Written By: Blake Sanders
Verizon cable is set for an imminent release of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. Reviews have already started coming in from around the web and things are looking pretty spectacular. Verizon cable will be the first carrier to usher the Galaxy Nexus into the US, and more exciting than that is they will also be ushering in the first phone to be sporting Android’s Ice-cream Sandwich.
There isn't currently a release date, but there is plenty of buzz going around and enough reviews to wet our lips until the Galaxy Nexus hits store shelves. So let’s take a look at what we know about the phone.
Processing Power and Display
The Galaxy Nexus will feature a dual-core processor, but by all accounts it gives lightning fast response. Samsung is doing away with face buttons to make room for the massive 4.65 inch display. Though that number sounds large, the phone itself feels a lot less unwieldy.
Along with that massive display screen you will be getting a 1280 x 720 pixel display. This is a high resolution which provides for a wonderfully crisp and striking display of HD quality. The phone will come in two sizes, 16GB and 32GB, though sadly there will be no microSD slot for further expansion. On the back of the phone we see Verizon touting their 4G LTE logo.
The Galaxy Nexus feels thin and looks sharp. Sliding from pane to pane on the new version of Android is fast and seamless, and the on screen buttons feel very responsive. With Ice-cream Sandwich, it seems like Android is growing up and maturing with its OS development, though it’s not without its drawbacks. The new interface is sleeker and prettier than before. However, this new feature-rich interface can feel cramped and, at worst, too complicated for smartphone newbs.
Something Google has done very right with this new iteration of Android is to streamline the communications apps. Emailing and texting are simple as always, and the OS is now friendlier for users wanting to add all those media attachments they have so much fun with.
Open Source Friendly with All the Bells and Whistles
Samsung has opted to use the out of the box Android OS and not mess with adding any unnecessary bells and whistles. This makes the Galaxy Nexus an ideal phone for suave users and developers who want an easy time at tinkering away with their phones. The phone even features developer options that can be turned on to better monitor the phone and what's going on inside of it.
The Galaxy Nexus is a fully featured smartphone with the standard list of availabilities: WiFi, Bluetooth, email, text, calendar, multimedia messages, alarm clock, news, weather, and calculator. The phone can sync with your PC and has a USB port for offloading data to your personal computer. Topping off the phone is a 5 megapixel camera that's capable of 1080p HD recording. Built into the phone is an array of editing tools that allow you to do more with your content right after it's created than most phones.
All in all, Verizon cable will be delivering a fantastic phone featuring the best version of Android to date. Everyone has been clamoring for Ice-cream Sandwich, let's hope that Verizon comes out with a date that we can mark on our calendars and eagerly await.
Blake Sanders writes at broadband comparison site Broadband Expert and specializes in Verizon cable and other internet providers. Blake also enjoys writing on the mobile broadband and cell phone industry.