Like many others, I've been waiting for the this phone since the Bionic turned out to be a bust. The Hong Kong release had me excited and then as we all know, the waiting went on and on. Over the last couple weeks, I've been perusing though the GNex forums to get a good "feel" for the phone while waiting on my upgrade to become available. I had become a little discouraged by all the complaints and started considering a Rezound, Razr or just keeping my DroidX. Yesterday I went to the VZW store and played will all of them. Initial impressions were that I like the thinness of the Razr, but seemed too much like my X. And, the Rezound like a newer Incredible. I've been an earlier adopter of Android (pre-ordered G1 on T-Mobile) and have loved Vanilla Android ever since. So, honestly, these phones were already at a disadvantage since I didn't really want another Blur, Sense or any skinned device. At first glance, the GNex appeared pretty nice. Screen looked great, felt snappy without any lag and size was similar to my X...which I love. So, after doing some research online, I took my Target Mobile print-out showing the upgrade price of $229 and picked one up from my nearest Cellular Sales Retailer where they price match. First off, I want to say that I've only been using the phone for 1 day, so these opinions may change as I notice other issues after more use. And, all my comparisons are my experience coming from a Droid X. (Which I've liked very much the whole time I've had it, has had a few issues with locking up and re-booting but overall a good phone). Overall, I feel that the phone has been given a somewhat poor reputation on this site that it doesn't deserve. Honestly, with all the feedback I have been reading, I was worried this phone was going to give me a ton of problems and ultimately I would have to return it, that's not been the case at all. I think this phone was soo hyped that it was bound to disappoint if you aren't realistic about it. Build quality-compared to the X, GNex feels a little light, but I feel the build just as good if not better than most other devices. The feel isn't a huge concern to me, as I always have my phones in cases. I opted for the OtterBox Defender for $50 from VZW. It's actually larger than what I normally purchase, but it fits and feels great and I like the added protection (Especially after seeing what 1 drop wearing the Verizon hard shell case did to Superbad's phone). Screen-looks great, it is adequate for me at about half brightness. ICS-Amazing! With the X, I had quite a bit of lag and had just gotten used to it. Not with this phone! ICS has worked flawlessly for me thus far. All my Google integration was smooth and I haven't noticed any lag or had a FC yet. Interestingly enough, I though Pandora was a crap app because it skipped so much on the X (even on wi-fi) that I never used it. Well works perfect on the GNex. Still getting used to the placement of everything, but ICS is a huge jump forward for Android. Hope all the overlays aren't going to take away from it on other devices. Camera-For me, this was a big concern. I'm not a pro photographer by any means, but I do like having a decent camera on my phone that I can use at any time. I expected it to greatly disappoint me, but it has not. I really like the ability to take no-lag photos, it works lightning fast and the quality is better than I expected. Shots in bright light, appear to be similar to my DroidX. Some look a little more washed out, but it makes up for it with the pics I've taken at night. The flash works great in comparison to the X. The X takes pretty poor shots at night and the flash never seems bright enough. GNex is the opposite, flash may be almost too bright and washes the pic out a little, but glad it's clearly visible. And the panoramic mode works great, surprised how good the video capture played back. Signal/Call Quality-I haven't had any of the issues people have complained about. While not showing a lot of bars like my X, I haven't had 1 time where I didn't have data or couldn't make a clear call. My signal strength at home was usually around -87 to -90 on the X and it's been showing -90 to -93 on the GNex. I've really noticed no difference...except how fast 4G is! Battery-This is the one thing I'm still not sure about as it is certainly a strong point with the X. I think as many have posted, it will get better after a few more days/week and a 4G phone is going to use more juice. After starting yesterday with a full charge, I was down to 12% after about 7.5 hours but this was with me hardly putting it down. I expect it to be good enough to get me through the day with normal use and I still may get the extended battery. Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised with the phone. While it's not going to make everyone completely happy, I think it's the best phone out there right now. Pure Android the way Google intended on the best network in the country. I hope the phone proves to be as good as it seems so far and other's aren't discouraged from buying...I'm very happy with my purchase.