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Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Review

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As the Galaxy Nexus approached launch on Verizon here in the U.S., you couldn’t pull up an Android site without seeing some sort of rumor, tip or leak that had to do with it. This phone was hypebeasted as if it was the second coming of some religious tech figure. Over the last couple of months, things have been unbelievably wild (both positively and negatively) around these parts, and the majority of the thanks can be attributed to it. As a “Nexus” on Verizon, the release of this phone marked an industry first on a number of levels including the combination of Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE, NFC, an unlockable bootloader, and the support of the entire developer community. It has been dubbed as one of the first truly finished Android products to date. With so much to live up to, we will do our best to let you know whether or not it has.

The Good:

  • Hardware:  The insides of the Galaxy Nexus are what you would expect from a top tier phone in 2011. It has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, both front and back cameras that can shoot HD video, an HD display, 4G LTE and an NFC chip. You will find ultra-enthusiasts out there claiming that Google should have done more to push the envelope, but truthfully, they didn’t need to. They optimized top notch hardware with the latest version of Android making this phone run like butter. Oh, and we should also point out that this is the only device on the planet running the OMAP4460 processor if you really need to justify it.
  • Feel:  In hand, I’m not sure there is a phone that feels better. Its curves and weight make the Galaxy Nexus a joy to hold. We were slightly worried about how it would feel when Samsung announced that it would sport a massive 4.65″ display, but those worries were washed away the minute we got it in hand. You will hear critics claim that the device feels cheap “like all Samsung devices” – I would beg to differ. I’ve had the Galaxy S2, Fascinate, and some of their tablets, so I know what cheap feels like.  This phone, feels completely different and of a higher quality than past Samsung releases.
  • Design/Build:  This could have gone in the “feel” department, but that just wouldn’t be fair because the design of this phone is a work of art. With its slightly curved HD Super AMOLED display, bottom-placed headphone jack, textured back, volume and lock switch placements, and on-screen buttons, the G-Nex is easy on the eye and easy to use. If there was a design standard that manufacturers should take going forward, this and the DROID RAZR are the two phones to look at.

  • Performance:  We have been off the benchmark train for quite some time now, so when we talk performance, you aren’t going to see them anywhere. When we mention “performance,” we tend to go with a little thing called the feel test. And with this phone, the feel test is passed with flying colors. What we mean by that, is that the feeling you get while buzzing through home screens, switching apps, using the camera, watching video, playing games, etc. just feels great. There are no stutters, the phone never seems to get bogged down by too many processes, and no matter what you throw at it, the Nexus can complete it. Also, thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich, you can limit the number of tasks that your phone keeps in the background, making this phone as fast as you want it to be.
  • NFC:  NFC will some day be the future of mobile payment technology and the sharing of info between two devices. With the G-Nex, you get an NFC chip, so going forward, you are set. Now, the real struggle comes on the back end of things where we see if Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will allow you to have options to make those mobile payments and share information. So far they have chosen to lock it down to their yet-to-be-released NFC payment option. Thankfully this is a Nexus, and you already have other choices.
  • Screen:  The HD Super AMOLED display on the G-Nex is simply put, beautiful. At 316ppi, it falls short of the HTC Rezound’s 342ppi, but most human eyes won’t be seeing pixels either way. If there was one downside, it’s that the colors are a little more vibrant or cartoon-like than some may want, especially after you see the natural tones on the Rezound. No matter what though, this is as high of quality of screen as you’ll find on any phone and will not disappoint. Plus, with the phone’s ability to hide the on-screen buttons to give you a full 4.65 inches of viewing goodness, you will be searching for excuses to continue to use it.

  • It’s a “Nexus”:  As someone that’s life is now dedicated to Android, I look forward to seeing what Google has dubbed the next “Nexus.” It’s always the ultimate developer phone that launches with the newest version of Android before any other phone. This is what it is all about if you can’t get enough green robot. And with this being the first Nexus on Verizon, I’m not sure you will find a happier tech geek. The developer community has already flocked to this phone to give you more hacks, tweaks and ROMs than you will know what to do with. If tinkering with your phone is a must, then this is the phone to look for.
  • 4G LTE:  4G LTE may kill batteries at a record pace, but we still love it. Having faster internet speeds on your phone than your home computer is something I still struggle to wrap my brain around. Couple LTE with a Nexus and you have a match made in heaven.
  • Camera (speed and software):  I’ll touch on the quality of the camera down below as it is most definitely not in the “good” category. As far as speed goes, no other camera phone can match the instant shutter of the Nexus. You tap on the camera button and it takes photo before you can even blink. And better yet, it’s ready to go that quickly so you can snap a whole series of photos and not even realize you have. The software is also improved with panoramic features, a whole bunch of on-device editing tools, and fancy “hipster” filters.

  

  • Camera (video):  As you will see in the 1080p sample that is attached down below, the video quality that the Nexus shoots is surprisingly good. The zooming while recording is much better than expected and time lapse recording is an added bonus. While this may never replace my HD camcorder, it will do just fine as a replacement in a pinch.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich:  As you all know, the Galaxy Nexus runs the newest version of Android (4.0) that has been named Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s the most advanced, polished and user-friendly version to date. If there was a time to get started with an Android device, this would be the one as ICS is the future of Android. And with ICS and the Nexus, you get some extra features like Android’s Beam sharing feature that utilizes the NFC chip. You also get the on-screen buttons that rotate with the phone instead of the built-in soft keys that most phones have. Some would argue that the real draw to the Nexus is the fact that it is the first to run Android 4.0 and they may be right. Then again, the phone coupled with ICS and the attention to detail by Google is what really makes it. If you want complete overviews and tips and tricks on Android 4.0, you will want to see our G-Nex guide to the world.
  • Updates:  You won’t find a phone attached to a carrier that will see updates as quickly as the Galaxy Nexus. Since it’s a “Nexus” and receives new OS updates directly from Google, you will always be on top of the Android game. Rather than seeing an OS update roll out and then asking yourself when you will see it on your skinned phone, you will be the one with the new OS watching everyone else ask that question.

The Not-so-Good:

  • Camera (picture quality):  If there was one thing that I think we can all agree on, it’s the fact that Google and Samsung skimped on the camera in this phone. It is just not as good as the competition at taking still shots. Forget the fact that it’s only 5MP and not the industry standard of 8MP for high end phones, the camera in this phone should be better than it is. Low or bright lit areas, the shooter here is simply not good enough when you compare it to the HTC Rezound or even the RAZR for that matter. It may not be as bad as the Bionic’s camera, but man is it pushing it. You definitely can’t expect this phone to “wow” any of your friends in the recently-snapped-photo department. Samples below:

(Click images for larger versions)

  

  

  • Battery life:  It’s an LTE phone, so it sucks. On either the standard or extended batteries and with LTE turned on and WiFi off, you aren’t going to get a whole day of life out of this phone. Hell, you may not even get half of a day. I hit anywhere between 6-11 hours, but the average is probably closer to the lower end of that range. If you want your phone to last for 20+ hours though, simply turn off LTE and you will never worry about battery life again. On an average day using WiFi and 3G-only, I consistently see well over 20 hours of life on the extended or standard batteries.

  • Rear speaker:  The rear speaker has been a pain for some, including myself at times. It has an incredibly low volume even when turned all of the way up. There are apps out there that can adjust the stock volume settings to make your external speaker louder though, just be careful that you don’t overdo it. Depending on your need for a high-pitched ringtone, this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker on this phone.
  • Connection issues (for some):  I haven’t run into the signal and connection issues that many of you have, but it still needs to be addressed. There are all sorts of antennae-gate signal strength issues going on with this phone, some of which have been debunked time and time again. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t Nexus owners experiencing real issues though. Some have reported that when sitting side-by-side in low coverage areas with their other 4G phones, that the Nexus can’t even lock onto LTE while the others can at least grab a couple of bars. It’s tough to tell if this can be fixed with software or if it’s even widespread. One thing is certain, if you spend the majority of your days in a low signal LTE or even 3G area, just make sure you keep track of the time you have to return it in case your Nexus struggles.

  • Price:  We are almost a year into the $299 on-contract phone pricing scheme and I’m still not a fan of it. I get that Verizon tested us all with the DROID Charge and a few people actually forked out that kind of change leading Big Red to push forward with this being the standard for high end LTE phones, but that doesn’t mean I can’t complain about it. And I totally get that we should expect to pay a premium for a device we use on a daily basis, yet it still seems a little much. Then again, I had no problem actually dropping Benjamins for it…so maybe this argument is completely unnecessary. Damn you ever-changing tech industry!

Gallery:

Hands-on and Overview:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZOUEjxI87M[/youtube]

Video Sample (1080p):

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

The Verdict:

The combination of beautiful hardware, innovative design, and software has made the Galaxy Nexus one of the first Android devices to feel “complete.” There have been few times over the last two years that I reviewed a phone and felt 100% confident in recommending it – this is one of those times. Is it the best Android phone available? Easily. While the Galaxy Nexus may have a camera that doesn’t measure up to some of the other players in the game like the HTC Rezound or DROID RAZR, there are too many other positives to make this the phone that you should check out if you have an upgrade available. Actually, if you are a tech geek that always wants to be on the leading edge of the Android world, you may also want to look to go off-contract and upgrade. After having had both the GSM and LTE versions of this phone for the last month, it has easily become my favorite Android device.

Related:  Complete Galaxy Nexus “How To” Guide | Ice Cream Sandwich Features Part 1 and Part 2.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE Specs | Other Galaxy Nexus Coverage

  • Rob Watkins

    What kind of screen app were you using on the review unit? It looks very cool. Love the small digital clock at the bottom left of the screen.

  • I’ve had a RAZR since launch day here and have been wanting the gnex for a long time! But every time I go into the store to buy one I end up leaving because of the never ending reception issues I hear about. Is it true most of that has to do with LTE? I leave mine turned off 90% of the time anyways, so still wondering if this phone could match the fantastic reception of my Motorola.

    Input guys? At 230 bucks off contract its getting very tempting!

  • Josh_hippie

    I would have to say this is an amazing review props ive had my galaxy nexus about 2 months now and I love it!!!! I’d have to say u definitely disagree with u about the camera issue, I looked at your pics u have taken or ur examples to word that better and well they look awful. All the pics I have taken with the nexus are easily three times better than ur examples. I was playing around with my phone e for a while and stumbled upon resolution settings ( I’m a bit of a phone geek and never found this before) and the factory setting for the phone has it ser on medium resolution I did not no this. I put it on high witch was 1080p 5mgp back and 2mgp front!!!! And it takes an amazingly beautiful picture (flawless)!!!!!! Maybe u can check that out. O and a little tip from tecky to tecky the mega pixels of a camera does not hold place in what makes a camera awesome or take great pix. Its actually the setup and circumference of the lens in simpler words how much light it takes in during the day and how much light it it flashes out at night. And I didn’t no this untill last week when the technition for Verizon thoroughly explained it.he says its mor less that way for anything 8mgp and below. Obviously 12mgp would be an improvement. Hope u like my comment please don’t fret to respond!!! Keep it real peace!!!!

  • JJsamson17

    U Morton’s are suposed to talk about the phone

  • can this phone be purchased second hand and used with any carrier

  • MikeSaver

    I like this phone

  • JohnPA2006

    Nice big screens, Ice cream Sammich, Jelly Beans, All cool stuff indeed.
    Horrible battery life even with 3800mAh extended batteries and getting so hot in your pocket you need to pull the battery off to cool down.
    Simply unacceptable.

    I had the Galaxy Nexus for a month, and sold it on Ebay.
    Battery and heat issues to blame. From all I have read on these forums I’m not the only one to experience these problems. This applies to all the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3 phones.

    I never had any problems back with my Motorola DROID or Droid X.
    I miss my Motorola DROID.

  • JohnPA2006

    Stock battery is a joke, with a 50% charge, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS disabled, screen at low brightness, and network set to CDMA only, the battery went down to 8% in under 45
    minutes. Extended battery is REQUIRED… unless you literally charge all day and all night.

    I want to like this phone,
    but the battery life,
    the camera freezing
    “Google Listen” podcast app stops playing randomly.
    Screen going to sleep in 15 seconds even though I set it 30 or 60 seconds.
    My old Motorola DROID didnt really have all these problems. (reboot once a week maybe)

    I hate to say it but no wonder the iphone4 is selling so well. despite having a tiny screen compared to this.

  • MeetOza

    galaxy…………………………………. 
    http://clicktechdoll.blogspot.in/ chkdis out…

  • LanceMiller

    I so wish that Google would produce a phone that uses all the best hardware & just blows everything else away. It’s like they were afraid to set the bar to high & purposely used some cheap hardware. Unfortunately, I can’t justify the purchase of this for several reasons. The fact that they used a 5mb camera is something that has me shaking my head. Then add in the fact that they they didn’t include an external storage slot & I’m left wondering if they realize that some of us don’t have data plans that can support the constant use of cloud storage / retrieval. Finally, it appears that they thought that just because it has ICS they can cheapen the hardware & it will still sell, I guess they were right but it sure reminds me of Apple with their refusal to finally throw everything but the kitchen sink at one of their phones. 

  • AlphaRider

    This phone cannot even last for 4 hours on original battery! I can’t even consider the original battery to be a viable option for use

    End up I have to to use an extended battery to lengthen the power life of this phone.  So far the Qcell extended battery last me through a day which is an acceptable usage for me

    http://www.amazon.com/QCell-Verizon-Samsung-Extended-Compatible/dp/B00746TQVM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333084783&sr=8-1

  • If you like phones that last all day, Don’t get his phone. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love ICS and the user interface/operating system. THE BEST EVER! However I cant really use it that much because, my Galaxy Nexus Lives on life support all day, everyday.  The only way to make it through 1 day is by having 3 fully charged extended batteries and swapping them out every 5-6 hours. just turrible turrible turrible….

  • SKAVENG3R

    Great phone.

  • Yellowdevel

    Where can I get that green wallpaper?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone been having trouble with their People and text messaging apps? Love my Nexus but since I got the extended battery these critical apps have been crashing or loading slowly. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  

  • Anonymous

    Why did they skimp on the camera?

    • possomcrast1

      i think it was to make the instant shutter feature look even faster than it would with a higher res camera. Thats just a guess though.

  • Ross Newhouse

    Having connection issues when trying to go to the market place and use apps. 

    No Connection  “retry” and even on wifi it says

    Error retrieving information from server

  • NoahRHPS

    The speaker on mine is almost TOO LOUD!

