Verizon Wireless is now selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone for $299.99 on contract, just in time to catch some Christmas sales.
Verizon Wireless began selling Samsung's Galaxy
Nexus smartphone for $299.99 on contract online and in its retail stores Dec.
15, allowing Android fans awaiting the coveted gadget to exhale.
Android phone fans have craved the Galaxy Nexus since
Samsung introduced the 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) smartphone powered by a
1.2GHz dual-core processor at a launch event in Hong Kong in October
The Galaxy Nexus, the first device based on Google's
(NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system,
launched in the U.K. in November, sporting a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display.
Gadget geeks have been since raving about the device, which
has software navigation buttons, better multitasking capabilities, an Android
Beam app to let two phones exchange information and facial recognition software
that lets users unlock their phones.
Verizon was supposed to begin selling the Galaxy Nexus in
the United States Dec. 9, but the launch was reportedly delayed
due to sticky negotiations over Google's Wallet app, which Verizon asked Google to omit on the Nexus
Verizon took issue with the app's ability to secure user
data. Google countered that Wallet, which stores data on an NFC chip, was plenty
secure. Some eager Android fans
were lucky enough to score Galaxy Nexus devices last
week from Verizon retail stores and Best Buy, which accidentally sold them.
Wallet was not included on the Galaxy Nexus
launching today, but will provide 4G LTE network speeds in over 190 markets in
the United States.
The handset includes a new, 5-megapixel camera with a panorama
mode and zero shutter lag, and 1080p video capture. There is also a 1.3MP
camera on the phone's front for video chats via Google Talk, Qik and other chat
A people app lets users browse photo profiles of friends,
family and coworkers, and check their latest status updates from social
networks such as Facebook and Google+. In a strategic move designed to drive
more users to Google+, Google has designed the phone so that users who aren't
already on Google+ may create an account right from the phone.
Another featured Google app is Google Music, which lets
users upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud and buy tunes from the Android
Market for playing right on Galaxy Nexus and other computing devices that
support Web connections.
The handset also features 1GB of RAM and 32GB of memory
on board, along with a mobile hotspot capability that lets users share a 4G LTE
or 3G connection with up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices for $30 a month.
Customers who purchase a Galaxy Nexus by Samsung must
snag a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access
and a smartphone data package starting at $30 a month for 2GB of data.
The Galaxy Nexus will have about nine days' worth of
pre-Christmas sales to try to steal some of the Apple iPhone 4S' thunder, which
despite a clever marketing plan
that makes iPhone fans seem like anxious fools
won't likely be able to take share from those whose hearts remain with Apple.