Bean while you wait for Moto’s ICS upgrade.

      Yeah keep laughing

      • Keith Sumner

        I don’t know what “4 hour bionic” means but I get about 14 hours from a charge on my Bionic.

        You can laugh it up, actually, you seem to be so hell bent on a phone that you haven’t even used yet, and making a lot of assumptions on how great you think this phone will be, I’m sure the Nexus will be a great device but what if it doesn’t meet all of your expectations? Let’s be realistic here.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Yeah on 3G.

          Not that the G-Nex will be any better on LTE I’m sure, but at least I’ll be using the current OS.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I’ll be playing with facial unlock while you play with City ID and Blockbuster. Have fun.

          • Dominickothegimp

            I feel sorry for your G-Nexus, mostly for having to look at your smug, douchy mug every day. I hope more of your kind, the douche bag ex-iPhone owners don’t make it to Android,.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I guess I found another Bionic owner.

          • Anonymous

            You’re pathetic.

          • Bill Mitchell

            He doesn’t represent the other Galaxy Nexus fans!! 🙁

          • Keith Sumner

            and I’ll be happy with my Bionic as I am now, thank you for trolling, have a nice day.

          • Jordan Webb

            I get 16 hours on average with LTE and WiFi radios on.

            I know, I know. It’s hard to believe something you’re not a fanboy of could be decent.

            And yes, I wish I could get a Nexus, but I needed a new phone a month ago. =/

          • Dominick DeVito

            Extended battery?

          • Q

            I get 32+ hours on my Bionic with extended battery.. 4G on all the time.. Stop hating.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, over 2 days with extended battery.  The irony is that reports are saying the GN’s battery life is not as good so have fun with that.

      • Duck Dodgers

        +1 So far every news update regarding this phone has been a non-issue. I don’t need training wheels on my devices. That’s no unnecessary screen film junk or suit of armor for a case. I’m the type of person that still has a mint 12″ Powerbook and OG Droid that could last another year or so.

        • Bryan Williams

          Hahaha, I was just in the local VZW store the other day and the sales rep couldn’t believe that my OG Droid was in mint condition.  Then I showed him that I still had 70% battery left after having it off the charger for almost 10 hours along with it being OC’d and a low voltage kernel on it.

          He called over 2 other reps just to show them.

      • Dominickothegimp

        Dude, how come you don’t have an iPhone? You are enough of a jackass, and douche that one would fit perfectly in your hand.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Yep – I’m a jackass for wanting:

          1. No customized UI
          2. Current updates
          3. No Carrier or Manufacturer interference
          4. Unlocked Bootloader – for the best Custom ROM experience

          Hee Haw Hee Haw!

          • the best thing about this comment thread is watching Dom DeVito’s progression from rational, unemotional logical arguments into sarcastic, frothing emotional fanaticism.  I hope it keeps up as I scroll down. I can only imagine what the last post is going to be.  He’s going to go postal…

  • Very disappointing, but not enough to make me move on to another phone.  Does this have anything to do with the curved screen?  Maybe gorilla glass can’t do curved screens just yet?

    • Dominick DeVito

      That’s my guess as well.

    • Anonymous

      That’s why it is not used on the Nexus S.

    • Anonymous

      The Sensation uses curved gorilla glass.

  • Anonymous

    I was really excited to get the galaxy nexus but this is really disappointing since I’m a little hard on my phone. I don’t want to have to replace the screen every time I accidentally drop it.  

    • Dominick DeVito

      Insure it and get a cover

      • Anonymous

        Why would I insure it for $8/month when I still have to pay $50 or $100 (not sure which) to get it replaced when I could just buy a new screen for $50 and replace it myself? I had to replace the LCD on my DX because apparently leaving it in the sun for a few minutes makes huge black spots on the screen.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Not sure what plan you have, but I replaced my OG Droid 2x with the VZW $8 insurance plan and didn’t pay either time to have it replaced. The first time I dropped it (from a rooftop) and it shattered the 2nd time the power button broke.

        • Jake

          In the Nexus S the curved glass screen and the LCD were a fused unit, so you couldn’t just replace the shatterd glass screen; you had to replace the whole unit. This made it more expensive…IF you could find the part for sale. If the Galaxy Nexus also has a fused screen, it could pose a similar problem.