  • Dev

    I am trying to download a game and everytime I try to download updates for it (since it is a big update), My GN forces me to turn off Wifi, instead of using my 4g LTE. How can I turn off this auto switch to Wifi so that I can use my 4g to download data. Any suggestions? please help.

    • possomcrast1

      Its a feauture in the setting for people without unlimited plans it can be switched off though.

  • Trevor-kai

    I believe that I’m going to go get this device today! yay me

  • Paul

    Hi All. Anyone know how I can get my Zune music onto a new GNex? Or even onto an iphone if I choose to go iPhone 4s? Most likely going GNex…

  • Rawheat

    Just picked the GNex up over the weekend.  I’m coming over from a Droid Bionic.  While I really liked (or really wanted to like) my Droid Bionic, there were way to many issues that plagued my overall experience.  Sure the new update helped, but this device just fell short of my expectations…didn’t have that wow factor I was looking for.  Its still a good device but its nothing great.

    The Galaxy Nexus is simply amazing!  Sure its hardware isn’t anything that blows away the existing competition, but ICS just makes this device feel so damn nice!  My battery life has been beyond excellent.  (18 hours w/ 4G light to moderate use over 26 hours w/ 3G light to moderate use).  The screen is incredible.  Even the camera isn’t all that bad.  The speaker volume is fine for me.  Love the fact the charging port is on the bottom of the device…still can’t get used the volume rocker being on the left side of the device…can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidentally hit the power button instead of the volume rocker.

    Simply put…this is one amazing android phone!

    • My feelings reflect yours exactly.  I came from the Bionic as well, and although it was a decent phone with some redeeming qualities, there were just too many issues for me to love it.  My main beef was the dropped connections, and the time it took to regain data (10+ minutes).

      The Nexus is amazing.  My battery life isn’t anywhere near as good as yours (8-10 hours 4G, haven’t tried 3G), but I do notice that the screen is a BIG battery life sucker.  I’ve made it 15 hours once on light usage (OS about as high as the screen), but down to 4 with screen on most of the time.  This is unlike the Bionic, which would last 7-10 hours (after the update) no matter what you did. 

      Like the camera – the lesser quality is more than made up for by the instantaneous shutter.  This thing is amazing.  After the Bionic, it seems like magic to me.

      Agreed – an amazing android phone.  Now if only the Extended Batteries would come back in stock on Verizon!

  • Anonymous

    It’s not bars that’s the problem, that’s just because the Nexus is the only LTE phone on V that shows 4G bars when in 4G – so people think that their Nexus has less 4G reception than other Verizon phones.  What IS the problem, however, is 3G reception.  Turn 4G off and compare to any Verizon phone (in dBm preferably) and the Nexus is always 10-20dBm less.  I’ve compared it to an iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, Droid Charge, Droid X and original Droid, and all showed far better 3G reception (which all calls/texts go through).  

    At a friends with an iPhone 4s and 2 Nexus present, the iPhone had 3 bars and was in the -90dBm range while my and my friend’s Nexus had ZERO signal.  I kept getting Google Voice voicemail notifications via wifi because I had no service.

    I have 5 friends with this phone and they all have the same problem.  It’s really bad at 3G reception.

  • Jlmcclain1953

    wow this camera needs an update, I transferred some pics from my original droid which is a 5 mega pic camera also, looked at both in my gallery,you can really see the difference when you blow them up, the old droid pics were far better

  • So hard to turn off LTE…. so very, very hard.

    • Kevbowong

      4G Toggle for Razr. Not perfect but easier.

  • Plusjuiceplus

    On the reviews it said that you could access the camera without having to unlock the phone, does anyone know how to do that?

  • UncagedChipmunk

    Should be noted of the pictures of the GNEX has an extended battery + cover being used. IMO

  • and i have extended batt something wrong with mine gotta be

  • Love to have that good of battery life i get 8 hours total then dead with 3g only no wifi no BT no sync and brighness at the lowest setting.

  • Bear0013

    Can any tell if the speaker is as bad as the dx..or better or worse

  • Anonymous

    That video is terrible!!!!! My Bionic shoots way BETTER video than that…..

    • Anonymous

      too bad you have to watch it on that nasty ass display

      • Anonymous

        I’ve seen the G-Nex live and trust me The Bionic is better and you can see the display in bright sun light. Unlike those other displays….. G-nex is over-rated.

        •  dude really? stop being bitter that that you couldnt wait till the Gnex came out and followed the hype of the bionic.. hahahaha

  • Anonymous

    Returned mine yesterday. Unfortunately the network ruined it for me.

  • Anonymous

    Running powersave profile (SetCPU) on rooted stock GNex, mix of 3GLTE now getting around 14 solid hours.

    •  can we all acknwoledge the success story and follow what he did so you people can stop complaining… man it never stops

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know what wallpaper/layout is being used to get those green icons?

    • Anonymous

      Nm, found out it’s Pixel Rain. Still trying to figure out though what launcher is being used that creates the green icons. 

      • Anonymous

        Nova launcher

  • Jim Sheeran

    Just upgraded from the OG Droid to the Nexus. I think this is a stupid question, but I can’t seem to figure it out. I put my Google account info in, and all my contacts synced, but none of my apps did. What am I not doing?

    • Anonymous

      was your OG stock or did you have a custom ROM? I’ve noticed that with each new activation I had of a custom ROM Google never automatically sync’d my apps.

      Happened to me also with my GNex.

      • Jim Sheeran

        Ah thanks devito, that must be it. My OG was running a gingerbread ROM, so I guess that’s the issue. At least I now know I wasn’t being completely dumb. Thanks again.

        • Anonymous

          I’m guessing that’s what it is because I remember the first time I loaded a custom ROM all my apps downloaded and installed automatically (coming from 2.2 stock). Unless they changed their policy I think that’s the only logical guess.

    • Mimeo Ink

      My apps started syncing down once I’d opened the market for the first time and agreed to terms and conditions.

  • galnex

    Is anybody else experiencing an overheating issue.  I’m coming to this from and original droid and not sure if the phone running hot (~46 C at worst) is normal because of the LTE and processor or not.  

  • Phobos

    The biggest annoyance for me is the home soft key is directly under the space bar.  This leads to accidental home presses.

  • I love my GNEX!

  • I disagree on the battery life. With the extended battery, I get all I need and more for the day. But then again, I am running a custom AOSP ROM. =)

  • UFORGOTsomeSTUFF

    what this review fails to mention is the lag that is very noticeable when a livewallpaper is put on. the lag that present with a heavy flash page, and the fact that the screen looks plain UGLY when the brightness is not at least at 75%. These are things that the SGS2 never experiences.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t see any lag with a the new LPs (old ones prob not optimized).

  • Leer

    I bought my Droid X when it first game out in July with a new every 2 plan and unlimited data., and after constant freezes and crashing and receiving the same text 5 times I really want to upgrade but on My Verizon app it says I’m eligible for a upgrade as of 3/16/12 but I really don’t want to wait and wish to upgrade to a Galaxy Nexus am I out of luck or can I upgrade?

    • Anonymous

      i would call 611 till someone gives you the answer you want.

  • Joeoberster

    Soooo…where can I get those green icons on your home screen?

  • Anonymous

    What wallpaper is being used on the first picture of the Galaxy phone….?

    • Anonymous

      I was about to post and ask that same question. Hopefully someone can provide us with an answer cause I’m really digging that wallpaper. 

  • J Christ007

    Honestly, my first Galaxy Nexus went bad on Christmas Eve while my flight was delayed at the airport and I couldn’t even call any of my family to let them know of the delay while everyone around me was doing just fine on their iPhones smh. The phone would not get past the boot up animation and kept restarting itself. Needless to say, I had to wait until the day after Christmas to take in my defective device and get a brand new one. I understand that it’s new technology so I’m giving Google and Samsung a pass on that one but if it happens again, I’ll have to move on to another device.

  • sort of off subject but does anyone else wonder what android 5.0 will be/look like? or will it just be another Gingerbread…

  • Guest

    basjb

  • Tom

    I can not understand everyone’s problem with the camera in this phone. 5 MP is BETTER then 8 MP. The size of the sensors in these phones are tiny. Which means the more MP you try to drop on them, the smaller the actual size of the pixels have to be. Which increases the amount of noise that is produced. Which lowers the image quality. And since 97% of all pictures taken with camera phones end up only being displayed on the phone, facebook, flicker, etc. anything over 4 MP is actually just being thrown away. I have put my GN up against my girlfriends 4s several times now and the GN repeatedly takes better pictures (even with all of iphones fancy new optics). Please, take it from a professional photographer; unless you are shooting professional level photographs that are going to be displayed in some sort of large, probably printed formate, you don’t need anything over 4MP. You have been duped. High mega pixel counts are a sales gimmick. Not a true asset to the phone. You want better pictures, ask for a camera that has a larger sensor, not more pixels.   

    •  Finally, im not an expert but only heard this from many…. People are forgetting (hypnotized) that when the iphone 4 came out with the 5mp people were pissed. then a few experts were explaining the exact same thing to everybody… seems the people have forgotten

  • Joejoe509

    I used to have major battery issues. I turned off 4G and i try to keep the brightness on auto as much as I can. Now I easily get a day out of it. Its usually still at 30% by the time I put it on the charger for the night. I rented a Rezound for two weeks and it was about the same or worse becuase i left the 4G on. Besides a few nagging details i’ve been very happy with this phone. Its unfortunate that there was so much hype because no gadget can live up to those expectations. Hopefully future updates and help from the dev community will help with some of the more glaring issues like connectivity.

  • Raptor2679

    @kellex in your battery use photos, are those from the standard or extended battery? And did you condition your battery before you got those stats? If so how many times did you condition?

  • am so glad I kept my unlimited data plan when I got this phone

    • JC

      Interestingly, when I tried to upgrade online, the site told me my unlimited data plan was “incompatible” with the GNex…had to call VZ and purchase over the phone. Were they trying to force me out? Gotta wonder…

      • Ryan C

        That’s what is said to me but it allowed me to choose my current unlimited plan anyway..?

  • Anonymous

    Mr. McGuire:
    I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.

    Benjamin:
    Yes, sir.

    Mr. McGuire:
    Are you listening?

    Benjamin:
    Yes, I am.

    Mr. McGuire:
    Plastics

  • babadush

    I recommend using juice defender. I had 15hrs on the regular battery and still had 17% battery left. Also you guys did’t mention the time lapse feature. That’s the best part of the camera

    • JC

      are you using the free version vs Plus/Ultimate? Do you know if it’s worth paying for the upgraded versions?

      • babadush

        I’m using ultimate. I think it’s well worth the money. I use custom settings on it. Turn off the save battery option when your phone goes past 15%. If you leave it on it won’t turn data or wifi on every if it’s below 15%. I also only use 3g unless I’m uploading a big file. It takes a couple charging cycles to get the battery trained. Wait till it dies. Charge it to 100% with out interuption. Then discharge fully with out plugging it in. Do that a couple times and it’ll be a lot better.

        • JC

          Great – Thanks for the suggestion – Anything to avoid the charger 🙂

          “Yeah I am the nexus one I want more life. F*r I ain’t done yet”  – White Zombie

          • babadush

            No problem

  • Christopher

    Reading the comments, I am not the least bit surprised..

    Android = an operating system that is always incomplete or buggy out of the box and heavily relies on the developer community and or third party apps to fix issues.

    Android development = fixing the issues with the OS

    Android lovers who love “customization” = people who basically tweak their device because stock doesn’t work properly.. and incorrectly interpret that as Android “allowing” them to customize. LOL

    • spoken like a true idiot

    • Anonymous

      poppycock

    • Anonymous

      There is some truth to this. But there are many Android devices that work great out of box. Like the Incredible 2, the Bionic, Razr, Rezound, Incredible 1, Droid 1, and more I’m sure. That’s the problem with Android, one has to do tons of research to make sure they are getting the devices that is right for them.

      …and personally I like modding and have a device that I can customize and change. I would hate being locked into the same ol, same ol on iOS

    • Anonymous

      Huge miss here, Chris.  Although there may be a few minor bugs you can’t say that everything the community, development, etc works on are fixes.  We all work to make this phone the best phone for what we want to do individually.  The bugs you mention are absolutely due to the various vendors being able to create their own phones and their own features.  This is something Apple will never be able to do.  If we had one manufacturer making the Android phone we would have very few bugs because it would all be the same boring vanilla phone ala Apple.  As it is, we have phones for everyone.

      • Christopher

        But but but.. the GNex is Google’s flagship device ain’t it? and yet it has issues up to the wazoo!

        Google being completely disinterested in showing any semblance of control or enthusiasm over the launch of this device in the US was enough to convince me that this search Engine Giant is not qualified to be developing software.

        • Anonymous

          “this search Engine Giant is not qualified to be developing software”

          You just contradicted yourself.  :p

          • Christopher

            not really.. search engine subroutines are no where close to the sophistication of a self sufficient ecosystem.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve had a wonderful discussion – but this wasn’t it.

          • you do realize that search engines are software don’t you?

      • Anonymous

        Not all manufactures create bugs. HTC Sense use to be one of the best overlays around, and blur-less has turned into something great (blur use to make me want to jump of a cliff)

        • Anonymous

          I say that Sense and Blur have added functionality and features, but to call them bug free is a bit of an overstatement.

          • Anonymous

            I didn’t see any bugs in Sense 2.1 when I had it on my Incredible 2. I dont see any bugs with Blur-less on my Bionic.

          • Anonymous

            Sense 3+ is slow, web browsing is a chore and I see lag. Blurp needed 60 iterations and tons of stuff stripped out before it was useable.

            I am a fan of a custom skin, but from ROM devs not OEMs – they always seem to be 100x better.

          • Anonymous

            Yes Sense 3+ does suck. I can attest to that. The new Blur though is nothing like the old blur. The old blur was complete garbage. The new blur is already stripped down and not intrusive. It’s very usable now.

          • me = android.  3 friends of mine = iphone4/4s. two of them have had to run to att to get them to unfreeze there phones. nuff said

    • you ride the short bus don’t you 

    •  if your even on this forum and not using an android just means your an idiot wasting somebodys time…

  • Android-Guru

    The Samsung Galaxy S2 is EASILY the best android phone in the market currently.. PERIOD!.

    Just because this plastic piece of hastily put together crappy device has a new Operating system (which by the way.. is seriously unintuitive and buggy).. doesn’t mean it gets to be on top of the pile.

    sorry.. but that is the truth.

    • then keep it

      • Christopher

        Boy, you sound like you are very personally and emotionally vested in the GNex.. are you?? Coz you sound butt hurt!

        • Tim242

          iOS is a bug-infested mess. New software slways has bugs.

