We were beginning to think it might never be released but, surprisingly, it looks like those Costco rumors were correct. Late yesterday, Verizon made the Galaxy Nexus release official, highlighting today, December 15, as launch day. This morning, the most anticipated Android phone of the year is finally available to buy in stores, so if you weren't able to snag one from an unsuspecting Best Buy employee this past weekend, you can now mosey on down to your local Verizon branch and pick one up. As we had heard before, the price for the device is $299.99 on top of a two-year contract.
Those that need reminding, the Galaxy Nexus is the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone and boasts a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280×720 resolution; a dual-core 1.2 GHz Ti OMAP 4460 CPU; PowerVR SGX540 graphics; 1GB of RAM; up to 32GB of storage; a 5-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video and an additional 1.3-megapixel affair up front; a 1750 mAh battery; NFC; and, of course, Android 4.0. As far as form-factor is concerned, the phone's screen is slightly concave, ensuring the phone is comfortable against your face when you're talking. Similarly, the back is slightly curved to make it more comfortable to hold. Samsung has also ditched the glossy black case that Nexus S users are so used to wiping finger prints off of; in its place is a textured non-slip back that should please the clumsy and the obsessive wipers alike.
So, who's buying one?
Rolled out an update for their motorola droid bionic too... I was wondering if I was gonna get some love... no clue what it actually did though...
Slated to get ICS as well!
Not I. Not yet anyway. After the deluge of coverage of the phones less than stellar performance, and major sound bug, and other issues from Europeans that have the phone, I will wait for a few patches/issue resolutions on this device before I throw my $299 on it.
Its freaking amazing. The screen is gorgeous and my apps and movies look crazy good on the 720p screen.
I will be rooting it tonight and then the real fun will start =)
Could you do some video decoding in 1080p? I really want to know if it supports Hi10P >_<
Also, does it have the ability to read USB sticks with the adapter as the Galaxy S II does?