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Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus Drops to $99 on Contract

The Galaxy Nexus LTE on Verizon has dropped to $99 this morning. It’s tough to tell if this is a sign that the device is on the way out or not, but this is the lowest we have seen Big Red sell it yet. With the Galaxy S3 now available, many of these devices that were introduced months ago, probably don’t stand much of a chance unless their prices are dropped significantly like this. To many, this is still the best phone available because it is fully stock, a “developer” device, and will likely always have the newest version of Android before the rest of the players, even if Verizon takes their sweet time approving builds for it. 

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  • Lucky Armpit

    It’s a wonderful device, unless you plan on making a phone call from it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.dunn.56863 George Dunn

    I love this phone. My Nexus has yet to fail me. I am a graphic designer here in Atlanta, and i have never relied on a phone so much for work. This phone’s amazing capabilities coupled with AT&T’s 4G LTE network genuinely make my life easier. Great job, Google!

  • mikeszekely

    I’m due for an upgrade in August, but I decided to buy a used Galaxy Nexus from the Amazon Marketplace instead. $330 with the original box and manuals, and the phone is in great shape. I agree that it’s still one of the best phones on Verizon… no HTC One X variant, an the RAZR is just as old. There’s the SIII, but I kind of think it’s ugly, I don’t care for the physical home button, I want it in black, and TouchWiz might just be the worst of the manufacturer skins.

    So I figured buy used to replace my Thunderbolt, then maybe upgrade when the next Nexus phone comes out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

      I just keep calling them to send me a another one,had one refurbished that I couldnt even make a call with,its there shipping cost so I’ll keep sending them back till I get one that works,had 2 new and 3 refurbished and number 6 will be here anyday

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    pray for me folks, Nexus number 6 is on its way, offered me a razr for trade,but I turned it down, if they would have offered the maxx,i’d have took it, damn mic cut off

  • AhsanS

    Well, damnit. Now I’m really considering this or the S3 for twice as much.

  • johnpa2006

    Fun phone, but battery life is horrid, and the phone gets hot enough to burn your leg.

    wouldn’t last more than 16 hours with a 3800mAh battery attached.
    Galaxy S3 is basically the same thing, just a bigger screen to eat your battery and get even hotter. Dont take my opinion for it, read the tons of reviews echoing what I just said.
    it pisses me off because I really wanted to like the nexus but had to get rid of it on ebay.

  • http://twitter.com/wctaylor79 IICOWII

    Almost got one Friday till they gave me s3 for free.. :-P

  • cheezer88

    I just filed a claim with Asurion, they are all out of Bionics (oh darn), they replaced it with a Galaxy Nexus.!

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    I wonder if we will ever see another Nexus on Verizon …

  • Tim Swann

    This should be noted that it’s with an Online Discount.

    Doesn’t change the fact that this is still the best phone on VZ, albeit connections issues still take away from this phone. I won’t buy anything other than a nexus in the future. Not sure if the next one will have CDMA radios though. Hopefully, Google will offer the next CDMA Nexus through the Google Play store. 100% guaranteed to be cheaper than buying through VZ since I can’t “upgrade” if I want to keep my unlimited data

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Really like my Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Looking forward to the Nexus after next (when I can get an upgrade) and hoping that Verizon doesn’t continue to mess with phones like they did with the Galaxy SIII.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    A new nexus comes every year… people who bought the S3 will be like the people who bought the S2… Wishing they bought the next Nexus.

    Except this time there’s a chance we can choose from the Play Store a Moto Nexus, HTC Nexus, Samsung Nexus, etc.

    All we can do is hope!

    • r0lct

      The problem will be for people on Verizon who may not see the new Nexus phones available.

      • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

        I don’t see why not. Especially when Samsung is selling a developer edition of the S3. Google will do the same thing with Nexus devices. Plus some of us will get to keep our unlimited data when buying off contract from Google.

        • Guest

          Because Verizon completely and utterly f’d up the whole thing. No timely updates, terrible support, etc. Google might be willing to give them another shot, but I’m not holding my breath.

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            Which is exactly why anyone on verizon should upgrade to a developer friendly phone! Get all the updates no matter what..

            I doubt Google would want to leave one of the biggest carriers out. Thats a huge market share gone.

          • Southrncomfortjm

            All the more reason to root and flash. Definitely not going to buy a Nexus phone from Verizon in the future until it is confirmed that the bootloader is unlocked!

