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Android Upgrade Dilemma: OG Droid to Galaxy Nexus, Droid 4 or RAZR Maxx?

In absence of must-have Android kit out of CES I was again stuck: which smartphone would replace my OG Droid? Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid 4 or Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx?

In with the new, out with the old: Samsung Galaxy Nexus (2011) and OG Motorola Droid (2009).

So I blew it. I waited to see what hot phones would come out of CES, and none did – at least not any leap forward Androids; and Lumia 900… I still don’t think the Nokia handset can revive Microsoft’s mobile hopes. We did see some decent introductions. Sony in particular has a penchant for slick hardware design (the PS3 is the ultimate, especially as a streaming media hub). Their new Xperia Ion and S are solid entries, though not envelope pushing by any means. Samsung’s Galaxy Note, with its mammoth 5-inch display, is testing the smartphone-tablet tweener market. It seems, however, that the phone I may want is already on the market.

My trusty OG Droid has served me well, but it’s age is showing – just pulling up the home screens can take 5-10 seconds; and starting up Nav can be an exercise in patience.

Galaxy Nexus impressed me (review) but there were enough question marks (notably battery life) to delay my upgrade decision. At least that was the case back in December.

Instead, I decided, it would be better to wait for CES. Surely, we’d see quad-core (no), flexible displays (no) and some sort of break through battery life (yes!). My prognostications were slightly off (“missed it by this much”) but not nearly as bad as when I suggested the iPad would underwhelm.

Now going on an impressive 26 months of service (like a lot of you out there who jumped into the Droid Does fray in November 2009) the original Motorola Droid is a testament to the power and flexibility that is the Android platform.

In absence of must-have Android kit out of CES I was again stuck: which smartphone would replace my OG Droid? After reviewing the available (or soon to be available) models I narrowed my list to: Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid 4 or Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx.

There’s always the possibility of waiting. I’ve played that game already, and nobody wins, really. It’s impossible. In fact the longer the wait the longer I’ll need to wait on the backend to upgrade again to the latest and greatest in late 2013, early 2014.

Here’s the candidates, in no particular order – I’m on Verizon, so these are all running on Big Red:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Notifications on Android Ice Cream Sandwich - the best in the business.

The obvious choice. For us early adopters, this is the cat’s meow. Want ICS? This is the only game in town. When I tested a unit for Stark Insider, I found it fast, well made (but still plastic-y). ICS is not a game changer, but it does evolve the Android experience with marked improvements. There are some obvious hiccups. This is an OS in transition as Google attempts to create one platform for both tablets, and smartphones. My favorite part of ICS is the aesthetic. Love it – the new Roboto font is hip and modern, the notification system (the best on the planet)  is even better now, and there is an overall dark/Matrix-like quality to the new OS. But, and this is a big BUT, the battery life stinks. It’s impossibly bad. Some suggest I have a bad unit, or did not let the battery power cycle. For more on that, you can read this post here with plenty of he said/she said comments on the Nexus Battery – how can some users get mere hours while others claim to be running on a single charge for days?!

Motorola Droid 4

Droid 4 - a familiar friend, sporting new duds.

Likely the best choice if you’re a slider type. Coming off an OG Droid the Droid 4 basically hones the overall package, and ups the specs (1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB, 4.0-inch qHD display, 16 GB on-board memory). Unlike the Nexus, this one is not a tour-de-force. It merely refines the hardware keyboard experience. That’s not a bad thing. If you’re loving OG Droid’s keyboard — I know a San Francisco playwright that uses it to write entire scenes! — then this is a natural pick. Word is the contract price will be $250.

Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx

 

The Android Gods listened and gave us... battery life.

Well, well, well. What have we here?! It seems as though somebody was listening. We need battery life! And so it shall be. The Maxx, as you know by now, is a RAZR with a larger battery (3,300mA). Everything else is the same. Unfortunately it’s not quite as thin as the original model (8.9 vs. 7.1mm), but the trade-off may very well be worth it for some. Motorola claims Maxx will run up to twice as long. Ah, yes, the Gods have spoken. Don’t look for ICS. Moto promises upgrades sometime this Quarter; once that happens, this could be the crown jewel in the Android line-up.

