Much of the past few weeks focused on the new Galaxy Nexus, which is no surprise: The hardware pushes some new limits with a screen that rivals a high-definition television. Hardware is only half the story, however, as Android 4.0 addresses many of the user interface issues found in prior Android versions. This week, Google announced that last year’s Nexus S handset will start to get the new software; the GSM models first over the coming month. Sprint Nexus S is a CDMA model and won’t see Android 4.0 in this round of announced updates, but it’s likely to follow soon.
Those who can’t wait for Android 4.0 on a CDMA smartphone can now buy one as Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus with LTE support launched this week. The handset costs $299 with a two-year contract or $649 without. Various reviews have mostly mirrored my own experience with the unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus I’ve been using for a few weeks, although there are some slight differences.
Overall, however, the review community has generally found the Galaxy Nexus as the Android phone to buy now, with a few folks suggesting Motorola’s RAZR as a slightly better alternative, even though it doesn’t yet have Android 4.0.