Let's be honest here, if you're in the US looking at the Samsung GT-i9250 Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM Unlocked phone, you're not the average cell phone buyer. You're looking for the latest (at the time of release) Pure Google Experience phone, and you're not waiting around for AT&T or T-Mobile to bring this little beauty stateside. You're a premium cell phone connoisseur who wants perhaps the best Android phone ever, and wants it now!
First off, this is the GSM Unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You Verizon and Sprint users are going to want to move along, as purchasing this phone will only lead you to utter frustration. This phone's unlocked pentaband radio means that you'll have little trouble setting this up on US T-Mobile or AT&T 2g or 3g. Let's also not forget that the phone supports 21 Mbps HSPA+ speeds, meaning you won't have 4G LTE speeds, but you'll get great speeds on T-Mobile or AT&T's networks (note that actual coverage and speeds will vary based on location).
So now that you've figured out that you need this phone and that it will work on your network, how is the phone?
Two words: "Simply Amazing."
I've used many Android phones, and I can honestly say that this phone is perhaps the BEST ANDROID PHONE EVER RELEASED. As a Pure Google Experience phone, you'll receive Android updates essentially straight from Google. This means you aren't saddled by any unwanted bloatware that cell phone companies or carriers add to their phones, or unwanted UI skins such as Blur or Sense. Also, it means you won't have to wait for updates.
This is the first phone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). I won't bore you with the intricacies of ICS, but I'll let you know that the phone operates extremely smooth. Powered by ICS and a 1.2GHZ dual core processor, the phone glides through home screens, menus and applications without a hint of lag.
This phone forgoes most physical buttons for on-screen buttons, save for a volume rocker and power/unlock button. This may seem weird at first, but the spacious 4.65" HD (yes, HD!!) screen allows for easy navigation.
Speaking of the screen, it looks amazing. I've had no issue viewing outside in direct sunlight like I've had with other phones. I will warn that if you have smaller fingers, the 4.65" screen might be difficult to manage if you're trying to hold and use the phone one-handed. But, the added screen space also makes it extremely easy to type in portrait mode, as the screen size provides a portrait keyboard almost the same size as a blackberry.
This phone comes with 16GB of internal memory, which is a lot of space, but honestly it would have been nice if they included a micro sd expansion slot for more space.
The 5MP camera is pretty good. It's not a world beater that will replace your point and shoot, but it will get the job done. What it lacks in picture quality is made up for in software enhancements including almost zero lag shutter capture and the addition of a stock panoramic mode. Videos can be recorded up to 1080p@30fps using the rear camera, and 720p@30fps using the 1.3MP front-facing camera. There is also a LED flash on the back. The phone also contains video and picture editing apps from Google so you can quickly and easily edit your pictures/videos.
The standard battery for this phone is 1850mAh, which will easily last me through a work day without any tweaks. You might not get as much mileage out of this as I do, but at least the battery is replaceable and larger batteries are available.
My main disappointment with the phone deals with a lack of a dedicated HDMI out port. Sure, you can use HDMI out, but it requires a separate adapter, and I'm more in favor of phones having a full HDMI or micro HDMI out port instead of using adapters. Also, note that since this is a Google Experience phone, there is no native DLNA apps installed, but you can find many adequate apps in the market (many for free as well!)
Like I said earlier, since you're looking at this phone, you probably already know that you want it, but you're probably trying to figure out if it's worth the hype. All I can say is that it is TOTALLY WORTH THE HYPE. I've used this phone for over a week now and absolutely love it. The only regret I have is that I wish I would have purchased it earlier.