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Complete Guide to the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE [Verizon]

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It has been a year packed full of Galaxy Nexus news, so we thought we would bundle everything that went down into one post for you as a recap and wiki of sorts. We also made sure to toss in the previous Ice Cream Sandwich videos that highlight some of our favorite features. Now that you all have the device in your hands, it’s time to get everyone up to speed on all things Android 4.0 and unlocking that Nexus.  

Rooting, Bootloaders, Recovery and Backups:

Device overview:

Accessory reviews:

Ice Cream Sandwich tips:

Other stuff:

Commercials:

  • 1 800 mhz battery is that true ???

  • SKAVENG3R

    Still the BEST Android phone ever made.

  • Woody Fentress

    I am posting this around because it was a rooting lifesaver for me

    Wugfresh Nexus Root Toolkit is seriously a lifesaver for backing up, unlocking and rooting for someone like me who has not rooted a phone in over 2 years and has no idea what he is doing. I was about to walk away from the idea of rooting but my mostly android clueless ass was able to follow his instructions and app very easily.
    Hope this helps someone out there!
    Just putting it out there in hopes that more people use it!

  • Becky

    What can I do to be able to use this phone in Europe?

  • You guys are having bad battery life because of the signal issues. the device searches for a signal, which eats up battery life. there’s an official update coming the 22nd, or so i was told, or you could update manually as shown above

  • sidvicious

    Does anybody know how to make videos download onto the nexus

  • debrihmi

    I’m looking to get the Sprint flavor of the Galaxy Nexus simply for OS updates and all-around app compatibility; will the ICS images work on ALL Galaxy Nexus’ or will variations like radio, etc create different images for different carriers?

  • AZWife35

    I’m having trouble figuring out the gallery – when I take pictures, some end up in an album called “Camera”, some in an album called “Instant Upload”. Now I have some in an album called “Drop Box”. I didn’t create any of these. When I take the pictures, it doesn’t ask me anything about albums. Also, when I tried to copy pictures to my computer, it could only see the “Camera” ones, not the “Instant Upload” pictures. Help!

  • Kokomo, Marion, and towns between them lit up yesterday.

  • That’s a lot of information! Thanks for sharing and keeping us updated though.

  • 4everAndroid

    3 soft button are not attractive at all!

  • Barlog

    Thanks for this page Kellex! This is why Droid-Life rocks

  • SKAVENG3R

    Just wanted to keep this page alive. Great phone.

  • Anonymous

     http://lnk.co/IHOTL

  • SuperGuest

    Now if they would just expand 4G coverage to us in the donut counties!

  • Mij28110

    can samsung kies support galaxy nexus?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for taking the time and effort to post the instructions and video, Kellex.  The gushing on this forum over the Galaxy Nexus is silly.  It will be a has-been in a few months.  I ordered the Galaxy on release day Dec 15 and have it since Dec 16.  I also held on to my Droid OG until this phone.  I’d rooted my OG to mods that its processor just couldn’t handle and wound up with 20 second lags so routinely that my OG bordered on unusable.

    My Galaxy Nexus is definitely faster than my trsuty OG but the GNex still suffers those notorious Android lags.  Switching between landscape and portrait can take up to 5 seconds when its resources are moderately bogged down.  The sub-premium camera isn’t a big deal to me but the unusable speaker is inexcusable for a $300 subsidized device.  I concur with the weak battery complaints.  It’s not encouraging that a flagship Android device with 2 cores and a GB of RAM runs less smoothly than a 3 year old iPhone.

    Let’s hope Google can kick some ass at Motorola by killing Motoblur and making vanilla Android standard.  Motorola’s build quality is a lot more sturdy than Samsung’s.  Crapware cost Moto a sale.

  • Dev Barua

    how to enable download through my 4G network for my GN? I am trying to download a game and every time I do that, it forces me to enable my Wifi. what would be the change in the settings that would enable me to bypass wifi and use my data?

  • anyway you guys could post instructions to unlock the nexus on a mac?

  • anyway you guys could post instructions to unlock the nexus on a mac?

  • Great compilation! 

  • Need some help!  I’m having an issue with my galaxy nexus… it randomly turns itself on!  Whether it’s plugged in charging or not, it just turns on periodically.  When it’s charging, it will turn itself on and stay on for a few minutes.  I turn it off and then a few seconds/minutes, it turns back on.  When it’s not charging, it turns on & off at any given time.  Anyone else having this problem?

    • its lonely

    • i deleted the task manager & battery saver app and it’s not turning off & on now. go figure.

  • Apsmojo

    Im going tomorrow to pick mine up. Should I unroot my og to transfer numbers or does it matter?

    • SKAV3NG3R

      Why are you giving them you phone?

  • i am wondering, if you guys would tell me, how long would the galaxy nexus last in continuous strenous use of phone (gaming,video surfing, 4g downloading)?

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/829r8s

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/829r8s

  • QtDL

    Liking this page a lot. Thanks for keeping it updated!

  • s0uth

    this has been so much help. got this paged saved. 

    thanks. 

  • mikedubyaa

    i need help. my Gnex browser is reading everything out loud. nothing else on my phone is doing this but the browser. any suggestions?

    • mikedubyaa

      ok it appears all native application are doing this. i’ve already checked the Talkback feature to ensure that it is set to off and it is. what else could be doing this?

  • Al

    If you have a contact number entered as *821231231234, when a call comes in from this contact, the phone doesn’t display/recognize the caller’s name.  Anyone know how to format a number in the contacts including the *82 to make this work?

  • Firelight

    How do you stop ICS from putting an shortcut/widget on the home screen with every APP install?

    • Al

      It’s in the Market settings..”automatically add homescreen widgets..”

  • gadgetryan

    is there a way to unlink the ringer and the notifications? 

  • Al

    Anyone know of an easy way to sync .mp3 from the PC to the Nexus?  I was using robocopy but without USB storage mode Robocopy is useless. 

    • Anonymous

      Wifi explorer or Filexpert… both allow you to access the storage spaces with a web browser and over wifi (no cable needed)

      • Al

        Yea but can you sync or just drag and drop?

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know… never had to do that. I expect it depends on the music software you’re using. AirSync, for example, syncs over wifi with iTunes.

  • Anonymous

    anyone know where i can find the patch to put the hard search button back?

  • Interstellarmind

    Amazing. Bookmarking this. Hope it is continually updated.

    I think it’s safe to say half the fun of owning an android (nexus) is the community. Here’s hoping to one of the best phones I’ll own.

  • Found out last night while I was watching my friends video for Chiron (all that remains) that you can take a screenshot  while videos are playing in case any of you didn’t know..I just assumed it was for non videos..pretty awesome I must say! 

  • Counsel Dew

    I understand you esnt a single device to do everything, but why not just get a 14Mp point-n-shoot for $99 at Best Buy and stop expecting your phone to do it all? Even the iPhone camera isn’t better than a chesp PnS.

  • Smr561

    Has anyone used the anti-glare display protector before?  The Verizon store by me was giving them away with new phone purchases.  The screen looks really bad.  The display models looked much better.  That’s obviously why they gave these away.  Should I just get a new pack or remove it all together?

    • duckphan

      get a Zagg screen protector if you want one, otherwise I wouldn’t bother

  • Is there an app or a setting to change the color and frequency of the notification light? I can not seem to find it :(.

    • mikedubyaa

      flowlight works really well

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know how I add a contact to home screen for quick dial?

    • Anonymous

      go to your app drawer and on the top right are widgets. Swipe to the left and you will see all the other widgets! one is direct dial. Now, can you tell me how to get the notification light to work? It doesn’t seem to be doing anything and I am staring at it forever

      • Engineeredwithlayton

        Thanks!

  • Engineeredwithlayton

    I love my Nexus.  It is a huge leap from my Dx that was buggy then warranty replaced by V with an even buggier Dx refurb.  ICS is taking some getting used to and I cannot figure out yet (without reading the book) how to do some of the basics that I was used to on my D1 and Dx such as:

       – making folders on my homescreen so I can “classify” or “group” certain apps.
       – putting widgets on the homescreen (longpress on the screen only gives you wallpaper options)
       – setting a battery saver option for nighttime. 

    Only item of complaint is that the speakerphone seems to be half of the volume of my Dx.  Not much of a worry here since I typically use my trucks bluetooth now instead of speaker phone to be hands free when driving.  Regarding size/weight it is almost exactly the same size as my Dx (L x W) and thinner than my Dx…and the Nexus feels much lighter.  This with my Nexus in the shell holster combo and my Dx in a soft silicone case. 