          • Jake

            Just to get an idea, I searched for a replacement screen/LCD unit for the Galaxy S. I found it for $120. The Galaxy Nexus would probably cost even more.

  • razrftw

    wtf why not?

  • Anonymous

    yeah, for the average customer this phone is a complete fail. and i am talking about the type of people that dont root/rom. this phone is probably going to be the worst selling nexus phone because the specs not only do not wow, they don’t even keep up with current competition. that being said, still buying it.

  • Jac_White

    Ill decide when I see the phone….but I’ve already moved on.  If I like the look of the phone I wont care that it doesnt have gorilla glass……that’s what insurance is for.

  • The more I hear about this phone, the more I start wondering about the RAZR, or *gasp* the i-phone…..

    • lol it never goes to apple man

    • Anonymous

      iPhone 4S is sick man. Yes, I left Android and joined the granny iPhone packing “darkside”. Wish I could have 2 phones though. iOS and an Android just to play with both.

      • Anonymous

        You’re just happy you can ask your phone what she’s wearing and she doesn’t back-hand you like all of the other girls in your life.

        • Anonymous

          *iPhone voice*

          “I am wearing…last…years…clothes.” “What else can I tell you that you already know?”

          =)

    • Anonymous

      People getting a Nexus phone are getting for the software as much as, if not more than, the hardware. If the hardware is that important to you, then get the RAZR. I want to root and ROM. If you just want a hot Android phone, get the RAZR. I’m sure Moto will put ICS on there.

    • Anonymous

      You know the iPune doesn’t have Gorilla Glass either, right? God forbid you drop that thing.

      • So what you’re saying is don’t drop or key a nexus or an i-p because both of them will do the same thing, namely, break??

        • Anonymous

          Not at all. The Nexus actually will have resistive glass just not by Corning. The iPune on the other hand…same glass as the stuff in your kitchen cabinets.

        • Anonymous

          You seen the iphone 4s vs GS2 drop test video?  That’s the difference between cheap glass billed as “premium” build quality and gorilla glass.

          • Anonymous

            lets see…one phone is made of a glass front and back..the other has plastic..of course the iphone was gonna shatter…

          • Anonymous

            Correction…one phone has Corning Gorilla Glass installed and the other doesn’t…
            Now class, can you tell me which one that might be…

          • Anonymous

            the iphone does have gorilla glass…wtf are you talking about?

          • Anonymous

            You sure about that one?…

            How about this: Go outside and drop it on the concrete. If it breaks, I was right. If not, then you are right.

            Actually; why don’t I just save you the time:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGgtoOcj9QQ 

          • Anonymous

            My point exactly, both the front and back of the iphone shattered, the GS2’s screen did not, it only suffered some minor scratches and dings around the edges.

      • Anonymous

        the iphone does have gorilla glass..corning just cant advertise it being on the iphone

        • Anonymous

          You sure about that one?…

          How about this: Go outside and drop it on the concrete. If it breaks, I was right. If not, then you are right.

          Actually; why don’t I just save you the time:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGgtoOcj9QQ

        • Guest

          This is true.  Corning can’t publicly say it.

        • Anonymous

          Funny, doesn’t seem to hold up as well as the phones that do advertise that they have it.

  • Every time an article comes out about this phone, it’s been bad news. Now I’m so confused…

    • Right? First it’s the Pentile display, then it’s no Gorilla Glass. I wish the RAZR ran Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

      • Jac_White

        Razr has a pentile display also……. also has a  worse processor, motoblur, capacitive buttons, non-removable battery, smaller screen.

        It’s thinner and has a sim card slot…..of those are deal breakers for you get the Razr.

        Who cares if it uses gorilla glass….it can scratch anyways….my OG droid is scratched to hell.   If it bothers you get a screen protector….if it breaks replace it with insurance.

        • Anonymous

          Oh My Goodness…. I Just Read That The Galaxy Nexus Isn’t Carbon Neutral.

        • Dan Meyering

          The Razr and Nexus both have the exact same processor

          • Jac_White

            Check it again…….The Razr has the 4430, The Nexus the 4460. 

          • Mgurule80

            I believe the GPU in the Nexus is bumped up a little…

          • Flyerwire

            no it doesnt. The razr is a 4430 last time they released the information

          • Guest

            WRONG!!!!!!!!!