          •  ha. iphone4 owners were about a year into gloating about battery life until apple s new ios actually caught up to android then look what we have here… battery issues. sorry apple another step behind

    • Anonymous

      I sort of agree. Why does the GNex not include features that the SGS2 has. They couldn’t add metal reinforcement to the GNex like the SGS2 has?

      • Anonymous

        If you mean a metal chassis, I believe the GNex has one also.

        And please, for tha love of pete – stop comparing the GNex to other Samsung phones. Just because it’s made by Samsung doesn’t make this a “Samsung” phone – it’s a Nexus.

        • Anonymous

          Looking at pictures now. Sorry about that, looks to be there. You guys just keep proving me wrong.

          • Anonymous

            Trust me, the GNex isn’t perfect, but there really shouldn’t be a knock on its build quality – it is indeed very solid.

            The external speaker on the other hand, well…..

          • Anonymous

            Yea, the speakers on a lot of these newer phones are quiet. Nothing beats the speaker volume I had on my d1. I think manufactures must have gotten a lot of returns for blown speakers or something.

          • Anonymous

            +1 to that. My OG was loud and proud.

          • Anonymous

            The Razr that i picked up for my wife is very loud, from the little i used tthe Rezound, its volume seemed OK. The Epic Touch that i have left over from a sprint trial has a decent speaker as well.

            Pointing out that all newer phones don’t have weak speakers.

            On the gs2 vs the nexus, just look at the gs2 with its brightness on low, look at the GNexus with its brightness on less than half, not even at its lowest, the colors are so much better with the galaxy III, its not even close. I like the resolution on the GNexus but on such a small screen i will take the better colors and contrast over resolution.

            One more item on the gs2, the volume is fine, camera super nice, battery life great, display looks great at any brightness. Other than the Sprint network being so slow, i had no issues with the the ET4G, i so wish either sprint was better or vzw offered the gs2.

          • Anonymous

            nothing beats the speaker volume i had on my nextel.  It sounded liek a fire alarm whenever i got a phone call.

    • Galaxy S2 is the same crappy cheap plastic device.

      Nothing special about it.

      Maybe we’ll have something in 6 months.

      • Charlie Rodiger

        On the sixth month.. Galaxy s3?…

    • i should listen to you because youre an android guru. Everyone lets hate on @ANDROID-GURU

  • Dshudson

    If this phone loses it’s connection one more time, i’m going to lose it.. Why don’t they fix this obvious problem? 

    • Anonymous

      How do we know if it is a problem with the phone or just a low signal area?

      • Dshudson

        As we all know, it just takes to long to switch from 3g to 4g… and loses connection temporarily..It’s annoying.. I updated the radio’s too, so they better get to work with a new fix..  

        • Anonymous

          I am not trying the be a dick, but thats a typical Samsung radio…I wouldn’t trust their hardware.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure it must exist for some people.  My friends, family, and I have all upgraded to the Nexus and have had no issues in Colorado with connection issues.  Zero drops, zero network issues and no strange 3G to 4G radio problems.  I have actually had better reception with the Nexus than I have with my Droid X and it has locked onto the 4G network much better than my daughter’s Bionic.

  • JC

    I have a question for the community: I just bought a GNex to replace my OG Droid, after reading a lot of comments/articles on this site and doing some research. I’m neither a fanboy nor a developer, but I really liked my Droid and the Android OS, and this phone seemed to make sense as the next upgrade. So far, I’m really liking the phone – I think the build quality it good (I wonder if people confuse a light device for something with cheap materials??) and I generally agree with Kellex’s review; however, there are 2 issues that are causing me to think about returning it, and I’d like to hear some feedback about whether I should wait it out or get a more ‘commerical’ phone like the RAZR:
    1. Speaker Volume – I know this has already been addressed in this thread, but I use the speaker a LOT, and it is pathetic. I’ve read it supposedly can be fixed by installing Volume+, but that this sometimes causes the phone to reboot? Any thoughts on whether this might be addressed in 4.0.3?
    2. Keyboard slowness – I type out of lot of emails, and really got used to my OG Droid’s keyboard. However, when I use the landscape keyboard, I find that quickly the input slows down and starts to lag, sometimes 5-10 characters behind what I’m typing. I’ve also had my phone reboot after experiencing this slowness. While this does not occur when using the portrait keyboard, this is a bit bothersome; again, I wonder if 4.0.3 might address it.

    I know these might sound like small issues, but since my phone is my business (I’m a consultant) I need to have a solid device. If I’m not going to be a serious developer, or care about modding my phone, did I choose the wrong device? 

    Thanks! 

    • you are like all of us, just hoping the updates fix the problems, was also thinking about switching to the razor, seeing how the camera is now better and it will get ics very soon

    • Anonymous

      1. Speaker volume appears to be a muffled speaker – I have Volume+ and it appears to be a good enough band-aid for the issue. Not sure if that’s a deal breaker for you, but I don’t think it’s a software issue.

      2. I am confident the landscape keyboard lag will be fixed shortly.

      I think the GNex is a great device all in itself, but you can’t go wrong with a razr or rezound either. Both are great alternatives. It all depends how badly you want version 4.0 and how much you like or dislike custom skinned UIs that are on the razr and rezound.

      • SKAV3NG3R

        take off spell check in the keyboard options it will make the keyboard a bit faster. 🙂

    • You can use an alternate keyboard like SwiftKey X. If you’re particularly vested in the ICS keyboard, there’s a post on this site that offers a fix, but you’ll have to do a search for it. 

    • LionStone

      You can also try Smart Keyboard Pro…been using it on my Incredible and TB and its fast and has some nice options.

  • Anonymous

    I live in a 3g/no 4g area. I visited a 4g area yesterday. The signal strength and speed were tremendous. In my area, the signal strength on the gnex is downright weak. The strength of signal in the area of use makes the difference with this phone. I don’t know why and will never claim to know why. But my experience has shown that the db levels of the gnex are not the same when compared to other phones out there. The bottom line is this: people who live in a strong signal area most likely love the phone…people who live in a weak signal strength area most likely are wishing for better performance. While I have not owned every phone out there, I don’t think that this is typical of most devices. Signal strength is always signal strength, but for whatever reason, this phone appears to be affected more by signal strength than most other phones on the market.

    • Anonymous

      I went to a Verizon store yesterday to compare my Galaxy Nexus signal strength to other LTE phones. When I compared it to the Rezound, Razor, Charge and Bionic, all at full bars, I found their db was constantly in the mid 40’s to mid 50’s while at full bars mine was at around 75. At full bars my G-Nex is running between 15Mb/s and 30Mb/s down, so it is plenty fast enough. So I don’t know if the high db is an actual issue. My only other issues with the phone is in low 3G signal area my phone sometimes will have zero connection while my wife’s iPhone 4S is receiving a great signal. And last but not least is the amount of time it takes to reconnect to 3G after leaving a 4g area. It can take a couple minutes sometimes. It can also take a couple minutes to reconnect to 3G or LTE when leaving a wi fi spot.

      • Anonymous

        I have the same exact experience with my wife and her 4s. In a low 3g area she will have signal enough to spare and I am -120 with almost no use. I am wondering if this is hardware or software. If it is software, I can wait it out. If it is hardware, I would rather take it back. Do you know?

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know enough about phone tech to know if it’s software or hardware, but I hope it’s software. In my house right now I am sitting at 2 bars on 3G and 93db so that may be about right. But my wife’s iPhone 4S is at full bars. Sitting in Chilies yesterday, which is a low signal area I had a hard time maintaining a signal while my wife’s phone had great reception. I hope they fix these issues soon or I may go with the Rezound for its increased ppi and apparently better radio. I also loved my incredible so I don’t have a problem with HTC.

  • other than camera issues, I love this phone,its a slick rascal to hold on to,but ya get used to it, have installed pudding camera,but now after i tweeked the the nexus camera its great, just dont zoom in on the pic when veiwing it

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had my LTE Nexus for a week, and yeah, I couldn’t go back to Motoblur. Just can’t do it. There are some bugs that need to be worked out (Android OS eating battery life, weird multitouch issues, weak speaker/vibration, lag on multiple keyboards in landscape) but the beautiful thing is, that since this phone is updated solely by Google, they will be fixed.  And if not by Google, the unlocked bootloader, easily obtained root and guaranteed dev popularity means that 3rd party devs will fix it.

    If you’re happy with your locked down, skinned, bloated device more power to you.  If you rooted and ROM’d to get rid of as much of that crap as you can, even better. But it just doesn’t compare to not having to worry about that crap in the first place.

  • Kat Selezneva

    Galaxy Nexus story: rumors and facts http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/2011/12/galaxy-nexus-story-rumors-and-truth.html

  • I would agree with this review.  I too feel that this phone is a great phone.  I don’t have LTE (yet) in my area, so I haven’t seen the battery drain issues that most have, but I’m sure I will once it comes.  The Camera I will totally agree with:  thankfully, it’s only their software that sucks, so I use Camera Zoom FX, and it takes great pics.  Highly recommended for anyone with this phone.

  • Guest

    I don’t want something the size of the Monolith from Space Odyssey – OG has the perfect size for my palm. I also don’t need all the power necessary to run super duper apps, I would be perfectly fine with a stock ICS running and that’s it. There is no replacement for the OG right now. I wish they would release OG 2.0 in the same body size as the original. Hell, I don’t even need LTE – just a faster and more agile version of the OG.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t make it through more than a few seconds of the Hands on….your finger nails are freaking me out.

  • Anonymous

    How is the screen on this phone not listed in the “Not so Good” category? Yes it’s big. Yes it’s 720p. But when it’s not on full brightness it looks pixelated, banded, and whites look grey. I know that any screen that uses the same technology is going to have the same issues, but saying this screen is “simply put, beautiful” is a gross generalization. It can look beautiful, but certainly doesn’t all the time. Turn it up to full brightness and leave it on LTE and your battery life will be about 3hrs.

  • Hmm

    I understand that you don’t do benchmarks, but you should try a quadrant just to see how choppy the planet and DNA animations are. Flame all you want, but the GPU/CPU is just not fast enough to fill all the pixels smoothly.

    The screen colors are ridiculously warm. And that’s coming from someone stuck with a crappy pentile qHD.

    The real advantage of the Galaxy Nexus is its unlockable bootloader. And as cheap as it feels, the best phone out there is the HTC Rezound. Damn you Motorola and your crippled bootloaders.

    If you want a cute feeling phone go to Apple.

    • Blah

      Quadrant has yet to be optimized for ICS. I will hold judgement on the GPU until then.

      • Anonymous

        Even when it does get benchmarked I wouldn’t expect great scores. It does have a sh1tty GPU (PowerVR SGX540)

  • Hmm

    I understand that you don’t do benchmarks, but you should try a quadrant just to see how choppy the planet and DNA animations are. Flame all you want, but the GPU/CPU is just not fast enough to fill all the pixels smoothly.

    The screen colors are ridiculously warm. And that’s coming from someone stuck with a crappy pentile qHD.

    The real advantage of the Galaxy Nexus is its unlockable bootloader. And as cheap as it feels, the best phone out there is the HTC Rezound. Damn you Motorola and your crippled bootloaders.

    If you want a cute feeling phone go to Apple.

    • Anonymous

      It is my understanding that the benchmark apps have not yet been updated for ICS

  • Anonymous

    Found a bug in ICS. When adding a calendar event on a corporate exchange account, you can create events from your phone but the details of the event never sync.

  • Anonymous

    spell function and incorrect word replacement is so bad and frustrating to use that it spoils everything about the rest of the phone.

  • GNEX=SEX

    I am the guy you speek of and I bought the gnex at off-contract price. I’ve never owned a better smartphone and couldn’t be happier with it. I’m a nexus only man going forward that is for sure. 

  • Nicketmaster

    Two questions of those who have a G-Nex:
    1: I am hard of hearing and rely on speakerphone for all of my phone-call usage (not in public, I try to stick to textingwhile among the public), is the speaker so bad that I will have difficulty with this? At this point, that is driving me away from choosing the nexus.
    2: Is the camera really that awful? My phone has been my sole camera for a while, so if it’s no good then I imagine I will be unhappy with my experience.

    • the pics look fine, just dont zoom when looking at them

  • I have been an Samsung’s model user for all my life and they never failed me. Loved the design, this is a great device!

  • Anonymous

    Bottom line the Galaxy Nexus is the best smartphone on the market hands down. Look around folks and all you have is gingerbread devices on the market those devices are played out today as well as tomorrow regardless of if these devices get updates to ice cream or not. I have been a major supporter of HTC since 2010 i made my entrance into android based on HTC and i appreciate that always will but today its pretty clear that stock android has grown in such a way that all android lovers should be proud of. I would imagine that this would make it pretty hard on manufacturers. I applaud Google for the love they have given to ice cream sandwich based on this it’s pretty clear that the future is very bright for stock android. Plain and simple if your not rolling with the future of android the Galaxy Nexus then you’re just living in the past and your allowing the future to pass you buy.

    • Anonymous

      Dick, is that you????

    • Whatics

      HTC sense has had most all the features ics has, and has had them for a while. Android got it’s ideas from manufacturers skins. It’s actually a bunch of skins mashed together…it looks like sh1t actually.

      • Anonymous

        poppycock

  • J Grekk

    I just picked this bad boy up today. It’s replacing the OG Droid. I love it.

  • I honestly dont think the camera is bad at all if you take your time with it. They can fix it with an update.

    • GNEX=SEX

      I think the camera also takes great pictures even though it is a 5MP camera. Great phone all around. 

  • vaxick

    The screen was honestly one of the weakest parts of the Galaxy Nexus for me.  The screen had a almost grainy feeling on some colors, banding proved to be a issue at lower brightness levels, greys revealed the haptics vibration strips under the phone big time, and the whites were even below what you’d get out of a plasma screen.  I’ll note, my eyes are much more appealed to color correct calibrated screens and the weakest link in OLED screens is their color accuracy.  Colors are always oversatured giving you those popping colors, but cartoony look.  Nice phone, but I ended up returning it myself because the screen just was not agreeing with my eyes at all.

  • Greg

    In the review it is said ”
    Also, thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich, you can limit the number of tasks that your phone keeps in the background, making this phone as fast as you want it to be.” Where on the phone can this be set?

    • Tap the shortcut menu option (third option on the menu icons) and swipe away what apps you don’t want running.

      • Tim242

        That is incorrect. It has been proven that doesn’t do anything more than clear it from the list. It does not close it.