        • r0lct

          Well I hope you are correct as being a current GNex owner I rather not move on until another Nexus on Verizon in available as I’m tied to Verizon because of my company.

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            Yeah I’m a VZW Gnex owner as well. Would really like to jump aboard another Nexus on VZW come December!

    • Tim Swann

      A moto Nexus would probably give the best build quality, best battery life and best call quality, but screen and camera would trail behind a Sammy Nexus.

      Hopefully Google will offer the next nexus with CDMA radios though. After the debacle that was releasing this phone exclusively at VZ, hopefully the learned their lesson and will let consumers buy the CDMA version directly from them (as well as being offered directly at carriers).

      • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

        I thought HTC had the best screens with the Super LCD2. Aren’t SLCD2 and IPS above the SAMOLED? Might just be me but I use my phone a good amount outside in the sun and I’m not a huge fan of my GNex’s screen.

        • Tim Swann

          I personally think the screen on Samsung devices offer a more natural picture color (nothing gets a better contrast ratio than a OLED on a cell phone). To me the LCD screens on the HTC devices appear too bright and the colors don’t see as rich or natural. That’s my personal preference. I’ve talked to cell phone sales people that like both types of screens, but some prefer the AMOLED over the LCD and I’ve talked to those that prefer LCD of AMOLED. The AMOLED PLUS is better than both AMOLED and LCD though, but the costs for those are still too high and it’s the reason the SII is the only phone with that device.

  • S_T_R

    The $650 full retail price is absurd.

  • Savan Ghetiya

    well technically, with the upgrade fee: it only dropped to $129.99 + tax + charges of a ridiculous shared data plan … so the discount of $50 is meaningless .. verizon cleverly said that “it dropped in price” when really it increased !

  • Knlegend1

    Question are people still having radio issues with this phone?

    • ddevito

      Nope.

      • Knlegend1

        Cool because i really want this phone now.

    • yummypocalypse

      Traded out two that couldnt hold 4g, the third came w/4.04 installed, is like a diff phone from 1st two, and gets great batt life, and is a 4g beast. Swap em til you get a good one, then life is good again

    • Tim Swann

      yes, from time to time.

    • steveliv

      I had issues with my original dropping calls and the mic dropping issue as well. VZW swapped out phones with no hassle, and the one i got was in pristine condition no scratches marks, etc. and the phone has had no issues whatsoever!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

      yes

  • Dave

    Yet still 650 off-contract. What a rip that is especially with the GSM Nexus on the Play Store selling for 350. But then again, that’s what a restrictive CDMA network will do.

    • AlexKCMO

      I’ve seen them on eBay and other places for ~$400. Just don’t buy it directly through VZW.

      • Lan

        Yep that’s true. Bought mine for $300 some months ago and already rooted plus in great shape too.

        • AlexKCMO

          Should have specified… brand new for $400.

          • capecodcarl

            Who supports the phone then if you buy it through a third-party on eBay though? Verizon? Samsung? Where do you go if you have connectivity problems with your device as many Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones on Verizon have had? Will Verizon service a phone purchased from eBay or do you have to send it in to Samsung and wait weeks to get a replacement?

          • AlexKCMO

            Great point. I haven’t thought about that. One thing I thought of is to add a new line of service at VZW, get the contract price, then cancel the line and pay the ETF. that brings the cost to about $450. Still cheaper than $650.

          • capecodcarl

            That’s an interesting idea. I wonder if that would work without them finding some way to screw you. This is just another example of the outrageous price they’re still charging on phones when the online contract price plus the early termination fee is hundreds less than the full retail price.

          • AlexKCMO

            You could do it on Amazon also using the price of $.01.

          • steveliv

            Be caerful doing this! If you buy a phone/contract through amazon and you cancel, you will be responsible for paying an ETF to both Verizon and to Amazon.

          • AlexKCMO

            Good point. What is their ETF? I wasn’t sure about it, so I haven’t done it… but if you wanted a new phone cheap, it’s an option.

          • steveliv

            I think the Amazon ETF is $250.

          • http://whitemarket.freeforums.org/ Avery Dejuan Herron

            Yea it’s called your first months bill

  • Michael

    I’m still using a Droid2 on Verizon. Would the Nexus be worth updating to? I’ve heard it has terrible battery life and doesn’t have Jelly Bean yet.

