My Galaxy Nexus Review After Almost A Month Of Use
In late 2009, like many longtime Verizon Wireless subscribers I jumped into the world of proper smartphones with the original Motorola Droid (after a short stint with the awful Windows Mobile based Moto Q). I had wanted an iPhone, but Verizon didn’t have one. I thought about a Blackberry, but Android was quickly gaining a cult following and I have always been a fan of Google and devout user of Google services. After the iPhone’s awful data issues on AT&T, the Droid was branded by Google, Motorola, and Verizon as the anti-iPhone with the memorable “Droid Does” commercials (voiced by master thespian James Vanderbeek), and it was the first iPhone contender on the reliable and fast Verizon 3G network. If AT&T had their shit together for the iPhone with their data and customer service, Android’s rise to power might never happened. I was in love with the Droid and had a good honeymoon period with my Droid. But then the Nexus One & Nexus S (not on Verizon) and many other newer, better, faster Android phones came out. I rooted my Droid to keep up. Overclocked it. Moved my apps to the SD card because I kept running out of space. It currently have it running gingerbread, but with each software and app update geared toward newer phones my Droid seemed to slow down, get hotter, buggier, and have ever worse battery life. A friend of mine gave me his old Droid battery (after he upgraded to a Droid X) so I always had a spare with me toward the end. All of that being said, I still love/loved my Droid. It still works and will live on at home as a WiFi music player with a few apps.
Then the iPhone 4 came to Verizon in early 2011. As my Verizon 2 year contract counted down I was debating an iPhone 5 or the 4G LTE Droid Bionic. Ultimately the iPhone 4S came out and wasn’t all that exciting to me. The Droid Bionic came out late and I considered it, but then there was the announcement of the Galaxy Nexus. A pure Google Nexus phone. Dual Core. Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich. On Verizon 4G LTE. So I lived with my Droid a few months more, and after a big unveiling in China, more rumors, more delays, early reviews, and a European launch, it finally landed in the US December 15th.