        • Oh interesting. Didn’t know that. My initial impression, was that’s what it did. Thanks, I appreciate the correction and information! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Settings -> Developer Options -> Background process limit.

      You can set it to:
      -Standard (whatever that is)
      -No background processes
      -1 -4 processes

      Pretty powerful

  • C.J. Novotny

    Stupid question, but what did you use to change your launcher icons?

    • I was wondering the same thing myself

      • Anonymous

        I asked Kellex – Nova launcher

  • Melias31

    “Also, thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich, you can limit the number of tasks that your phone keeps in the background, making this phone as fast as you want it to be.”How do you limit the number of tasks going on in the background on this phone.  

  • Its fun being on the edge of tech. 😀 Going from my enV touch is a HUUUGE leap. Yea use LTE when you need it and only turn it on when you have a reason. Leave the brightness setting on low and you will last a whole day. 🙂 

    • Anonymous

      Mine lasted 1 day and 4 hours yesterday with average use.

  • on a side note…nice seats at the blazers game.

    • DLisTMZ

      That’s the type of money that tabloid style writing and hype beasting bring in.

  • Anonymous

    Can someone tell me if the viewable screen size is actually 4.65″? Can the buttons go away? To me it seemed like the true viewable screen size was 4.3″viewable. Thanks…

    • Theraskell

      Yes, when viewing a video the buttons go away

      • Anonymous

        Ok. But in the store I couldn’t get any video type to fill the screen.

        Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android

        • Tim242

          As of righr now, YouTube, Netflix, and personal videos are all that fill the screen.

          • Anonymous

            Even on the hq player,  I still had a good 1/4″ black border around the screen.

            Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android

  • Jay

    I love this phone! I had been using the original Droid since it came out so this was a huge upgrade for me. I read every rumor and waited anxiously for the phone to arrive. When it was finally released in the UK and the camera samples came in I was seriously disappointed. I already have to carry a Blackberry with me for work so adding a camera to the mix was a big PITA but something I did regularly. I contemplated not getting the G-Nex because of the camera but there were shortcomings with every phone out there. I really thought about it and the number one thing that I wanted was a phone that I could customize to my liking. Well this phone is it. I picked up the phone the day it was released on Verizon and I am extremely happy with it. The camera is so much better than I had seen in most reviews and definitely good enough to replace the point and shoot than I would carry on occasion. I have a couple DSLRs for serious shots but while out and about this camera does the job quite nicely. I have compared it to my wife’s iPhone and I am pleasantly surprised with the results. The iPhone may be better in some areas but more often than not the pictures are so similar that I have to look at the EXIF to figure out which phone the photos came from. My biggest disappointment in the beginning was with white colors in web pages looking somewhat gray. I still notice this at times but whites in photos and apps look great so maybe it’s just the browser but regardless it’s something I barely notice now. Oh yeah, and I keep hearing about the cheap feel of the phone. Really??? The back piece is thin which I notice when it’s off but how often is that, and so what if it is. It seems to hold up just fine. When it’s on the phone it feels great so who cares how it feels when I take it off. I’m trying to keep this phone as nice and clean as possible so it’s in a Case-Mate Tough case now and it still feels great. Anyway the bottom line for me is this phone blows away most of my expectations and lives up to the rest. I’m more than happy with my phone and I’m glad that it made it to Verizon.

  • Dannythefish1989

    U mad bro

  • Kevin

    Waiting for a “real” cardock to be available, then I’ll pick one up.

    • i may go with the one verizon offers, can get it cheaper on the web, was thinking,do I really want to put that much money in a car dock,knowing that in 18 months or so i’ll be upgrading, one guy on here said he had one with the pins for another samsung phone and it never really worked that good

  • Anonymous

    Here’s my observations after 11 days of ownership.  I have both the Nexus and Rezound. 

    1. I’ve experienced better than average battery life when jumping to ROM’s that undervolt the cpu. I feel that the Nexus with the extended battery beats out the Rezound with it’s larger extended battery hands down. And the Nexus never got hot on me.  I had the Rezound close to 140 degrees Fahrenheit when trying out the onlive service.  

    2. Out the box the Nexus speaker is low.  Installing volume+ took care of that issue. Reminds me when the Droid X was first released and everyone complained about how low the speaker volume was. 

    3. At work the Rezound was able to get a 4G connection but it was not reliable, would always switch back and forth. But on the Nexus it has a much more reliable 3G connection and the hotspot has been excellent.  Sometimes you have to reboot the Rezound in order for it to work again.   At home I have 2 to 3 bars of 4G and I just hit 24.15mbps like 5 seconds ago on the Nexus. 

    4. Yes the camera on the Rezound is better but I only use the camera when I have to.  I’m not one of those camera geeks that use the camera on a daily basis.  I would rather have speed vs quality anyway.  I just need to take very basic pics.  

    5.  And last would be the display.  A proper 720p video on the Rezound looks excellent but the size of the video on the Nexus is more fun to watch because it’s big when the buttons disappear.  

    Out the box the Nexus is the better all around phone especially if your a hacker and not afraid to ROM it up.  Nexus true potential is the development community and the support it will receive even 2 years from now.  But if the Rezound had a unlocked bootloader and stock ICS build I would lean towards the Rezound more just for the display, SD card slot and traditional buttons.  I was going to keep the Rezound for myself but because Verizon knocked off $100 for me on release night I pulled the trigger.  $49 for the Rezound and $200 for the Nexus made both me and the wife happy.  Can’t wait to see the phones a year from now. 

    I’ve never considered the Razr because I’m tired of Motorola’s incremental phone upgrades.  And I’m not buying any Motorola device until they unlock their bootloaders.   If Samsung can do it then Motorola and HTC should be allowed as well. 

  • Tim242

    Since the Nexus is so hackable, and fully open….why is there no easier way to unlock and root? It should be quite easy to create easier ways than ADB.

    • It couldn’t get any easier to unlock the bootloader and root. It’s literally copying a file to it and typing 2-3 commands if you want to use adb and fastboot minimally. You should try hacking a locked bootloader.

      • Tim242

        If signed bootloaders can get something like revolutionary…why can’t the Nexus???

        • I’d imagine it’s very possible

          • Tim242

            Why isn”t it out already??? If the Nexus is so hacker-friendly…it should be done already!

          • Well…seeing it’s so easy to unlock anyways maybe devs aren’t in a rush for a 1 button app and are instead focusing on developing roms and such…or the people that make those apps don’t have the phone yet?

          • Tim242

            Maybe that’s it. I expected a one click on day one…or at least week one. I don’t mind typing commands…but ir was the computer settings changes that confused me. One click should be super easy on an unlocked bootloader phone. Maybe it will come.

          • KevinC

            if typing 2-3 adb commands is too advanced for you, you should reconsider whether or not you possess the technical ability to deal with rooting and loading custom ROMs on your phone

          • Tim242

            I did it just fine on the EVO, Incredible, and Thunderbolt.

          • Anonymous

            +1

          •  One can clicks can cause problems if something goes wrong. Its always better to do it manually.

          • Develope36644789

            Because a lot of developers don’t really like the GNex.

    • GNEX=SEX

      Try looking up the “superboot” method for unlocking the bootloader for the gnex. That’s the route I took to unlock and it was cinch. 

      • Tim242

        Thank you so much! I just got this phone again. I returned it before. I was hoping for something like this : )

    • Anonymous

      3 commands are too much for you?

  • what do you have going on your screen i want 

  • whos running the best deals these days on a gnex upgrade? letstalk.com?

  • anyone’s pandora running slow? my gf’s iphone 4 has no lag between songs but mine can take up to a minute buffering on the gnex.

    • Anonymous

      Make sure you’ve got a decent signal.  I only get buggering issues on wifi when I’m in my bedroom (weakest signal ever up there).  My wife’s iPhone 4 is just the same.  Everything is fine when I switch over to 4g (or 3g).

  • Shopbuy11

    Seriously, another GN thread and review?

    • GNEX=SEX

      Why the long face? It’s the best phone on the planet…don’t hate. 

  • If you look hard enough, does anyone notice a band of extra brightness when the display brightness is low and you’re on a white or light colored screen? I notice it everytime the brightness is low at all and I’m scrolling through white background webpages. Just wondering if it’s just mine.

  • zach taylor

    I use cdma only all the time but still not that great of battery but its probably from the heavy use of gta3 and drag racing

  • Anonymous

    So confused about the hate for this phone. 

    Maybe I was lucky, but I get great battery life (for an LTE device)… I demo my phone all day, video chat, heavy surfing, and I was at 63% after about 14 hours. Granted, I have the extended battery, but if you keep the thing on a low brightness and have updates every 15min vs. every 5 min the thing should definitely get you through the day. The screen is second to none, the build quality is solid, the camera is good, not great… but at the end of the day this phone drops jaws whenever I show its true potential. The fact it hasn’t been advertised AT ALL and is selling just as good, if not better than the RAZR says a lot for this phone. Sure it has some flaws, but this is the best Android phone to date. Period.

    • Anonymous

      What updates are you talking about, and where do you set the time?

    • Anonymous

      Where do u get that the GNexus is selling as many or more units as the Razr?

  • Anonymous

    Cool feature I just found out about video is that you can tap on the screen while taking video to take a picture without interrupting the video.

    • Anonymous

      Kick butt.  This actually makes me wonder if the instant shutter feature is just taking stills of buffered live feed video.  Not that it’s a bad thing–pretty novel idea if that’s the case.

  • Ishbu

    Whats a Nexus? I pre order my Motorola Droid, i cant wait to get my hands on the phone

  • Cam

    My only real issue is the signal. Weak signal at home, and occasionally getting full signal and not being able to use data at all without a reboot in other places. Hopefully this will be resolved before it’s time my return time is up; otherwise, these are just deal-breakers.

    • Anonymous

      If you get weak 4g, just turn it off and go without for now.  When I’m at work, where reception is hell, turning off 4g seems to sole all my signal problems.  At home, where 4g reception is solid, I have no problems what so ever.  My uneducated and poorly thought-out theory is that this phone is just trying too hard to flip to the higher generation network when an older network has a better signal.  This causes everything to flip flop a ton and cause all kinds of problems.

      • Cam

        I wish that was the issue. I am only on 3G, and have phone set to CDMA only mode.

  • Crackmonkeys4hire

    I installed SetCPU on my GNex and my battery life has been greatly extended. I setup a profile to slow down the CPU when the screen is of and I have nearly doubled by battery life. Of course I also use WIFI alot but it seems to help.

    • CyberPete

      What kernel are you using? I would like to try this.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t turned to the custom kernels just yet, but I decided to drop Juice Defender on my GNex and the battery has been running great.  It’s got built in CPU scaling, which does seem to help, in addition to everything else JD does.

  • “Depending on your need for a high-pitched ringtone…”
    Pitch and volume are two different things, unless you are referring to the fact that a higher pitched ringtone will probably be easier to hear at a given volume.

    • Anonymous

      I took it to mean the latter of your point… mostly because I had to use a higher pitched ringtone for the sound to cut through the background noise.

  • I had the Galaxy Nexus for about a week and used it extensively with an extended battery. I loved most things about the phone but the most important was the battery life which was just crap. I’m not going to turn off LTE when I’m paying for the service, that is just unacceptable to me. Second important thing to me was the pictures the camera took – they were just horrible compared to my Thunderbolt’s camera. They were washed out and looked like a 3MP camera had taken pictures compared to Thunderbolt’s 8MP.

    My TB has an extended battery and it lasts me a day and a half with LTE service enabled. And the developer support is also great so I can’t complain about having options for great ROM’s. Running ETERNITY rom with so many tweaks and great features, I can’t see myself getting a new phone that I’m not completely satisfied with. It’s definitely heavier then the Galaxy Nexus (which I miss a lot) but considering CES 2012 is just around the corner, I’m sure my new phone will be announced in a couple of weeks.

    • GNEX=SEX

      Really? You went back to your TB from the gnex? Wow. I cannot imagine going back to my TB after owning this masterpiece of a phone. You are out of your damn mind lol the battery life is short as to be expected right out of the box with LTE radio on but after rooting and running bugless beast 4.0.3 the battery life is much improved. There are way too many positives about the gnex to ever think of going back to any phone let alone the TB tank. 

      • I can understand why you wouldn’t go back to TB but here’s the reason why I went back – my TB, it lasted me 24+ hours with 39% battery left this morning. So, to put it nicely – I’m not out of my damn mind. I stick to the numbers and that’s what matters.

  • Ender

    As much as i love my Galaxy Nexus, I’m returning it this week. I hardly get any reception in The Valley here in Los Angeles. Even the Verizon rep was baffled by my weak signal strength considering i live just over a mile away from the nearest tower. I put my brother’s iPhone 4, my sister’s Droid Incredible and my Galaxy Nexus next to each other, and the iPhone had three bars and the Incredible had two, while the Nexus failed to get a signal…not even 3G. I wish they could fix it sooner, but I can’t have a phone that is unable to make phone calls for that long. And i must return it before Verizon’s return policy expires. I’m switching to the Razr. The Nexus and I had a nice fling…just didn’t work out.

  • MaciQuatl

    over hyped! 
    hardware (cpu and gpu) is almost identical to droid razr and it has a plastic feel. I expected better hardware quality, at least 1.5ghz cpu, a much better gpu and camera. This is a Nexus, right? the technology is at least 6 months old. This is my observation of why there are people who are debating over razr and galaxy nexus–they are too close in comparison. GN should blow the comp by at least 3-6 months.   

  • Rick

    The quality plastic is a joke! $250 for a recycled milk carton? No thanks, I’ll wait for ICS to come to a better phone. For now, Samsung should stick to making quality tv’s, lcd’s and amoled screens.

    • u stupid? it feels fine nub

      • Rick

        anything but.

    • dip it in cement and carry it around, that oughta be good build quality

  • Stephen

    Maybe it’s because I’m just outside of DC, but I have no issues getting 4G signal, and I really don’t have battery trouble.  I’m not a heavy user by any means, but I certainly don’t worry about my battery during the day either.

    I like this phone a lot, and I think that it’s only going to get better.

    • CyberPete

      Maybe it is location dependent. I’m outside DC as well, and so far, have no complaints on signal. I travel a lot, so we’ll see.

  • People if you see your signal go from 4g to 3g constantly then your in a bad network area and need to putt the phone in 3g or your battery will drain in 3hrs because of the constant searching it will do….this will easily get you better battery life

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad my Verizon FiOS has LTE beat in speed or I’d be sad…

    45 mbps symmetrical beats out 12/11 i’m getting on LTE  😉

  • Anonymous

    I just got back from returning mine 🙁  I just couldn’t put up with the bad battery life and 3G signal issues.