Three great choices. Did I miss any?

Out of these Androids which one will make the cut when it comes time to retire your trusty OG Droid?

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  • GEB GEB

    I am also waiting for the razr maxx as i think the extra battery life is fricking awesome and the performance while web browsing and everything else is as zippy as the nexus, but when it receives the faster web browser due to ICS then it’ll definitely be worth it in the long run. the premium feel is also better than the nexus with it’s kevlar fiber back and the gorilla glass front. which is why i am eagerly waiting for the droid razr maxx

  • Anonymous

    I too am on Verizon and the choice is clear. Galaxy Nexus.

    Here’s why. Unlike any other devices on their network, it will see a couple of major updates. There is no guarantee that the Droids will make it past ICS. They’ll all be replaces by newer versions by the end of the year. These new devices will launch with ICS most likely and receive an update to the newer Android version that will already be prepared for the Nexus.

    Major phones are good for at least one update. The Nexus at least in theory should get two or three.

    Don’t wait any longer. The battery on mine is okay, but I just bought an extra battery and keep it in my pocket. Minor incontinence, but worth it to me.

    I’m sick of waiting on updates and this was the clear choice for me. This may be the first and last Nexus on Verizon. Get it while you can.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ73LNA42CJQ2HSY4KFGAGYPEE J

      Maybe try put the battery in your ‘back’ pocket or wear looser pants. I’m no doctor, but that might solve your minor problem with carrying the extra battery. :)

      On a serious note, do you use the HDMI out feature? I’m hesitant to buy the GN due to the adapters required for HDMI…did that with a phone a few generations ago and hated it. Still using an HTC Incredible, but itching for an upgrade…

      • Anonymous

        I purchased a dock and i already had a hdmi cable from my brief stint with a droid bionic. It works well for netflix which is my primary use of it.

      • http://twitter.com/tony4re Tony Perez

        If you’ve considered the HTC Rezound, there is an inexpensive (OEM) adapter you plug your charger into and had a full-size HDMI port for a standard cable. When you plug in the Rezound, the notification bar shows the HDMI logo and, while it’s charging, sends both video AND sound to an HDMI screen. The quality is impressive! 

  • Unbreakable1

    The galaxy S3 is supposed to be announced at MWC next month. It is supposed to be a game changer. Quad-core?

    • gary

      yeah, lets hope the s3 is a game changer, Im jumping off the Apple Cart, and going to buy an Android. Have Looked at Nexus, but Wayyyyy to big for me. I hope the S3 doesnt grow too big in size compared to the s2. Can wait !

      • Anonymous

        Then you may not want to hold your breath. Im reasonably sure based on their past actions and form factors that the GS3 will be almost as large as the GN.

    • Trob6969

      Htc already has a quad-core phone called the ‘edge’.

    • Scott

      Based on history I’d say that if the Galaxy S III is announced in February, it won’t be landing in the states until AT LEAST August. 

  • Bryce K

    Love hearing that so many people are just now moving off the OG droid.  I am in the same boat.  My OG is getting worn down.  Software wise, it still runs great (I install new custom roms once a month or so).  I have dropped it 12 feet onto concrete and it barely scratched it.  It only has 256 MB on internal RAM, and it still runs good enough for me.  All the bloated specs of newer phones can’t hold a candle to the first great smart phone. 

    Anyway off my soapbox.   I would get the D4.   ICS is not a good enough reason to pick the nexus, the D4 will get ICS soon (the OG already has it unoffically) .  The RAZR has a bigger screen and no keyboard… and personally, i like my 3.5 inch screen and dont want anything bigger than a 4.  And the physical keyboard… well thats just a must for anyone who actually uses their phone for typing.  What gets me is the D4 still has cut corners.  This should be their trump phone for another solid 2 years (like the OG), but rumor has it they stuck a crappy pentile TFT screen in the phone instead of an OMLED or a high quality IPS LCD like the OG had.

