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Galaxy Nexus Roundup: Only 16GB Showing from Google, No Flash Support, Vodafone Still Testing, and No USB Mass Storage

Since it’s a Saturday and there are a ton of Galaxy Nexus stories floating about, we thought one massive post would be a better option than forcing you to click around between a half dozen stories. Chatter over the last 12 hours or so has involved the lack of Flash support at this time, an updated spec list showing just a 16GB model in the states, a lack of USB mass storage, and Vodafone (Verizon’s Euro partner) refusing to sell the G-Nex while they finish up testing. Lots of stuff, so let’s jump through it. 

Up first is this adjustment to Google’s landing page for the Galaxy Nexus showing that the device will only have 16GB of internal storage. On Thursday, this same site listed both 32GB and 16GB options, so this change is a little confusing. We know that folks with the device in hand already have 32GB versions (LTE as well), leaving us even more confused. Could they possibly cut out the 32GB option? I would certainly hope not. Since the phone has internal storage only, and no chance to add additional space through a micro SD card, this would be a huge disappointment. And let’s not forget about the $299 price tag we have seen time and time again. Both the RAZR and Rezound come with 32GB of total storage, are expandable to 48GB, and priced at $299 – we better see the 32GB version of this phone or there are going to be a lot of unhappy Android addicts.

Update: As one of our readers pointed out in the comments, Verizon’s own training documents show that the phone will launch with 32GB. Try not to freak out yet, folks.

Reports from a variety of places have pointed out the fact that the Galaxy Nexus does not come loaded with Flash 11, nor can it be found in the market as a supported app. Adobe announced last week that they were stopping development on mobile Flash, so the idea that Ice Cream Sandwich is not currently supported, sort of makes sense. The good news is that Google fully expects there to be a working version in the near future and had this to say to SlashGear:

“Flash hasn’t been released for ICS yet so as far as we know, Adobe will support Flash for ICS.” – Google

So try not to stress over something like Flash at this point. And I wouldn’t doubt it if you could simply pull Flash from a currently supported device, sideload it on the G-Nex and get it to work as it does on every other phone.

According to Pocket-Lint, Vodafone has refused to sell the Galaxy Nexus in Europe while they finish up testing on it, similarly to what Verizon is rumored to be doing. This may seem irrelevant to those here in the states, but it should be noted that Vodafone is Verizon’s Euro partner.

“We’re continuing to test the GALAXY Nexus software to ensure our customers get the best possible experience of the device. We’ll provide concrete details on availability once the testing process has been successfully completed.”

After reading that, I think it’s clear that Big Red’s partner in the wireless game is as anal picky thorough as they are when it comes to testing. To be fair though, Verizon has always stressed that they want their customers to have the best mobile experience possible, so extra testing measures aren’t necessarily a bad thing. If testing takes an extra couple of weeks, I’m fine with that as long as the experience is almost flawless.

And the last part of this mega-G-Nex post has to do with the lack of USB mass storage on the device. Shocked to hear that? You aren’t the only one. To explain his team’s move, Android engineer Dan Morrill took to reddit to discuss:

ICS supports USB Mass Storage (UMS). The Galaxy Nexus does not. This is the same scenario as Honeycomb, as for instance HC supports USB Mass Storage while Xoom does not.

If a given device has a removable SD card it will support USB Mass Storage. If it has only built-in storage (like Xoom and Galaxy Nexus) it will (usually) support only MTP and PTP.

It isn’t physically possible to support UMS on devices that don’t have a dedicated partition for storage (like a removable SD card, or a separate partition like Nexus S.) This is because UMS is a block-level protocol that gives the host PC direct access to the physical blocks on the storage, so that Android cannot have it mounted at the same time.

With the unified storage model we introduced in Honeycomb, we share your full 32GB (or 16GB or whatever) between app data and media data. That is, no more staring sadly at your 5GB free on Nexus S when your internal app data partition has filled up — it’s all one big happy volume.

However the cost is that Android can no longer ever yield up the storage for the host PC to molest directly over USB. Instead we use MTP. On Windows (which the majority of users use), it has built-in MTP support in Explorer that makes it look exactly like a disk. On Linux and Mac it’s sadly not as easy, but I have confidence that we’ll see some work to make this better.

On the whole it’s a much better experience on the phone.

And he didn’t stop there. If you cruise over to this reddit thread and search for user morrildl, you can find a variety of responses to questions from other reddit users. He talks file systems, SD cards, why some phones leave out external storage slots altogether, and more. Great reads.