    The phone consistently showed 20-30 dBm lower than the OG Droid in my house for 3G, which effectively gave it no signal. (-120)  I took the phone off the charger this morning at 7AM and 4 1/2 hours later it while out and about it was at 23% battery with 1 hour and 11 minutes of screen on time while in 3G-only mode.  That’s just not usable for me unfortunately…  I also killed the phone in less than 2 hours last week while on LTE visiting San Francisco. LTE is super nice, but I can’t help but feel they should have waited to launch it until they have battery tech and radios that actually allow you to use it for an extended period of time.

    I’m gonna monitor what happens with the GN updates and stuff and if somehow the issues get worked out, I’ll go buy it again – I really do like the phone itself and ICS is great.  I just needed to be able to use it more than it was letting me – back to the OG Droid for now…

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I am a power user and I average 6 hours often running 4g easily! I wonder if you had an app that was killing your battery. Those numbers seem excessive.

      • Anonymous

        6 hours of screen on time or 6 hours total?  My top battery users this morning were screen and Android OS, same as its always been.  Not running any weird background apps, same stuff I ran on the OG Droid too and never had an issue.

  • Lakerzz

    Is anybody else having problems with the gallery showing the wrong preview of a pic, and when you select the pic to view, is something entirely different? Love the phone, but this is really annoying…

    • Anonymous

      Nope, but I don’t have many pics yet only a dozen or so.

  • Anonymous

    The phones looks nice but the camera I think is a big deal. Stills are not good and in my opinion the Bionics are allot better, if fact, I happen to think the Bionic takes great pictures I really don’t know what everyone hates so much on the Bionic. Personally I like it better than the RAZR. The limited space on the phone without the option of an SD expansion is a (Not so Good) isn’t it?? You must have forgot to mention that. No HDMI out may be a not so good too right? I mean I go home and connect to my TV and watch sit-coms and movies from my phone. If fact, the new 901 upgrade coming very soon is in users opinion extremely good. Personally I think the Bionic and RAZR are better phones than the G-Nexus. ICS will come to Bionic and RAZR and when it does we will see them even better.

    • the bionic does not take good pictures

      • Dude

        Yeah I love my Bionic but the picture quality could definitely be better.

      • Anonymous

        You’re on drugs dude, It takes great pictures!!!

    • it has a microusb mhl adapter for hdmi out

      • CyberPete

        It’s easy to talk smack about a phone you know nothing about… I owned the Bionic before the Nexus. Never had a picture that I kept. They were all bad.  The video was pretty decent.  I did like HDMI without the adapter, though.

        • I was talking about the GNex’s HDMI abilities but I agree the Bionic’s camera was poor.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah an adapter, who the heck wants an adapter…..

    • Q

      The Bionic camera is dismal.  It’s easiest the worst of any smartphone Ive ever seen

  • Anonymous

    My contract is up Jan 21st – my only question about the GNex is this:

    Can it run Crysis?

  • Anonymous

    So, we’re not acknowledging the obvious issue (bug) in ICS where the OS uses just as much as an HD screen? Do you realize how much of a step back ICS would be if this was supposed to be normal? Just look at the battery use screenshots. Android OS on my Droid2 would register almost no battery use whatsoever, and now all of the sudden it’s the #1 or #2 culprit?

    • Jam120992

      Yea my phone stays awake when the screen is turned off. I feel like this will be worked out with future updates. Its a brand new os.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed….not sure why, but I also think this is killing battery life a bit quicker!

  • I thought Gnex updates on Verizon were from the carrier but GSM were from Google.

    • Nope all nexus updates come feom google

      • Not all. The GSM variants that aren’t “yakju” i.e. (yakjuxw, etc.) are actually branded and updated by Samsung and not Google themselves. According to what I’ve read, this isn’t a big deal and most likely means nothing more than maybe a very slight amount of added time to the update. Not trying to be overly-technical but I figure it’s worth mentioning. Here is a link with a complete breakdown of every nexus version: 
        http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1384458

  • Unfortunately I returned my Galaxy Nexus with much sadness. I have nothing to say about it other than It just wasn’t the device for me. The camera on my cell phone has been my primary since they became 8mp. I tried talking myself into keeping it, but i just couldn’t force myself to eat $300 to go back in time. I’m sort of kicking myself for not buying the Rezound now… Music, and photo’s are great on that phone… But I am hoping that Kellex posts something new on the “VERIZON” very soon that will thrill me?

  • CyberPete

    Very good review, K. I’ve never taken an SD card out of a phone. I’ve put one in when the phone came with none. But, 32G will be hard to fill, especially with Google music storing most of what was on my SD. Love, love, love the camera! I don’t care if it doesn’t take as good a photo as my “camera”. This is my phone.  The super super speed has allowed me to get so many great shots.
    Should probably mention the well known “Google music freezes the phone and causes a full volume scream like someone just opened the gates of hell until the battery is pulled”, though.  I have to hope that Google is taking this very seriously, and is working the fix.
    I’ve been getting almost a day on LTE-always. Easily a day on 3G with the same amount of use. I leave 4G on, unless I know that I will not see a charger of some sort all day.
    This is by far the nicest phone I’ve ever owned, and the best phone that I’ve played with as well.

  • Ems170

    I am reading alot of reports about wifi boot loops when the device looses wifi signal. I am consistantly experiencing this. Once i loose wifi signal the phone stays in a boot loop until i return to a known network area. Due to the number of reports i am reading i hope its a software issue that can be updated. Aparently verizon doesnt want to acknowledge a problem.

    • Gilberto Del Rio

      I’ve never got this problem with my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. In Mexico right now and the only I get to use the phone is through my brother’s WiFi. As soon as I loose the WiFi signal, my phone continues to work just fine, no boot loop.

    • I’m constantly going in and out of different hotspots throughout the day and haven’t experienced this. It sounds like a software issue but could possibly be isolated?

  • Abbie Rosario

    I love my Galaxy Nexus. The only complaint that I have is that whenever I have it on vibrate, the phone rattles as if the plastic was loose on it.  Does anyone else have this issue?

  • James Friedman

    Could some of the issues with the camera be fixed with an OTA update? I have noticed that the auto-focus is honestly hit or miss. It doesn’t seem to lock on very well in low-light situations. At first I have to admit I was very disappointed mainly because of the camera. But camera phone tech just isn’t where it needs to be so I am going to invest in a DSLR and be done with it….

  • Anonymous

    I’d have to disagree with your placing build quality in the good category, the phone feels cheap, much like a toy.

    • Lakerzz

      Its weird. The phone doesn’t FEEL cheap to me, but I’ve dropped this thing twice since I purchased it. Both times ended up with a nick in it. I had the Bionic before this and dropped it a couple of times as well without a scratch on it. Still love this phone though. I have a “barly there” case on the way. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone else notice that you can’t turn off notification sounds while listening to music? It’s pretty ridiculous.

  • Spoken Word™

    Maybe my GNex is a mutant with super abilities because I’m not seeing these crappy photos that everyone keeps complaining about. Nor have the videos I’ve shot been any worse than videos I’ve shot on other phones.

    • man good pics, 
      I see no difference between 5 megapixels of Gnex, and the 8 megapixels of sensation htc, I had a htc sensation but I have a gnex now and do not regret, for me the best phone so far.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  The only bad pics I got came from a theatrical play that involved some very dark scenes with screwy lighting.  The only good photos I saw come out of that event were from DSLRs used by the pro photographers.

    • I think it’s a problem with movement and/or focus issues. I have shaky hands and the pics can come out blurry, even with a mild tremor. However, if I manage to keep them still they come out great.

    • I have a feeling it’s an ISO issue. With good lighting, I have no problems, but in low light, the shots are noisy (not blurry — there is a difference, and most people mean noisy when talking about the Nexus). This usually means that the camera ramps up the ISO really high in order to get a good exposure, but that sensitivity means that the picture will be very noisy (with a little software correction, that noise simply comes out as looking a little blurry).

      Also, it really depends on the quality you are used to. But I agree with you, mine has a great camera. It depends a lot on how you use it.

    • i agree, mine has taken really good photos , its weird

  • Chi_Nexus

    I am on my second Nexus due to antennae gate issues. In places where my wife’s iPhone 4S has full bars, i struggle to get one or two on 3G even though i live in a 4G area. Customer service told me that i had a defective phone so i got another one and its the same. My signal fluctuates from 2 bars on 4G to no data without moving an inch. It is pretty frustrating.

    • This isnt an issue with the phone its more of an issue with the netqork im in a sporry 4g area and ot will alaways shoot down to 3g and this kills my battery…so if your not in a solid 4g arrea turn it on 3g only….and signal bars mean nothing

  • John

    Battery had improved tremendously over the past couple days…has taken a week but finally not too bad once the has worn off

  • Anonymous

    If you have a bunch of folders on your dock (4) is it me or does it make it lag?

  • Anonymous

    Just another disappointing device designed to separate you from your money. As the latest device in my tech world, the only thing that lived up to the  hype was the zero lag camera. But, what good is zero lag when the picture quality sucks. I still like it better than my Blunderbolt, but it just galvanizes the fact that manufactures care nothing about quality and only throw mud at the consumer wall in hopes some will stick and they’ll get paid. Pure BS in this day and age of high tech capabilities. EVERY phone camera should be incredible. ALL speakers should wow. Radios should ALL have a great and consistent signal all other things being equal. etc. etc. As I write about my hatred for the industry, I can’t help but look at my sexy Gnex and smile. It’s smile mixed with tears because this year should have been the pinnacle of tech. Next stop, iPhone 5 because I’m just tired of screwing around with a plethora of mediocre devices aimed developed by a mediocre industry. 

    • Then the device will be fat, tall, and probably 600 on contract…therw is a reason why companies dont throw everything in a phone….space and money are a big part off that

    • just no… you think iphones are perfect? hardware is nice but iOS is awful

    • Anonymous

      Go get your iPhone already 🙂  You’ve talked about maybe getting an iPhone for months, lol.

    • Tim242

      iPhone 5? Haha the 4S was the 5th gen iPhone. Enjoy your grid of icons. You haven’t seen mediocre yet!

  • Gasaraki

    Nobody mentioned this but it seems like my Droid X would stop charging the battery when it was full but my GNex always has the charging symbol even at 100%. Once I saw it stop charging at 100%. Is it just a display issue and it’s really not charging anymore at 100%? I afraid the battery life will be impacted. My Droid X battery is still like new.

    • Jam120992

      My gnex is normally around 96% when i pull it off the charger. I figured it was cuz it stops charginging when it hits a 100

  • Craig

    I completely disagree with the verdict. I think there is too much emphasis on the eye candy “ice cream sandwich” and not enough emphasis on the hardware. Specifically, what good is the eye candy when you can’t connect to the network? I don’t own the Nexus but I do have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and it’s only weak feature is the radio. From what I hear it’s better than the Nexus but I can say beyond a doubt that all my Motorola phones blow it away. If I had to buy a new Verizon Smartphone I would buy the Razr. You get a better radio by far, a better camera, lighter weight, removable storage, better battery life, plus you will likely have 4.0 in a month or so. To me, considering that the S2 was released 6 months ago, the Nexus is by far way over hyped, and other than software it offers virtually no improvement over the S2.

    • Jam120992

      I compared my nexus to the rzr and my nexus got on average 2 to 4 dbms lower. Not a deal breaker

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I am amazed by this phone. I went from an OG Droid to Droid X and I never thought I would leave Moto, but this device is incredible. I would have liked to see an hdmi over mhl and removable storage, but I guess sometimes you can’t have everything. I continue to find small hidden features that just make me believe they are finally starting to listen to feedback and incorporate into their design. Today’s hidden feature I found was that if I touch the screen while recording video, I get a nice screenshot… awesome. Overall I am very happy that I gave Sammy a try with this one.

  • I know this will just sound picky, but it doesn’t have an instant shutter. It is much slower than an SLR, and I have already missed quite a few moving objects that I would normally have caught on an SLR. With that said, I totally agree that the camera is much faster than any other phone, and even most point and shoot cameras. It is incredibly fast, but I don’t agree for marketing it as instant.

  • Diaz

    Sounds like a meh phone.

    • John

      Only to meh people

      • weapon x

        It is a meh phone. A VERY meh phone. Diaz just speaks the truth. Don’t bash him cause your phone sucks

        • John

          Wasn’t bashing HIM…just his comment.

    • His closing words were that this was his favorite Android device of all time. How could you conclude what you read with that it’s a “meh phone” if someone as experienced as Kellex with Android devices says it’s his favorite?

  • NSBJJ

    When the RAZR gets ICS in a couple months will it be the best Android phone available?

    • Anonymous

      nope.

    • or will the Rezound be?

      • Anonymous

        derp.

        • My extensive time with all 3 phones has shown the Rezound to be the best, even without permanent root or ICS.  But yeah, totally derp.

    • Bionicman

      They’ll be a new phone better than all of them with ICS lol

      • fartbubbler

        but will it have an unlockable bootloader??

    • Anonymous

      No, the RAZR HD will be out by then… that will be the new best phone ever.

      • Charlie Rodiger

        LIES

    • Magnious

      By a couple of months…if you mean 6 months, with Motoblur bogging it down…it will still be a no.

    • Anonymous

      No… the best phone will be the Droid 4 with ICS.  🙂

      • Charlie Rodiger

        What exactly are you smoking

  • Q

    Gnex pictures look good to me.  Does the RAZR use the same Camera as the Bionic?  If so, I dont see how the RAZR’s camera can be better even if it is 8MP.  My Bionic’s camera is absolutely dismal IMO.  I cant imagine the RAZR being much better.

  • MECEVANS

    You forgot the ” No SD card”  part.

  • Oviemad

    Just a comment on build quality i dropped my phone twice face first in the bathroom. And my dad all 270lbs of him sat on it in my car and he didnt realize it. This has taken more abuse than my Droid X. Also going home for Christmas, which is in the middle of nowhere i was still able to get 3g just like my droid x, which is really impressive considering where im from. I just hate the fact it doesnt have removable storage why samsung why? Please tell me how to move apps and angry bird progress.

    • Anonymous

      you couldn’t anyway. if you were rooted you could restore from titanium backup…

  • tyson184

    my g-nex has crashed several times already and im starting to experience lag while jumping around. I have several apps loaded but nothing abnormal – im a little concerned as its about 2 weeks old. 

    is anyone else having these issues? 

    • Anonymous

      Nope…..ocassional reboot though…….no rhyme or reason…..but not very often though.