        • miscreant

          Worse processor? Uhhh…pretty sure it’s been confirmed to have the SAME processor. Or is it just “worse” because it’s in a Moto device?

          • Guest

            Official reports state RAZR as having the older generation OMAP 4430. The sources that say 4460 are misinformed.

          • But the two CPUs perform almost identically in real world applications unless you’re recording in 3D or something (which you can’t do from the Nexus anyway)

          • Guest

            still doesn’t make them the “SAME” processor.

          • Anonymous

            If they perform the “same” does it matter that one is a OMAP 4430 and the other is a OMAP 4460? 

          • Jac_White

            As I replied to another with the “same” point….One is underclocked and one is overclocked…….One will be running at 1.5 or higher shortly after it;s release and the other will still be at 1.2.    Want to guess which is which?

          • Anonymous

            You are assuming, nothing more.  Both processors are more or less exactly the same, same die process, same configuration.

          • Anonymous

            yea it does, because them performing “the same” is a matter of stretching the truth IMO, and if you think about it, why bother making a new processor if its simply the same as the one its replacing?

          • Guest

            NOT THE “SAME”!!!!!!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            Correct. These processors are way more than what is needed for mobile processing at the moment. Hell, the single core snapdragon in my Inc2 still performs very well. Nex and Razr will both have a good amount of ram too. So you will not really notice a difference in performance unless blur bogs the Razr down.

          • Jac_White

            One is overclocked and the other is underclocked……..One will most definitely be running at 1.5Ghz or greater within a month of release and the other will not.   Do the math.

          • Anonymous

            im willing to bet theyll both be running 1.5ghz and beyond. my tegra2 it running 1.68 and it started @ 1.0

          • pete

            4430 cant be clocked over 1 ghz.thats what the ti website says. its 4460 same as g nex

          • Abc

            4430 ddoesn’t come FACTORY clocked at over 1ghz Motorola OCd it to 1.2ghz

        • there both the same processor you noob!

          • Jac_White

            oh really?  check it again noob.

          • Guest

            WRONG!!!!!!

          • Guest

            U misinformed bro?

          • Earleepa

            Unless I’m wrong I think they’re both omap processors. The one in the raze I may get the numbers wrong, is a 4440 and the one in the nexus is a 4460 but they’re both clocked at 1.2 ghz.

          • Earleepa

            Its a 4430 in the raze.

          • Anonymous

            4430…4431…whatever it takes 😛

          • Anonymous

            LOL is that a MR MOM reference? +1 for that!

          • Tshutchison2005

            They both use the same TI OMAP 4460.

          • Tshutchison2005

            Sigh… Different sources say conflicting things. Guess we won’t know until there’s a teardown.

          • Anonymous

            The cpu speed is the same however the GPU is clocked 26% higher in the 4460 which is quite substantial.

        • Jason

          seems like every time there is a article with somethig the Gnex doesn’t have everyone needs tro get on here to tell everyone else “That’s a deal breaker!!” kinda funny to read though. Just use the invishield, have them put it on for you and they guarantee your screen, if it gets messed up they will replace it for you for free. Found it at best buy. going to get ready for the next dealbreaker article! lol I personally am just waiting for the release date cause I’m getting this phone.

          • Earleepa

            No sd card on the nexus may be a dealbreaker for me. I definitely don’t want the razr with its non removable battery.

          • Jason

            Has it actually been put out officially that there is no SD card slot? The pics on Engadget of the open back had a slot with the memory card outline above it. the left corner had the angled edge which normally stands for sd card? I don’t know, we do need some official answers to all these questions and a dang release date!!

          • Nex

            I thought that was the 4g card slot.  I don’t want the razr but the lack of an sd card does bother me.  I hope we are all wrong and it does have an sd card slot. i can’t imagine the point of leaving it out.

          • Are you sure that wasn’t the sim card slot?  I know what picture you were talking about but I couldn’t find it again to look.  

            One things for sure, Verizon has swept this phone under the rug until they’ve sold as many crappy, out of date phones before they HAVE to release the GN due to contractual obligations.  

          • Jason

            I guess it was a sim slot. I was watching a video on phandroid and the label next to it says memory: 16GB/32GB so that i’m assuming is saying no SD card. Even with the SD card on other phones can you exceed 32GB of memory? I think they are all trying to push us to use the cloud. Music always took up most of the space on my phone till I got the Google music beta and now I don’t have to waste space for music anymore, just stream from the sever. I have unlimited though, prob not cool if your under the new teired plans

          • Anonymous

            It does not have a microsd slot.  Btw, most phones support the new micro sdxc 64 GB cards now as well.