    • r0lct

      The battery is “terrible” compared to 3G. It’s OK for 4G (not good, not bad).

      Official updates for any Verizon phone are going to take forever. However it’ll likely be the first phone on Verizon officially running JB.

    • 4n1m4L

      nobody but the nexus line has jelly bean yet. There are plenty of stable jelly bean roms out for the toro. battery life does leave something to be desired though.

      • fgclolz

        It depends on your usage really. If you pick up the phone and play with it every frigging minute I don’t think you can expect it to last you a whole day. I just installed Vicious 4.1.1 v1 over the weekend and this thing’s the sh*t! I’ve never had this phone run smoother in my life. Yesterday I was texting ppl all day, surfing the web for 5-10 minutes at a time, was on call with Chase for about 22 minutes and the darn thing still lasted me the whole day. Like I said, it depends on your usage.

    • bob martin

      Hows Jelly Bean on the Droid 2?

      Exactly!

    • http://twitter.com/KevinOgilvie2 Kevin Ogilvie

      The battery life WAS terrible, but the Jelly Bean roms have improved battery life 2x at least, I easily get through the whole day now. I can’t imagine buying a non-nexus phone, this thing is by far the best phone out there. IMO. $99 is a steal.

    • Trueblue711

      Go for the Galaxy S3. It’s a very similar phone but with many improvements, as long as you don’t mind the locked bootloader.

      • KleenDroid

        He probably doesn’t care about the bootloader since he’s been on a D2 for so long and doesn’t even realize he could install Jellybean if he wanted.

        I have the extended battery for my Gnex “which doesn’t add hardly any thickness” and I have excellent battery life. But I don’t know what the battery life is like on stock since I have not been stock since about the 18th of December.

  • Chris

    Still having mic mutes (or whatever they are) even after the 4.0.4 update. Also periodically lose signal when other VZW phones nearby work just fine. Verizon told me an update is coming out ASAP because the Charge is having a similar problem. They said they’d give me another GNex but it would just have the same problems. Don’t know what to believe anymore…

    • bealtaine


      Also periodically lose signal when other VZW phones nearby work just fine.

      If it completely loses all signal every so often, even when you’re in an area with 3-4 bars of reception, your phone is a dud. My first GNex had this problem. Swapped it out for another one, and the second one works fine. No software update will fix this.

      • 4n1m4L

        Mine didn’dt do so well on 4.0.2, but on 4.0.4 its marvelous.

    • r0lct

      My coworker was having mic issues, he swapped it out for a warranty replacement and his new one doesn’t have the problem.

    • Chris Clancy

      I had a gnex up until a couple weeks ago when I got the S3. I noticed an outrageous improvement in data signal, speed of handoff from 3G to 4G and overall battery life (which I have to attribute to the nearly constant / ineffecient 3 –> 4G handoffs on the GNex).

      What I am trying to say is that there is definitely something systemically wrong with that device with data connectivity. I loved the phone itself but until jumping to another device, never really realized how poor of a device it was.

      • KleenDroid

        I understand what you are saying and I’m glad you enjoy your new phone.

        I no longer have any issues with the signal on my Gnex. It is strong where it should be strong and weak where it should be weak. My battery life is also very good and easily last a day “I have the standard extended battery”.

        Nothing could make me leave my Gnex except another developer phone since I have not been stock since day three of owning the phone.

        • Chris Clancy

          Maybe I had a dud, who knows. If everyone is happy with their phones, that is all that really matters.

          On a side note, I have been a relentless flasher of custom roms on previous phones and I was almost 100% sure I would have tried to flash a ROM onto the S3 as soon as I could… stock S3 rom is really that good… although Ill admit NovaLauncher went on immediately (stupid touchwiz)

          • Trueblue711

            How’s your camera on it? I’m less than impressed with mine. Photos often come out blurry or too soft. I looked online and others were complaining about the same thing.

          • Chris Clancy

            IMO it is marginally better than the GNex but not the “holy crap this is awesome … fap fap fap” reaction I was hoping for…. I did find that the actual lens was smudging a lot so as a matter of practice I wipe it down before each use… might improve things +/- 10% for me personally. I actually think the SGS Fascinate had a better camera than all of them … but again just my opinion.

