Verizon Galaxy Nexus

So here we have it, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Same as the other Galaxy Nexus, only different. Sort of. Slightly. Here's a quick breakdown:

From the front, the two phones are indistinguishable. Both have that huge tract of Super AMOLED HD goodness (aka a 4.65-inch display), ear speaker and front-facing camera. The power button, volume rocker and charging contacts are all in the exact same spots. Or at least close enough that we can't tell with the naked eye.

Flip the Verizon Galaxy Nexus over, and it's almost identical to the GSM version. The Google logo has been traded in for a Verizon 4G silkscreen. Note that the GSM battery cover is not interchangable with the Verizon version. The tabs that hold it in place are in slightly different positions. So if you have to have that Google logo, you're going to have to work at it a bit.

Open the battery cover on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and you find the biggest visible physical difference. It uses a different battery than the GSM version -- different shape, and it's been upped to 1850 mAh capacity. Verizon's using a micro SIM card for LTE, and it's in a different location, too. You'll also find screens and other design differences back here.

That's it for the outside. The internals, of course, are the same, only with a CDMA radio and 4G LTE radio. (Oh, and there's a subtle Qualcomm 4G sticker advertising that fact on the bottom bezel.) Otherwise, same 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.

Ice Cream Sandwich is still Ice Cream Sandwich, though the version number is slightly higher than what we currently see on the GSM Galaxy Nexus thanks to some recent bugfixes. No big deal.

We've got more hands-on video and pictures after the break, and a full review forthcoming.


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There are 40 comments

mrbizzy72 says:

Verizon's Galaxy S2 Fascinate with ICS... no google wallet, two Verizon apps (no Nexus) ...

There isn't Google Wallet on the GSM version either. Verizon apps can be disabled.

think again Quik. Loving mine so far. And to think, updates will be provided to verizon. Yes they might take a couple of weeks to get through review but at least it wont be six ir more months and maybe never.

mrbizzy72 says:

I'm not saying that it isn't a good phone... Just saying that it doesn't deserve the Nexus name... Its an updated Fascinate... Verizon's Galaxy S2...

angermeans says:

Sorry I can name a lot of things that the Nexus does have that a Fascinate wouldnt. Just because of two little apps doesnt mean that it isnt a nexus. Come on man let the people enjoy their phones we are community this isnt Engadget

mrbizzy72 says:

Its an updated Fascinate... So of course its gonna be a better device

mhmmdy123 says:

Just for your information ANY NEXUS phone from Google must be pure google! This one has VZW apps.

cj100570 says:

Blah! Blah! Blah! There's always at least 1 ant at a picnic. I'm enjoying my "Galaxy Nexus" and no amount of negativity from a non Galaxy Nexus owner will change that. I'm left to wonder, Why You Mad Bro? Lol.

heathro1281 says:

Why So Serious :p

bulvine420 says:

He's mad because he's on sprint!

cj100570 says:

For your edification, I'm not mad about anything, I have AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon phones. That's how I roll! And I currently use the Galaxy Nexus as my daily driver since picking it up on Thursday. Check and Mate!

Bullit says:

But you sound like a douche.

PS. I Love You.

brendanl79 says:

woah, they're mating!

seanubis says:

Man, I hope that battery cover nonsense is an isolated problem for the phone Phil was demoing.

Gekko says:

yeah that battery cover fit was not exactly Lexus-like precision engineering.

i'm no Apple fan but that would've never got by Jobs -

ISAACSON: I must admit, I was stunned by the depth of his obsession with design the more I heard about it. Even in the late 1970s, when he's going to Sony to finger all the brochures and then starts hating the heavy industrial design of Sony, goes to the Aspen Design Conference and gets hooked on the Bauhaus, the simplicity of the Bauhaus movement.
And I think it was, you know, his dad. When he was like six years old, they were making a fence around the backyard of the house and his father said, we have to make the back of the fence as pretty as the front. And Steve said, why? Nobody will ever know. And his father said, you'll know.
FLATOW: You'll know. You'll know.
ISAACSON: And that's why in the Macintosh, which you couldn't open up, he made the first Mac, or for that matter the current Mac, with the screws that you can't actually open.
FLATOW: Right.
ISAACSON: And he said, we've got to make the inside as beautiful as the outside. We'll know.

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/11/142244048/steve-jobs-profiling-an-ingeniou...

I bet it is. Have a second Verizon one here that's just fine.

Yadao says:

Two? You lucky s....

wcdove24 says:

I thought that even with the delay that Big Red would have done something to advertise this phone. Although there wasn't to much advertising for either of the other previous Nexus phones, I thought at least some effort would have went into it. The only rush for this phone will be from the tech geeks that frequent the site and actually follow the Android movement. In some ways, maybe we will be the only ones that can appreciate the "Pure Google Experience". Glad to see that it's finally available and can't wait to get my hands on one!

orlanka says:

Apparently there is some televised advertising. One of my managers (pretty sure I have about 54 of them) said she saw one last night. She was also out drinking last night so it could have been that too.