    Its to early to tell how the D4 will hold up to in depth testing, but I hope it can be a phone that the OG users can finally migrate to along with the support of the ROM community.   Thanks for the article

    • Gnorb

      I’m in complete agreement here with you. My wife still has her OG Droid. That thing is a TANK! Dropped more times than I can count and it’s still going strong. (Unlike my shatter-prone iPhone, which now lives in a hideous Otterbox case. Beautiful design, but must be hidden.) I would love to see Motorola treat the Droid line as the Crown Jewel it is supposed to be. 

      She’s looking for a new phone now, and is not enjoying the lag or the 256mb of RAM. She doesn’t want anything larger than a 4″ screen (small hands), and though she doesn’t really use the keyboard, all the other recent options either have her picking a phone with a screen too big for comfort, or with a phone that’s already on the low end of the scale (HTC Rhyme). 

      Being a bit larger than she (about a foot taller and with proportionally larger hands), I’d go for the MAXX just because of the battery. (I’d love to get the Note, but AT&T reeks in this region.) I had a OG Droid myself and loved it until I killed the keyboard. (I’m a writer, too, and wrote plenty of pieces in it. Eventually the keyboard was nearly impossible to use, and when I went to exchange it I was told to pick another phone. Curiosity got the best of me and I ended up with a Droid X, which I then sold to buy an iPhone for my work.) 

      Anyway, I’ve rambled enough. I’m looking forward to see what the D4 feels like once it comes out, although knowing my wife, she’ll likely wait for the eventual price drop. 

  • Misterburns81

    I will be waiting for the Droid 4 Maxx. The Droid 4 needs better battery life and a larger superamoled 720p display. I’m not gonna be those Droid 3 owners who are bummed out getting ripped off cuz the Droid 4 came along. I’m sticking to my Bionic. Screw the Razr

  • galaxy user

    I’ve been surfing the forums and reading about the battery issues.  Like many, when I upgraded my OG Droid, to the Nexus, I was impressed with the functionality but became frustrated when my battery would not last me a full day at work.   I bought the 2100mah extended battery thinking that it won’t make much of a difference but would be worth the try.  The main reason why my battery would drain so far was because my phone’s cpu was kept awake by the OS.  After reading the forums I was able to fix this by disabling gtalk, g+, and set my wallpaper to black.   With this, I was able to get 10 hrs of use and still had 60% battery life.  

    Pros Nexus over RAZR: 
    bigger screen
    better screen 316ppi vs. 256ppi
    pure OS, no overlaying software (motoblur)
    first to get any updates in the future
    NFC chip
    removable battery (this was important for me as 6 months from now, these lithium batteries will start to decrease in its ability to hold a full charge).  If I’m going camping, I’ll just bring several spare ones, swap…and thats it! 

    RAZR over Nexus: 
    bigger battery 3300mah

    I almost returned my Nexus but when I compared the two, I found there were more reasons to keep the Nexus than switch over.  Let me know what you guys think? Have you had similar experiences with increasing the battery life? 

    • galaxy user

      forgot to add that the Razr has a louder external speaker than the Nexus. 

    • Anonymous

      Just bought the nexus and I’m getting 4 hours at most. I’ve heard about power cycle and the battery having the warm up to its full potential. We will have to see. But if you have to set your screen to black just to save battery life that’s a major set back. People want android to be personalized not compromised. Can you tell me how to disable google plus and gtalk. My iPhones battery lasts me like 2 days of heavy use. Nexus is just dying as soon as you start to use the phone. It’s like you can’t even enjoy the phone with the battery dying so quick. I’m upset about it. Might return. Might try the extended battery.

      • Anonymous

        Go into the app settings and select the app that you wish to disable. There will be an option to disable it at the top.

    • Trob6969

      You are the FIRST person on any of these phone forums that mentions the important factor that those non removable batteries cant be recharged indefinately. With every charge, the battery incrementally loses its charging capacity. So over time, when the people who opted to buy phones with removable batteries are replacing the batteries, the ones who bought the phones with non removable batteries will be replacing their entire phone to hold a charge!

