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Why You Should(n’t) Buy A Galaxy Nexus On Verizon

Posted by on December 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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.)

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  • Guest

    Where do I start, So I waited for the Galaxy Nexus for about two months. The U.K., Germany, Japan, Canada, Etc all either released it or confirmed release dates for it but I still waited. Not a single word from Verizon though, which was the ONLY U.S. Carrier that was going to be carrying it this year. I bet Samsung will never give Verizon an exclusive ever again. Well anyways, I was pretty frustrated after seeing all of these other countries get the phone while the U.S. was left out. I went out and bought an HTC Rezound, and you know what? I couldn’t be happier. It has a better camera lens, its also 8 MP vs the Galaxy Nexus’s 5 MP. It may not have 0 shutter lag but after playing with the settings it is pretty close to it. It comes with a Micro SD Card slot. Did you know that you can’t use the Galaxy Nexus as a mass storage device? i.e. FlashDrive? So for all you people out there that have a computer at work with restrictions on it, sorry you’re out of luck, you cant move anything to or from the phone unless you have admin rights to install a drive for the phone. Where as for the HTC Rezound you can use it as a flash drive. The HTC Rezound also has a 1.5 ghz processer vs 1.2 ghz on the Galaxy Nexus. Both phones have 1 GB of ram. Oh and the HTC Rezound is actually available to purchase, something the Galaxy Nexus lacks too. The Galaxy Nexus doesn’t seem so great now does it? Whats that? It has NFC? Well just remember, it takes two and most phones do not have NFC and it is not popular yet, maybe in two years, when its time for my next upgrade. I also heard that its possible to get NFC on a phone via SD Card but I am really not sure about that. Either way, not having NFC is not a big deal. (for me anyway) for others, it might. And Ice Cream Sandwich? Lets get something straight, Galaxy Nexus has been out for about a month and a half now and it is still not in the U.S. 2012 is fast approaching. The Icre Cream Sandwich melted a long time ago. If the trade off for me getting a better spec’ed phone now is to wait a month or two, then so be it. As for Verizon, if I wasn’t grand fathered into unlimited data and if there was another carrier that offered some decent coverage, I would jump ship. I wouldn’t want to stay with a carrier thats won’t even communicate to their customers. 

    • EJ

      You said it all. I back you 100%. I got the Rezound too, best decision. My thoughts and rationale are similar to yours. Screw the Nexus, it’s hyped and quickly becoming another Bionic. The Rezound was not pushed or promoted well, but just check out user ratings from Rezound customers on Verizon’s website. You didn’t even mention the iBeats ear buds, and I am glad you didn’t. Everyone thinks the Rezound is about the music. Not true. It is a beast with hardward. The screen is amazing. The camera is very good. 

  • Anonymous

    there are reports of an FCC doc about a “AT&T” version (compatible with only at&t in the states). I was expecting exclusivity for Verizon to be about a month, but at this rate it may only be a week or two. though the device may be for some Canadian or Australian carrier even though the FCC is an american agency. too bad the odds are slim of an AT&T pre-christmas release.

  • Guest

    That made me laugh out loud.  I have pre-purchase buyers regret, trying to ensure I don’t make a mistake.  Once in awhile I remind myself I’m upgrading from a Blackberry Curve, so really can’t make a mistake.