"Hey, remember when everyone was so worked up over the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus launch?"
We can finally say that, now that the device is officially (finally!) available on Verizon Wireless. And boy, has it been a long time coming.
First, we were only given a vague "end of the year" timeline. We thought it would come on Black Friday to position it for the busy holiday shopping season. No dice. Fast forward through several speculated launch dates, and yesterday, official word broke that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be available today (December 15th) for $299.99. The review unit arrived this afternoon (special thanks to UPS yet again for the delivery flub), and I've had my paws on it ever since.
I've already covered the international version of the Galaxy Nexus, and save for the larger battery, 4G LTE connectivity, chunkier build, and the inclusion of some Verizon bloatware, it's mostly the same device. Check out my original impressions here, and read on for more on Verizon's newest Android!
Despite the litany of Android phones that have come out this year, choice is a good thing, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus fills a niche. It's the first Android device in the US to pack Ice Cream Sandwich, it offers a big HD display, has 4G LTE, and is landing on the nation's largest wireless network, making it accessible to millions of upgrade-hungry customers. If being an early adopter of Ice Cream Sandwich (and a stock version, at that) is important to you, the Galaxy Nexus is the must-have Android device of the holiday season. But if you're someone that seeks the latest-and-greatest across the board, take pause and have a look at some of the other devices on the market, since they may have a feature set that appeals to you more.
Having worked in the mobile space for years, there's a certain "wow factor" that takes place when a revolutionary product series debuts. Most in the industry can attest to being blown away by particular landmarks - the original iPhone, HTC Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, and Samsung Galaxy S II series, just to name a few. We liked those products because they took the best of what was available at the time and threw it into an awesome package.
I visualize the Nexus line as the flagship Android product; the unit that sets the benchmark for Android phones for the next few months. Galaxy Nexus is a great device for sure with some killer features, but little things like the camera and TI OMAP processor place it squarely in between other high-end devices like the Motorola DROID RAZR, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and HTC Vivid. And that's not where a Nexus device should be. It should be leading the pack.