      • http://twitter.com/tony4re Tony Perez

        Motorola updated their battery warranty to include replacement of a batter after it loses a certain percentage of its ability to hold a charge. However, it looks like you’ll be out of a phone for a few days because, as far as I can tell, you have to send your handset to Motorola so they can perform the battery replacement. In that case, I’m going to have no problem with my HTC Rezound and replacing the removable battery myself (like I did with my OG Droid) whenever I’m ready.

  • Anonymous

    I am waiting to see the Asus Padphone. That may be the future of Android IMHO. They are supposed to show it off at the Mobile World Congress at the end of February and then I am praying that Verizon picks it up. 

    • Anonymous

      I think the Samsung Galaxy SIII phone will be the future of Android phones. If it just works like the SGSII. I currently own a SGSII and a Galaxy Nexus.While I’m really impressed with the Galaxy Nexus in so many ways,I still find that there are more reasons to keep my SGSII over the Galaxy Nexus.
      the only 4 areas the Galaxy Nexus wins are better resolution screen (but the screen of the SGSII still looks brigher and less washed out), it has ICS (which will hopefully  be a mute point as soon as the SGSII is updated), and it is a nexus so it will get updates first, and lastly its a pentaband phone (international version, not the Verizon version)

      SGSII (Tmobile version), beats the galaxy Nexus in these and so many other ways – better camera, much louder external speaker, noticeably faster processor (and I tested and compared both, opening many apps. The SGSII won 99% of the time), brighter screen with no washed out appearance to it, micro SD support, better battery life, slightly lighter (don’t like heavy phones), etc.

      In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Nexus is a step back compared to the SGSII.

    • Anonymous

      I think the Samsung Galaxy SIII phone will be the future of Android phones. If it just works like the SGSII. I currently own a SGSII and a Galaxy Nexus.While I’m really impressed with the Galaxy Nexus in so many ways,I still find that there are more reasons to keep my SGSII over the Galaxy Nexus.
      the only 4 areas the Galaxy Nexus wins are better resolution screen (but the screen of the SGSII still looks brigher and less washed out), it has ICS (which will hopefully  be a mute point as soon as the SGSII is updated), and it is a nexus so it will get updates first, and lastly its a pentaband phone (international version, not the Verizon version)

      SGSII (Tmobile version), beats the galaxy Nexus in these and so many other ways – better camera, much louder external speaker, noticeably faster processor (and I tested and compared both, opening many apps. The SGSII won 99% of the time), brighter screen with no washed out appearance to it, micro SD support, better battery life, slightly lighter (don’t like heavy phones), etc.

      In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Nexus is a step back compared to the SGSII.

      • Trob6969

        Assuming you have a Youtube downloader on your s2 and gn, download any video on your s2 then download the same video in 720p on the galaxy nexus. Play them both and compare video quality. You’ll see that the s2 can’t compare. People don’t realize that when you play standard quality video on an hd screen it tends to look less impressive because the higher resolution display shows more of the imperfections in the video source.

  • http://twitter.com/johnsin John Drefahl

    I just had a similar question asked to me by a friend.  He was wondering whether to stick with the Droid brand and go with the new Bionic or with something else.  First thing that comes to mind is the Nexus S, but after playing with one I found Android 4.0 to be pretty lacking, and actually preferred my Galaxy S2 running a custom ROM with 2.3.6 and after looking over the specs of the Nexus, I can’t see why someone would go for it over the S2.  I believe they are almost identical in speed, however the Nexus has less internal memory I believe.

    I still need to check out the Bionic.. so yes.. not really a comment, a thought!

