19 11 / 2011
Yes, the Galaxy Nexus is still coming
The Galaxy Nexus has to be one of the most anticipated phones this year, if not the most anticipated. In the US, we’re still in the dark as to when we can hand over our money to Verizon and actually purchase it. This has caused all of the Android faithful, myself included, to scour the Internet practically daily to find any information about the phone we can. It’s gotten to the point where many people are getting skeptical over what’s actually going to be released.
I’m asked all the time if I’ve heard any more about the release. Rumors are flying about the Galaxy Nexus. A number of people are saying that it will have bloatware from Verizon on it, that it’s been delayed until December, that Verizon doesn’t want to release it now because it’s so close to the RAZR, that the Verizon LTE version will be wildly different than the HSPA version being reviewed by most media outlets, that it’s only coming in 32GB at a higher entry price point, and more. We can speculate endlessly about the rumors, and while I have a few thoughts of my own on why we are where we are, the fact is we have no idea.
I’ve seen people caving in and buying other Android devices, like the RAZR, as they’re unable to hold out for the Nexus. Look, I’m as excited and interested in this phone as anyone. I’m buying this, at full retail, the day it’s available. I would suggest we all step away from the ledge and relax a little bit. Yes, the Galaxy Nexus is still coming and it’s going to be awesome. If it takes another month, isn’t that worth the wait? I’m not everyone, but I genuinely have no interest in anything but the flagship phone. The only reason I don’t own the Nexus One or Nexus S is because Verizon didn’t carry them. This phone will likely last me the next 18-24 months, and the inability of not being able to wait a few weeks to get the best blows my mind. Anyone who recently bought the RAZR, or another Verizon-carried Android device, will be kicking themselves when the Galaxy Nexus comes out. Not so much just because of the hardware, but because of Ice Cream Sandwich.
The phone is coming and everything I’ve read and heard about it leads me to think it’s going to be very much worth the wait. When it finally does release, and we’re all playing around with ICS for the first time, we’ll look back at how silly the pre-release doubts and rumors really were.