Cheers Chris, Chris, Michael, Richard and so many others!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Hammie/1398210197 Thomas Hammie

    They can’t give you everything, because then you won’t buy the next phone that comes out three mounths later. I really don’t see how MORE people aren’t upset with the fact that verizon released the bionic, then like 2 mouths or less released the RAZAR. We need a standard in the cellphone industry. The fact that it is almost 2012 and they are going to release a phone with out a SD card is crazy. The same for pones still coming out with 5MP cams; but the prices are still going up. I love smartphones, but with all this b.s. going on now, I’m really thinking about buying one more and hanging it up after that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    Judging by the amount of comments on articles about this phone it is going to be a huge seller when it finally gets released.

  • nexus on the brain

    Kellen,

    Got to be approaching a record for most comments, now over 600….we close?

    • Anonymous

      Not even, I remember when the Droid got the official update to Froyo the comments were over a thousand.

  • razors edge

    I bought the Razor. No regrets. The build quality is the best I have ever seen. The software has been buttery smooth. The screen blows away the screen that is on my old DX2.

    • debits and credits

      I also picked up a razr, betting that I would be able to return it, but I am very unhappy with the phone. The screen is pretty awful and it gives me a bit of a headache, something my OG doesn’t do.

  • Dominick DeVito

    16GB is not a big deal – get over it. We store all kinds of crap in the cloud, and with LTE speeds it’s a moot point. Also, SD cards slow down the system, that’s a fact.

    The phone isn’t meant to be a hardware beast. Why are so many people not understanding this?!

    • debits and credits

      16 may be enough for you, but it isn’t enough for many. you can clearly see this from other’s reactions here. data is expensive to move, physical storage is cheap. that’s why this confuses me

      • Dominick DeVito

        I see both sides of the argument. For $300 yes I see why people can be upset – you’re paying for it you might as well get it.

        On the flip side, I would take a stab at it and say that most storage is used up for media (pics, songs, movies) – would you agree with that? If so, then most (if not all) of that can now be stored in the cloud. And certainly being in an LTE area this is easier to accomplish. I live in the sticks so yes – I can see the other side of that argument. Up until two days ago we didn’t have LTE (and frankly shocked that we get it now). 

        And having more storage for apps is always a good thing.

        • Anthony Armando

          you are forgetting one very important thing…not everyone is grandfathered into the unlimited data plan. if a person is walking around with a 2gb plan they can only transfer like what 65ish MB a day? if you think about it that can be eaten up very quickly without a lot of wifi micromanagement and people are lazy.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Excellent point. 

  • Anonymous

    Not sure that this is a deal-breaker for me…given the push for cloud-based storage by everyone, this isn’t that big of a deal.  Do you really need EVERY piece of media on your device if you can access it instantly via 3G and 4G? I’ve 1,000 photos on my OG Droid SD card…I DON’T look at all of them and already have them backed up all over the place.

    Looks like Google is pushing the future…

  • JustThinking

    He has a very valid point. Sometimes the SD cards hold things back. Some want more storage for media and some want more storage for apps, and combined storage gives the user both, but that being said their should be tiers of storage. A 16 gig lte Nexus should cost 200 to 250, and everyone will be justifiably angry if the Nexus on Verizon comes in at 300, and because of Verizon’s policy on this kind of stuff I will probably only upgrade with Amazon from now on. Honestly I think if the Nexus sold for 200 dollars most of this backlash would dissipate.  

    • joejoe509

      I would probably use the SD card for music and movies. I would use the actual phone memory for apps and such. Pictures would also find their way onto the phone’s memory. I don’t care if the music is slow, which it shouldn’t be.

  • Donaldrke

    You know after reading about the short comings and the positive of this phone it looks like ICS is what makes this phone attractive, Will the Galaxy SII work on verizon and is it LTE? Has the almost the same features and the only thing missing is ICS. Verizon is the best service in my area. and I was ready to get the Galaxy SII but verizon held out for the nexus. Thanks for any help.

    • joejoe509

      No the GSII will not work for Verizon. you’re right. Verizon waited for the Nexus instead of jumping on the GSII.

  • Anonymous

    No thanks…ill just pop my 32g card I.already own into a razr and get on with life..wow this is what everyone has been acting like is the end all be all of android phones?

  • Anonymous

    Why do you need more than 16GB when you have all your media on cloud services anyways?

    I was planning on getting the 16GB version anyways since I’ve never even come close to filling up my 16gb SD card.