    I am glad for my wait…SOLD!

    • answers in order of your questions :

      – you just drag one app (on your home screen) on top of another app and it will create a folder

      – open the app draer and on the top it will say 
      “applications” and next to it it will say ” widgets” click on widgets and theyll all be there, swipe left or right to go through all of them , press and hold to put on screen

      -not sure about that one, id google it and see if the answer pops up somewhere

      hope this at least partially helps you

  • One more question:

    I tried out video chat using skype last night. My friend was on an iPhone 4s and he had an option to force the audio through the loud speaker – I could not. The audio only came through the headset and was barely audible… anyone else try skype?

    I also google talk video chatted w/ a friend on another g-nex – it was awesome. Video quality was perfect, audio was loud. And those live video effects had us DYING laughing.

  • I have a question:

    Is anyone experiencing issues with newsletters in gmail? Mine are all showing up zoomed in to 100% and I can’t zoom out to view the whole newsletter. Makes reading a newsletter type email impossible. Any tips?

  • Got my G-Nex last night for $296 final total! They had dropped the minor discount I had from my old new every 2, but I asked for the manager and he had them honor it. Then I presented my LivingSocial certificate and that basically took care of the tax. Of course the sales guy wasn’t the most happy about it, getting the $30 then another $50 (though they still technically got my money from LS).

  • Anonymous

    I love it but 2 things I hate with ICS and the gNex.

    Low output volume on max. I can barely hear the speaker. My DINC would be so loud i often had to use it far away from the max volume.

    The cancel confirms actions on ICS are ass backawards. I don’t know why the devs thought it’d be a good idea to switch the norm and put cancel or no on the left and confirm/yes on the right of dialogs. Makes no sense.

    Not so much a problem, but I suppose my 4g signal hasn’t been even half way as well. I can live without that, but 4g speeds are blazing fast!

    • galactor

      I am there with you.  I switched from a Dinc and I’m surprised at how low the output volume if the Gnex is.  I pretty much have it at max volume just so that it sounds about 50% of what the Dinc could do.  Other than that my only other complain is that the notification light flashed like every 8 seconds.

      Other than that I’m pretty happy with the phone and don’t regret my purchase.

  • Ed

    FYI, I was just able to order the extended battery/cover from verizonwireless.com for $25, instead of $50, change shows after it’s in your cart.  Not sure how or why, but just an FYI if anyone is thinking about it.

  • Anonymous

    I think everyone is a bit too quick to bitch. I went through the same experience with my DX. Battery life initially was terrible. As time went by the kinks got worked out. The key is to get unlocked and rooted and wait to see what ROMs come out. Then everything will be maximized. Give the phone a chance before you run back the next day to return the phone. That is just SILLY.
    The battery life right now does suck. I’ve been playing with it just about 30 mins and I am down to 88%. I must figure out how to toggle to 3G as I’ve yet to see more than 1 bar running 4G.
    Anyone out there can give me the scoop on how to turn 4G off? Does this help? I hear 4G LTE drains the battery quicker. I ended up going extended battery on my DX to get acceptable life with the ROM flashed. I would hate to ruin the slim look of the GNex but any advice?

    • Anonymous

      Hey this is my first nexus phone….you sound like you have experience in this area…..on a nexus phone do you have to unroot for updates like you do with other phones or will Google still update post root?

      • Anonymous

        You will still be able to update with superuser access. You only lose that ability when you flash a ROM. The devs disable that ability for obvious reasons. ROMs are made to work with a particular OS build. Should you update the OS while running a  ROM it could malfunction. But the good news is that devs constantly update ROMs to fix issues, add capabilities, upgrade, and adapt them to new OS builds. 

        So, in short, YES, you can still update the OS post-root, just not post-ROM.

    • go into your settings where it says wireless and click that then you should see  an option for
      CDMA and CDMA/LTE

      click the CDMA 

  • Ed

    Anyone know how to set the phone to 3g only, I went under data and selected CDMA only from LTE/CDMA but after I do that I see no 3g connection, but rather no connection at all.

    Not sure if i’m missing something, it’s a bug or something wrong with my 3G radio.

    • Ed

      It took me several tries but finally the 3g came on, very weird maybe a bug…

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/829r8s

  • Todd Dixon

    Im luving the phone, But……. The Speaker Sucks!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Bad!

  • Tvldone

    Im luving the phone….. But Damn The Speaker Sucks!!!!!!!

    • IambicPentameter

      I think it’s only for certain notifications and tones…could be software related with an ungrade eventually coming. I imported actual song mp3 clips I had from my Incredible to make them ringtones on my GNex…and they are just as loud. No problem at all

      • Completely agree. Just as good as my Dinc, if not better.

      • galactor

        I might have to try my on ringtones then. Because it is really annoying that I have to set the volume to max to hear the notifications.  I’m also coming from an Incredible so I was surprised with the max volume difference.

  • Anyone know how to link Facebook into the people app?  or will it not work because it is not Google +?

    • IambicPentameter

      Can’t do it on the phone….I’ve tried. There is an app called SyncMyPix but no ICS update yet.  Try Friendcaster…should work.

      • Anonymous

        Friend caster works but unfortunately no hires pics

  • Ricktheprick

    Coming from Bionic, I haven’t seen any real problems yet. GN vs. Bionic:

    GN – way better camera (Moto has a real problem producing a decent camera).
    Bionic – slightly better data speeds on LTE (Moto always seems to win this one).
    GN – overall UI is smoother and faster.
    GN – screen looks better indoors.
    Bionic – screen has better visibility in sunlight.
    GN – browser performance is better.
    GN – ear speaker, call quality is better.
    Bionic – speakerphone is better.
    Bionic – wins in the industrial design category, but this is purely subjective.

    Some items may be OS specific. Bionic with ICS may be a real contender, but I’m afraid an OS upgrade will not correct its sub-par camera.

    Camera is a work tool for me. I will stick with GN for this reason, but if Bionic had a decent camera – maybe not.

    Please. These are my opinions, and nothing more. Let’s not go all medieval over any of this.

  • Bigsby

    Does anyone know if there is a quick way to toggle vibrate on/off without an app? Is it not built into the lock screen anywhere like on previous builds? Kinda a pain to have to unlock and use the volume rocker.

    • I’m using widgetlocker to and have right set to unlock, left toggles ringer mode, up is camera, and down is sms. I’m hoping there is an update soon that might bring back the classic setup (just the locations, not the style).

    • galactor

      Yeah, the lock screen no longer toogles the vibrate.  I’m gonna do the same thing I did with my Droid Incredible: download Widgetsoid and setup a toogle widget to switch between Ringer and Vibrate.

  • Anonymous

    Ok some things are bugging me.  First I almost always only get one bar – anywhere in any building.  Anyone else having this problem?  How the crap do you add a contact to the home screen?  I am trying to create a quick list file for dialing.  Next how to get do you get to the home page in the browser?  How do I upload my chrome bookmarks? 

    • Graham Wilson

      chrome bookmarks automatically sync with the browser if you have it set up to sync on your computer

      • Anonymous

        Thanks!

  • ctannerd

    i am curious hear peoples concerns or questions about the extended battery for the gnex. I have been training the battery all night. I have been running numerous app, screen at full brightness and streaming music all day. It seems like this battery last forever. I cant explain it really because my 4G signal strength is not great. I usually get two bars inside. I also noticed the battery is displaying 95% after a full overnight charge. A full charge from complete discharge is rather lengthy too. I hope it improves after the training. Please comment and share your experience.

    • Anonymous

      My battery is as bad as my Thunderbolt – maybe worse.

    • hambeast

      Li-Ion batteries don’t need to be trained. 
      http://batteryuniversity.com/partone-23.htm 

      I am a little irked by the only slightly larger extended battery they offer. I feel like they are trying to milk me to buy something that arguably should have been the stock battery. I guess it’s a tradeoff of weight and thickness vs battery life. Too bad we don’t have more options for customization when purchasing a device, kind of like cars. Wishful thinking I guess. 

  • John

    When’s candycane coming out for my Galaxy Nexus ?!?!?!?

  •  I’m loving it so far.  Anyone know how to assign what color the LED flashes as for different notifications?

    • IambicPentameter

       https://market.android.com/details?id=com.rageconsulting.android.lightflowlite

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.ie/7fb

  • Anonymous

    A question for those who have been playing with their new phones for a day now: I’m in an area that isn’t likely to see 4G until sometime in 2013. Is the phone itself worth the 300 bucks even if it spends almost its entire life on 3G? And will being on 3G all the time give me better battery life?

