Verizon announced today that the Galaxy Nexus is now available in stores and online for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus is an LTE phone, with Verizon’s LTE service now available in 190 markets covering over 200 million people across the United States.
It runs Android 4.0, (Ice Cream Sandwich), the latest Android operating system that is designed to unite the fractionated phone and tablet market, which heretofor required developers to create many separate versions of their apps to maintain compatibility, unlike its chief competitor, Apple’s IOS.
Customers that purchase a Galaxy Nexus by Samsung will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
The original Galaxy S, which introduced Android 2.3, has been a big success for Samsung. The new Galaxy S2, shipping with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), is available on most carriers in the United States, but only Verizon has the LTE version – with Android 4.0.
Features of Verizon’s Nexus:
- Dual-core 1.2 GHz application processor and HTML5 Web browser – optimized dual-core processing with Android 4.0 combined with lightning fast 4G LTE connectivity for fast downloading of graphics, applications processing and Web browsing
- Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G LTE or 3G connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, autofocus and LED flash with full 1080p recording
- Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat
- Textured soft-touch back cover – enhances the ergonomic feel and makes the phone slip-resistant
- Bluetooth® 3.0 technology – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, human interface device (HID) and object push for vCard and vCalendar
- 1 GB RAM and 32 GB on-board memory (actual formatted capacity will be less)
Galaxy Nexus offers Near Field Communications (NFC) sharing, an ultra-thin design and a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED Contour Display in 720p (1280×720) resolution. It lacks a high resolution camera and microSD slot found in other smartphones like the Galaxy S IIs.
Features of Android 4.0:
- Redesigned user interface – software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones, and a dedicated recent apps button to make multi-tasking easy
- Face Unlock – use state-of-the-art facial recognition to unlock Galaxy Nexus
- Android Beam™ – quickly share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two compatible phones together
- Redesigned Camera – introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag for instant photo capturing, and effects such as silly faces and background replacement
- People Application – browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks
- Cloud Services – keep email, contacts, photos, music, browser bookmarks and other data synced to the cloud, available across multiple devices so customers never lose important data
- Google Music – upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud, discover and buy new music from Android Market™, and stream it instantly on Galaxy Nexus and from the Web for free
- Google+ – Create a Google+ account right from the phone and check status updates, manage circles, quickly share updates and photos, video chat with up to ten friends with Mobile Hangouts, and chat with groups of friends with Google+ Messenger
- Support for Google Mobile™ Services – Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D maps and free turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube, syncing with Google Calendar™, a redesigned Google+ app and access to more than 300,000 apps, millions of eBooks, thousands of movies to rent, and millions of songs available to download from Android Market
Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus is already receiving an Android 4.0.2 update with more info from Phone Scoop, Droid Life and Phone Arena. Reviews are available from Huffingtonpost, PC Mag, C/Net and TechCrunch.
ZD Net has Ten reasons to pick the iPhone 4S over the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. The iPhone 4S features the Siri virtual assistant, a better camera, better speaker, and a smaller display. Although Ice Cream Sandwich is the best Android OS to date it is still more complicated, say iPhone fans. The iPhone 4S is a world phone while the Verizon Galaxy Nexus isn’t.