Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless
As noted earlier, there is no bloatware on the Galaxy Nexus. Verizon has stuck its account management app and its visual voicemail app on the Galaxy Nexus, but that's it. Everything else on board is a Google service — which is as it should be for a Nexus device. Obviously, you can have a field day with the Android Market and download a bazillion apps any time you feel like it. Speaking of which, Google Music and Google's video rental service are packaged in with the app store, and it is the same version that was released by Google a few months ago.
The Galaxy Nexus includes support for Bluetooth 3.0, with a wide range of profiles such as stereo Bluetooth, object push, phone book access and so on. I was able to pair the Galaxy Nexus with several different Bluetooth headphones, computers, stereo Bluetooth speakers, and my car. It all worked flawlessly as far as pairing and connecting is concerned.
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Phone calls routed through Bluetooth headsets are a disaster. Take all the problems with call quality, and throw Bluetooth into the mix and it's just no good. Your best bet is to use a high-end noise cancelling Bluetooth headset if you have one.
The Galaxy Nexus makes the same mistake that Gingerbread and earlier smartphones make when it comes to the clock. When you press the screen lock key, the time is displayed in a pencil-thin font close to the top of the display. It's way too small, in my opinion. You also can't do anything to adjust its appearance. The home screen clock widget selection is pretty anemic, as well. Lastly, the actual clock application only puts the Galaxy Nexus in a kind of bed-side "night mode." Alarms can only be set after you put the phone in this "night mode,” and then you'll see a button that says "set alarm." Also, Google has removed the stopwatch and timer functions. (What the?!)
The only navigational tool on the Galaxy Nexus is of course Google Maps. I found the GPS system to be highly accurate and quick. It typically pinpointed my location to within 10 meters in about 10 seconds. Google Maps works really well on the Galaxy Nexus. It is speedy, moves along as you travel with no trouble, and the voice-guided navigation performed flawlessly.
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Sprint Officially Reveals Galaxy Nexus
Sprint has published a web site talking up its forthcoming Long Term Evolution 4G network. As part of the site, it revealed that it will sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus device with LTE support.
Verizon Promises Signal Fix for Galaxy Nexus
Once of Verizon Wireless's official twitter accounts as acknowledged an issue affecting the Galaxy Nexus's signal performance and call quality. "The signal strength issue is currently being investigated.
Ad Suggests LTE-Packing Galaxy Nexus Bound for Sprint
An advertisement briefly appeared on CNet's web site today announcing a version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with LTE for Sprint's network. The ad, which has since been pulled, revealed that the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus has a 1.5GHz processor, rather than the 1.2GHz processor on the global and Verizon variants.
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus Fix to Adjust Signal Meter
Verizon Wireless has re-confirmed that a software update is on the way to fix a signal problem being reported by some users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney told Computerworld that the update "will adjust the signal strength indicator to more closely match other Verizon Wireless devices." During Phone Scoop's tests of the Galaxy Nexus, Phone Scoop confirmed that the device has a hard time connecting to Verizon's 3G/4G networks, and voice call performance and data sessions are choppy as a result.