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Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands on – A look at the LTE Verizon version

After chronicling the many false starts and delays the Galaxy Nexus has faced, I promised myself that I wouldn’t write more about the Galaxy Nexus until it came out. Well, it’s Dec. 15th and the phone is actually on shelves. I bought it at a Best Buy in New York earlier today and have been playing with it ever since. Until now, we at DT have only been able to see the phone from afar, but upon first boot, I can concur that this is a big step forward for Google’s Android operating system. The Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to run Android 4.0 (code named “Ice Cream Sandwich”). Visually, the new OS takes a lot of the concepts from Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and spruces them up. Unlike Honeycomb, it doesn’t look like it comes from Tron Legacy anymore. Much of the OS actually seems to borrow from the simple color schemes in Microsoft’s slick Windows Phone UI. Google must be a fan. 

In this video, I run over a lot of the basics of the phone, like it’s new multitasking, the redesigned settings, the lack of navigation buttons, the new camera, Verizon’s 4G LTE network, how Google is trying to integrate swiping, and some other things. If there’s something I didn’t cover that you’d like to see, comment below and I’ll try to whip up another video today or tomorrow. 

(Just for reference, if you plan on getting one, it might be good to get a move on. The phone seems to be slowly selling out. I got the last unit at this particular Best Buy.)