    • Anonymous

      Having never owned a stock device short of rooting, the short answer in my second day is absolutely! In don’t think I could ever go back to skinned devices at this point,

  • Earleepa

    Havent got yet. Placed the order as soon as I got home yesterday morning with letstalk. They said its in stock so I placed the order and paid for it then I get and email that says its out of stock and backordered. Sucks to be me.

  • so did anybody that has the razor purchase this phone maybe a side by side, comparison??? I have a S2 on ATT thinking about picking the Gnex but mixed reviews appear in abudance.

    • Atabizi

      I had the razr and traded it in yesterday to get the GNex.   It’s not even a comparison… Get the Nexus you won’t regret it.

      • Anonymous

        Agree, no debate here at all!

  • IambicPentameter

    I’m new on here and haven’t posted…. but I just had a few things on the GNex from using it today:

    1) When trying to scroll up or down on a white or light grey page, where your thumb is near the top or bottom of the display…..does anyone else see that light blue halo that creeps out? Not really a big deal, but was just wondering if that’s normal.

    2) Downloaded Light Flow Lite, which I think is a really useful and cool app. I’m just wondering…their is a disclaimer in the beginning about how you need to turn accessibility on, but looks like the developer forewarned this…stating its nothing, and that they won’t capture any personal text data, credit card info, etc. and that the app isn’t even connected to the web. Anything to worry about here? If so – I’m going to uninstall

    3) Lastly – I’m coming from the original HTC Incredible, which had an 8mpxl camera and took some really good shots (not in low light), but after playing with this camera… I don’t get all the complaints. It looks pretty sharp and sick to me, as well as the panorama mode.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll be coming from the OG Incredible as well.  Are you missing anything from Sense?, or that HTC had on the phone?

    • Anonymous

      Man, I see a bit of pixilation compared to Inc but it takes way better pics! I don’t get the complaint either!

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  • Austinrgoebel

    got some hands on time with it today, this phone really is awsome . I love everything about it so far

  • Hey all,

    I just want to make sure I dont have a “unique” phone. 

    When you keep pressing on the “V” in verizon logo on the back of the phone do you hear or feel a clicking? like there is a little bit of space? 

    Also (and some of you might find me crazy or are not willing to do this.) when you (not hard) hit the top of the phone (screen up) on like something solid but not hard, like your theigh, do you hear a kind of clicking and almost sounds like a tiny spring? 

    I realize this sounds nuts but if people can clarify this for me. that would be great as I love my phone and plan on doing sweet things with it. 

    • Mischief316

       nope. no clicks or spring noises here. mine seems pretty solid.

      • so when you keep pressing on the middle, without a case on, you dont feel or hear a clicking? right in the middle? 

        • Ed

          If I hit it just right I do hear a click, it’s the plastic bending.  I have to press kind of hard though and in just the right spot.

  • VerizonSux

    Thinking of canceling my amazon wireless back order after all these comments…..

    • Anonymous

      No regrets here!

  • Benjamin Mackie

    Only issue is speaker is pretty quiet. Other than that love it. I get 32mb/s at my house, cant argue with that

  • Esn8787

    Why is volume so low? Does anyone have a solution to issue? Also getting worse reception than original moto droid?

  • Anonymous

    I got mine today at a Verizon store. Everything is working great, but for some reason my old phone (an OG Droid) is still receiving emails over 3G. When I check My Verizon, it doesn’t have either device listed as mine.

    • Engineeredwithlayton

      I had the same issue in the store with my Dx.  Once I rebooted the Dx it went off the network.  I still get emails on WIFI…which I didn’t know would happen but I guess is typical.  I need to remove gmail so my kid doesn’t send weird messages to clients by mistake.

  • Misterbeane

    First off, I’ve frequented this site for over a year now, and I rarely have been incited to post here myself.  Last year, the Tbolt was looking like the phone to have, then it was the Bionic, and now the Gnex.  The Tbolt battery turned out to be some of the worst in ANY phone, EVER, and the Bionic release just took too dang long (I won’t even go in to the abysmal quality of the pentile screen on the Bionic…and yes, I know the Gnex has a pentile screen but it is FAR, FAR better than most)…….ANYWAYS….I’ve had the whole day with my new Gnex, and after reading a lot of others’ comments on DL, I’m convinced that many people just want a lot of different things out of their own phones.  To anyone coming from any 4G Verizon android phone, the improvements that are presented by the Gnex are probably not anything worth upgrading over.  To anyone coming from any 3G android phone release after, say, the OG/Dinc/Dx era, the improvements are VERY significant, but I could still see why many of these users would be waiting for a more polished ICS phone to come along.  BUT, to anyone coming from the first crop of post-android 2.0 phones (OG/Dinc/Dx), the Gnex is a HUMONGOUS leap forward.  Personally, I’ll admit that there are a few little issues I have with the phone (low output volume, widget resizing issues, etc.), but these PALE in comparison to the enormous gains I am receiving in data speeds, software refinements, computational performance, and overall OS/hardware polish.  The ONLY problem with the Gnex that I see that can’t be fixed/improved from the software side of things is the quality of the light sensor in the camera, but IMHO if you need any better picture quality than what this phone produces, you probably just need to carry around a traditional point-and-shoot digital camera to suit your needs.  YES, the battery life is nowhere near what it was on my OG, but the battery life on any 4G phone is NEVER going to match that of a 3G phone, so either throw an extended battery in there or shut up and stick it out for another 6 months with your OG/Dinc/Dx.  BOTTOM LINE FOLKS:  If you’re coming from a 3G phone that is 1.5-2 years old, you WILL NOT be disappointed with the Gnex.  And Kellex, you do a great job and run a great site here at DL…keep up the good work!

    • Seaman24

      misterbeane I currently own a thiunderbolt, I know it has had a few kinks here and there but I dont see it being the worst, can you explain so I can be more aware of the other problems you know about the thunderbolt? as far as the nexus I purchased for my mother yesterday , in hand it feels great , software I havent had much time to explore the new 4.0 feauters, but seems like a good stable phone.

      • Misterbeane

        I just remember from the month or so that I had with the Tbolt that they battery drained like no other…do a search on google about it and you’ll find MOUNTAINS of info about the bad battery life.  The Gnex is destined to have lackluster battery life as well, but it seems manufacturers haven’t yet figured out how to maximize battery life on 4G phones yet, so this isn’t a big deal.  All I was saying is that the battery life of the Gnex seems significantly better than that of the Tbolt (basically, it’s comparable to the Razr).

        • I have a Droid Charge (now a G-Nex also)  An I had no complaints about the Droid Charge battery, I can easily make it from when I wake up to night time. The G-Nex pales in comparison battery wise, I’m maybe getting 5 hrs. also the radios are really bad on my G-nex.. Bad. Im getting a quarter of the service I was getting. I so wish it not to be true, hopefully it will change

          • Anonymous

            Scotty, I agree somewhat on battery…..however I would much rather have my nexus than that post charge I am about ready to sell on eBay. You can not tell me that you do not see the vast improvement in speed and is, besides battery life always seems to get better after a week or so.

        • Anonymous

          The issue is hardware based more than battery based on Verizon’s phones.  Because 4G phones from Verizon are sporting both a CDMA antenna AND a separate SIM based LTE antenna, there’s more power having to be used.  I seem to recall that AT&T’s LTE phone(s) don’t have as much of this issue because the HSPA+ and LTE antenna are unified.

          Still wouldn’t switch to AT&T because their coverage sucks where I’m at.

    • Christopher LaPointe

      Holy Batman, paragraphs!  :/

      • cartersims

        Can you write me a guide on how to get decent reception and make complete, un interrupted phone calls on this piece of shish? The Verizon GNex is a disaster.

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          Buy a motorola…. lol, I own one too.

        • Cliffy44

          More than likely, it’s your location, in proximity to where the nearest cell tower is.

          I live at sea level; and I had a 2 or a 3 year wait for AT&T to construct a tower within 3 miles of my home.

          NOW, I have zero problems.

          Someone suggested that I move.

          That seems exorbitant, just to make a few cellular calls.

    • Im coming from the HTC Sensation and I’m completely blown away. Cant see how anybody wouldnt be.

  • Bigsby

    Does anyone know if there is a quick way to toggle vibrate on/off without an app? Is it not built into the lock screen anywhere like on previous builds? Kinda a pain to have to unlock and use the volume rocker.

  • phonepeasant

    How can i transfer apps from my droid x to my Nexus? Will transferring angry birds save all my progression? How is google navigation on the nexus, i dont get mind until monday.