          • Trueblue711

            I came from a Droid X and while the colors and shadows are better on the GS3, the images often come out blurred, even when cleaning the lens. I never had to clean the lens on my DX and even when it had fingerprints, it didn’t affect the photo.

            Since all of the reviewers kept raving about the camera quality, a handful of people are wondering whether the Verizon release batch of phones have bad camera sensors. It could also be the software. I noticed that using Spot focusing with Anti-Shake on helps a lot.

          • Chris Clancy

            Yea… i noticed the same. I will give your settings a shot and see what comes from that. I would say my satisfaction level with the camera is about a 6 out of 10.

      • r0lct

        I would hope a flagship phone coming out over 6 months later would best the GNex and any other phone from 2011 in many ways. Good to hear Samsung is making progress.

      • ddevito

        Glad to hear you’re GSIII was worth an upgrade for you. Just hope its questionable build materials will hold up. My co-worker just got one, had it covered, and still noticed cracks around the camera. Got it replaced.

    • KleenDroid

      Go ahead and swap it out since the replacement may not have the issue. I do not have any mic issues on mine so I don’t think it is an issue on all of them.

    • steveliv

      I had the mic mute issue, but the second phone i got from Verizon is perfect! Swap them out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

      I’ve had the mic issue on 5 in a row, I will say this, that nexus number 5 has had the best radios of all, really great signal,but this mic issue just drives me crazy

    • Chris

      Thanks everyone. My new GNex is on its way. Hopefully my problems will be over.

  • Booyah

    This is a steal.

  • James Hill

    To bad I can’t use my upgrade to buy the S III without losing my Unlimited data. I would of sold my Nexus already. Sucks if your upgrade date was just after the Share Everything BS went into effect.

    • hkklife

      Have you confirmed this? There are a LOT of people out there reporting success at doing recent upgrades and keeping their grandfathered unlimited data. Kellex just wrote about it the other day

      • James Hill

        I’ve had no such luck. ; (

  • Chris Stuart

    This plus the $50 off at radioshack makes this a steal.

    • Michael

      Do you have more information about this $50 off?

  • ceejw

    Why the hell is the off contract price still $650?

    • sc0rch3d

      verizon bein verizon bro :(

      • hkklife

        I REALLY want someone (Amazon? Costco? SOMEONE!) to step in and shake up the full retail/off contract pricing of smartphones since that’s going to be the only option for a lot of us unlimited die-hards going forward. Hot GSM models such as the GNex, GS II/III and Note have dropped a LOT recently (thanks to Google) but the CDMA market still keeps some serious competition if that’s even possible given the control the big CDMA carriers wield over their handset offerings.

        There’s no reason a year-old smartphone should still cost $650-$700 when that same amount can buy you an awesome new ultrabook with a full SSD or a nice 1080p tablet with $ left over.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          There isn’t an actual reason… other than them wanting you to sign a contract. Same goes for Folks like Amazon that have the best on-contract prices but RIDICULOUS off contract prices… they get a better deal from the carriers than your one time payment. It won’t ever change because it doesn’t benefit anyone you mentioned

          • hkklife

            Oh I know all too well that it isn’t likely to change at any point in the near future, I was just venting. I would consider $399-$450 for a full retail CDMA 32Gb GNex to be a “fair” price for the 2x storage and the “CDMA Premium” royalties paid to Qualcomm etc.

            Google’s pushing hard on the unlocked GSM devices in the Play Store and if they can broaden their offerings by the end of the year to include a handful of different Nexus handsets and a few tablets, I will seriously look to go that route if and when VZW eventually pulls my unlimited data.

            On a related note, T-Mobile REALLY needs to rethink their strategy (and their frequencies) and start repositiong themselves as the “fat pipe & SIM card wireless provider” and not a peddler of branded hardware or contracts.

        • 4n1m4L
          • JoshGroff

            Swappa and eBay, the only real option for off contract CDMA devices. Swappa is pretty good because you’re buying from fellow Android enthusiasts who know how to take care of their devices. When it comes to GSM, that off-contract pricing on the Nexus is tough to beat.

        • Droidzilla

          Google’s doing what they can, but they don’t support CDMA at this point. This is really pushing me to consider a GSM carrier once my contract is up.

