I walked into our local Verizon store and played dumb asking about the Nexus. In fact, the manager was very forward and our conversation went something like this, and she was really talked as fast as it seems:
Me: "I want to upgrade to a 4G phone, but I was waiting for--"
Her: "--You're waiting on the Nexus, right?".
Me: "Yeah, and I heard that today--"
Her: "--No, it got delayed, we don't have any release date or pricing information. Do you want to play with a demo?"
A few minutes later she brought out a "demo" model, though I really don't think it was actually a demo model as it actually had a SIM card and didn't have any security stuff on it or anything. Then, here's the crazy part, she just handed me the phone and walked away, saying "Just come to the desk and give me the phone when you're done". If I was clever I would have said something like "Okay, I'll be at the desk in two years" but I'm not that quick. Also, this wasn't your typical small strip-center Verizon store, this is a very, very big one and I was around the corner from the desk and right next to the exit. It was almost like she was begging me to steal it.
Anyway, the phone was fast as hell, as the screen is as pretty as advertised I installed and ran the speedtest app on it and got ~18-20mbps download speed and ~8-10mbps upload speed and I'm in Little Rock where we JUST got 4G. My main concern and the thing I was looking at the whole time was the size of the screen and making sure it wasn't too big for my hand (I'm 6'3" and have pretty big hands, but I was still concerned), and it really doesn't feel too big at all. When navigating within apps I didn't have to re-position the phone at all, but when I wanted to use the soft buttons at the bottom, I did, which wasn't a huge issue IMO.
I would have taken a picture, but my OG Droid's lens is busted...
I don't want to bore you with the same thing you've read in a million reviews, but if you have any questions let me know and I'll try to answer them as I've had a decent amount of time to inspect the phone.
I was really wearing down emotionally with all these delays in the release, but this has given me my second wind and now I think I can make it to the finish!