  • Edelafuente

    wuz good with the accesories

  • Anyone notice that text correction isnt there for the disqus comment box on this phone?
    Thats not cool.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it’s a bia to type/edit disqus on it. But I guess I shouldn’t expect too much from a mobile browser. With that said, it does load pages faster than my computer though!

  • Anonymous

    I went to VZ today to check this phone out and I realized while I was playing with it that the only thing I loved about this phone is ICS and how snappy it is. The build and everything else I did not like. I made the decision not to purchase it and I’m waiting for the next ICS phone that looks good with a better camera.

    Btw its my first post here, have been reading this blog since I got the OG, love all the info and arguments good entertainment its taken a lot not to post all this time and believe me I’ve wanted to curse some ifans out but I’ve kept it to my self. Great site love everything u do Kellex.

  • Djstar2k2

    speaker sucks and i cant get the mtp to work at all on my pc xp

    • Dan

      You’re using Windows XP.

  • Marc Statdfield

    VZN’S website is showing the sell price as $249!?!? It was $299 this morning and that’s what I paid when I ordered over the phone with a VZN rep. What gives?

    • Anonymous

      are you a new customer or upgrading? If you’re upgrading they should have given you a $50 credit (if you’re on the 700+ minute plans, $30 credit for lesser minute plans) for the “new every two” program. Just call them back and tell them they forgot. They’ll apply a credit, that’s what I did this morning as well.

  • Itchy

    Who will be first to post a YouTube scratch test?

  • Anonymous

    I’m tired seeing this stupid tutorials over and over again. We need some Facts: BATTERY LIFE how good is it vs. the stupid Iphone 4s ???? 

    How about the 4G everything I’ve read is all about bad speeds? Can someone talk in regards to this before getting stuck into a two year deal?

    • Anonymous

      Easy man – I’m sure there will be plenty of in-depth reviews coming 

    • When in 4G I can download 15MB+ apps in just a few seconds. Installs even faster then that. The phone is crazy fast. Coming from the OG Droid so just about anything will be faster. :]

    • cant speak for anyone but from speedtest.net i was getting between 28 and 50 Mbps down. I live in CT and was running for NYC server

  • Chachie

    Anyone else getting verticle banding on white screens when brightness is down?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’ve noticed that with amoleds. It will retain images for a while. LCDs do it too but usually not so soon.

  • Crim

    I am not thrilled about the Facebook contact sync.  This worked out of the box 2 years ago on the OG.  I also was surprised your music isn’t automatically available as a ringtone as it was on the OG.  I love the phone so far, but lacking these features is a disappointment.

    • Crim

      Music fixed with Handcent MMS.  Facebook pics supposedly solved by apps also, but couldn’t figure it out with friendcaster and syncmypix created duplicate contacts even when names were identical.

  • I would have loved to be a Nexus owner tonight as well but instead had a negative experience as you can see in the following email I sent to Verizon:

    ____________________________________

    I was writing to let you know about my experience at the Verizon Wireless store on 2071 Westheimer Rd; Houston, TX  77098 (River Oaks). I visited the store to look at the Galaxy Nexus phone.  While I looked over the phone, I asked an employee if they had any left in stock and he said that they sure did.  I liked the phone and told a second employee that I would like to purchase the phone off-contract.  She informed me that they did not have any in-stock and apologized.  I said it was no problem, thanked her and left.  The same store employee called me back and said they did have one in stock and would I be purchasing an accessory bundle with it.  I told her I’m not sure.  She said that they had 1 available in-stock, but was on hold for someone.  However, they had another customer interested in it and would sell it to the customer who bought the most accessories as the store made no money on phone sales.  

    I am quite shocked with this kind of a sales tactic as I had never had a similar experience with T-mobile or AT&T.  I love Verizon for its terrific cell coverage, fast LTE, and great phones.  However, your in-store customer service is nothing short of horrific, as is illustrated by my encounter tonight.  I hope that you will take some measures to bring this up to par with your fellow carriers soon.  ______________________________________

    Sorry if its long and off-topic, I just wanted to vent

    • Anonymous

      Thats the sad sad truth about commission sales, its also why they offer a ton of accessories when you don’t need them, there wanting to make a paycheck, just like a car salesman, it will drive any salesperson to do whatever they can to get the sale because of that.

      Your experience is probably an isolated one as some Verizon stores i’ve done business with aren’t like that, it depends on the employee, they will lie to you and then hook you back in just to get the sale, its a nasty sales tactic that sales peeps learn while in commission sales.

    • Todd

      They are killing their associates to make the accessory sales.  That’s how the reps make their money.  I have a friend that is an associate.

    • William Flato

      My sister had a bad experience at this very same Verizon store not a week ago. The rep was very rude and unprofessional. I will be letting her know of your experience and get her to inform Verizon of her situation at this particular store.

      Fortunately we have more that just this one Verizon store in Houston that we can go to. If it helps the Verizon at Westheimer and Kirkwood has always had friendly reps.

    • Jamesevans

      WORD! I went to a store in MD today but walked out empty handed bc of the sales associate and just ordered it online. The guy straight up told me that the phone will break if I don’t get some kind of case for it.  I told him I was good on the case but this dude would not stop about the damn cases.  On top of that the sales people were pushing micro SD cards for the Nexus as well.

    • Cmrudy

      You should do a Yelp review on the story to help get the word out.

    • Anonymous

      I hear ya. My experience today at the Verizon store was AWFUL. The sales rep was totally going for the jugular on the accessories. I told her I didn’t want any, just the phone. Then I tell her I have a Living Social coupon for $50. She says, “Oh, well in that case your accessories will be free”… “Free? Sounds too good to be true. You mean whether or not I take these accessories has no impact on the price?” “Yep” she says. I walk out of the store, get home, look at the receipt… Of course, the accessories weren’t free, she charged me $36. So I drive back to the store, explain to her she lied about the accessories being free. then she says, “I didn’t lie, your living social coupon would only ring up $25, so I gave you another $25 credit, essentially making the accessories free”…. I said, “IT WAS A $50 COUPON, YOU DIDN’T GIVE ME ANYTHING FOR FREE”… She immediately backed down and took the return.

    • Engineeredwithlayton

      I have a store in Chandler, AZ that is great.  It took me about 3 different stores over the last few years to find it.  All depends on the manager and his team.  Look for a different one & take your business elsewhere…then tell everyone about it.

    • Anonymous

      I love my Verizon store, they never give you grief and go out of their way to help….sorry to hear that!

  • Has anyone found a good flashlight app yet?
    TealaLED works but has a 2-3 second delay after you click the widget.

    • VerizonHater

      I usually go for brightest flashlight ever free app…  Haven’t downloaded it yet with Gnex tho cuz I hardly used it on my OG Droid

    • Crim

      just turn up screen brighness and open a browser window.  😉    But no, haven’t even looked yet.  I rarely used my flashlight on og droid.

      • I used my flashlight like crazy on my DInc. It was the torch included in omfgb and cyanogen. That was the brightest thing ever. TeslaLED on this is blindingly bright, it just has a lag.

    • QtDL

      DroidLight was a great one – had it on my OG Droid and worked perfectly. App doesn’t work on my new Nexus though – hopefully an update will be arriving soon.

    • Anonymous

      My gNex will be arriving tomorrow by 2pm- ordered online today at noon.
      So – I don’t know if ColorNote works on 4.0, but it’s what I use as a quick flashlight – I just open up a default note, which is quite bright. And it’s handy, since I keep the widget on my home screen for notes anyway.

  • hawgpapa

    Got my Nexus this morning, after a lot of thought due to the fact my Thunderbolt was finally running amazingly well with Eternity r185. However, I decided to take the leap and, right now, I don’t regret it.
    Yes, there may be a couple of things I will miss (I was really starting to like Sense 3.5), but there are some things that are better in the GN:
    1. Speedtest on 4G was better than my TB
    2. Call quality is somewhat better
    3. The camera is fine, I like the Sense camera better (more choices), but I have a couple of other camera apps, too. The tale of the tape is this weekend when we get to be with our four grandkids in Oregon. Pictures and video galore!
    4. ICS is smooth as silk. My TB wasn’t as smooth.
    5. Of course, the GN is lighter.
    6. HDMI output that the TB didn’t have.
    7. The Market is amazingly fast.
    There are more things that I haven’t explored and I am happy with the phone.
    This was my choice to upgrade, so I am not going to diss Samsung or Verizon for any shortcomings, there are few.
    By the way, the sound quality on Pandora through the Sony stereo on my Harley Davidson Electra-Glide was way better than my Thunderbolt! Nothing better than the Doobie Brothers @ 70mph on the freeway!

