"Made my Galaxy Nexus what I was promised it would be!"4.5 starson by saxtrev
Pros: Increased Battery Life.
Really Smooth, like buttah!
Off-Line Voice Recognition!
Cons: Took Verizon too long to release.
Summary: My friend who is a tech fiend told me that the Galaxy Nexus was a ridiculously awesome phone and I would be really happy with it...
He forgot to tell me that he was running a pre-release version of Jelly Bean. After the first 2 days I didn't have the same joyful feeling he did. I was beginning to regret this choice as my first smartphone.
Before the upgrade to Jelly Bean I was dropping calls, texts would not go through(I would have to try sending texts up to 5 times), I would have 4 full bars of sevice and then without moving NO SERVICE, MMS would not download or send. I even had the sim card replaced!
The morning I saw "System Update Ready for installation" message I actually jumped for joy! I had heard that Verizon's Jelly Bean was taking so long because they were trying to fix the LTE service glitches. And did they deliver? YES! ALL of my problems went away!
I was also getting a very short battery life, which without knowing the tech details I can only attribute to the fact the phone was always searching for service. Now with Jelly Bean my battery life has doubled!
The actual ICS vs. JB differences are small, but very noticable. It is very smooth now, the whole "butter" thing really paid off. I noticed increased speed immediately and I was very happy with the increased functionality of google search.
The other difference I really like between ICS and JB is the off line voice recognition. I was really bummed to find I needed to have mobile data on to use the voice recognition. I didn't know that JB was going to be able to do that and when I saw the little microphone was on I thought the update turned on mobile data. I was so happy to see that it wasn't and I could use the voice recognition without a data connection. It does have a little trouble understanding me without a data connection, but I'll deal with that by taking diction lessons. ;-)
So if you are looking to get an Android phone get one that has Jelly Bean or will be getting it soon.