  • NewAge

    Great review! Agree 100%
    Love the site, keep doing what you’re doing. Go Blazers!

  • Anonymous

    everyone says the camera sucks but i can tell you it is 100% better than the camera my pos droid x2 had!

  • It has nothing to do with exclusive its just that carriers want to add all their crap skins on top and that takes times. Google isnt forcing anyone to wait.

  • I think the battery life isn’t too bad. I mean it could be worse.

  • TeflonBilly

    I thought the lag was due to phone manufacturer having to update there skins and then having to submit it to the carrier for bug testing.  Google usually release source code a few days after a launch.

  • weapon x

    Are you freaking kidding me? Another totally unnecessary and totally opinionated review on the Gnex? The call quality sucks, the battery sucks, the build quality sucks. I can say that, I tested both Gnex and Razr. Razr was a clear winner. If Google and Crapsung would have spared no expense in the hardware like they did the software, I would be the first to say this was the best there is right now.  They say love is blind…. apparently so are a ton of DL or should I say GL readers. Such a shame… 

    • Anonymous

      not even going to waste my time replying.

    • Colin Zack

      no.

    • EC8CH

      are YOU kidding ME?

      • Anonymous

        no. are you KIDDING me? emphasis/screaming/hatred on the kidding. 😛

    • And by tested, do you mean you walked into a Verizon store and played with each one for about five mintes?  Please.

      • weapon x

        Maybe I actually bought one Hank, and took it back cause it sucks, maybe i have friends with Android phones, Hank, maybe I spent enough time to realize it wasn’t all it was made out to be? Stop chewing on Google’s nuts for a second people and admit that they picked the wrong manufacturer for their superphone. 

  • Naergoth

    Power button and headphone placement are terrible. Every time I pick my phone up I’m turning the screen on and adjusting the volume by accident. TERRIBLE. Hopefully Motorola makes the next nexus and puts those buttons and jacks in the proper place.

    • Anonymous

      once you get used to them it’s fine.

    • Funny, coming from a Droid X it took me a couple days to acclimate, but I really prefer them all where they are on the Nexus…so clearly it’s not right or wrong, just different. The placement on the Nexus seems to work perfectly for how I hold my phone and how it goes in my pocket.

      • Agree i actually like the power button on the side its jist better

  • Anonymous

    There is usb storage drive support in ics. Connect a usb drive to the phone. Sucks that your midsing out on such an amazing phone. Kellex review is spot on with the pros and cons. The battery isnt the greatest but not as bad as the thunderbolt, trust me that was a mess. The camera for pictures are horrendous but i found that messing with the exposure gives you wayyy better pictures. I have been plagued with “poor signal quality” since day one but never had slow internet or poor quality/dropped calls.

    One thing i want to stress is i have put this phone through its paces and it almost never lags! Ive tried everything including leaving countless numbers of apps open and still no lag! Finally! Ive come from the g1>mytouch 3g> OG Droid (may you rest in peace)>Droid X> thunderbolt ( may you burn for you evil battery life)>droid charge and now finally the nexus and i have to say, since the OG droid i have never been this satisfied with a phone

    • Anonymous

      I had an incredible then a charge (hate that phone) to a gnex……..I love this phone!

  • Gamer 28

    I agree with most of your review, expect for the performance part. My Nexus S running GPA19 opens and runs apps faster than my Galaxy Nexus. The only part where it’s faster it’s in the browser. What’s more, both my Nexus S and Droid Razr can keep more apps in memory. Something that’s very odd sense the Galaxy Nexus has double the ram than the Nexus S. Also the UI is far from smooth, because I can constantly see frame drops through out the app drawer and simple scrolling.

    • Clearly you misunderstand the term performance…its not really the spees of opening an app but the smoothness at which the phone operates at

      • Anonymous

        actually performance applies to both instances.  The speed of which apps open up as well as swiping between screens.  He also state the UI isnt very smooth.  My biggest issue with my Evo 4g is clicking on messages icon and having to wait for my texts to load on the screen, especially if i hit the wrong text and want to back out i have to wait several seconds sometimes.  i could hardly call that a “high performance” device by todays standards.

         I played with rezound, nexus, and iphoen at the verizon store.  The nexus is smooth but not perfect.  And i thought the Rezound was perfectly smooth until i touched the iphone.  It’s clearly the smoothest although the rezound is really close.  The nexus isnt quite there.  As far as opening apps, they all do pretty well.  But i think the rezound is quicker in that aspect too.      

        • the rezound… smooth… obviously you dont know a thing about what your saying… even the unlock screen is not smooth at all… when you drag the ring to unlock the phone it is dropping frames.  by the way if you want the nexus to be as smooth as the iphone turn off live wall paper, go into settings, dev options, and check the box under apps that says don’t keep activities… because lets be real here… the iphone does not have multi tasking… it just has fast switching  

          • Anonymous

            sigh… i could say obviously you dont know what you are talking about. Were you in the store with me? Ok then. Maybe the phone you used was a lemon, maybe the phone i used was a fluke. I don’t know. And.. i dont have a horse in this race, but apparently you do. I was simply comparing stock elements of each phone, not going into dev settings and fine tuning each aspect (i shouldn’t have to do that, it should just run smoothly from the get go).

            As from videos i’ve seen online the nexus isnt as smooth as the GS2 or iphone. And from what I personally felt, it was a bit slower than rezound and iphone. Maybe you have different experience i dont know. I was just trying to decide wether buying a Nexus in April would be worth it or if i should just get the newest ICS shipped phone from a different carrier. And from what i saw, i think i’d be better off getting a ICS shipped from from someone else in the late spring/summer.

            Don’t get your panties in a bunch. All the phones i talked about were much better than current Evo 4g and are all excellent. I would just prefer smoother UI aka faster foreground tasks over “faster” background tasks and i hope the newer phones can fix this stupid lag.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    Amen Kellen! This phone is seriously a joy to own and use. This phone seriously shows what Android is all about. Today I took some beautiful panoramic pictures of the gorgeous snow up here in Michigan. So cool! Also, the screen is freaking sweet! ICS is great!!! I just can’t get enough of this device (hardware and software). As you mentioned in the review, I was worried that it would feel so plasticy and cheap, but it honestly feel GREAT in the hand. Feels better in hand than any other phone that I’ve ever held. Love it! I got a case for it yesterday (really good case by the way. It’s the Diztronic Matte Black Translucent btw. Feels good and looks great. Adds some weight but doesn’t make the phone to bulky). Seriously, this phone is amazing! No regrets whatsoever about getting it. Which, I didn’t think that their would be. Although, I certainly don’t get 20+ hours on 3G or wifi. Not even close. Let me know how you do that will ya??? Anyways, the G-Nex is the BEST PHONE OUT!!! 

  • Anonymous

    Dear Kellex: Thank you for finally acknowledging that there are problems with the radio on this device.

  • etche

    Hi, I’m from Argentina and will never get the phone in my country. Just wanted to ask if anyone knew when the phone will come out GSM unlocked (not the imported expensive ones) and at what price range. I’m flying to USA on April. Thanks!

    • Chrisriner84

      Espero que puedes obtenerlo en Los estados en April (debes obtenerlo por at&t o t mobile) pero va a estar tanto cado como Los GSM unlocked de England, more than likely. If you want it might as well get it now.

      • Yo compre el mio en ebay con desbloqueo de fabrica version GSM a un vendedor en china y solo tomo 2 días para llegar a estados unidos y es un teléfono increíble, me tiene sin cuidado lo que digan de la cámara.

        • etche

          Thanks guys! I wish I could buy it right now at full retail price but sending it here is quite expensive.
          Will definitely but if from at&t or t-mobile once I’m there. I guess they will be releasing it in the next couple of weeks/months, right?
          I also kinda thought that upcoming news from the Samsung Galaxy S III would bring this phone’s price tag a bit down.. not sure about that though.

          • You can wait until January I guess the prices drop a bit with the first news of SG3

  • I can honestly say that I am glad I upgraded my OG to the Galaxy Nexus. I love this phone and I know it will do me well for 2 years when I can upgrade to the next best thing. Hell. This phone may be the “next best thing” for a while now… 

  • Anonymous

    Nova Launcher? Root required?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else notice the really, REALLY, rly low quadrant score? I don’t care and I know it doesn’t mean much, but WHY!?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. My buddy has a bionic and constantly brags about quadrant scores. We ran a couple of other benchmarks and the nexus faired better. I think quadrant does not matter anymore!

  • gregmr

    I think the “signal strength issues” are simply because people don’t realize most 3rd party skins display 5 bars of signal whereas Android only displays 4 (total).

    • Anonymous

      nope. sense and blur (I think about blur) both have 4 bars. I think touchwiz does too…

  • Anonymous

    I love my G-Nex so much more than my OG Droid or my Thunderbolt. (Early upgrades FTW!)

  • Anonymous

    I bought the extended battery. I need an external charger. Any recommendations? I would prefer it to fit the extended and the regular.

    • Anonymous

      The one Verizon has for the regular battery works just fine with the extended battery in it. The top door doesn’t shut flush but it’s really not a big deal. I have 2 regular batteries and the extended battery. Battery life is not an issue for me.

      • Anonymous

        alright. thanks.

  • Jonathonflores6958

    Does anyone know how to get the visual voicemail to work like in the unveiling??? I just got started with Google Voice and ditched VVM from Verizon.

  • Smr561

    If I’m having a problem with it connecting to 3G or holding the connection I should exchange it?  I thought this was a software issue that will be fixed with an update.

    • Antinorm

      I swapped out my GNex yesterday because of this (it would have random signal drops even if I was sitting in a hotel room with 4 bars of 4G).  So far, I haven’t had a single random drop on the new phone.

    • Anonymous

      I have the same dilemma.  Today is the 14 day mark, and Initially I was having issues, and I would literally be in the car right next to my friend who has a Nexus and he had 2 bars and I had nothing.  But the past few days or so I’ve had no issues at all so I can’t decide if I should still exchange it or just keep it since it seems to be fine now.  Part of me just doesn’t feel like redoing all the customization to a new one since I’ve finally got it how I want it.

      • Anonymous

        Also part of it might be that maybe I’ve just gotten better at managing the signal.  I leave LTE turned off unless I know I’m in a well-covered 4G area like downtown and am going to need that extra speed, but for the most part I just have it on 3G which is still fast enough.  Today is the last day to return/exchange it, so if it drops today at all then I’ll go ahead and swap

        • Anonymous

          If you bought it through Verizon you should have until the 15th of January to return the phone.

  • Michael Forte

    Ugh I want my Nexus now…

    • Anonymous

      you don’t have it yet? that sucks. you will love it 😀

    • Guest345

      Attack boy!

      • Guest345

        Atta *

  • I’ve got lousy battery life. No LTE in my area so that’s not the issue.
    At the 12hr mark, I’ve got maybe 35% remaining. And that’s with the extended battery and no worse use than I was doing to the OG which still turned ~45% over the same work day.  

    • TeflonBilly

      I think the phone still searches for LTE signal regardless of service area.  I would try disabling LTE chip.

  • Fillyo

    Ever since flashing to Zygote (now Axiom), my battery life has been more than acceptable, I am getting anywhere from 12 – 18 hours, depending on usage.

    • I agree…aftermarket ROMs/Kernels have really helped…if they ever get hotplug stable it will be even better…turning off one of the cores when it’s not needed should really help conserve some of that juice

  • Freddy

    Gnex is great but the build quality is not.  It is a Software Only Greatness phone if there is such a thing.  Razr has an unmatched build quality.  It will have to wait for ICS but build quality rules over software anyway for me.

    • EC8CH

      “Build quality” of my G-Nex seems great to me.

      I hear this “buid quality” argument all the time. It’d be nice to have someone quantify it once.

      • I’m sure you’ve read the many posts that people have made, stating that they have scratched the case of the phone very easily, or that the battery door doesn’t sit perfectly.

        • EC8CH

          yeah, but then the next guy who makes the “build quality” argument will claim it has more to do with the quality of the internal components, then the external feel and durability.

          It’s such a nebulous argument.

          The battery cover on my G-Nex stays in place 1000X better than the one on my OGD… fact!

          • +1 to that. This battery cover will never fall off, unlike the battery cover on my OGD and my Droid X. Those fell off all the time, especially the OGD. I actually love the battery cover on the Nexus. It’s only flimsy when it’s off the phone (which is only when I need to swap batteries) otherwise, what does it matter?

          • EC8CH

            It’ll fall off if you throw it down some carpeted stairs 😛

            But at least it stays on as you pull your phone out of your pocket!

          • Evan Knofsky

            YES! My OGD and D2 ALWAYS would lose the battery cover when I went to put them in my pocket!

        • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

          I had the phone caseless for 10 days (have one now though) and nothing at all “very easily” scratched the phone. Other than the one freaking, stupid drop on my laptop that gave it a few very, very, very small, minute scuffs, (I took my phone off of my dresser that’s next to my bed where I charge it when I initially woke up. But, I fell back asleep and accidentally knocked it off of my bed and it landed on my laptop. STUPID!) But other than that, I’ve no problems at all. 

      • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

        Yeah really. G-Nex built quality is really good. 

      • Anonymous

        The review didn’t quantify anything. It stated that its easy on the eyes and is a work of art. That has nothing to do with build quality, but rather design. You simply cannot deny the phone being plastic while maybe pleasing to the eye, makes it far less durable than some of its competitors. 

        • EC8CH

          I don’t agree that simply because a phone has a plastic exterior that automatically makes it less durable than a phone with a metal exterior.

          While somethings made out of plastic are indeed cheap, that doesn’t mean all plastics are worthless materials that are only used to cut costs.

          Also don’t forget the G-Nex has an aluminum frame inside that makes for a very stiff body.

          I prefer the feel of the plastic on the G-Nex as it allowed them to mold and round the corners more ergonomically than some of the other metal bodied phones. I’ve honestly never held a phone that felt more comfortable. 

          • dkbetts

            Yeah! Some guns are made of mostly plastic.  How does that make a Glock cheep?

        • Tony Allen

          And? 
          Bionic = Plastic
          RAZR = Plastic *kevlar is also form of plastic*
          Rezound = Plastic…

          Where exactly are you going with this? Pretty much all phones are made of some sort of plastic and occasionally mixed construction with another material. 

          • Tony Allen

            And it isn’t like most everybody puts some sort of case/protection on their phone anyway. 

        • Jboogie1289

          You want something that isn’t “Plastic-less durable” then join the sheep over at the “i” camp!! GNex is all of that and then some.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, build quality was conveniently left out of the review. So much for objectivity.