  • Jerry Sander

    The phone exceeds my expectations in many ways; it is sturdier, more beautiful, more fluid than any of the reviews led me to believe.  (I came close to buying a Rezound.)  I haven’t used the camera yet.  One almost inexplicable weirdness, though, is the difficulty of customizing your own music ring-tones without purchasing a third-party application (that says it will look through all your contacts, perhaps be malicious, etc.).  I was given a LENGTHY set of instructions by a Verizon rep when I told them how I had purchased ring-tones through Verizon Wireless for it, downloaded them according to the phone’s own instructions only to see them NOT appear in the Ringtones folder.  You have to hook it up to your computer and change folders after downloading it to the phone.  Huh?  Are you kidding me?  More complicated than a Blackberry? Or…trust a program that weirds me out after I load my own music onto it.  Advice anyone?  I just would like to wake up to some Steely Dan instead of their computerized beeps….

    • Crim

      This pisses me off too.  I had this feature TWO YEARS AGO on my OG droid.  WTF happened to it? 

      • Crim

        Ah, maybe it didn’t, but I’ve been using HANDCENT MMS app for so long it felt like it did.  This app automatically allows users to select from the music collection for alarms and ringtones.   Ahhh, I feel better now that it’s working properly.  Enjoy!

    • Anonymous

      Ringdroid dude, make your own for free!

  • How do you change the notification lights??  Anyone?  Bueller… Bueller?

    • Anonymous

      3rd party app is needed – try lightflow – lite (free) and pro versions available. Not sure if it works on GN andor ICS though. Check it out

      • Anonymous

        I look for devs to make a built in setting in future roms, probably in CM9 even. Maybe even Android will eventually get such a feature built in, I mean, why else include a 16bit color LED for notifications if you would need a third party app to use them all?

        • Anonymous

          I hear ya. Couldn’t agree more.

    • Chamdroid

      Download the app Light Flow from the market.

      • Esn8787

        Thanks cham!  great app.  Any suggestions about the vollume issue?

  • Anonymous

    Best phone period… My only issue is that it tends to slip off my hands when reaching the top corners

    • Same here! But after I put the extended battery in, the phone gained some weight and that problem fixed…now the phone doesn’t feel as cheap either.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t be happier with this phone!!  Except of course if I could use Google Wallet.  Meh… debit card still works

  • Dlroberts85

    anyone else experiencing really low volume?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah dude, it’s aweful with music and voice. But I think it’s a software thing because certain tones can be extremely loud… Looks like we’ll need an update for this. Ugh. 😛

      • Crim

        Full volume is like medium on the OG, but the OG could be scary loud at times.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I’m guessing it’s to prevent blowing ear drums with the headphones on. But some things are barely even audible at full volume. I really hope there’s a fix. My phone from 2007 sounds better than this.

          • Bbrutcher

            so far the volume is my only complaint!  this is an awesome replacement for my x2…i hated that thing!  hopefully a fix for the volume is coming soon!

  • Duong Vu

    I arrived at 900AM and had to stand in line for 45mins!  I guess the Nexus sex appeal is more well-known in the Silicon Valley?  Anybody else have to wait through lines?

    I felt kinda stupid waiting in line for a Sammy product considering the GS2 commercial they released a month ago rags on iSheep waiting in line…

    • nFans=iFans

      Oh the irony.

      • Guest

        you a loser bro?

    • I had one guy in front of me.

    • Anonymous

      If it makes ya feel better we had 40 people in line at my Verizon store!

  • Equalizer in the G Music app ain’t shabby either, missed that on my Droid.  huh.

  • Rendar UDL

    Picked up a Galaxy Nexus today and I love it. (Upgraded from the OG Droid). Couple of very minor issues I’m having. If anyone has any tips/suggestions they would be very appreciated.
    1) The 3G (no 4G in my locale) seems VERY slow. Like, 7-10 minutes to DL flash over 3G. It was never like this on the OG
    2) Is there a way/is it necessary to update my PRL? I did this at least a couple of times a year on the OG. But when I dial *228 on the Nexus, it says “Call not sent”.
    3) Is there anyway to change the notification light color within ICS? Or does it require a 3rd party app?

    • NewsWorthyTech

      Answers to your third issue: you can download Light Flow from the android market.

      • Rendar UDL

        Thanks. Perfect. I’ve read a couple of other people saying they are having some signal issues. Just strange that it’s fine on my OG but only 2 bars and slow 3G on my Nexus. Oh well. Gotta give them a few to work the bugs out.

    • DO NOT DIAL *228 ON A 4G PHONE. EVER.

      You may have compromised your SIM card already. That may explain your terrible data speeds.

      In retrospect, I know that *228, option 1 will kill a SIM card. I don’t know that option 2 will. However, I would avoid it until you KNOW it won’t.

      • Rendar UDL

        No, I’m sure that’s not it. Dialing 228 on the Nexus didn’t do anything as I stated. It just says “Call Not Sent”. It never even dials so obviously they were prepared that people may attempt to do that.

    • 4G Phones don’t do *228 the PRL is updated automatically whenever it is needed which isn’t as often as 3G phones

    • Droid Do What it Does
  • Mark Wilk

    Got mine unlocked and rooted already. Its working awesome. Plays games like BackStab butter smooth.

  • JB

    I bought a G-Nex today at a VZW store.  I was in a hurry and their system was bogged down.  They gave me the phone and said finish the activation later.  I paid the $299 and left.  I decided to activate it on different line on the same account, which didn’t have an upgrade discount yet.  I activated the phone but it never used my upgrade discount from the eligible line.  So, it appears I still have an upgrade discount.  What do you think?  Will VZW figure it out if I buy another phone and then charge me full price later?

  • Tim242

    I am having buyer’s remorse already. The camera is not good. My Thunderbolt takes better pics. The browser is just ok. It feels a bit cheap. You have to have the screen brightness turned up way too much, to get the good colors…which drains the battery. My Thundernolt display looks better on lower brightness. Signal is not as good. I really wanted to like this phone, but it has a few too many shortcomings. The camera is what’s really killin it for me.

    • Anonymous

      Dang, did you get the OTA? it was to fix a numerous amount of bugs and improve signal quality. I have a ThunderBolt myself and I love the picture quality it takes, I’m hoping I just have to mess with the camera settings to get close if not similar results as the ThunderBolt. R U on twitter?

    • SadNexOwner

      Yeah the signal is a lot weaker than my OG and the camera is about the same which is pretty sad considering the OG is over two years old. The build quality coming from the Droid to this is pretty pathetic. Its not flimsy but it feels a little cheap and plasticy. The battery is also draining real quick. I think its because the signal is so weak it has to struggle and i notice it flip from 4g to 3g all the time. I’m hoping once the battery settles in maybe it will last longer but right now its pretty bad. I lost about 15 percent in 1 hour while i was watching TV and the phone was just sitting there. Like i say hopefully it settles in but right now its pretty bad. 

      • VerizonHater

        I’ve been sitting with this phone all day at work on the extended battery and have been using it (not continuously tho) and I still have at least 50% battery.  Been at work almost 7 hours now.

        • SadNexOwner

          I don’t have the extended battery. I shouldn’t have to buy another battery when the one that came with it is brand new. 

      • I don’t know what you did to your phone…but I disagree with everything you’ve said.  I am coming from an OG droid as well.  The camera on the Galaxy Nexus is much improved over the OG droid.  The build quality is excellent, I don’t get what you’re talking about.  Yes, this phone is not a BRICK like the OG droid…it is thin and light. The battery life is decent for a phone with such a huge screen.  My battery (stock) will last all day long with more use than usual (seeing as I just got it).  You should check the battery usage stats to see what apps are killing your battery.  The automatic brightness works perfectly for me.

    • nFans=iFans

      Damn that’s bad if the Thunderbolt gets better battery life.

    • Anonymous

      I looked at one today at the Verizon store actually. I had to see what all the “fans” were foaming at the mouth for.

      All I’m gonna say is I’m still perfectly happy with my Bionic and to each his own I guess.

    • LionStone

      I agree. I played with the camera and compared with my TB also and the Nexus picture can compare but only after you edit, which is pretty easy to do. I noticed the GN puts the edited photo in its own “edit” file. I noticed the same thing regarding screen brightness.

    • Anonymous

      My signal is terrible – the worst of any phone I have used.  Basically one bar all the time.  And yes the battery is as bad or worse than the thunderbolt and I am little frustrated about it.  

