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[Updated] Hands-On Friday Quick Preview Pic With In-Stock VZW Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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    One of our amazing anonymous tipsters was able to score this quick pic of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It was in-stock (held in the back) at a Best Buy today, although the source reported they received them yesterday. The source got to play with it for a bit, and came away drooling. They didn't get much time with it, but were thoroughly impressed, and rather surprised that stores are "sitting on them" right now. Perhaps the phone really will release this weekend...

    Update: Since we have received quite a bit of the same feedback regarding the relative "weakness" of this story from several different folks, I feel it is important that we take that input seriously. So, from that perspective, as the DF editor, I would like to take responsibility, and apologize that we didn't look over the picture better, and that the story's title was a bit too self-aggrandizing. Sometimes, we on the news team, get caught up in the excitement of a new release just like you guys do, because of course, we are Android fans too.

    That doesn't excuse sloppy reporting though, and I want to thank all the folks for offering their constructive feedback. While technically, the story was "exclusive", because we were able to get a pic that was ours alone, sometimes, people think of that word, in larger terms than just that, thus making the story seem more "hyped' than it was intended. The article was really just meant as further confirmation that Best Buy and other retailers actually had stock and were sitting on it. The title should have reflected that better, and the article should have shared that the pic was of a demo unit.

    It's great that we have members willing to share their input, as many of you did, and it will only help us improve as a news team to bring you better articles in the future. It's the openness of our forum members that makes DroidForums.net the best place on the web to come together and share about one of our favorite subjects. Thank you.
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    Yea this weekend kinda seems strange but if everyone is sitting on them then there is no real issue. We already know there is an update with the launch. They can't change anything if there already at the stores. Maybe the plan is to do a sunday release so all couple hundred of us can pick it up no problem and then it can fade away. The average user doesn't really give a blank about this phone and wouldn't pay full price or try to do an extra early upgrade for it. A weekend release with no promotion shuts all of us up and doesn't hurt the Droid branded phone sales. The average person will think. Android 4.0 who cares I want a phone that thinks while im sleeping.

    Just me trying to stay positive about this whole thing.
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    I doubt VZW really is putting much thought into what a very tiny percent of its user base thinks. Truth be told, most of the people complaining on here aren't going anywhere because they aren't about to give up their unlimited data.

    Only remotely rational reason I've heard so far is that VZW wants to add more bloatware, but I think they could do that with a update push at some point. It does sound like the LTE hiccup is probably the culprit - you don't want to release a high-end 4G phone with the network a bit under the weather as that's sure to generate plenty of unhappy customers, questions and returns (because the majority of buyers of the Nexus aren't going to buy for the reason we are, they'll just prefer it over the RAZR/Rezound/Bionic for whatever reason).
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    really....the tipster played around with the phone and was really impressed? seeing as how thats a non functioning demo phone I doubt he could get THAT impressed by it....notice in little words...the images are simulated and subject to change...kinda gives it away that its a demo phone. im still wishing it would release already..but i wont be able to get one...aint spending $700 on a phone...and no upgrade until next october
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    Got 3 upgrades next month so hurry up and release already so I can see which phone has the least problems before I decide what to get.
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    I actually got my hands on the Galaxy nexus yesterday in the Verizon store! Sweet little phone! It was not for sale yet, but the guy at the store let me play with it. Said he couldn't tell me when it was for sale, but they obviously have them stocked and the sales people are learning them! It is not for me, but i am sure people will love this phone. ICS is beautiful. I will buy the Bionic and wait for the ICS upgrade because that is in my price range right now, but all the rest of you have fun with the Galaxy Nexus!!
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    I may have to look at the Bionic closely and decide if the other phones really are worth $100 more. Unless you watch a lot of video on your phone (and for the life of me, I don't know why people do) I think that favors the Bionic over the RAZR and Rezound. The camera in the Nexus might be worth $100 over the Bionic.
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    It seems the sim card issues with the LTE radio are a bigger problem than what Sammy and Google had anticipated and still don't have it 100% yet. This 4G has been a problem with a lot of phones since the beginning of the year. Thunderbolt, Bionic, etc... I'd rather wait a few more days than pick up a phone with some serious software issues. I just hope the fix isn't a band aid the lowers performance for the sake of reliability. That will be disappointing.
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    Verizon is making it really hard to like them...
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    But they're making it really easy to hate them...
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    Of the 4g phones out now on Verizon I think it is safe to say that the Rezound has the best camera, not really even close from what I've seen/experienced having had both the Razr and Rezound in my house. The zero shutter-lag is being marketed as more value that I think it is, the Rezound is really quick, but also takes really great photos, video is no slouch either, but I felt the Razr had a bit better vibration reduction in the video shots but pictures were lacking.

