Like most of the tech industry, I’d really become irritated by Verizon’s refusal to acknowledge the Galaxy Nexus’ existence in the form of a release date or a price point. It’s super cool that they decided to drop the info (well, at least someone leaked it out) a few days before it’s slated to roll out to Verizon stores, but it was a super jerk move to wait a month and a half after its unveiling and weeks after its international availability. So now that the cards are on the table, do you now rush to Verizon to buy one… or merely wait?
Why You Should:
It’s The Galaxy Nexus. The critically-acclaimed Android flagship phone that is being rated as probably the best smartphone on the market is here. Now. (Well, almost.) 720p 4.6″ display, amazing hardware, NFC (eh, more on that in a second), on-screen buttons, lag-free camera shutter, Ice Cream Sandwich, on and on. I don’t need to go on forever, because the list is that long.
32GB on-board storage. The international edition is only equipped with 16GB and because the Galaxy Nexus adheres to the Windows Phone philosophy, there’s no way to upgrade it. At all. So yes, you might as well get the version with more on-board storage.
LTE. While most would argue about its true “4G-ness”, LTE is here to stay. And while the international edition sports HSPA+, which is T-Mobile’s wimpy version of 4G, you get full-on, quasi-next generation spectrum swapping. I ragged on Sprint for having crappy, non-existent WiMax coverage in town for my Epic 4G and this town is swimming in Verizon’s LTE. It would be perfect.
4GB data cap. Verizon is giving new LTE users a doubled download cap. Yes, it’s still a download cap, but in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Also, it’s twice as much.
Why You Shouldn’t:
$299.99. I don’t know how the carriers decided that raising the rate on the biggest, most popular subsidized phones by about $50 a year (I spent $249.99 on my Epic last year, $199.99 was key the year before) was a good idea. Oh, well, they did. And consumers bought it. Unfortunately, $299.99 is a crazy amount out of the gate for a phone you’re still paying full rate for monthly.
It’s coming to your carrier some time, uh, whenever. Sure, it’s exclusive to Verizon at the moment, but by the time it hits up your carrier, it’ll probably be cheaper. There’s no sense in going through the ETF mambo with your particular contract-holder to get it when it’s probably going around the block anyway.
Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to your Android phone (if it’s relatively new). A huge part in getting the Galaxy Nexus is getting the newest and most awesomest version of Android on the market. While some phones will be skipped, if you bought your piece in the past year and a half, chances are you’ll get an official version some day, or someone will whip up a ROM to put on it anyway.
No Google Wallet. Yet. Verizon is claiming the need for a software/hardware thing in their Galaxy Nexus to enable it, but the phone already has it. It turns out it’s probably Verizon’s stupid politics that are causing the disruption. Being the first major phone with NFC (no, the Nexus S doesn’t count!) in this day and age, I know many were looking forward to using its NFC. I know I’m excited about it.
Verizon is a bunch of jerks. My money was ready to go. My mind was ready to go. My spirit was ready to go. And Verizon continued to not announce the damn phone! SO I SPENT MY MONEY ELSEWHERE YOU STUPID JERKS! TAKE THAT!!! HOW ABOUT YOU DON’T TAKE MY MONEY BECAUSE I’M NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR STUPID OTHER PHONES I DON’T WANT! HERE THEY WERE, THE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS I WAS GOING TO GIVE YOU FOR THE STUPID PHONE AND I WOULD’VE GIVEN THEM TO YOU BUT YOU WERE TOO DAMN STUPID TO JUST ANNOUNCE A TIME AND A PLACE FOR ME TO GET THE DAMN PHONE. WELL FORGET YOU! I WAITED A MONTH AND A HALF FOR YOU. YOU RECEIVE NOTHING. YOU LOSE. NOT EVEN GOOD DAY, JUST, YOU’RE STUPID! DAMMIT!
So anyway, do or don’t.
(Update: Added the Google Wallet bit.)