      • I live in NH, and even in the middle of nowhere, I don’t have any issues with my signal.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest I wanted this phone and am still somewhat interested but after reading all the comments it is not the golden egg that it was thought to be. I have a RAZR and am decently happy with it my battery gets through the day even with decent use, only complaint is that my OG Droid had an amazing speaker how do you lose that when upgrading? But to be honest if the actual reviews don’t get better I might hang on to this one or maybe trade it for the white one. Is there anything super amazing about this phone? I know it has ICS but what is really going to set this phone apart from all the others? Ya its unlocked and you can freeze those two apps/ remove them, but what’s the point of getting a custom rom when its the phone that custom roms are based off? Again nothing against rooting and custom roms because I love that stuff I have a dinc running ICS right now, I just don’t have that must get drive to have this phone like I once had.

    • Tim242

      I think I’m returning mine. I like the thunderbolt better.

      • Anonymous

        I have a feeling its not just because of the camera, what else didn’t you like on it that the ThunderBolt has? I’m curious since i’m going from the same device to the Nexus as well.

        • Tim242

          The Thunderbolt just feels more high-end. It’s battery is better than the Nexus, because of the screen brightness. You have to turn it up higher, or the colors don’t look right. The Thunderbolt’s camera takes much better pics. I don’t like the on screen buttons. If you run a different launcher, it puts those 3 dots beside the task button. It looks odd. I hate the stock launcher. Not being able to remove the search bar at the top, is just awful. I miss some aspects of Sense, like the browser enhancements. Back to my Thunderbolt, with LPP+! All this hype, and look at me now lol

          • nFans=iFans

            On to the next overhyped device!

          • Guest

            you a loser bro??

          • someone else with a thunderbolt who agrees its a good device !! 😀 love mine lol

          • Tim242

            Yes, it is. I love it. I just got caught up in all the Nexus hype. I want by baby back lol

          • Anonymous

            Chili’sssss baby back ribssssss.  Thats funny too, I was there last weekend and didn’t get ribs because i didn’t see them and didn’t even think about looking, and now this song comes to mind LOL  now i’m hungry ROFL

          • LionStone

            That’s right buddy…the TB is STILL holding its own! 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Thats first day buyers remorse, I felt the same way when I got the DROID X after swapping my OG Inc and sold it to my friend, luckily he didn’t have any problem with swapping the two for my OG Inc back.  For me, I got bored of Sense, and I like how ICS looks and works, not to mention how customizable the NEXUS is along with that multi-color LED, there’s alot of potential for this device for devs. I still have my OG Inc and I plan on keeping my Tbolt as well, I don’t sell my retired devices, i keep them and use them on wifi as “tech toys” to experiment with roms and themes.  

            Sorry you didn’t like the Nexus, maybe the device HTC has coming out for ICS will be more to your liking, I hear it has no on screen buttons

          • Tim242

            How ironic. I had the OG Dinc. I got a Droid X, and ended up taking it back and keeping my Since. I loved that lil phone lol I had no issue upgrading to the Thunderbolt, because I had the Evo on Sprint, before going to Verizon. They were all very similar. This Nexus is just meh. My Thunderbolt is beside me charging, so I can set it back up. My name is Tim, and I have a problem lol

          • Anonymous

            LOL  Welcome to Android-holics anonymous LOL

          • Tim242

            Thanks! Once we’re done here, we’ll go have a few drinks. But, let’s not end up at the other AA : /

          • Tim242

            Thanks! Once we’re done here, we’ll go have a few drinks. But, let’s not end up at the other AA : /

      • Yuup

        You need help.

        • Anonymous

          to each hisher own. 

    • Anonymous

      i’m with you.  i REALLY wanted to like this phone and convinced myself to buy it before even seeing it in person.  but, i was let down.  the ui just doesn’t seem to be as polished and snappy as i hoped it would be, and there were definitely times when the demo unit i played with would lag.  and it doesn’t help that the phone is a freaking boat.  even though the sgs2 is 7 months old already, i think i’m going to give that a shot on att.  i don’t stream audio or video so hspa+ suits me just fine.  

  • spickle

    does anyone know how to change the color of the status light? i can’t seem to find it anywhere.

    • NewsWorthyTech

      Download Light Flow from the anroid market

  • planetes42

    Woo, been so busy messing with the Nexus I missed this post.  Thanks Kellex for putting everything in one place!!

  • What happened to the tablet giveaway?

  • college grad

    anybody else buy off of letstalk for $174.- they’re telling me its on back order even for people like me who were among the first to purchase online (3:18am). They say shipments will arrive 2moro and monday, but they don’t know how long it will take to fill the orders, maybe after xmas. anybody else hear something different?

    • I placed my order at 4:30PST and just now got the “backorder” email. Very disappointed. No use crying over spilled milk though. I’ll have fun with the $125 I saved.

  • George

    For those wanting to sync Facebook contacts, Friendcaster Pro seems to work well with ICS. Syncs without a problem.

  • Lyleferguson

    4G and the Galaxy Nexus all in one day. Think I’m having a heart attack!

    • Anonymous

      You sure its not a nerd-gasm? lol 😉

  • Anonymous

    I’m able to upgrade two OG Droid Incredibles on 12/28.  Since the NE2
    was still available then (2 years ago), are we able to use it now and
    will it be $100 or $50 per phone?  I’m also seeing talk about keeping
    the unlimited data, how does this work?  Do we just keep the same plan
    we have now? or is there another way?

    • Booboolala2000

      You will not be able to get unlimited data if you upgrade to a 4g phone. They endedvthst avfew weeks after the Droid Charge was released. Thats one of the reasons people bought those two phones, so they could keep unlimited data at 4g. Sorry for the bad news.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t know were you get your info but I got a RAZR and still have my unlimited plan even with my 4g. The only ones who can’t get 4g unlimited are new customers, as long as you had unlimited 3g before you will keep it with a 4g upgrade.

      • 100% wrong.

      • Bob’sBigBoy

        Nope, as long as you don’t change your plan you keep unlimited data.

      • Anonymous

        No, that is incorrect. All unlimited data plans are kept in tact. 

    • NorCalGuy is correct. If you have unlimited data on a smartphone, you will keep unlimited data on a smartphone. I doubt you will have a NE2 credit on both lines unless they’re both single lines under the same account. Only primary lines have qualified for NE2 over the last couple of years. You should have at least one on the primary, and you will not see any more of them in the future (as it stands now).

      • Anonymous

        Thanks!  We have unlimited on our Incredibles.  They are both single lines, same account.. not a family share plan.  Did it that way to get the NE2.

  • Great write up! Thanks Kellex!

  • l4do0

    has anyone had any random restarts? i had 3 within the first hour..none since then.

    • Dan

      No restarts here

    • Anonymous

      System updates?

    • Anonymous

      Well I just noticed when you click on the “Albums” icon on the top left side of the gallery, the phone restarts… Can anyone else confirm this glitch?

  • Joshua

    I love It, hands down this is one awesome device. The only thing that would make it better would be Swype. I guess we can’t have our cake… Icecream Sandwich and eat it too. 

    • Anonymous

      Swype is not compatible/supported yet?

  • gregwilliams

    how’s the battery life looking?

    aka- how many times have you charged today?

    • Anonymous

      I was on 4g, with gps, and high brightness for about 3 hours and it went from around 70% to 4% with the standard battery. I then put in the extended battery and went from about 65% to 10% on wifi with gps and high brightness in about 4 hours. So… maybe not great but I usually won’t be using it quite this much. I want to give it a better test tomorrow from a full charge.

  • Thelegendofdavid

    Hey guys!!!!! Quick question. On your nexus…..does it have a little seam on the bottom left side of the phone? It looks like a scratch or a tool mark. I just wanna make sure my nexus isnt jacked up. Please help

    • Bigsby

      I think there is one at each corner

  • Larrysteinburg

    Whats the notification light app? 

    • l4do0

      light flow.

      • Thelegendofdavid

        Hey guys!!!!! Quick question. On your nexus…..does it have a little seam on the bottom left side of the phone? It looks like a scratch or a tool mark. I just wanna make sure my nexus isnt jacked up. Please help 

    • Joshua

      Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought I heard it was Tasker (sp?)

    • Anonymous

      Light Flow

  • Erick

    Can not add Facebook as an account in order to sync..

    • Android7x

      Same…what the hell man.  I need to have a pretty picture next to EVERY CONTACT

    • Chris Badalucco

      same. i cant add my facebook account, or skype account. i can only sync my one google account right now

    • Anonymous

      You can do this using Friendcaster. Once Facebook starts using the contact API it will work directly from them. Friendcaster is pretty sweet too.

