So, I'm sitting here reading this with my fancy new Galaxy Nexus sitting beside me.
I dropped my Tbolt on the concrete last week and spidered the screen for the 3rd time. I called Verizon, they gave me the option to upgrade early. I took it.
I was torn between Rezound and Nexus. What did it for me is this: The future is on-screen buttons. Buying a new phone that I'll be with for 2 years with capacitive buttons means that in ICS, it's already outdated (built for GB). When Jellybean comes out and I'm still rocking the phone made for GB...well, it'll be REALLY outdated.
So, I picked up the Nexus. The screen is awesome. Nice and big, easy to read on, great resolution...I even like the little curve to it.
The dev community is great...a lot of guys from TB...Droidtheory, Liquid, BAMF, Protekk. Lot of familiar faces.
Of course, 99% of the available roms (and there are dozens of them) are exactly the same, but with a few different menus in the specialized tweak dept. I'm running AOKP right now, and have found it to be my favorite. Immosyen is there with LeanKernal, and my new favorite is this whole derkernal.com business...good stuff. OC'ed to 1.42 Ghz, with AOKP, this phone is snappy...much quicker than the tbolt. I know benchmarks aren't everything, but in Antutu my wife's Tbolt (1.42 Ghz on Bamf) gets 3000ish and my Nexus gets almost 7000 at current settings.
ICS is awesome. Really good. Voice recognition...well, I put Siri to shame the other night doing voice searches. When you're dictating to the phone in voice, the words pop up as you say them and it doesn't stop until you push the stop button. Awesome.
But, I just ordered a new digitizer for my 'bolt and if that works out, the Nexus is going back to the store.
The reception is TERRIBLE. This phone, apparently, has the same radios as the Charge. My neighbor went thru about 20 of them before they sent him a Rezound and fixed his reception problems.
I'm sitting at work in a 4g area. 'bolt NEVER dropped to 3g. I just looked down and my Nexus is on 3g right now. I've tried all of the radios, leaked, OTA, stock, you name it. It must be true when they say that software just can't fix bad hardware.
So, if you live in a fantastic reception area, the Nexus is a VERY worthy upgrade. If you don't, I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.