      • Anonymous

        He didn’t leave it out.  He said that he disagreed with those who said that the build quality was subpar.

      • Anonymous

        The topic seemed covered in both the “Feel” and “Design/Build” sections.  Or does build quality mean something completely different these days?

      • There were only 2 sections about it.

      • Anonymous

        So much for not reading the review.

    • Chrisriner84

      its funny how everyone rags on Samsung build quality, yet out of every drop test on youtube that I have ever seen there is always one consistency– if there’s a Samsung involved, that bad boys gonna win. Yeah the iPhone is “nice and heavy”, but its not so nice when you drop it. Do I wish my gnex was jet black? Hell yeah. But man this thing is like a supple boob in the hand. Just feels so good it makes me want to sigh.

  • Anonymous

    My razr lasted twice as long as my nexus does with lte on. I also find that lte is not my killer but rather the screen chews battery like a bad habit. Also got to be honest I don’t like the fact that I have to carry this special Samsung charger around to charge the damn thing none of my other chargers will work, that was one of my favorite parts about android one power plug for all.

    • Fillyo

      Don’t know what charger you are using, I use my htc one still at times, also I have a Monoprice USB cable I also use to charge, they all work.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve been using my OG Droid charger and two different Motorola Car Chargers. The Thunderbolt, Bionic, and Rezound were all able to charge pretty quick of those chargers. This phone charges on them, but pretty slowly. 8

    • Anonymous

      My htc and moto chargers work on my gnex

    • Anonymous

      All my micro usb chargers are working as well. Are you sure the connections were secure at both ends?

    • Chrisriner84

      You have to make sure its a somewhat newer charger; nowadays phones require more juice and some of last years chargers won’t cut it just BC they fit

    • rcpa

      I charge mine at work with the 500 mA charger that came with my bluetooth headphones.

  • Cory

    Whats your thought on vibration intensity? This may be the one deal breaker for me as much as I like the phone

    • Dude

      That’s what she said.

      • EC8CH

        best use of “that’s what she said” in quite awhile.

  • Well said. Thanks Kellex.

  • Moparchris69

    I have owned all of the high end android phones from verizon and i can say with out question this is the best yet..love battery life ,camera,screen and the UI is the icecream sandwich on top…

  • Anonymous

    LTE in Glendale, AZ area suck ass.  I’m in Denver, CO now and full 4G bars everywhere.  I looked at the dbm and it is -76!

  • i love the GNex, i just wish i was getting 20+ hours on a single charge. i’m lucky if i get 12. and i have the extended battery..

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, downloading now xD

  • Forepj

    Email and GV widget stop updating with no apparent fix

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    A+ [email protected]:disqus  Im so glad this battery will last me finally. Getting it dec. 31… oddly thats up upgrade date though i never bought a phone on new years. 

    • New Years day is Jan 1st and that’s a holiday.

      • GNEX(MOTOX)

        new years eve… lol, but still…odd, because i never upgraded on that date and it’s been that date for like a year now… 

        • kangamitzi

          Most of the upgrades I have seen have been 20 Months, not 24

  • Move screen from Good to Bad – do some research on the reported “Vertical Lines” issue in low light. Some claim this to be an unavoidable characteristic of AMOLED screens, but it’s still worth a mention.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t move it to ‘BAD” per say, but yes at low brightness I can see banding on light backgrounds

    • I wouldn’t call it bad either, just annoying.  I see the lines every so often, especially in gtalk app and light backgrounds… kinda just have to ignore them :-/

    • Anonymous

      Yet to see them and I won’t go looking for them.

  • Anonymous

    What wallpaper is set on the first pic of the gallery? Looks really cool.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like the Pixel Rain LW

      • EC8CH

        some stay dry and others feel the pain…

  • angermeans

    Great write up Kellex! You hit it spot on. After a year of lackluster and buggy skins by the boat load (cough, Motorola, cough) this phone really has renewed my love of Android and I’m hoping it sells really well so Verizon will pick up the next Nexus phone as I have plans to only pick up Google’s baby when they drop it. I’m tired of all the other problems with OEM phones like, minimal updates (again Motorola), buggy software, bloat by the truck fulls, broken promises and way too late updates (I have a hard time believing any OEM in the Android game after the whole 18 month promise back at I/O), and worse of all no support what so ever. This in my opinion is the only option for someone looking for an Android upgrade and if it is not on your carrier then wait. 

    • Anonymous

      No in store advertising of any sort, minimum in TV, and sales staff pushing people to the Razr, and it’s still selling pretty well. It’s what people are looking for in an Android device. I hope the other manufacturers notice.

      • Anonymous

        They really are pushing the Razr. I went into a VZW corporate store to take a look at the Gnex and inquire about pushing my upgrade up two weeks (no dice). Guy that helped me asked why I was even interested in the Gnex. Then proceeded to tell me that the Gnex was really not that great of a phone and I shouldn’t waste my money and that the Razr was superior in every way… And that ICS didn’t really improve anything. I was kind of speechless.

        • you think a guy at verizon knows what he’s talking about?

          • Anonymous

            Absolutely not! But it still kind of amazes me it happens every time though. It’s sort of fascinating.

    • Anonymous

      How exactly is Motorola’s UI “buggy”?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone have lag when using the home button to go back to the main homescreen? Also, the whites are quite dirty unless the brightness is up.

    • Anonymous

      no lag – perhaps a faulty app is installed? (have you tried forcing gpu rendering?).

      Agreed on the dirty whites at low brightness. 

      • Anonymous

        How do I force that?

        • Anonymous

          Settings -> Developer Options -> Force GPU rendering.

          Word of caution – some legacy apps may crash. 

          • Anonymous

            how is battery life with that?

          • Anonymous

            Havent noticed any change

          • Anonymous

            It still has the issue. i don’t get it.

          • Anonymous

            perhaps I have a disabled app that shouldn’t be.
            Here’s my list.
            VZWAPNService
            VZ Backup Assistant
            Voice Dialer
            Verizon Login
            News and Weather
            My Verizon Mobile
            Exchange Services
            Email
            Earth
            Books

      • Anonymous

        I never have issues with lag other than using the home button to go back to the main homescreen from another, even if it is one page. EVER

      • Anonymous

        Only app I can think of is Google Wallet, it’s pretty laggin IMO… but I want that.

    • EC8CH

      I’ve noticed the dirty whites as well with lower screen brightness.

      Small issue IMHO considering how awesome the screen is in all other aspects.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. I know. Just a little issue. It is fine at 50 percentish

      • Anonymous

        +1 for the screen – Samsung makes screen porn

      • Have you noticed a band of the screen being slightly brighter with lower screen brighness and white to light-tinted background?

  • How many fps does the camera record at 1080p?

    • Anonymous

      OVER NINE THOUSAND.
      Nah. Just 30

  • Anonymous

    Best.Phone.Ever.

  • Anonymous

    Good review. Is the phone in your gallery stock ICS?

    • Stock with Nova Launcher.

      • Anonymous

        sweet. thanks

  • It may sound stupid but the camera is something I use every day in many conditions, I would prefer it to be acceptable. After reading some reviews I wouldn’t buy this phone solely based on that.

    • You likely aren’t the only one. For people that use their camera constantly, they will either have to go another route or try a whole bunch of different camera apps with manual settings to get it tuned.

      • I’ll put it off for a few more months, maybe we’ll get something else by then.

      • Anonymous

        Great writeup. Sort of what I expected based on the general consensus. I might point one thing out on the camera comments. Because the sensors in phones are so small in comparison to DSLR’s hardware, the decreased megapixel count should actually be beneficial for the GNex. My pre-OG LG Dare from 2007 had a 3.2 megapixel cam and it still beats every android phone i’ve had to date in every department.

        Typically, less pixels means bigger pixels, means better low light performance and faster processing. I believe this is why Samsung chose to cut the pixel count down from the 8MP standard. Its why the phone is able to shoot repeated photos so quickly.

        To further combat the megapixel myth, I will confidently say that anything over 5MP on a smartphone is overkill. High MP counts were made for desktop wallpapers, landscape photography, fashion/commercial photography and most importantly, PRINTing as big as possible. Considering the comparitively insufficient opticts found on phones, even a decent sensor with great lighting will never produce pictures considered for printing (IMHO).

        That being said, an identical sensor size with less/larger pixels will not always perform better if the implementation is not up to par (i.e. software, image processing)

        And yes, I am a professional Photographer.

  • Maybe it’s because I’m coming from a Droid X but I have no issues with the speaker volume on my Nexus. It’s louder than my X was and I can hear music much better when I listen to music while showering. 

    For all intents and purposes of why I use a cell phone camera, the Nexus suits my needs. For Facebook style photos, it performs just fine. 

  • Bryanb1

    Please return to Droid coverage. It was much better. This review belongs on Android Life.

    • How is that? It’s a top tier Android phone that runs on Verizon’s network. Pretty much what we have been covering for more than a year now.

    • Anonymous

      no it doesn’t you simpleton – this site is for VERIZON Android phones. 

      • Anonymous

        Verizon only , that explains how the GNex gets higher marks than the GS2

        I so wish i could get the ET4G on vzw .

        After a week with the GNex:
        Today for the 1st time it rebooted on its own (while using google listen) , speaker is so thin sounding that even with V plus it distorts , camera – all of the shots where taken with the GNex pretty much orig Droid quality (if the gs2 ….) , battery life under 8 hrs with LTE off isnt cutting it, to me ICS is a bit too bare , this is coming from two year cyanogenmod user and the latest TW on the 10.1 tab actually adds usefull features to Honeycomb, wouldnt mind those on the GNex (old TW no way, but tbink gTab)
        The lack of deep darks and banding on all but higher brightness levels.drives me.crazy and perhaps having to drive up the brightness so much is killing battery life (the gs2 looks great on MINIMAL brightness) . Even without banding the display looks horrible if not cranked up.

        Stock nex browser, these reply fields do not offer auto.completion with the stock keyboard, surprised i never see a droid life.reader comment on this fact.

        I want to like this phone but…. as there is no winner on vzw , i will be stuck with the droid again , waiting as i did all of 2011….. vzw is the only decent betwork here

        Using a et4g wifi only is tough, it is left from a sprint trial, expected this nexus to meet or beat the galaxy II , huge let down (display, battery life, speaker, camera, now stability, all the important items, sucks that the nex is lacking in these areas).

        I can use the et4g wifi only.for over a day, lots of browsing, facebook, gvoice texts etc can also take great pics easily, also carry it around and listen to android podcasts thanks to a decent speaker, giving these everyday items up , cant deal with, wish so much Nex handled them.

        Also the et4g has more usable display , all but wheb in full screen vid mode, 99 percent of normal use the et4g has more usable screen area , even the Razr that my wife now has , almost has as much display area in use, the Nex is just little wide, Razr is vertically just as much…. i know resolution is better on Nex but on small screen , i will take better batt life and looking great at lower brightness levels than hi rez that looks horrible at low bright levels.

        Gotta stop.as lack of auto cmpletion and spelling on these reply boxes is not cutting it (stock browser ics issue suppose). Also go to Racer X moto mag site, stock ics briwser cant display correctly, u must swutch to landscape mode in order to scroll thru the site.

        Dont wanna beat up what maneey of u love, just frstrated. Again lack of auto completion typing this excuse spelling, no time correct.

        • Magnious

          mine reboots when i use google listen as well…..and only when i use Google Listen. I think there may be an issue with the app. I was afraid it was the phone..but its probably the app. TY

          • CyberPete

            the app, and well known.

          • Anonymous

            mine only rebooted for the 1st time today, it was in Listen, there was a loud POP from the speaker b4 the reboot, then it rebooted later this eve , I was only at the home screen, listen wasn’t open. again there was the loud pop, so i think it is Volume+ as I installed the full version the night b4, while it worked well enough to make the speaker usable it still was thin – i could live with the speaker if the camera, battery life are corrected – but the rebooting i can’t take – and if i have to remove Volume + (if that is the reboot root cause) , then the speaker isn’t loud enough (navigation for instance you can’t hear well at all) , so:
            1) if i have to remove Volume+ to resolve the reboot, i hope they update the app or google releases an update that fixes the volume level similar to Vol+ , but w/o the added volume it will be returned
            2) if Vol+ isn’t causing the rebooting, then that’s bad as i can’t have the phone rebooting on its own , i’ve never had that problem with the Droid or ET4G ever, def not acceptable

        • Anonymous

          Tell us how you really feel 😉

          • Anonymous

            Yea, I know , it’s a long list – but it’s honest. I’m a 2 year CyanogenMod orig Droid user , have had a chance to upgrade since Jan 2010 but the TBolt was just an Evo , a year too late, then the Bionic I waited until Sept – that was a fail for me (camera, buzzing / whine with analog out to car / headphones, 3G data drops) ….

            So then I (not too willingly) tried the Galaxy II Epic Touch days b4 I returned the Bionic – my wife and I LOVED (still do as we were able to keep them and use them Wi-Fi only) the ET4G but Sprint is super slow here (100 kbps down, 50 up, that’s not just the ET4G but with a Photon, Evo 3D and ET4G at the local Sprint store a week ago , still the same slow speeds – I tried Sprint to see if it improved b4 buying the GNex because if the Sprint network was “ok” in this area , i’d settle for even around only 400 kbps up / down, we would’ve activated our ET4G’s with Sprint as our VZW contract was ending this month – but as much as we love the ET4G , on a network where you can’t view YouTube videos and web pages take minutes too load , no matter how good the phone, that’s not going to hold up, so on to the Razr for my wife , GNex for me – in the store the camera and speaker I couldn’t get into but tried it anyway hoping those would improve , I didn’t expect random reboots and 6 hr battery life).

            So my post was just my honest feelings about the GNex after using the ET4G for a few months Wi-Fi only most of the time. I would do anything for VZW to offer a ET4G variant of the Galaxy II , even a Note I guess I would put up with the huge size.

            Christmas 3D wallpaper on the ET4G – the colors whether over saturated or not, to me and especially at lower brightness levels look SO MUCH better than the GNex – the GNex just looks dull unless the brightness is cranked up (never mind the banding at lower brightness on the GNex which is really annoying) – web pages on full brightness on the GNex do look good, I can sort of I admit appreciate the hi resolution at that point and the whites are not of the blueish tint of the ET4G but overall , the display of the GNex with having to run at high brightness and then the colors still are lacking in games and wallpapers such as the Christmas 3D wallpaper that was part of the 10 cent app sale recently….
            Then I so much prefer Gingerbread / TW (again I’m a cyanogenMod user, so trust me I’m not really into skins but the latest TW on the GS2 and our tab , it to me makes things easier – more useful and at least with the ET4G there is ZERO lag, it’s snappier than the GNex overall to me as sometimes there’s hesitation with the GNex that I never have with the ET4G (example – every time a Google Voice text comes in with the GNex, everything slows down – if i’m typing a reply text in GV while a new reply comes in, all slows, the slow portrait to landscape of the GNex is annoying too).
            So cut this short instead of repeating:
            hope the issues are corrected of camera, speaker, battery life and will live with other issues
            or return the GNex, keep using the Droid and wait for something else…

        • Ice456789

          TL;DR. But according to what I read (only the first sentence) he agrees that it’s better than the SGSII so yay! 

