The partnership between these 3 tech giants: Google, Samsung, and Verizon Wireless has produced a much anticipated and high-powered device: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus. A powerhouse mobile device, exclusively on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, which is available in 190 United States markets, and covers 200 million people (claimed).
This phone comes out of the box ready to do almost everything except wash your car and help you travel through time. The operating system, care of Google, is Android 4.0, also known as “Ice Cream Sandwich”, as all of Androids operating systems have quaint food-related nicknames. 4.0 brings the Galaxy Nexus a complete overhaul to the look and feel of Android, touting a new UI (user interface), a better multi-tasking capability, and HTML5 total web experience.
Note – this phone is one of the devices that are part of the brutal patent battle between Samsung and Apple. To see more about the battle you can go here.
The Nexus holds a very impressive spec sheet, one that could give some of the low-end PCs and laptops a run for the money. A 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 1 GB of ram, and 32 GB of internal storage. A 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, and rear camera of 5 megapixels, with panoramic shot capabilities, no shutter lag for those quick, off the cuff photos of your cat flying through the air after a laser pointer, or a good prank shot of your buddy taking a dump. A small suite of built-in photo editing effects guarantee you can give grandma a biker beard just in time for holiday photos.
Bluetooth 3.0 for clear sound and talking on wireless headsets, speakers, and PC communication, the ability to become a mobile hotspot, which when signed up for the service through the provider, will allow you to tether up to 10 Wi-Fi devices. (Man, she really can take a lot at once, can’t she?). 9.47 mm thin, with a 4.65 in Super Amoled HD screen, giving you one the biggest screen on the market for typing, taking photos, or viewing and recording videos.
A very interesting, and new feature being discussed with this device, is facial recognition software that utilizes the phone’s camera to lock/unlock your phone. Along with Android Beam, which is what you can use to share videos, apps, contact info, etc. just by literally tapping the two compatible phones together. Google Music and Google Cloud play a big part in the Galaxy Nexus, too, letting you choose the data that’s stored on your phone to sync with your cloud, along with using Google Music to be able to save up to 20,000 songs to the cloud.
Are you excited? Are you Sweaty, or maybe a little tight in the pants? Before you jump in your’ 91 Toyota, or charge your Segway, these are the rules that Verizon will impose on you:
The phone is available for $299.99 with a 2 year contract or upgrade, and you will have to have a voice plan higher than $39.99 a month, along with a minimum of their 2GB data plan. If you think that’s a raw deal, you can always stream your Netflix account, and furry porn on your home Wi-Fi connection.