  • first one to get it at my verizon store. The guy holding the boxes walking into the store behind me haha

  • John Hall

    I have the Resound and I went to the store today to play with this phone. I was disappointed by the lack of weight and the odd look to text on the screen (a friend and I compared my screen next to it). My friend decided to get it.

    I’m interested in the camera. A five megapixel camera was a bit unexpected but the real question is how it performs.

    • Like a boss.  Srs, Mega pixels are NOT the end all be all.  Shutter responsiveness is the champ.  I have a hyper dog and got clean photos.

    • nFans=iFans

      Camera is fast but picture quality is grainy and sucks.

      • Anonymous

        Grainy in low light but good in good light.

      • Guest

        you a loser bro??

    • Anonymous

      I know what you mean by the weightless feeling. But the extended battery will give it weight and won’t make it feel any thicker.

  • Esontos44

    phone is nice. Its a little laggy but i can deal with it. Also, my signal has been on two bars all day compared to my wifes iphone (verizon) with four bars.

    • same here.  my net is laggy as balls today at home so I am just hoping it is environmental.

    • Tim Swann

      I was having a similar issue with signal but it seems to have gotten better for me. Idk though

  • Graham Wilson

    I WANT GOOGLE WALLET!

  • Anonymous

    FYI, the car dock from Verizon does not work with the three pin connector and does not have audio out. 

  • palomosan

    The facebook syncing I stopped manually.

    • Italia1918

      What do u mean?

  • Lunaticmo87

    Anyone know how to toggle 4g to 3g by chance?!

    • iamme

      settings>wireless and networks> mobile networks> cdma only or cdma/lte

      • Lunaticmo87

        Thanks

        • Thelegendofdavid

          Hey guys!!!!! Quick question. On your nexus…..does it have a little seam on the bottom left side of the phone? It looks like a scratch or a tool mark. I just wanna make sure my nexus isnt jacked up. Please help

          • Tim Swann

            i do not see any seam on the bottom left side of my nexus. sorry bro

          • Anonymous

            Take a picture and show us what you mean, might help, also if your on twitter you might get a much better response, I won’t have mine till tomorrow but i could compare it

          • Anonymous

            I just checked… I do see one but my goodness it’s barely noticeable. I’m sure that’s normal.

    • Emilio Figueroa

      Go to settings, Wireless & Networks, Mobile Networks, Network Mode, then click LTE/CDMA for 4G/3G, or CDMA only for just 3G. 

    • Mikewoods94

      settings … more…. mobile networks ……network select.

    • Evo X

      Is there an actual app where we can toggle it on and off??

  • Jacob Sconyers

    Does your Verizon car dock have a usb or audio jack?

  • Anonymous

    Facebook sync has been broken since the update to Gingerbread. If you have any synced now it is because it carried over before the update.

    • Italia1918

      I cant even find the sync with existing contacts? Do u know where it is. And thanks for your help bro

      • Anonymous

        My best guess is that they removed the option from the Facebook when they realized it wasn’t working right with the android API that would sync them. I guess the question now is why wouldn’t Facebook fix it.

      • Anonymous

        They were always low Res out of the app for the contacts as is. Sucks though the only way we can take advantage of the People app is by going and photographing them ourselves or downloading the pics. Sorry couldn’t be of help though.

      • benderhatesyou

        If all you care about is the photos from fb, I think syncmypix should work, its free in the market.  I don’t have the Galaxy but thats what I used on my current android when fb no longer synced on my current Android.

    • Mood

      That makes sense. Couldn’t figure out why so few of my contacts’ photos were showing up.

  • Italia1918

    Does anyone know how to sync facebbok pics wit contacts? I cant find in fb settings?

    • benderhatesyou

      Look for syncmypix in the market.  I don’t think you can anymore by default.

  • Tvldone

    Yo real talk…… I’m living the phone, but.. THE SPEAKER SUCKS!!!! BIG TIME…..

    • Tim Swann

      the speaker could be louder, but I actually don’t have any gripes about the volume on it. 

  • Kris

    Enjoy your bugfull phones people! You will praise it to skyhigh today because it is new.. slowly BUT SURELY.. you WILL get frustrated with the issues you are having on this phone.

    • Asianwarfare

      such is the fate of every other phone on the market

      • Nope

        Not every other phone is blindly praised as the next god phone like this though.

        • Mood

          No one cares.

          • nFans=iFans

            Yes I agree, no one cares about this phone.

          • Guest

            NO!!!…… no one cares what you think azzhole!  go shove that bionic up your azz!!

          • nFans=iFans
          • Guest

            you look like you are enjoying yourself bro.

            http://www.videobeta.net/gifs/22205.gif

          • Guest

            ///////////////////////////////////////////////http://www.videobeta.net/gifs/22205.gif

          • Its funny because every single person that make rating and reviewing cell phones their job have nothing but praise for this phone. Iphone crazy people who have been waiting for an Android phone to like are switching to Android because of the Nexus.  TheVerge gave it the highest rating of any cell phone other than the iphone 4s (at least that I have seen) and I think its because they are partial to the Iphone.  Everyone at androidcentral love the phone. It is just a phone…and I am sure it will have issues…and this is technology and man made.  It is not going to be perfect.  Doubt anyone on here has touted it or expected it to be perfect.  I am not a fan of the build quality and think the camera could have been better…but to say that this isnt the best android (and possibly THE best) phone to date…you’re just fooling yourself.

        • Guest

          mcclane strikes again!  you still mad bro??

    • Anonymous

      ….you mean like antenna, battery, Bluetooth & yellow screen bugs?  The envy just shines through in your comment – enjoy that 3G network with your whopping 3.5 inch screen! Hahahahahahaaaa

      • SadNexOwner

        Antenna and battery are a little disappointing. Haven’t noticed any bluetooth problems or yellow screen. 

        • Tom Burke

          He was busting on the iPhone, not the Nexus…

    • nfans=iFans

      Lots of people are having problems with the iphone 4s too.

      • Anonymous

        Nobody here cares! This isn’t iPhone-Life.

        • Guest

          AMEN!!! bro.  he sounds like a loser anyway!

    • Guest

      you mad you stuck with that piece of shitt bionic bro??

      • nFans=iFans
        • Guest

          i found you bro! http://www.videobeta.net/gifs/22205.gif

        • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    This is the best phone since the OG. RIP OG!!!!

    • Seriously, it’s unbelievable. I can’t put it down.

      • Blootzm3

        no kidding , I’ve got the same problem. Almost as if the damn thing glued itself to me.

      • I was busy at work all day yesterday, but kept flirting with it despite that… then when I got home, I started really exploring it. It was midnight before I realized I had just spent 6 hours straight without putting it down.

        My how time flies…

      • Cliffy44

        That’s what she said.

  • sonicblue

    Does anyone else really, really love the Androidify live wallpaper set on random?

  • Anonymous

    having google voice issues…when someone calls they get “please dial the # you are trying to reach”

    so i go and mess with the setting online and now no voice mail picks up and it just keeps ringing…i love google voice…dissapointed 🙁 had the same problem with my OG

    • Anonymous

      I have had the same issue lately and can’t seem to figure it out. I uninstall ed it and switched everything back to Vz voicemail and then reinstalled gvoice and it worked for a while then went back to “dial the number”… also don’t know if you get different response from different numbers. I.e. from a house phone get the “please dial” response and then from a cell get you have reached ###. Wish they would fix it so much easier to use.

      • Anonymous

        this kept happening to a relative’s phone when he first signed up with google voice. I couldn’t call him, and sometimes when it rang vmail never picked up. I’m trying my hardest to remember how I fixed it, I believe it had something to do with his verizon vmail service needing disabling or something – damnit I can’t remember. I’ll see if I can and let you know…

    • I use google voice and have not experienced any issues.

  • Anonymous

    Losing 4G at times in the hampton roads area. Anyone else?

  • just has to he optimized

  • live in buffalo and having a problem too

  • fleshgod

    Thanks for the busy day of continuous gnex news, I’m absolutely loving my phone!

  • i dont know why you wouldnt get the nexus 10 x better than any android phone

  • I am loving mine overall, but it seems to have excessive banding.  Is that normal or no?

    • David Verba

      I’m having the banding issue on one of my nexus displays as well….

    • Anonymous

      It is normal with AMOLEDs unfortunately. You basically need to either turn off the screen for a while or increase the brightness.

  • Kuboo99

    Hm, I have a Droid X that is still going strong, so do I wait one more year and then get what could be a Moto Nexus, or do I get this. I would actually be able to get it at the new upgrade price, but I would have to lose my Droid X…

    • Anonymous

      I just bought the Nexus which replaced my Droid X. I couldn’t be happier.