          • bigrob60

            There were two spots. Upper right that was thinner & elongated like a sim card is. And the upper left looked like the SD could be built into the phone. Even has the grey SD lock on the right side of it when looking at from the back. 
            http://www.engadget.com/photos/samsung-galaxy-nexus-hands-on/#4538666

          • Anonymous

            Cloud?  Whether you grab the Nexus on Verizon or AT&T, etc. Your gonna have good bandwidth available for accessing cloud stored material so its really not that big of a deal is it?

          • What it sounds like you’re saying is that they’ll guarantee your screen will not scratch OR shatter/fracture once the ZAGG Invisible Shield is applied.  I don’t believe that is correct, but then again I’ve been wrong before.  If they truly do guarantee against screen shattering/fracturing then problem solved.

            I think what you actually meant was that ZAGG guarantees that their product will prevent scratching only and will replace your device if it fails to do so (I’m sure with certain restrictive conditions).  That would make far more sense.

            Please clarify either way.

          • Jason

            I don’t know about the shatter/fracture part but I know for sure the guarantee against the scratches. I have had one on my OG for quite some time and have dropped it several times, the screen still looks brand new. I know thats not saying the invishield is what kept it intact but the screen is still good either way. I have had the invishield replaced for free once and haven’t had any issues with it. I always have my phone in my pocket with my keys and what not, still looks good. The OG is a pretty sturdy phone and the Gnex is pretty slim so I don’t know if this will help with the shatter/fracture but I intend to put a case on it to help cushion it from drops. Especially with how much it costs to replace, oh and get the insurance to just in case.

          • Anonymous

            That does seem to be how they present it. However, unfortunately, that’s not the case.
             
            Yes, their lifetime guarantee probably does apply to screen shatter/fracture.
             
            The problem is that the lifetime warranty, despite the implications they make, doesn’t apply to the device at all. From the ZAGG website’s section on “Lifetime Guarantee”: If your invisibleSHIELD ever becomes scratched, torn, or damaged while protecting your device, we offer you a free invisibleSHIELD replacement for as long as you own your device.
             
            If the protector fails, ZAGG is going to replace the protector (yup, the one that failed), not your device.

        • Pete

          My friend razr uses the same processor as the galaxy nexus and and the screen is non pentile. Its the super amoled m3 display which is i think made by sharp. And abt the processor its omap 4460 coz 4430 can not be clocked more than 1 ghz. And 4460 can go upto 1.5 ghz. Check that in texas instruments website and about motorola application platform(motoblur) it runs smoothly and i like it better that touch wiz coz touch wiz is too complicated.

          But every has their opinion.

          • Earleepa

            If the processor can’t be clocked at more than 1 ghz for the razr. How come the specs say 1.2 ghz. Maybe you should call Texas instruments and let them know.

          • pete

            it says so coz its 4460

          • Jac_White

            It says so because it is being overclocked…….misinformed poster is misinformed.

          • Earleepa

            4460 I the nexus. 4430 in the razr. Can u really not read.

          • It isn’t 4460. Either your lying or were lied to.

          • Earleepa

            Feel.com droid razr specs vs galaxy nexus specs. Check it out

          • Earleepa

            That’s geek.com

        • Anonymous

          Also, it’s important to note that there are a variety of alternatives to Gorilla Glass that are damn close to it in durability. There are plenty of other companies that make other forms of fortified / tempered glass for electronic devices, Corning is just the most well known.

          • Jason

            Very true! Just because it’s not the name brand doesn’t mean the fortified glass they use won’t be good

        • I should have changed paragraphs. The Pentile display is inferior to the Retina display on the iPhone. The glass on the Galaxy Nexus is (maybe) inferior to the glass on the RAZR.

        • i read the razr is super amoled

          • Anonymous

            I thought I read plain amoled. Super amoled is samsung, right?

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      • Nfl123

        all amoled screens are pentile -_-

        • K B

          All but super amoled plus.

      • Fortesquieu

        If you read more news, you’d see that Pentile on GN isn’t a problem. It is still crisp and clear, due to the really high resolution.