    ;)

  • Anonymous

    I think you are way wrong about ICS not being a game changer. It’s a totally different OS now. Works nothing like previous versions of android. It’s the biggest leap android has seen. As far as battery life on the nexus I just got one yesterday and it’s been horrible. It had to be recharged 3 times throughout the day. My iPhone lasts 2 days. I’ve heard about the cycling issue and I’m hoping that’s the case but if not its bassicly an unusable phone. Though this is the only android phone worth getting now that google has released its design guides and new architect structor. All version not ICS are flawed and will eventually be trashed to the point of no return. Google knows before ICS android was shit. If you care about battery life which is the single most important thing in a phone nothing beats the iPhone. Yu have to try really hard to dent the battery in iPhone. Let’s be real the only other phone worth getting besides the nexus is the iPhone. All other android handsets have terrible UI tops.

    • Trob6969

      The iphone doesnt even rank close to any of the top 3 phones out now (rezound, galaxy nexus, razr). Iphone 4s = small screen, inadequate video viewing, NO flash, NO sd slot, non removable battery, lack of customization, inferior processor, fragile build quality, and weak ios. So please explain in detail why you think the iphone 4s should be ranked among the best phones out now. ANY phone with a user removable battery has better battery life than an iphone! Have you considered the fact that the iphone can’t even play a 720p video on its display? The rezound and galaxy nexus can! And i won’t even go into the many reasons why even android 2.3.4 is better than ios 5.

      • Anonymous

        Dude what are you talking about? The best part about the iphone is that the battery doesn’t have to come out. It’s like that for a reason and is why the iphone gets WAY longer battery life than any android phone. I tested it myself because i bought the nexus yesteraday to see what had better battery life. I’ve tested MANY other android phones and none not once have ever beaten the iphone in battery life. The smaller screen makes no difference with the display apple has in their phone. Plus webpages are rendered perfect so you can read everything on them without even having to zoom in. Build quality IS SO SOLID are you kidding me. The phones made out of steal. When you pick it up you can feel how good it is build. Not one phone comes close to the build quality of the phone. Everything else is PLASTIC. I’ve dropped my pone on cement and it never broke. It’s gorilla glass back is strong real strong. What are you talking about it can’t play a 720p video? The iphone has a higher res display then both of the phones. Android ginger bread is in NO way NO way better than IOS. Ask any expert. Look on any blog site. They all will tell you only NOW with ICS android is a small amount better than ICS. Lets not even get into app selection and malware on android devices. Quality app selection is non existant. Even in standard apps like facebook and twitter. On my iphone and ipad in the matter of IOS being better i can pop open garage band and start recording studio quality music with garage band, i can get real graphic art applications like Ink Pad and sketchbook pro, and many other apps that i can get on my MAC are set up for touch with IOS. My iphone 4 is actually faster then my galaxy nexus i’ll record a video to prove it. Now lets get into audio quality. The nexus can’t even output audio at the right levels!! You can’t even share a video in the youtube app because the sound quality is so low. When compared to the iphone you get LOUD audio quality and better quality all around. Plus in the nexus into your radio and play music the sound is muddy. Plug in the iphone and it’s CD quality. Did you say no FLASH? LOL. Adobe is done with mobile flash and they put it to sleep. Only a real fool would run flash on their mobile device. It hardly works, it drains the battery in a short few hours, and it’s filled with bugs. You can’t even view a website correctly that has flash. Try pinching to zoom or navigating on a page with flash. Tried it with my nexus. Doesn’t work gets stuck and frozen even with a dual core phone. My single core iphone totally kills and puts to shame my nexus. I’ll post a video showing the difference. So there is in detail with only FACTS written on why the iphone is the best phone out there. Anyone who goes android either doesn’t care about true quality, doesn’t care about battery life, and doesn’t care about having desktop class apps on their mobile devies.

