We didn’t just grab the new Verizon Galaxy Nexus yesterday, we picked up the official accessories too, so whether you’re concerned about power-hungry LTE or just want to treat your new toy while you’re still in the honeymoon period, there’s probably something for you. For most it’s the extended battery ($49.99) that will hold most appeal, an NFC-enabled 2,100 mAh Li-Ion pack offering an extra jolt of runtime at the expense of a slightly bigger phone in the hand.
In fact, you get 250 mAh more than the regular Galaxy Nexus LTE battery – itself 100 mAh bigger than what’s supplied with the slimmer HSPA+ version – though given how power-hungry 4G is we’ll take anything we’re given. We’ll have feedback on exactly how much extra runtime the extended Galaxy Nexus battery grants after some testing, but the good news is that we’ve found it actually makes for a slightly more comfortable phone in the hand thanks to the extended rear cover. Unfortunately it won’t fit into the battery compartment in the HSPA+ Nexus.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus official accessories:
Since we now have two batteries, we also grabbed the Battery Charger with Stand ($39.99), a compact plastic sled that allows you to charge a battery without having to actually slot it into your phone. A notch allows you to prop up the Galaxy Nexus for easy viewing on your desk – in either portrait or landscape orientation – and there’s a useful Y-adapter that means you can power both your phone and the Battery Charger with Stand from the one AC adapter.
Finally, we grabbed the Anti-Glare Screen Protectors ($14.99 for a pack of three), a matte-finish adhesive screen cover that not only helps avoid scratches to the fortified glass front of the Galaxy Nexus. As with all screen protectors they require a reasonably steady, careful hand to apply if you don’t want bubbles trapped underneath, but they certainly make a difference for outdoor usability. More details in the video above, and check out our full Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE hands-on for more on the smartphone itself.