While Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone owners are still waiting on the promised Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system to hit their handset, the first smartphone to deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 operating system to the United States still remains a flagship device for the Verizon 4G LTE system in the US. Arriving on December 15 of last year, the Galaxy Nexus 4G running on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows for simultaneous voice and data access,and delivers Near Field Communications (NFC) support out-of-the-box for data share apps like Android Beam, and wireless retail payment processing apps like Google Wallet.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system in the US was tested by independent reviewer RootMetrics along with the Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile 4G systems in that country, and was deemed the fastest and most reliable of all four of those major wireless service providers. Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone owners can expect consistent download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps when located in the Verizon 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas. One of the thinnest smartphones currently available, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus measures 5.33 x 2.67 x 0.37 inches (135.5 x 67.94 x 9.47 mm), weighing 5.29 ounces (150 g).
With one of the largest screens found on any smartphone at 4.65 inches, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels delivered at 316 pixels per inch, both designations lying at the higher end of the smartphone marketplace comparatively. With a scratch resistant Oleophobic coating, that display comes integrated with light and proximity sensors which offer automatic screen brightness adjustment and battery conservation, delivering visuals in more than 16 million colors.
Talk time from a single charge of the 1,850 mA battery on board runs approximately 50% better than the average 4G smartphone, at 12.00 hours. The Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 microchip package on board is centered around a dual core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 central processor, which benefits from the presence of a PowerVR SGX540GPU that handles all graphics processing.1.0 GB of RAM system memory is on board, and the handset offers the most built-in, user accessible data storage at 32 GB.
The camera combo on board the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon includes a rear facing 5.0 megapixel camcorder and front facing 1.3 megapixel chat cam. That rear snapper comes equipped with an LED flash and offers autofocus, white balance, panorama mode and a special effects package, and records video in 1,080P HD resolution. The front facing chat cam also provides video call support as well as portrait snapshot capability, and YouTube and Picasa applications have been pre-installed and are ready for use out-of-the-box.