      • Anonymous

        Dude what are you talking about? The best part about the iphone is that the battery doesn’t have to come out. It’s like that for a reason and is why the iphone gets WAY longer battery life than any android phone. I tested it myself because i bought the nexus yesteraday to see what had better battery life. I’ve tested MANY other android phones and none not once have ever beaten the iphone in battery life. The smaller screen makes no difference with the display apple has in their phone. Plus webpages are rendered perfect so you can read everything on them without even having to zoom in. Build quality IS SO SOLID are you kidding me. The phones made out of steal. When you pick it up you can feel how good it is build. Not one phone comes close to the build quality of the phone. Everything else is PLASTIC. I’ve dropped my pone on cement and it never broke. It’s gorilla glass back is strong real strong. What are you talking about it can’t play a 720p video? The iphone has a higher res display then both of the phones. Android ginger bread is in NO way NO way better than IOS. Ask any expert. Look on any blog site. They all will tell you only NOW with ICS android is a small amount better than IOS. Lets not even get into app selection and malware on android devices. Quality app selection is non existant. Even in standard apps like facebook and twitter. On my iphone and ipad in the matter of IOS being better i can pop open garage band and start recording studio quality music with garage band, i can get real graphic art applications like Ink Pad and sketchbook pro, and many other apps that i can get on my MAC are set up for touch with IOS. My iphone 4 is actually faster then my galaxy nexus i’ll record a video to prove it. Now lets get into audio quality. The nexus can’t even output audio at the right levels!! You can’t even share a video in the youtube app because the sound quality is so low. When compared to the iphone you get LOUD audio quality and better quality all around. Plus in the nexus into your radio and play music the sound is muddy. Plug in the iphone and it’s CD quality. Did you say no FLASH? LOL. Adobe is done with mobile flash and they put it to sleep. Only a real fool would run flash on their mobile device. It hardly works, it drains the battery in a short few hours, and it’s filled with bugs. You can’t even view a website correctly that has flash. Try pinching to zoom or navigating on a page with flash. Tried it with my nexus. Doesn’t work gets stuck and frozen even with a dual core phone. My single core iphone totally kills and puts to shame my nexus. I’ll post a video showing the difference. So there is in detail with only FACTS written on why the iphone is the best phone out there. Anyone who goes android either doesn’t care about true quality, doesn’t care about battery life, and doesn’t care about having desktop class apps on their mobile devies.

        • Trob6969

          Lol! You MUST be kidding! First of all, you missed my point about ANY phone with a removable batt has better batt life than iphone. Its because when your iphone charge runs out and you still want to use it, you have to be tethered to a wall socket to do so! Where as i can just pop a fully charged spare in my rezound and carry on! You say the iphone has a higher rez display?! Iphone’s res is 960 by 640 so how is that higher than 720p?! I think what you
          meant was iphone’s pixels-per-inch, which is denser than galaxy nexus but doesn’t even come close to the rezound’s! And you think flash is basically useless and slows a phone down to a crawl but my phone always has it running and my phone is VERY fast! Do you realize how much web content you’re missing by not having flash? Web browsing is much more enjoyable with

          • Trob6969

            Web browsing is much more enjoyable with flash. How can your iphone play a 720p video on its screen when it doesn’t have enough pixels to do so?! Lol! C’mon now! And as far as ios 5 vs. Android, like i said, even 2.3.4; i judge which is better by which can do more that the other can’t. Android 2.3.4 does a lot that ios 5 can’t but i don’t know of anything that ios 5 can that android can’t. So in my book android is BETTER !

          • Trob6969

            …Oh, and as far as iphone’s build quality goes; see for yourself and do a youtube search on thr outcome of iphone drops! Lol!

  • Anonymous

    I recently bought the nexus and while the battery is worse than my og droid, it still lasts me 14 – 16 hours in an area with 1 bar of 4g and 3g. Now that I just moved to an area right next to a 4g tower, its much closer to 20 hours. Those of you saying it doesn’t last more than 4 hours, there has to be something wrong with your phone. I can stream video for 4 hours… Anyways, I mainly chose the nexus as I’m beginning android development and having official ICS (and future upgrades) as fast as possible is very useful from that angle. Good luck with your decisions all.

  • Ikediggety

    I’ve had my nexus for almost a month now. At first, I was convinced that I had a faulty unit, because the battery life was just so terrible. My first full charge took hours and hours. But after about three or four days, I started to see fairly normal charge times and much better battery life in general. I have full sync on, and I can easily get a full day of moderate usage.

    Bottom line, if you don’t have a nexus for at least a week, you can’t really say that you’ve even tried it

  • crank

    What is it that eliminated that HTC rezound for you?