        • Jam120992

          My one complaint against the phone is how the screen looks when its at low brightness i wasnt sure if thats what all the amoled or if it was jus this hd amoled but it looks pretty bad. I guess im getting use to it. But i wish i didnt have to. But at full brightness screen looks amazing just eats battery.

          • Anonymous

            I just ended up with 6 hrs and under 20% battery and the 2nd reboot (before the reboots, a loud popping sound is heard) = I dind’t have the reboots until today and last night I installed the FULL version of Volume+, this and the fact that a loud pop is heard thru the speaker when the reboot occurs – I’m thinking Volume+ is the culprit of the 2 random reboots (which are the most annoying of all issues I have so far with the GNex).
            I hope the reboots stop because w/o Volume+ , Navigation, youTube videos are just too quiet to hear – especially if in a room with others (I tried to show someone the Voice Actions youTube tutorial so they could see that Android offers voice actions and the volume was so low…) . Volume+ while the speaker is really thin sounding and starts to distort – at least it makes the volume usable, w/o it, it’s enough to return the phone now vs trying to wait for fixes and the Jan 14th return date – but the reboots are enough to return now too.

            I hope battery life, speaker, camera quality, auto correction within the keyboard when entering text within many web pages , stock or Skyfire browser, banding of striations when less than half brightness etc are all corrected….

            That’s a crazy # of issues to wait for a correction – oh and the LTE and 3G speeds are always a bit lower than my wife’s new Razr . Add in fixing that too.

          • Anonymous

            Same here that I have to crank up brightness for the GNex to look decent (remove banding, also the colors not to look dull / washed out) – I’m wondering if I would leave the brightness on a low level if the battery life would improve .

            I couldn’t see dealing with the poor image quality at the lowest / auto brightness setting but i’d like to know if this would increase battery life beyond 6 hrs where i’m always 20% or less remaining (CDMA only or WiFi, browsing web, gVoice texting, GTalk).

        • I find your statement about the camera being OG Droid quality possibly exaggerated. I think it’s the biggest step up, aside from the processor. My OG wouldn’t even take picture that wasn’t almost completely black if I wasn’t in perfect lighting.  

          • Anonymous

            indoors with the lighting at night, GNex pics are similar to the Droid, with good lighting, the GNex of course is MUCH better. I’m not saying the GNex is overall as bad as the Droid’s camera but indoors for me it is similar (I have serious issues with everything having a yellowish tint with the GNex indoors at night, the ET4G, I just touch to focus, shoot – all on Auto and mostly great pics each time).

          • I gotcha. Yeah, I’ve seen that too. I’ve taken side by side dim lit indoor pics w/ my gnex and an iphone 4 and the pictures were similarly crappy. I’ve just learned to accept that most cameras aren’t going to take decent pictures in dim lighting. I haven’t played with any GS2 variants yet, though.

    • Just go away.  All Verizon Android phones belong on this site.

  • EC8CH

    You know what would be awesome though…

    if we could get some car and desktop docks that use the three pin charging here in the state!

    Who’s with me?

    • Anonymous

      +1

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if there is any truth to this, but I’ve heard that the 3 pin connector did not transfer enough juice to support the Nexus with the screen on, the GPS running (read: Google Navigation), and LTE. Again, like I said, I just read this, and don’t know if it’s true. But I sure could believe it.

    • Chrisriner84

      Holy sheesh amen brother. Coming from a guy who forked over 100 bucks for inductive charging, I am DYING for them to LET ME USE MY THREE SEASHELLS

      • EC8CH

        Be [email protected]:disqus

      • You know how to use the three seashells!?

    • Anonymous

      Should see some accessories from Samsung within 2 weeks.  My old college roommate works at Samsung headquarters in Austin now and said he’s been seeing the production specs around the office.

      • Anonymous

        Can he get a M.S. Mech. Engineer EIT a job? I drive by Samsung all the time on the way to my deer lease.

        • Anonymous

          Wish I could help but he’s just an engineer.  Only been there for about 6 months now.

    • I really just want the landscape desktop dock. I miss it soo much (Use my phone as an alarm clock, had a dock for both my OG and D2).

      • EC8CH

        That’s the one I’m waiting for.

        I had two for my OGD… one on my desk at work and one next to my bed at home.

        • I only had the one at home, but I plan on getting a second for my desk at work too. They are so convenient.

  • Anonymous

    Better late then never for the phone.. and the review. Gnex rulz

    • Anonymous

      It’s only been out for a week and a half. Writing a review after only having the device for a day or two(like some other sites) isn’t really a review at all, just an opinion.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps less objective a week and a half ago but it’s still just his opinion today. I really love the phone and was just anxious to get his overall opinion about the phone sooner..

  • What is the wallpaper in the pic?

  • EC8CH

    Droid-Life is Dead.

    Long live Nexus-Life 😛

    • Such a troll. 😛

      • Anonymous

        Just checked nexus-life.com is already taken :/

        • Anonymous

          I registered http://www.FreeAndroidRoot.com and was gonna sell it. Just sitting there.

        • Anonymous

          Oops! Google Chrome could not find nexus-life.com

          • Lolpoop

            domain checker says its been purchased

    • zach taylor

      Its more like best phone on verizon life

      • Tony Allen

        Well since Droid phones are only on Verizon, that’d kinda make sense right? I mean the Evolution of Droid hasn’t exactly been stellar like the OR Droid. So what are most of the OG Droid owner’s going to latch onto, a Galaxy Nexus. Get over it lol

  • YourFriend

    Personally, I would have added the fact that it lacks a microSD slot as a con regardless if it has 32GB internal memory. External memory should never be left out in a smart phone.

    • Anonymous

      Agree my friend, But still a great phone

    • Anonymous

      Agreed but don’t miss it. At all. 

    • Was sort of torn on the idea. Over the last month, I haven’t missed an SD card so I couldn’t really say either way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have the option, but to this point, life has still been good.

      • Agreed, haven’t removed my SD card in probably a year… in other news, any word on a simple 3g/4g toggle widget? 

        • Dan Letsch

          I have been using the 4g toggle for razor and it works great.

        • Anonymous

          I wouldn’t  need to remove the SD, my issue was the rumors that computers wouldn’t read it as a tradition storage device.  Is this true?  because i constantly use my phone as a flash drive.

      • Anonymous

        I too didn’t think it was a big deal… until I got a new stereo for my truck for Christmas. USB capability — sweet! Oh, wait, no USB mass storage mode, and my stereo sure as heck doesn’t support MTP. Bah! Axillary cable it is, I guess. 🙁

        • Anonymous

          Does your new stereo support bluetooth? Honestly, using your phone as mass USB storage usually sucks because HU are slow to read the files. . The big problem I had with USB is that every time you re-connect the HU has to re-build its archive ans it takes a while. 
          Also, you can buy a thumb drive for cheap and get the same effect without always plugging and unplugging your phone.

          • Anonymous

            Doesn’t support Bluetooth, plus Bluetooth is a battery hog. With USB I could at least charge the phone using the same cable, so I wouldn’t need more than one cable. 🙁

            I guess it’s all irrelevant anyways, since I’ve basically moved toward streaming Google Music lately.

          • Tony Allen

            Yeah, but battery hog or not, plug your phone into the charger and just let it lie, bluetooth is the way to go. I’m going to be purchasing a new vehicle and A2DP is one of my main concerns. If I was looking at an older vehicle, I’d just install an aftermarket deck with BT support. It’s so much easier and painless.

      • Anonymous

        I was concerned with the lack of an SD card as well as I love extra storage.  Now that the Gnex INSTANTLY uploads copies of every pic and video I take…I haven’t missed it a bit!

        • Chriskampmann

          Forgive my stupidity as I have justed jumped into the nexus fray, but how are you uploading pic/videos instantly? Or do yo just mean the transfer between the app and the memory?

          • Google+ uploads pictures instantly to a private Picasa album if set to sync. Not just a Nexus feature.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for clarifying as I was going to do the same.  Uploading WAY faster than my OG Droid to Google+

          • Its a fantastic thing, especially over 4G.  I like how there are options to wait & upload when on a charger, too.  Very nice, overall.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. Topped with no USB storage drive support, that was a total loss for me. I had to go RAZR for this reason alone. Crappy huh?

      • You can mount USB drives. It’s not pretty yet (on a stock phone), but check out StickMount, which much improves mounting USB drives.

        • Anonymous

          My Nexus basically acts as a USB drive and I copy files the same way I always have. Am I missing any important feature?

          • Oh wow, I made this more confusing that I though. I misread PAKman’s post. He meant that there is no “USB mass storage” protocol to connect to computers. And in that case, you are right. MTP does not act any differently — I would argue that it is better, since MTP does not need to remove the SD card and then remount it once you are done copying. Everything happens in real time. This begs the question: why is anyone still talking about this? MTP is better.

            What I meant is that you can mount USB drives to the phone, and use the phone as a USB host.

    • I have actually never needed to remove my SD card. Since most phones only support 32GB anyway, I don’t think having it removable as necessary. (Although your opinion may differ.)

      However, I like the performance boost we get from having it as internal memory, as well as all the other benefits that are added by having it all be internal. The pros for me much outweigh the cons or not having an SD card.

    • daman

      I LOVE having a MicroSD slot. I will miss it dearly. The reason why I loved it is that I could store my photos on that microsd and lock the folder. Cant have people browsing my pictures on my phone and run into something they shouldn’t be seeing. Other than that, I really wouldn’t care if it had one or not. Obviously since I am now trying to get used to a phone that does not have one or supports it.

      • Anonymous

         Look up Photovault.

      • Anonymous

        Couldn’t you download an app that allows you to lock certain apps, such as the gallery? Correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve seen these apps in the Android Market but have never used one.

      • Tony Allen

        Photovault or QuickPic is your friend. SD card is anything but necessary for what you want.

        • LionStone

          yep…PhotoVault works great…

  • Anonymous

    I used to have battery life, then I took a LTE network to the knee

    • Heehah

      That joke was never funny.

      • Anonymous

        you were never funny, then you took a comment to the knee

        • Heehah

          Sounds like someone is mad. Also, no, you took an overused Skyrim meme and killed it even further. Good job. You’re just as bad as McTypething or whatever that “u mad, bro” guy’s name was.

          • Anonymous

            actually judging by the tone and length of your comment, it would seem like you are the mad one. (sorry for breaking character) 

          • Heehah

            You basically just pulled a “NO U”. Excellent argueing skills, my friend.

          • Heehah

            arguing*.

          • SportsterBK8

            Both of you shut up, or I’ll turn this car around!

          • Jovan Givens

            Are we there yet?

          • My head hurts.

          • My everything hurts from getting smashed against this wall.

          • Emily

            My everything hurt then I took an arrow to the knee and now its the only pain I feel.

          •  my buddy’s step-sister makes $85 every hour on the internet. last month her pay was $7783 just working on the internet for a few hours.Follow the instructions at Online Income Solution and set up your account… http://gd.is/ryhL

          • EC8CH

            no… that guy’s worse… trust me 😛

            Here’s the Droid-Life Troll Top Scores

            #1 AnGelFace…. 100000000000
            #2 Jeff_Bernard……..1000000000
            #3 McTypething………999999999

          • U took a Mctypething to the knee, bro?

          • Anonymous

            damn we lost Kellex to the meme….

          • EC8CH

            resistance is futile

          • Mix in one more meme make it Y U NO took a Mctypething to the knee, bro?

          • and behind door number 3 we have Kellex B, a tripple threat! he can tell jokes, loves android, and runs a kick site.

          • Guest

            AMEN!!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            AngelFace hasn’t been around lately…

          • Anonymous

            Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth..

          • Guest

            HOPEFULLY he killed himself!!  he is a major loser!!!

          • Anonymous

            Dude, Angelface is a known troll across the bloggitynet, not even an arrow made of knees to the knee could stop him.

          • Anonymous

            Dude, Angelface is a known troll across the bloggitynet, not even an arrow made of knees to the knee could stop him.

          • SKAV3NG3R

            Are you mad you took a arrow to the knee, bro?

            Couldn’t help myself…as i type this i am smh at myself.

        • Anonymous

          Nice one :)!

      • EC8CH

        It used to be funny, then it took a Pauly Shore to the knee.

        • Anonymous

          Boo 🙁

      • Eric Markson

        I know why you’re so angry! Someone stole your sweetroll!

      • David Hayden

        That joke will be funny forever, until it takes an arrow to the knee.

      • ArnoldTheNord

        Let me guess. Someone stole your sweetroll

    • hello, fellow Redditor

    • @readers:disqusmy roomate’s mother-in-law makes $79 every hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her income was $8926 just working on the computer for a few hours.Read about it and Follow the instructions at Online Income Solution and set up your Own account… More 

      • Anonymous

        GET OUT SPAMMER BEFORE I SHOOT AN ARROW AT YOUR KNEE!

    • Anyone know of a good 4g/3g toggle widget yet?

      • Anonymous

        nope.

      • Brent Cooper8

        4G toggle for Razr. It still works on my Nexus. Its about as close as I can find.

      • Anonymous

         Beautiful Widgets has one in it.

        • Anonymous

          only works for 4G WiMAX, i have the paid version…

          • Anonymous

             The the simplest way is to download AnyCut and make a shorcut to the action. Its not perfect but it’ll get the job done.

          • I read reviews that Anycut doesn’t work with ICS yet though… will give it a try anyhow, sometimes those reviews are bunk.

          • it does.  thats how you get rocket launcher 😀 i love me some rocket launcher and android android nyan cat 😀

          • I got it working fine, not sure what other folks issues were, man I’d been missing Activities controls for a while now without LauncherPro, this is great.

    • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

      I think its pretty funny!

    • Anonymous

      This joke is dead, not like it was ever funny to begin with.

    • JohnPA2006

      The Nexus is a curved phone……
      “You see those warriors from Hammerfell? They’ve got curved swords. Curved. Swords.”

      Curved Nexus’s ?