  • Anonymous

    This is too funny. So many people slamming the RAZR and holding out for the “perfect” Nexus. Not sounding so perfect now is it?  Hmmm no flash. No SD card. Perfect phone my ass. Sorry you waited for THIS, lol!!!

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    • Dominick DeVito

      The Razr is a very nice phone, but yet everyone keeps asking the same question.

      “When’s it getting ICS”? Moto dropped the ball. AGAIN. If they waited a released it with ICS it would be the best phone ever. But typical Motorola, always finding a way to disappoint. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

      People interested in this phone already know about the lack of SD and don’t care. As far as flash go’s, ICS will get it whether Adobe supports it or not. RIM has already announced that they will continue to develope flash regardless and i don’t see any good reason why Google and/or the Andriod community won’t do the same.

    • Monty Waggoner

      You won’t be “lol” when you’re holding that plain RAZR next to my Nexus. 32Gig is plenty, Flash is coming by the end of the year. I can sell my 32Gb card for $15 to a buddy and now my phone costs $285. 

      I want the nexus for the community rom support. My OG droid had 20+ choices in Rom Manager, my Dinc has at least 15. My Droid charge has 2. What a disappointment. A phone that is not supported is no fun. That’s why I’m waiting for the Nexus.  

      • Anonymous

        I respect your reasons for wanting the nexus, but the vast majority of users don’t care about community rom support. They want a phone that looks good and works. I’ve had the incredible, thunderbolt and bionic. all worked fine for my needs, but all looked like boring bricks as does the rezound. to me the razr while maybe not at the very top spec wise, is still near the top and it has some style unlike most of the other android phones. I dont particularly care about ICS because my phone does what I need it to do. I understand your passion because I am that way with my cameras since I’m a photographer. To me the  the RAZR is the best looking phone and despite what many non owners say, it is comfortable to hold. and it works flawlessly. so as a non geek consumer i voted with my wallet and bought the razr.

  • wtfnexus

    just call it the Galaxy Nexsucks

  • Anonymous

    Verizon is the best carrier and Motorola is the best manufacturer . That is why they are loyal to each other lol :)

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      • Anonymous

        you seriously are an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    the razr is not even out 2 weeks and this dude is saying that the device is not selling. He is an idiot.

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  • Anonymous

    You have to wait 3 month to be able to tell if these devices did not sell good. They are delaying the nexus because it is garbage. ICS seems to suck with no flash lol

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    • Dominick DeVito

      No you don’t. If no one’s buying the Razr now they certinaly won’t be buying it 3 months from now, because they’ll be a better phone to buy.

      • Anonymous

        Blah blah lol the nexus failed like I expected. The razor is selling pretty well. The best 2 devices razor gs2 period.

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          • Anonymous

            Lol you are not the only dude holding a grudge on motorola lol. Nice try bambino, now go make me some pepperoni pizzas lol.

          • Dominick DeVito

            “you are not the only dude holding a grudge on motorola”

            And why is that? Because they’re garbage. I got news for you trolls, Google bought them for patents. They’re a failing company. Once they have them watch how fast they dump them.

          • Anonymous

            Let’s see about that. If I remember the droid was not a failure like the g1 was lol. Nexus is another failure.

          • Dominick DeVito

            We’ll see. Time will tell. Until then have fun with your Razr

          • Anonymous

            I know about technology. All my facts have been on point. You will see the best 2 will be the razor and gs2.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Based on? Sales? Opinions? Reviews?

          • Anonymous

            Reviews, opinions. Of course the gs2 will sell more its on all the carriers but verizon. It already sold alot all over the world. If we will talk about sales, nobody will come close to the original razr, which sold 130 millions copy worldwide. Is that razr better than the droid razr not.

          • Dominick DeVito

            A co-worker bought a Razr and let me play with it for an afternoon. I really like it, and I really want to own it. But I just wish it had a removable battery – I can get over the UI and OS issues with custom ROMS. The display was okay but rather weak compared to others out (and soon to be out). :p

            I travel a lot and often carry extra batteries for long day trips. I have 3 batteries for my OG and use up all 3 by days’ end (we’re talking about 18 hours worth). I like the design but frankly I thought it was too bold a move to make with dual radio chips. There’s no way the Razr will last me a whole day. So in fact the “upgrade” to a new phone will actually hurt me. I’m sure I’m not alone that feel the same way about it.

          • Anonymous

            If you learn how to use the smart actions you will not need an Extra battery. You can buy them wireless charger, it is the same as having another battery. The only bad thing about this device is that it does not have the settings to change the colors and saturación on the front facing camera. This device is a beast.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to save battery, and on those long days I usually don’t have access to a charger. I commend the Smart Actions feature and hope that Google can add something similar to stock Android. 