  • Robert Caldecott

    Given the choice of new devices I’d go for the Sony Xperia S.  1.5GHz dual-core, 32GB memory and a 12mp camera.  Better than the others on the list IMHO.

  • Jerrod

    Coming from OG Droid I know longer feel the need for a hardware keyboard so my choice was Verizon Galaxy Nexus.  It comes without manufacture skins just like to OG Droid, and should receive updates from Google.  So far I go over 24 hours on one charge just like my OG Droid.  This thing is fast and the display is great

    I am happy.  

  • http://twitter.com/tony4re Tony Perez

    HTC Rezound was my final choice. I was wasting time waiting for my OG Droid to load up homescreens and run apps even though it was rooted and overclocked. I’ve heard from brave people who decided to unlock their Rezound handsets already and after deleting the bloatware they are enjoying amazing speed increases over what is already possible. That potential had me excited about my future experiences with the HTC Rezound. (By the way, I also considered the Bionic, the RAZR, and the Nexus before I made my decision. The RAZR Maxx sounds good but I have a feeling the battery will still be sealed and that doesn’t appeal to me.)

    • Emtblazer

      As i read this on my galaxy nexus… my battery just warned me its dying. Its 11am and was fully charged at 7am. Ive read a few articles and looked at facebook. No movies. No videos. This phone works better than my 2 year old droid… but how can you be so annoyed by something so brand new? We are all suckers.

      • EJ

        I check email on mine constantly, look at FB, make a couple calls, browse the web, and I am getting about 14 hours. You could try using Juice Defender to see if that helps.

  • EJ

    What is the big deal if you have to charge your phone overnight every day? Isn’t having a big Super Amoled screen running ICS and being the Google phone worth it? Oh, an virtually no bloat ware? But, I guess if you don’t mind having VCAST on your phone, and all the other apps you don’t want, go ahead and get the RAZR.  My GNex battery gives me about 14-16 hours depending on usage on average. My phone will always be first with updates.  Look how long ICS has been out, and CES is still showing new phones shipping with 2.3? So I’ll ask again–what’s the big deal with charging your phone while you sleep?

  • Chiquita Bonita

    I am very disappointed with the Galaxy Nexus. I had an OG Droid on Verizon that got excellent cell reception. I moved over to t-mobile for the Galaxy SII but had to move back to Verizon because I couldnt get a signal at work. I briefly had a Stratosphere as a loaner, and it worked fine with good reception.
    I got my Galaxy Nexus today and the cell reception is awful. I cant even keep a steady signal at HOME, which was not a problem with tmobile galaxy SII or verizon OG droid. 

    I really wanted Galaxy Nexus to be my next 2 years phone, but its just unuseable because of the lousy cell reception.

  • Scott

    Let me tell you as someone who also had the original Motorola Droid, you should really think about getting the Galaxy Nexus. I’m not sure if you’re the type of person who likes to dabble with custom ROMs or kernels, but regardless, the Nexus is currently best in class on Verizon for a variety of reasons. You mention problems with the battery life and I can say that when I first got the phone it was pretty abysmal, I did a factory reset though, and with moderate usage I’m seeing on average about 12-20 hours of battery life. Every device has pros/cons but I really do think that the Galaxy Nexus is the best of the current phones on Verizon, until of course something more powerful comes along this spring with ICS installed – but remember the Nexus will always be upgraded to new versions of Android before phones with proprietary skins like MotoBlur/Touchwiz/Sense. 

  • http://twitter.com/raremage Rick Boza

    Can you provide a link to the game changing features? Positive ones, that is?

    I ‘road tested’ a GNex for about three weeks and returned t this past weekend.  It changed the game for me all right, from an OS I really like to one I found frustrating to use.

  • RS

    I’ve held off upgrading for several months waiting for quad cores. Based on specs, I’d wait to upgrade to a new phone till the quads start showing up. That way, if you decide they aren’t for you, the pricing will be going down on these current models and you can get one at a better price then.