A look at the extended battery on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon

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Behold, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery. On the left, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. On the right, also the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Only, one of these phones has Verizon's 2100 mAh extended battery in it, and the other has the standard 1850 mAh battery that comes with the phone. A few quick thoughts on it:

  • The extended battery comes with a new battery door, which looks nearly identical to the stock door. Same logos and all.
  • You gain just a tad of thickness with the extended battery. It's not quite one of those stock-size extended batteries, but neither does it have a huge humpback.
  • In fact, we rather like the feel of the phone with the extended battery in place. Gives it more of a rounded feel, kind of like the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch, but a tad bigger.
  • You can not use the Verizon extended battery in the GSM Galaxy Nexus.
  • The phone fits in that Navigation Dock just fine with the extended battery.
  • Cases may vary by manufacturer.

Check past the break for some hands-on pics and video. And we'll reveal which phone in the picture above has the extended battery.

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Video of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery

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There are 44 comments

Channan says:

I thought about getting it, but I don't think an extra 250mAh is worth the price.

migespy says:

Will it fit with the contact charger shown in

Also can you buy these contact chargers in the U.S.?

Can you still fit the phone in a case with the ext. battery?

rew001 says:

I'd like to know this too.
I like the new back cover. Not really sure how much more use I'll get out of the battery, but we'll see.

Hand_O_Death says:

I too am interested in the real car DOCK and horizontal dock.

decke003 says:

I am sure you did, but have you tried to install the stock battery door with extended battery installed?

reflekt2099 says:

You can use the stock battery door but you can visibly see the battery cover bulge outwards...and it doesn't snap in 100% flush like it should. I would suggest avoiding this and going with the extended battery cover.

amgala says:

How about the stock battery with the extended cover? Does it allow the battery to wiggle inside?

vinny jr says:

The accessories start pouring in, To buy a copy of the stock battery is almost the same as the extended (2100) battery. I would buy the 2100 and it comes with the extra back. Must have the bigger battery with LTE. I want to see just what the three charging prongs are going to be used with, The Nexus One has the desk top dock that charges and ports the music to stereo speakers. I'm sure this new Beast will come up with something a little more challenging, I sure as hell hope they do.

I'm guessing the left one is the extended, because the camera is recessed a bit.

hmmm says:

Baby got back.

Definitely a money grab here. They could have easily released with this one. It's small enough that it will not make a very noticeable difference yet it will help and doesn't alter the look hardly at all.

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

this plastic device is huge. what are you talking about?

trenchkato says:

phil likes to toss his phones around..

rem_kujawa says:

I'm a little surprised about that.

embails says:

Review Unit = Rental Car

jwsnj3rd says:

looks good.. im not in a lte area but at work i am, so i might grab it

UncleMike says:

This is even more pathetic than the dock, and an insult to customers. Only those most desperate for additional battery life would shell out full price for a battery and cover for a mere 14% increase in capacity.

arcadelion says:

Something about this phone give me a bad feeling, and makes me want to wait to get it. And that comes from someone using a old a$$ Vibrant.

Hand_O_Death says:

Will the Spare Battery Charger still charge the Ext Batt?

JTEastwood says:

I wasnt planning on buying one but it was half price at $25. I couldnt say no even if i dont use it until i cycle out the oe

My question: Does the extended battery and case fit in an Otterbox?

overfloater says:

Went with the "Charger + Spare Battery" combo rather than the extended battery. Seems like vastly better value and practicality to me.

Potentially 100% uptime (other than the 2 minutes where you're actually removing the battery) versus a mere 13.5% capacity increase? No competition, IMO. Plus the "bump" is just going to make accessory compatibility -- particularly with cases -- more awkward.

droidnp says:

I bought one today 25% off so it came out to somewhere around $37. Doesnt add that much size and will give me a little extra boost. I rather have this than a bigger battery with a huge hump back

dcreed says:

37.5% more surface area than an iPhone. With the sizes of these phones getting larger and larger, I predict an uptick in sales of cargo pants, murses, and fanny packs just to carry 'em.

dyinman says:

"37.5% more surface area than an iPhone."

But that's the point. A bigger screen is much more comfortable to many users.

AnGeLFaCe77 says:

This device is huge, bad camera and same weak radios.

Moo Cow says:

"In fact, we rather like the feel of the phone with the extended battery in place. Gives it more of a rounded feel, kind of like the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch, but a tad bigger."

On the feel, I said the same thing about my Samsung Stratosphere. But for a guy like me that has bigger hands, the thickening up of the phone by using an extended battery made it feel so much more natural.

I definitely recommend extended batteries to people who feel phones are a tad too small, not just because of the extra juice but because of how it makes a phone feel so much better. (I've handed enough phones over the years to know this to generally be true for most phones.)

iPwn says:

I'm surprised I'm the first one to bring up this question: Does the extended battery have a NFC chip built in, because the battery is the only way you can use NFC on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

+1 like to know also, i would hope samsung did include it

jonathan3579 says:

Everything and everywhere that I have read, the extended battery also has NFC built-in.

hldc1 says:

My bad on the double comment.

iancr says:

Does anyone know when these extended batteries will be available?

rmadball says:

ahhh yes they are, I bought one. Haven't had it long enough to say what the difference is though.

gsmalleus says:

Called in my Nexus order, but the Verizon rep I was talking to said they weren't selling the extended batteries yet!? I can understand maybe a store not having them, but calling them directly? Did anyone purchase one in a store or by calling? Either way, she offered me a discount when I actually do purchase one.

jjrudey says:

But how many hours does it add?

Any word on the love for those of us wanting the extended battery and not running the Verizon device?

spoken says:

I love my nexus so far. Wow. Came from Dinc w/cm7.

it is a shame that in the race to be the thinnest or thinner phone just to have the thinness spec on a comparison chart (like at androidcentral or its ilk) they would never sell the 2100 with the phone new ... but they should! The standards of svelte-ness set by the ifone are ruining our devices. Who needs .1 inch and a 1/16 of an ounce. Sell the derned thing with the 2100!!!

ilaifire says:

+1 to this.

if you get the otter box with extended battery it will barely fit. I had to press down on the case to get it to snap.

neo3d says:

no link to the actual product?

c'mon, learn about PROPER product placement guys!

SuX0rz says:

It's half price right now if you buy from Verizon's website. I just got mine for $26 with 2 day shipping.

Yes I will get this from verizon the galaxy nexus rules trust that..

dthurman says:

Just ordered mine today as well, I love my new Nexus, smooth, and even with heavy use, I got 6 hrs, so this might get me buy for a full 8 at work, and give me nice security for 4 hr runs. Always near a charger at work or home.

hldc1 says:

I actually prefer the extended battery and cover. I like the curvature of the back of the device now. Someone unfamiliar with the device would never suspect that the extended battery and cover were add-on accessories. I also like the added weight of the extended battery. Then again, I'm coming from 2 HTC phones (Nexus One and myTouch 4G), both of which were heavier than this Galaxy nexus beast.