December 15, 2011, 7:26 AM — Many Android fans (including me) have been waiting not-so-patiently for Samsung's flagship Android 4 phone to hit Verizon Wireless and it was looking like the December 15th rumor was going to be another miss, but as the business day drew to a close last night, they finally made it official. The wait is finally over, and I won't have to dine on crow. Verizon has finally announced that today is the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
So what's left to say about this phone? We've been talking about it for ages and the rumors have pieced it all together pretty well. It's on sale now on Verizon's website and should be in stores as soon as they open. The price is $299 with a two year contract, and Verizon is still offering their double bandwidth promotion ($29/month gets you 4 GB instead of the usual 2; you might have to ask for this so don't miss out) and for another $20/month you can unlock the Mobile Hotspot feature for up to 10 WiFi devices.
If you want to learn more without hitting a store, Verizon has a simulator online for you to play around with. Not quite the same thing as holding the hardware, though.
Let's go over the specs one last time, shall we? The Nexus is running Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) of course; that's perhaps the biggest draw. Inside is a dual-core TI OMAP processor running at 1.2 Ghz, 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space (important since there is no MicroSD slot on the device). Your interface to this goodness is a 4.65" Super AMOLED screen running at 1280x720 — 720P video on a phone? Yes, please! There's a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for chat, and a 5 megapixel "zero-shutter lag" camera on the rear.
And that's about it. It's been a long time coming and compared to other phone launches Verizon has really down-played this one. The press release with the announcement was sent out late yesterday, just hours before the phone went on sale at 1:00 AM ET on the website. There's a white Droid Razr coming out tomorrow too and Verizon seems to have made more noise over a new color variant of an existing phone than they have over the much anticipated Nexus. I'm really not sure what kind of message they're sending.
So are you going to run out to pick up a Galaxy Nexus? Verizon couldn't have picked a worse day for me; I'm not sure I'll get the chance to get out to a Verizon store and I'm scared to death the phones will sell out by Friday. C'mon guys, save one for me, will ya?
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