    • Vaglvr

      there will ALWAYS be better phones. it’s just a matter of getting what you can get, and right now. Until then I’m a DX user that waited for something better to come along, and thus the Unicorn phone..which I bought this morning and is somewhere on a plane over California. 

  • Anonymous

    Heh, this roundup seems early. Guess Kellex is going to settle in for some quality alone time with his phone. 😛

  • Anonymous

    Anyone having problems with 4G? (Albany, NY)

    • Tneel317

      YES!!!

      • Anonymous

        Phone works perfect on CDMA only, but 4G causes me to lose ALL data + voice, and says searching for service?

    • Chris Badalucco

      best of luck man.

  • NotoriousNeo

    Anyone else notice the slowdown when using any other live wallpaper but Phase Beam or whatever? ‘Cause I do and it saddens me. An Xperia Play with the Nexus live wallpaper managed to run buttery smooth. Xperia. PLAY. =(

    • My guess is that live wallpaper makers have not optimized for ICS.

      • NotoriousNeo

        But these are stock, man, stock. I would’ve hoped Google of all people could’ve optimized all of theirs. Phase Beam is the only one that seems to be. Ah, well, minuscule nitpick…I guess. 

        • RW-1

          Good point. I installed solar winds live on the displays I played with, no issues there.

      • NoClueless

        You guess wrong, bitch.

        • Guest

          damn mcclane you still crying like a little bitch??  need a tissue??

          • nFans=iFans

            Wrong, bitch.

          • Guest

            i knew all these new names popping up in this thread was you mcclane.  dude get over it!!  you got served!  you be banned! HA! HA!  stop crying crybaby!!  

          • nFans=iFans

            LOL!  you’re dumb bro.

          • Guest

            still crying like a little bitch i see mcclane.  poor baby

      • Thelegendofdavid

        Hey guys!!!!! Quick question. On your nexus…..does it have a little seam on the bottom left side of the phone? It looks like a scratch or a tool mark. I just wanna make sure my nexus isnt jacked up. Please help

    • I do notice a little bit of slowdown – I’m using the Bubbles live wallpaper. But I don’t know if it’s solely that or if Beautiful Widgets is complicating things as well?

  • My first GNex lasted 3 hours, terrible ear speaker sound, 2nd one is great. Im glad the suspense is OVER!

  • S Bosworth

    If my Nexus 1 wasn’t EOL, I wouldn’t have bought this. Great software, and hardware combination in general. Better build quality and I wouldn’t have complained about off contract pricing for another toy.

  • Newbie

    Anyone else having issues with bluetooth and the GNex?  I had a OG Droid and it synched with my car just fine – voice dialing, etc. worked great.  Just paired the GNex … not now all of the contacts are showing up, and the voice recognition is terrible …. what the heck happened?

  • NEXUS

    Now comes the time to hype beast the next phone!

    • FortitudineVincimus

      word..

      next up, something delicious that is more battery and processor friendly because it is running a quad core chip, thinner than this pig but more like the RAZR, sporting the ISIS NFC chip, removable battery in the +1800mhz range, minimum 8mp camera, ICS, minimum 1gb on board and having a micro SD slot + the requisite 32gb. HD screen with a gorilla type glass in the 4.3 to 4.5″ range. I am sure I missed a few small things.

      remember, CES is just around the corner and that is what I am holding out for. If nothing like this id announced – as all the pieces exist already – I will then  maybe pick up a Nexus for 1 penny at Amazon.

      • TheAndroid1

        “Thinner than this pig” That right there tells me that you have never used it.

        • DroidOne

          That right there shows the reading comprehension of Nexus owners.  Instant defense turned on.

          • TheAndroid1

            What exactly am I not understanding?

            He is saying that there are going to be new phones, I agree.

            There will be phones with better battery, new cameras, new processors, etc.

            However I did want to point out that the Nexus is not as thick as the pictures make it seem (for those who may be considering it).

            I don’t see what i’m not comprehending.

          • Anonymous

            Its definitely not thick. I even got one of those rubbery plastic cases for it and its still not too thick.

          • Adamfreakinant

            @iPhoneandAndroid:disqus You don’t seem to comprehend that the latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets have been on a trend: “Thinner is better.” 

            Therefore the new “Gadget” will make the old one look bulky. 

            In this context you could say the speaker was being “Sarcastic”. 

            Also, I really think you shouldn’t get so defensive over a phone in the first place. Yes, It’s cool, but it is still just a phone. There will always be a better one just around the next CES corner. Remember to breathe and don’t have an aneurism. Good luck to you and your reading comprehension skills. 😉

          • SA

            Hopefully sarcastic indeed, because this thing is surprisingly thin, better than I expected. How are people finding the battery life? So far it seems a little scary to me. I won’t count yesterday because I hadn’t had a chance to charge it up myself. But so far this morning I’m down 15% in just over half an hour, with extremely limited usage. Yikes.

          • Counsel Dew

            yeah… Thinner isn’t always better for me-it is very subjective. The Razr is too thin for me, and I like the heft of the Nexus. To each their own…

      • Emilio Figueroa

        The name of that device will definitely be The Droid Impossible. 

      • Paul

        Aren’t those Amazon deals for new data limited accounts?

      • Rukkian

        Maybe we should also ask for 7 day battery life and 8g internet.  Until the new 2xnm chips come out (late 2012) you will not see what you are looking for, and then there will always be something better coming. 

        I understand that some people may not want the nexus, but there is a limit to what can be done with current technology, and ces may be just around the corner (as you have pointed out about 50 times that I have seen), but right now what you are saying can not exist!

      • Anonymous

        An 1800MHz battery eh???

      • Anonymous

        From what I recall, at CES they announce phones, not release them.

        In other words, after CES you can wait upto 6 months until you actually hold the phone in your hand.

        Correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Anonymous

          the up to 6 months part dif not include the Bionic

    • Anonymous

      Which is rumored to be a Motorola stock android device btw, you’ll have to wait to see it at CES though

  • David Verba

    I have two Nexus’s and one has some strange vertical banding in the display – like four our five dim lines on the screen, strange…going to have to exchange that one.  Besides that – so far so good.

    • Anonymous

      AMOLEDs do that with low brightness. They kind of retain images after a while. Give it some time with the screen off and/or increase your brightness level and it should go away.

  • nFans=iFans

    Baaaa sheep, baaaaaaaaa

    • Guest

      you mad bro?

      • nFans=iFans

        You seem to be, lolol.

        • Thelegendofdavid

          Hey guys!!!!! Quick question. On your nexus…..does it have a little seam on the bottom left side of the phone? It looks like a scratch or a tool mark. I just wanna make sure my nexus isnt jacked up. Please help

          • I see a very faint line on mine in that location as well.

        • Guest

          you mad bro??

  • How do you freeze the verizon bloatware apps? I can’t remember.

    • Brandon Sikes

      Settings>Apps>All>My Verizon>Disable

      • Unlock Bootloader>Root>Uninstall>SMILE cause its not taking up your space because you don’t have an SD card which is sad.

        • i installed like 50 apps and i still have 27 gigs

          • People get too bent out of shape about the “bloatware” – I actually kept the “My Verizon” app – useful for checking your usage.

            That vzbackup app got sent straight to hell, though.

    • Anonymous

      Go to Settings>Apps>All>My Verizon/VZW Backup Assistant. Tap “Disable” and say yes to the warning.

  • I’m mad about the Facebook contact sync thing.  But that’s it.

    • Dan

      Hmm, im having a problem with mine too. It seems like it has begun to sync, but stopped?

      • This feature is not supported in ICS. 

        • Anonymous

          I don’t believe it is ICS that doesn’t support it, it’s just Nexus phones do not. The Nexus S w/ GB does not support FB sync but the Moto DX does.

      • Those are probably your Google+ contacts.

        • Anonymous

          No, I have about half synched and most of them aren’t on G+.

    • Anonymous

      I feel thats pretty lame too… 

    • I downloaded SyncMyPix from the market and it synced my facebook profile pics.

    • They probably don’t want you to sync your Facebook contacts, so you’re forced to use Google+. 

      • Anonymous

        Stop spreading lies. Google did this before Google+ was even announced because Facebook insist that you do not store information locally because they think it’s their data and not the end users data.

    • syncmypix….worked for me!

  • No

    First?

  • Thanks for all this guys. Cant wait to get my Gnex tomorrow to use all these tips.

    And FIRST! lol

  • NEXUS

    FINALLY, the Nexus has come back tooo………..