    • bob martin

      cause if you are on contract u r required to pay $30 a month for at least 2 years. So if you are required to pay 30 a month then after 2 years you would have spent $720. So I guess everyone has a choice. Either pay $720 throughout a 2 year span or pay $650 all at once. You tell me which sounds better.

      • ceejw

        If you want the phone to function as anything other than a wifi only device you have to pay $30 a month and since the phone won’t work on any other carrier you have no other option than to pay Verizon. The phone doesn’t need to be priced at $650. Google sells it directly for $350 and I doubt they’re taking a loss on it.

        • bob martin

          Exactly. You think $650 is alot? You are required to pay a total of $720 to use it as a phone.

  • wheineman

    Hard to recommend this when Amazon has had this price or better for a while now! Still the best phone on Verizon at this time in my opinion though!

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      Now that I’ve had CM9 and now CM10 running on my Galaxy S III, I gotta say that the S III is by far the best phone on Verizon. Best out of the box experience, and now that a workaround has been found for custom Roms, Kernels, and Radios…the S III will thrive on all fronts.

      Excellent camera, battery life, speaker and call quality…none of which I could have said about my Galaxy Nexus.

      • John

        bs about the battery. but that’s expected these days.

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          What part is BS? That the Gnex has terrible battery life? cause it most certainly does. Or that the GS III has great battery life? Cause it most certainly does.

          • Mikesevenfold

            Christ…cue the Gnex vs. GSIII….enjoy your damn phone and don’t worry about everyone else’s…

          • John

            Naw. Relax. This isn’t about whose phone is better. My nexus lacks in many areas the S3 does better – as it should – vice versa. I’m just trying to get ahold of the better battery life statement is all =)

          • Liderc

            He has a point, the battery size is the same as the extended battery for the Nexus, so theoretically you should have a similar experience. I highly doubt you’re having Razr MAXX battery life, or even close to it.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            Wait but whoever said that we were getting Razr Maxx type battery life out of a GS III? No one has implied that. But for a standard battery, the GS III has excellent battery life compared to typical standard battery life out of most phones. I know, I’ve owned 6 verizon phones in the past 2 years.

            Just about every review on the S III points out it’s above average battery life. Nuff said.

          • evileclipse

            Really? Were you reading what they were writing? Because I never got one hint of him saying his nexus was better,or anything like that. It seems like he is just trying to get dude to make realistic statements about his battery life with an S3. If anything, you made it into that!

          • John

            Bs about you having “great” battery life. How do we know you use your phone like a power user or not. Yes gnexus does have horrible battery. I didn’t buy it for the battery. Anyway, most LTE devices do – besides the maxx. Your SIII battery isn’t on that level (IIRC). It’s a nice phone great camera but battery usage is only good for those that think it is. Feel free to elaborate a bit more on how much you use your phone. It’ll vary so much you can’t make the assumption that it’s “great”. The maxx battery is great hands down, obviously.

            Doesn’t the SIII have a 2100 mAh battery? Do you sit on 4G all day? I’m not being a douche just trying to get to the bottom of what you consider to be great battery :)

          • Chris Clancy

            On 4G all day, very heavy power user (email, facebook, netflix, rhapsody, etc all day) and I am at about 65% by 5:00pm …. the S3 has outstanding battery life…. no BS there…. compared to my GNex is just got rid of (which hit 50% by 10:30am).

          • John

            As someone who has used several dif LTE phones & done usage like what you describe…that’s malarkey man. I mean feel free to post a screenshot one day, but there’s no way you’re getting that said power user activity on only 35% of your battery all day. If that is in fact so, I’ll go sell my Nexus right now. Prob not but you know what i mean =P

          • Droidzilla

            The Galaxy S3 uses a Krait S4 processor, which is a 28nm die process. Isn’t the LTE modem on this unit also a 28nm? That would greatly improve battery life for an LTE phone. Have you used any LTE phone with the 28nm die process for the LTE modem?

          • John

            Not that’m aware of but possibly.

          • Droidzilla

            Pretty sure the SIII is the only one on Verizon right now (they don’t have the HTC One series yet, right?).

          • LionStone

            The Inc4 has the Krait S4 as well…and gets great battery life…with a 1700mAh battery. You can check xda for our screen shots…but I had 12 hours, with 4 hours of hotspot connected to my GTab10.1, 4.5+ hrs screen time, and this all on 4G! That was my first full battery cycle.