    That said, I'm taking my "rented" Rezound back for the Nexus as soon as it is available and have a nice contact at the VZW store that will hold one for me. Nice enough to text me when they arrived this week, now if they would just let me pick one up!
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    Come on!! I'm sorry Droid Forum admins, but this is getting annoying now. 1 picture with no useful information other than someone touched it and it still needs to come out. Samsung or Verizon must be paying you guys good.
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    What do the admins have to do with this? News team is trying to keep up with this confusing phone. Lets not point fingers because everyone is doing the best they can. VZ doesn't even know what its doing yet alone the peeps trying to get a handle on it. If you want no info til its officially out then just dont come to the forum....:blink: Throwing bribery insults is quite unnecessary (Illogical as well since just about every tech site and forum is also covering this phone so Vz would be putting out a lot of money if they did bribe people to keep it up in the news. :wacko:. Also wouldn't make sense to bribe then give bad info to frustrate people.)
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    Well, I wouldn't put this on the front screen/home page. Plus, it's a demo unit with a simulated image. Not really news worthy IMHO. I'm as excited (soon becoming frustrated) like the next man, but the title "[Exclusive] Hands-On Friday Quick Preview Pic With In-Stock VZW Samsung Galaxy Nexus" is a little suspect. Maybe it should be "Verizon getting Nexus demo shell's ready for retail stores"
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    We do the best with the resources we have brutha! Our source took a big risk to her job to bring us the one picture we got, and we thought you would at least like to see it. ;)

    I realize there are some blogs that focus more on grabbing the attention getting headlines than we do, but DroidForums.net is the best community for a combination of folks. We bring together developers, modders, Android-fans, and regular users. We provide a fantastic place where you can receive and discuss far more information than just a few news stories.

    We are constantly striving to improve the news on the site and bring you more and more interesting news across the web everyday. In fact, just a year ago, we wouldn't have even had a pic like the one in the story. Still, I appreciate your feedback, and want you to know that we will work extra hard in the future to bring you more relevant and up to date news. Thanks for being a part of the best Droid community on the web, and thanks for your input!
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    I'm reposting my own comment from a different thread:

    This seems like most illogical of all possible explanations. The two most plausible are, A) shipping, they didn't get them all out to stores in time, possible, but still less likely than, B) they were still having 4G issues with the firmware, and the massive LTE outage this week. Verizon just released a firmware update for the Bionic to fix 4G issues, the massive 4G outage this week was probably from an update to the 4G system, (meant to ready it for the big 4G sale this weekend). You wouldn't want to be selling all these 4G phones/tabs when their 4G software wasn't ready.

    Say you have a bunch of 4G stuff ready to ship already, you have a big sale planned, and you have one device running a totally new version of Android, with no real field testing yet, ( I mean mass release test results, totally different from QA testing). (Assuming the rumor of needing to get ICS 4.1 ready for the GN to fix 4G problems), which product do you delay? Do you delay the 10-12 GB/HC devices that are ready to go, to fix one ICS device, or do you make sure all your GB/HC devices are working properly and followup with the ICS asap? They haven't really even advertised the GN yet, and everything on sale this weekend has been receiving advertising.

    I want the GN as bad as anyone else here. My OG Droid is starting to falter, but let's quit jumping to conclusion based on BS speculation, and put a little bit of logic and reasoning into it. All the pieces are there, to make this the more plausible situation. Or some combination of these two.
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    I called Best Buy earlier and was told it's slated for Sunday unless something changes - fingers crossed :)
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    Yet all signs point to this phone being planned to release today. You can't pull advertising on that short of notice, so clearly they've been planning to launch it with little to no advertising initially. An unlocked phone with virtually no bloatware might not be something VZW has any intention of pushing, relative to the RAZR, Rezound and others. They don't make money on phones and don't really care what you buy, as long as you buy a phone requiring a data contract. Honestly, I think the RAZR/Rezound/Bionic are more appealing to non-geeks and the geeks don't need promotion/advertising for this.
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