            And yes, you can always turn off LTE but the whole point of having a beast is to utilize it the way it was meant to be used.

          • Anonymous

            To be honest, I just use the lte when I browse, you can disabled lte background sync when the device its not moving. The smart actions and moto’s music player are just awesome. My razor last me 20 hours after I tweaked the smart actions. I know the bionic disappointed you but I feel they rushes it because they had an obligation to verizon.

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        • Dominick DeVito

          Yeah it failed yet hasn’t been released.
           
          Stop Moto trollin. Face it there’s a new fan base in Android camp and poor Moto trolls can’t handle it. 

          • Anonymous

            It hasn’t been released and it already failed lol. Nexus devices just have latest operating system that’s it.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Not to mention an entirely new hardware design (no buttons). Google’s dropping hints and Moto’s not picking up on them

          • Anonymous

            There are people that like buttons. Google can even fix the lag issue with the live wallpapers lol. Google need to get their act together already.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Who’s side on you on exactly? LOL

            Yes, there are some folks that like buttons, agreed. But in a few months Moto will release a button-less phone as they play catch up.

          • Anonymous

            Love google but they can’t get their act together.

          • Dominick DeVito

            On what exactly? GPU acceleration? What else?

          • Anonymous

            No flash and the other problems that we will see on ics. Remember ics is on its infancy. They will polish it better on 4.1

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          • Anonymous

            Dammm you are still crying lol.

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          • Dominick DeVito

            Flash is coming. Don’t worry

          • Anonymous

            It should have been out with the new operating system.

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          • Kierra

            lol you are also a troll.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Yup, and the Razr’s indestructible, right?

          https://supportforums.motorola.com/message/507855

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  • Anonymous

    All nexus device are garbage period. They just have the latest os.

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    • Dominick DeVito

      yeah, and an HD screen, NFC, more app storage. Not to mention it will be getting updates FIRST.

      You’re right,, pure garbage. :p

      • Anonymous

        Smart actions in the razor is more useful than nfc lol. Check the android central review. I saw that you cry like a girl over there as well. I knew you were holding a grudge to motorola. Nexus camera sucks, no flash, no storage lol lol lol.

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        • Dominick DeVito

          Smart Actions is a pretty cool feature, can’t argue with that. But that has nothing to do with the fact that it doesn’t have NFC.

          All you Moto trolls do is tell me how great the hardware is. Well then why isn’t NFC in it?

        • Dominick DeVito

          Android Central couldn’t handle people telling them the Bionic sucked. They called it heresy. Looking back I wasn’t wrong. It sucked. 

        • Dominick DeVito

          Not to mention Motorola once again used a horrible display. For $300 they need to start putting better displays on their phones. 

          • Anonymous

            If you are calling the razor display horrible, I don’t know what drugs are you taking lol. It’s not hd but it looks amazing. The gb 2.3.5 in the razor is amazing as well. The razor is close to a perfect device. I can’t wait for what moto has to offer down the road :-)

          • Dominick DeVito

            It’s a skinny Bionic.

          • Anonymous

            Keep dreaming, the bionic is a beast missing 2 features, a better display and a better build quality. Other than that is close to perfect too.

          • Dominick DeVito

            lol. Okay butterface. Have a nice day.

          • Anonymous

            OK pizza boy you too lol :-)

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  • Anonymous

    the rezound is huge and ugly. The only thing the rezound has is the camera. It has old gup, small battery and sense is ugly. The only thing i like about sense is the ring to unlock the device and i can get it with widget locker. If people want to buy the best camera they may get the iphone 4 or iphone 4s and not get the rezound. Get your facts straight before you type bs in here.

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  • Anonymous

    better ui than the rezound, call quality, radios, motocast, hdmi mirror, the best build quality ever made, the ui is better than sense. ICS seems to suck lol. Razr forever

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  • Anonymous

    the razr has the best music player. The smart actions it is just awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    What drugs are you taking lol? The razr is the king of all devices right now :) GS2 is the second bad ass device.

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  • Anonymous

    The razor and the galaxy s 2 are the king of 2011 period. This device is a big disappointment.

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    • Dominick DeVito

      Based on what exactly? Is it out yet? Zip your lip troll.