          • Chris Clancy

            I will get one up here…. that being said I have no motivation to lie. I no longer have a GNex and it doesn’t matter one way or the other to me whether those who have a GNex switch to S3… i don’t get any royalties sadly :(

          • John

            Np. I’m not necessarily calling you a liar just yet ;)
            You have to understand how it sounds when you say you can power use a phone a majority of the day on 4G & only use ~35% of your battery.

          • LionStone

            Screen shot please…thanks

          • http://www.facebook.com/joan.bailey.90 Joan Bailey

            Wow. That’s amazing and good to know. Battery life, to me, might be the no. 1 issue. if your phone isn’t working, what good is it? When do you charge it — over night? I need two phones — that work off the same number; wouldn’t it be nice to sync two? I’d have one at my salon, and another at home. No LAN line. When will AT&T come up with that solution? 4G LTe is great (i have AT&T’s) but the carrier who can let me have two phones: i’ll be loyal to forever.

          • BarbaraSmith111

            I have AT&T’s 4GLTE network service, too, and agree with you; can’t you just get a shared plan and use the two phones on it yourself? I’m in Austin and do graphics design work so I hear you with the battery life issue.

      • wheineman

        I am not sure that the community around the S III will ever match that of the gnex though. But I did not know that those workaround had been solved already! Enjoy!

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          Yes take a look here
          http://www.droidhive.com/forums/index.php?/forum/113-vzw/

          And that’s just one forum, XDA also has CM9 and CM10 and it’s just the start.

          S III just sold 10 million phones in a month. And all the carriers are pushing it hard. It’s just got way more foot print than the GNex ever did and is certainly going to sell way more.

          The developer community is already coalescing around the S III because they know how big of a platform it already is, and will be in the future. It seems like many of the major devs already have S IIIs. Only a little bit longer before the floodgates open.

          • KleenDroid

            I’m sure it is a great phone and will do just fine with the rom front.

            But the Gnex is still my choice for now since it’s the first phone I’ve been completely happy with since the OG. I will wait for either the next fully open phone, or at the very least not get the very next phone after the Gnex. I can easily wait for the next awesome phone.

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

            bleh, it’s still no Nexus point blank period….. I will never buy a phone that does not come with AOSP out of the box again. It makes no sense for me not to get another Nexus since it has everything I want and always has the biggest communities.

      • Liderc

        You’re also comparing a brand new phone with a phone that’s now nearly a year old. Not to mention, the aesthetics of the SGSIII really kill off a lot of potential buyers. I wouldn’t dream of having a physical home button after using on screen buttons. It feels so clunky and dated. I agree about the camera though, everything else I found very similar.

        • MKader17

          Agreed. I got the S3 to use my last upgrade but sold it after I realized that I hated the home button and don’t want to deal with “work a rounds”. I really wanted the awesome screen, camera processor etc but I could live with the other downfalls.

          • hkklife

            I like the S3’s physical home button. It has a nice tactile feel and gives good reference so you don’t hold the phone upside down by accident.

            What I DETEST is the easily-activated capacitive buttons. I have big hands and when I hold the device in landscape mode I am always hitting menu or back by accident. I’d rather have seen 2 tiny physical buttons. Putting a case on my device has helped slightly but it’s still a huge annoyance.

            Hopefully the GS4 will bump up to a 5″ screen with GNex-style virtual buttons in a similar formfactor and none of the above will be an issue in the future.

            Other than TouchWiz and the weak battery life and reduced reception compared to my Bionic I am LOVING the speed, storage, screen and especially camera of the S3. JB will make it all that much more awesome!

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Yep, will definitely be looking to upgrade via Amazon next time around. If we do get a slate of Nexus phones this Fall and again next Fall, the newest subsidized Nexus that I will be eligible to buy will be about 6 months old and hopefully cheaper than $200!

    • tomn1ce

      If anything amazon would probably lower their price on the G-Nexus just not to be out done by VZW. That’s would be good for anyone looking to upgrade to the VZW G-Nexus.

    • Marcus Reid

      I 2 agree still best Verizon phone. GSIII best hyped phone for Big Red at regular price with locked bootloader. So I say if your not into the True Google experience you already know which phone to get.

  • InyRules

    Looks like I need to sell my current one fast…

    • bob martin

      I’ll buy it for $101. That way you will at least make a $2 profit.