    • Anonymous

      Just wait until you hold it in your hand and there are some real world use reviews then decide if you want to drop 300 on it. Waiting a little while won’t hurt you, I promise

    • EC8CH

      *pple FUD machine in full force 🙂

    • Mctypething

      u confused bro?

      • Jac_White

        u a douchebag bro?

      • Guest

        you a dick bro?

        • exiOS

          No, I am a Richard.

      • dragonlord

        This news hurts my feelings. Yes bro I am sad.

    • Anonymous

      Could you point me to the bad news…. I’ve not noticed it. The only bad news is that this phone is not out yet.

    • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      Gorilla glass is great, but I’m sure the product they’ve used on this device doesn’t suck.  If you’re going to pay north of $300 for a phone, get the insurance and don’t worry about this crap.

      You already know the phone has mad stats and capabilities.  Wait for it to come out.  Go and play with it in the store for a while.  If you don’t care about all of the locked bootloader stuff, check out the Razr too.

      At the end of the day, their phones.  Get the one you think is going to best serve your needs.  

      • Anonymous

        If you’re going to pay north of $300 for a phone, get the insurance and don’t worry about this crap.
        ————————————–
        The problem I have with this is knowing there is no SD slot.  If my screen breaks, it’s that much harder to get all my data off the SD card.  It’s not like I can yoink the SD card out and pop it in another. 

        Some really stupid design choices on this phone.

        • dragonlord

          That’s a great point!

        • Zeadaplaya

          You also realize though that just about all of your memory is streamed right?

          • Anonymous

            What are you talking about?

    • Kixofmyg0t

      It doesn’t matter because the good news is it will have NFC!!!! N…..F…FRICKEN C!!!!!

      You’ll NEVER have to worry about scratching the screen because THE BOOTLOADER IS UNLOCKABLE! How can you scratch or break the screen if it has NFC! and unlocked bootloader HMMMM!?!?!?

      that’s RIGHT you CAN’T! yup NOT possible!

      However….if you manage you get sucked into a nuclear explosion and you scratch the screen you can just hold it up to some regular glass and the NFC will REPAIR THE GLASS! ZOMG IT’S SO REVOLUTIONARY!!!!

      This is the LAST phone planet earth will EVER need! NO OTHER PHONE EVER can compete with NFC! and unlocked bootloader power! NOT EVEN STUPID QUAD CORE PHONES! Pffft. quad core is SOOOO 2012 bro. THIS IS NOW!

  • Anonymous

    I’m disappointed.  I will likely get a screen protector, but I have yet to find one I like as much as a simple “naked” screen.

  • Maybe it’ll have Dragontrail glass that I remember seeing earlier this year?

    • Anonymous

      I thought this was the case with the Nexus S, too; basically, still a hardened glass but just not made by Corning.

  • viewthis66

    not a big deal to me. 

    any news on a car mount? desk top dock? etc…

  • Lito31

    hmm wtf man, so all this phoen has going for it is, nfc and ice cream sandwich for the average consumer? hmmm

    • And reliable updates in the future

    • Dominick DeVito

      It’s a Nexus phone. NO OTHER phone can be that for 2012. Understand what a Nexus phone is. It has NOTHING to do with cutting edge technology – it’s a “standard” for other OEMs to follow (no physical buttons, etc) – not a screen spec

      ’nuff said.

      • Phillip Dick

        What happens when Moto is making the Nexus and putting Jelly Bean on it, will you then switch alliance
        and say that Samsung released poor quality hardware.

  • Tim_Horton

    Screen saver on my first ICS device?  no way…this is lame.  

    • Anonymous

      Those things are overrated… don’t get what the big deal is…. MY Evo only really scratched a little spot aftert a year and a half. And that’s because it fell flat on its face. Nothing Uglier than a screen protector on any phone.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Eh, we pretty much expected this due to the curved screen. NOT a deal breaker, but a bummer nonetheless.

    Now here come the Moto trolls….

    • Dominickothegimp

      Your mom is a Moto troll.

    • PyroHoltz

      The HTC Sensation has a curved screen and it’s sporting GG.

      “… HTC Sensation screen is comprised of a 4.3 inch contour curved gorilla glass cover…”
      source:http://htcsensationspecs.com/htc-sensation-screen/

      Where are you getting your info, indicating that it can’t be GG and be curved?