      • Anonymous

        You know why it sucks, stop hiding your feelings lol. Nexus = big failure

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        • Dominick DeVito

          The only thing that sucks about it is that it’s on Verizon

          • Anonymous

            If you want a good device that is not moto go to sprint or tmobile and get the second best device of 2011,the gs2. Stop crying lol

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  • JB

    I now own the rezound,

    screen is fantastic 720p and no resolution distortion at all… none!

    don’t care about beats, but hey bonus.

    UI has a lot of polish, weather animations are wicked. HTC has some great widgets as you know.
     
    Camera is great quality, has setting for “low light” and works great. It also has custom sliders to set: exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness. You can adjust the iso, has panorama option and you can set “picture review” time to none eliminating any feel of shutter lag. Has burst mode, hdr, and can capture video in slow mo too.

    can take native screenshots like ics just push power and home button.

    unlock screen has four customizable goto apps vs ics with only unlock and cam  

    has build in app killer if you need to off one.

    Sense has a nice feature where it word wraps the text for you on the browser when you zoom in, works in dolphin too.

    I got the extended battery and the cover looks to sill have the wireless charging connectors, makes it a bit fatter though.

    Feels solid if that’s important to you.     

    If Nexus turns a corner and all our worst fears aren’t realized and I really do need to jump back on the nexus wagon… holiday return policy is until Jan15th 35$ restocking fee at worst.

    Go to a store a try one out, the real star of this phone isn’t Beats, it’s the screen and the camera.

     

  • Mneighbo

    Sounds a little disappointing. These are the moments I’m more than happy to keep my Bionic. 

  • Sporttster

    Checked out the Razr tonight. Think I’m getting that. Was waiting for the Nexus but not at 16gb;forget it. Its got a real nice screen. Put it side by side with the GS2 I’m using from T Mobile and it’s right up there with it. Exact same width,tad longer. Obviously thinner. Yep….think I’m jumping ship from the Bion..er,Nexus and going Razr. This phones never coming out,just like Bionic took forever. I need a new phone and not next summer,thanks….

  • Matthew Rosidivito

    How very Apple.

  • Wmsco51

    Honeymoon is over… Thanks for the screwin though

  • Clint

    So I have a question for someone/anyone who can help me out I would be greatful. I bought the rezound as I was tired of my Incredible but want to trade it in for the Galaxy but as I have been playing with my Rezound and tethering with it to my computer I am able to talk and surf the net while tethering using PDA net. I could not do that before with my Incredible but was wondering if the Galaxy would be able to do the same thing as it would be a deal breaker for me because I like to be able to do that now..Let me know what ya think..Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

    Awesome! This is helping me lean towards a decision on which phone to get. HTC Rezound it is!

    Non-removable battery
    No SD card
    Only 16GB
    No USB Mass Storage (LOL – a device that RUNS linux that doesn’t play well with linux. I can’t stop laughing at that fail of a design choice. Samsung and Google hilarious fail)
    Screen is just Too Big. I might need to feel it in my hand to be sure

    • Anonymous

      Battery is removable on the Nexus…

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  • Lizz.0

    I will NOT get the galaxy nexus if it does not come with 32gb at $299.  I will get the damn droid razr…

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  • Depressed

    Everything about this phone has taken years of my life. From the lack of information, to never-ending specualtion and rumors, to the now ever-declining list of features. I need a Prozac and a few shots.

    • rocketdaddy

      And a class action law suit against Verizon for being so I communicative and causing all the stress with its associated health problems. I hate this phone and I live for the day I can ditch Verizon. OK, not really but….

  • Anonymous

    I honestly think that the 16gb thing is just a mistake. A bunch of people already have the GSM version and it has 32gb, so other that the LTE radio being bigger, why would the memory be downgraded.

    • Anonymous

      It’s going around the web that the 16gb devices were for engineering purposes and the retail version will be 32gb!

  • Anonymous

    So what? <- Nexus apologist

    Lack of USB Mass Storage makes sense after reading the article. As for 16 GB vs. 32 GB vs. expandable, with Google Music I no longer care. Music was the biggest storage hog on my phone 2 months ago. Now I guess it's probably nandroid backups. And, Flash doesn't seem like it will be a long term issue. No problem.

  • Nico

    I purchased a Rezound today.  I am absolutely not ashamed of this one tiny bit.

    • John Pierts2345z

      Rezound Fanboi: and you should not be.

      Nexus Fanboi: No NFC, Low Battery, No ICS, you are toast.

    • partidroid

      Good for you. I purchased a Droid razor at Costco for $289 today, saved me 10 bucks not to mention they have a 90 day return policy.

