Yes! It's finally here: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless. This Android smartphone is available today for $299 with contract, and it's the first Android phone to run Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65" Super AMOLED display running at 1280 x 720, and it has a dual core 1.2GHz TI CPU with hardware graphics acceleration.
It's easy to the see the Samsung Galaxy S II heritage in the overall design and thin, patterned plastic battery cover, but there's a little Nexus S here too, evidenced by the curved design and contour display. It's a good looking 5.1 ounce phone that's not much bigger than today's 4.5" smartphones.
The Galaxy Nexus has LTE 4G on Verizon, and data speeds are super, with top numbers of 33Mbps down and 15Mbps up with a good signal. Voice quality is also excellent, though the speakerphone is just average. The phone has 32 gigs of internal storage (twice that of the GSM version), and an 1850 mAh battery. In our tests so far, you'll need every mAh that battery has to offer, and you might want to pick up a spare.
The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is fast thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich and the pure OS with no UI or other overlays to slow things down. Verizon's only apps are their account manager and backup service. Indeed NFC is here and enabled in settings, but there's no Google Wallet app, nor is it available for download on the Android Market.
Is this one of Verizon Wireless' best smartphones? Yes indeed. But keep in mind that phones like the Motorola Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich early in 2012, so don't base your decision solely on the OS unless you prefer the cleanly look of pure Ice Cream Sandwich and the benefit of timely OS upgrades.