In October, Google took the wraps off Android OS 4.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This is a new version of the most popular mobile operating system in the world, and the first smartphone to run it. Verizon quickly committed to offering this handset, but that was the only quick part of the process. Two months later, this carrier has finally launched the latest Nexus model.
In addition to running OS 4.0 (code-named Ice Cream Sandwich) this device has one of the largest touchscreens on any smartphone: 4.65 inches. And the resolution is impressive as well: 1280 by 720. Most tablets don’t have this many pixels.
The Galaxy Nexus is built around a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, which means it is easily up to the job of running the latest OS from Google. This has been redesigned in many places. Most notably, the physical buttons that used to be a fixture of Android smartphones have been made virtual so they now appear only on screen.
Verizon customers are not the only ones who can get this cutting-edge device. An unlocked version that will work with AT&T and T-Mobile is also available from an online retailer.
Be sure to head over to Brighthand to read our first-look review of this model. A full review will be up soon as well.