  • Wilson Cham_1987

    I went to the verizon store to check out the rezound. Seriously tempting.

    I asked the guy: Hey, do you know when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is coming out?

    He said, Well, we dont have the dates yet for the Galaxy but the Nexus prime is coming out in Jan 2012.

    I quit.

    • Anonymous

      LOL

  • Anonymous

    I’ve started searching for Rezound reviews/specs etc…. a.k.a. Nexus ain’t very hot to me right now. Plus that plasticky back cover is so darn flimsy!.. damn it!

  • John Pierts2345z

    Nexus Fanboy 1: Boy, the forum used to fun, we were supposed to be talking release date of 11/18 and 11/21.

    Nexus Fanboy 2: Now we got nothing, but ICS. The phone is dying in front of our eyes. :(

    Rezound Fanboy: Boom, Boom, Beats, Beats, B..e..a.t…s….shit battery d….i…e…d

    Nexus Fanboy: Release dates, we are talking about release dates, not the actual phone, but release dates, release dates.

  • vincent scala

    there is a chance the 16gb could be wrong remeber the costco verizon camparison page and it shows the nexus only as 32gb 

    • Wilson

      yeah, right. The google guy typing the website, screwed up. Keep drinking the kool aid.

  • Kierra

    Most of you guys were the ones trashing the iphone for not having flash. Now its suddenly ok huh

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

      It’s only ok if flash is not on the phone YET. If it’s never coming then thats a dfferent story.

    • Anonymous

      The video reviews from the british version show flash running, so idk what the problem is.

    • Cam

      Frankly, I only cared about flash before using the mobile version. Laggy, choppy trash. R.I.P. flash; you will not be missed.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Flash is coming to ICS, relax.

  • Anonymous

    Stop apologizing Nexus fans!

    People saying a 16GB Nexus is no big deal sound like the Moto fanboys who say qHD is as good as 720p or the HTC fanboys who think 4 hours of battery life is OK because you can rom it to get 6 to 7.  Bull$hit, it is a big deal.

    Personally I don’t use a lot of media, however with photos and videos and very limited music and movies I’ve used close to 16 GB  on my DX.  Without a SD card slot 16 GB would be a big negative and I’m a cloud convert.

    Instead of apologizing for such a potential failure just hope it turns out to not be true.  It’s like people are too invested into this phone to admit it could have a shortcoming.

    • Dominick DeVito

      I find the SD cards to slow down Android. Case in point – open the Gallery app and look at photos stored on your SD card. Unload apps to the SD card – performance takes a hit.

      It’s not rocket science. The I/O speeds on the micro SD cards are terrible. Plus now we get more app storage which is always a good thing. With cloud services no ones will really notice.

      Would the 32GB version be “better”? Sure. More for the same price is always better so for that I could never argue with.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t get me wrong if it was true I would still get the phone most likely. Just would be annoying and definitely a negative to me.

  • Jamie

    The ‘no Flash’ support thing kinda blows, but we can get around that.  Where there’s an Android, there’s a way ;)

    With the release of Google Music, and the Android Music store, now I literally have no use for internal storage except for apps and photos.  For me, this is perfect because I can just play everything through Google Music and not have to worry about what music I want to have with me, and not have to clean up my SD card.  It’s also really annoying when I have USB mounted and I get a text, because my phone always reverts to that really annoying default ringing sound that I cannot stand.
    I’m extremely excited about this.  This will be my phone for a long period of time.

  • Tyler

    If its 16GB it better be $200 on contract. It will be a tough decision if it isn’t.

    • Dominick DeVito

      The 16GB might have been solely for testing purposes – there’s still a good chance the 32GB versions make it to consumers after all.

  • Anonymous

    Still lovin my Razr…

  • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

    I use to be excited over this phone (still am but not nearly as much). I was willing to pay full retail since my contract isn’t up for awhile. Now with hopes of a 2nd gen LTE chip for better battery life and what not. I think I will wait the extra time until my contract is up. As for 32GB vs 16GB. Verizon will sell the 32GB at $299 clearly to match the RAZR and Rezound. They will not carry the 16GB version because that would mean it would have to cost less then the ‘standard’ $299 for new LTE phones and the 16GB model would take a nice chunk of sales from the two phones mentioned above. The one thing I feel that needs to happen is that Verizon and manufacture need to get their stuff together test a phone THEN announce it with a set release date and no push backs. As much as I hate to say it, Apple did a solid job at this.

  • Anonymous

    looks like I’ll get the rezound after all. Really wanted the Gnexus, looks like it may be a flop after all.