We were lucky enough to get our hands on theLTE Verizon Wireless model of the Galaxy Nexus today, right in Columbus Circleat the Samsung Experience store. Unfortunately, there was no release date orprice announced, but hopefully this will hit the shelves December 8, which isnext Thursday. This model packed 32 GB of storage, and though it has LTE, therewas no SIM inside (the back battery door was locked down also). From the start,I can tell you it is thicker and heavier than the GSM version–and it isnoticeable. That being said, it is still a very thin and light device,especially given that there is an LTE radio in there. In comparison to my LTEGSII Skyrocket (which as of this Thursday is receiving LTE in Manhattan), it istaller and a bit thinner. The device has great ergonomics, with the contourdisplay and hyper skin back plate, it fits very nicely in your palm. Afterplaying around with the device a bit, there are a few things I canconfirm/point out: Read on after the break to find out!
1. It comes with two pieces of bloat ware that you cannot uninstall: My Verizon Mobile and VZ Backup Assistant.
2. Live wallpapers other than the default ICS wallpaper generate significant lag throughout usage of the phone–there was a lot of lag even scrolling through the home pages
3. Widgets being in the app drawer is annoying–and can be frustrating
4. The GN is very very snappy. One of the quickest devices out right now.
5. The back plate sports a Verizon 4G LTE brand name, replacing the space where “Google” was.
I was able to try out most, if not all, the new features of ICS and the phone (NFC Beam, screen shots, Zero Shutter lag, face effects, recent apps, etc.), and this is a very exciting and fun device. If you are eligible for upgrade, or are looking to switch phones and join Verizon, I can’t recommend any phone other than this.
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