DroidRage79 says:

I actually saw a VZW ad for it last night, I believe during the late game. It had the Galaxy Nexus on a christmas tree.

I traded in my old DX for this sucker Friday and have been loving it so far. Only minor gripe is that I wish facebook was integrated because I hate seeing all those blank avatars in the phonebook, lol. ICS is really smooth and fast though it does take some getting used to (coming from Gingerbread) but that's to be expected...overall this phone is excellent. 9.5/10

csalak says:

Hey Cory what do you guys think about starting a thread for folks to post speed test from different regions of the country? I think it'll be interesting to see how the phone performs on Verizon across the country.

Anyone from Houston let's see how it does out down here.

Just took advantage of LetsTalk's discount and ordered for the 154. Although it's on back order...

threepio says:

I have to wait, but when i get mine, I think i am going to go to my local Fry's to get it for 219. Thats not for 2 weeks tho, so maybe a better deal will come out by then.

cowboys2000 says:

Ordered from Amazon this morning, will let you know when it comes Friday or Saturday!!

butchyon says:

Just got 20.5 down and 11.5 up with 4 bars at my home here in Aiken, SC...

csalak says:

Nice! Just swung by my local BigRed to drool a bit. So I'm extremely impressed with the phone. I obviously didn't spend a lot time with it but I was immediately sold and that much more impatient. The phone doesn't feel cheap in anyway.

Oh and I've been an iPhone user since the jump and I'm already not regretting the decision. Went ahead and bought the extended battery since I get the 25% discount through my work phone.

Would love to hear about the average 4G speeds in the Houston area. Come on guys post up a comparison thread. I know there's probably too many variables to document results but it would be fun to read.

chronophilos says:

Can you swap the battery doors? I'd go ahead and get the verizon one and then rid myself of their ugly logo just out of spite. That bully gets away with plastering that thing all over a Nexus, for crying out loud. Only Apple, the even bigger bully, could stand their ground before big red.

threepio says:

he says it right int he review the tabs are different.

so.... did you ever figure out that battery cover? we might need a separate video for that :P

threepio says:

I was informed by my local verizon store that I cannot upgrade early from my 3G device to a 4G device. even though they told me just a mere 2 weeks ago, that I could but only the razr and charge, and the other 4G phones at that time were out.

wtf vzw

hyperdude says:

I love this phone.
Just came by to say that.

hmmm says:

As long as the battery cover doesn't have anything in it like the Nexus S and it's NFCit should be easy to find a replacement that doesn't have a Verizon logo on it once the Chinese get to making them.

eahinrichsen says:

Anybody else having trouble with Google Voice? I can text and call out, but my Nexus doesn't ring when the Google Voice number is called.

whartpence says:

"Otherwise, same 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage ..."

Since when did the GSM version get 32GB? Or are you just wishing it had that?

hmmm says:

I'm not a fan of the new lockscreen. I like the tabs.

I suppose Apple will have a harder time suing with the new lock screen since they have the slide to unlock patent now and this is a little different than a simple slider.

hcamposjr7 says:

Loving my phone also :) picked it up at my job today amazing phone and yea it is a nexus...
Sent from my galaxy nexus

LoPan12 says:

Really? You guys are complaining about a tiny silkscreen VZW l logo, when the boot screen says "GALAXY" bigger than nexus? The damn thing is being sold on contract, meaning you don't have to pay $650. Sure, we have to fork that money over to big red now, but google made the decision to stop selling the nexus line in house. How many non-uber-geeks did you know that had a nexus before? How many will have them now? Whether you think that is a good thing or your an elitist is for another thread. Exposure is the only way to challenge big A and their bullying.
That's right...what do you do when your faced with a bully? You damn well get another bully to do the hitting for you. Every little geeky kid knows that.

cj100570 says:

Amen! 1st everyone was complaining that it hadn't been released. Then it was complaints because it didn't have Google Wallet. Then it was complaints about 2 Verizon apps. Now it's complaints about not having the Google logo on the back. Some people truly have nothing better to do than to bitch and moan.

x vortex x says:

You have probably long since figured this out, but I had the same issue with the cover not fitting in as well. Reason it doesn't fit in is because the plastic part that fits into the hole is bent. I was able to bend it back really carefully and it fits perfectly.

Wookie Claws says:

I'm picking one up Thursday morning... already been wheeling and dealing but I'm pretty excited. I've loved the look of Samsung hardware but can't stand the TouchWiz overlay; so I'm really excited to get a huge Samsung with the native Google experience.

I've been enjoying my X2, but it will go to a good home while I do the 4G LTE dance :)