Hands-on with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

The Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be one of the most anticipated devices to hit big red since the launch of the iPhone. That being said, if you want to read a complete review of the Galaxy Nexus, you can read that here or a complete review of Android 4.0, you can do that here

So, what makes the Verizon iteration of the Galaxy Nexus different as opposed to the GSM variant? The biggest differences are that this model supports LTE vs HSPA+, which adds a little bit of extra thickness to the device (0.37 inches vs the HSPA+'s 0.35 inches) and it does add a little bit more weight as well (0.33 pounds vs 0.3) but other than that, the devices are nearly identical. As such, the original review linked to above holds true for all aspects of this model.

When equipped with LTE, you would expect incredible download speeds when compared to 3G. The Galaxy Nexus did not disappoint either with an average download speed of 15.24 Mbps and an average upload of 9.04 Mbps. 

Other than the LTE additions, the device still feels incredible in your hands and is clearly a premium device from Google. Considering that this device will receive tier 1 support directly from Google, despite being thicker than the Droid Razr we reviewed, the Galaxy Nexus is the Android device to beat at the moment. 

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UndergroundWire said,
My 4G LTE speeds with the SGN are amazing here in NYC: http://speedtest.net/android/114504118.png

Love showing this off. Sorry Android, iPhone and Windows Phone users who are not on Verizon Wireless. 4G to you guys is the upgraded 3G network for the most part on AT&T and T-Mobile

Wow that is pretty impressive. I get around 20/9 here with 3 bars.

dont get all the reviews AGAIN when there were reviews of the hspa+ model. i mean, you can sum it up: faster, thicker, less battery life.

that screen still looks amazing

Julius Caro said,
dont get all the reviews AGAIN when there were reviews of the hspa+ model. i mean, you can sum it up: faster, thicker, less battery life.

that screen still looks amazing

The phone is slightly thicker. Also the battery life is not bad (or at least for me here in NYC). The CDMA variant got a "bigger" battery than the GSM so thank god for that.

Wombatt said,
Is it just me that's begging to think these phone designers have really big hands?

This was something I was worried about when I picked mine up as I have really small hands. The fact is, this phone still feels really good in my hands.

Wombatt said,
Is it just me that's begging to think these phone designers have really big hands?

The phone is slightly bigger than an evo and thunderbolt. It still feels good.

Brandon said,
What's that tiny phone to the right of it? :-D

Apple will claim that this is a doctored photo to show that this Samsung phone is nowhere near the same size/shape/design as their product... *joke*

Brandon said,
What's that tiny phone to the right of it? :-D

sure does make it look small, however the iphone profile feels best in my hands

Co_Co said,

sure does make it look small, however the iphone profile feels best in my hands

Sorry to hear that. You know what they say about small hands. LOL