It’s smartphone contract time for me, so that means shopping around. The preference is to stay with my current carrier, Verizon, because 1) I’m grandfathered into unlimited data and 2) they get the best reception in my area. At the same time, my handset of choice is the Samsung Galaxy S II.
While Verizon does have a few quality handsets — I have a few friends who swear by the Droid X2 — none of them made me want to plunk down $200 to $250. That is, until it became clear why Verizon was the only major carrier to not carry the Galaxy S II. Chances are by now you’ve seen that Verizon will get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now that’s a smartphone worth $300.
It’s impossible to look at the spec sheet and not drool. It has everything that that a modern smartphone should: 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a gig of RAM, 32GB of device storage, LTE. Sure, there are other little aspects, but those are the big ones. It means the device will run with blazing speed, and will store tons of music and video files, not to mention apps.
For viewing those video files that will surely fill your internal memory — and your SD card — the Galaxy Nexus has an amazing screen, Super AMOLED HD at 1280 x 720 pixels. Seriously, find me a screen better than that. It’s big, too at 4.65 inches.
The Galaxy Nexus is without a doubt the best Android to hit the market, and from a technical standpoint it blows the iPhone 4S out of the water. That will further help Android make a dent in Apple’s market share. Time was, the iPhone was the superior phone both in terms of marketing and function. For a while now Android has equalled it, or in some cases bettered it, in terms of function. But with the Galaxy Nexus they rip it to shreds.
The only manner in which the 4S betters the Galaxy Nexus is the rear-facing camera. Even the front-facer is better with the Nexus. This won’t deter Apple loyalists from sticking with the iPhone. But it will make typical, PC-based consumers think twice before they make their next purchase.
The Galaxy Nexus has it all. It’s going to go a long way in closing the smartphone marketing gap.