Ive had this phone since release date. the mechanics of the phone is great, love the screen, love ICS, camera is great. and battery life is great with the extended battery. i love everything about this phone with the exception of 2 things. 1) external speaker volume is super low, even on max settings. I can work around that by tweaking with my custom alert volume levels before installing them on the phone. 2) This is the big one. the signal strength of this phone is terrible. in my area (west phoenix) verizon is very strong. on my old Droid X and Iphone 4. in certain areas where i work, ill have either 2 or 3 bars. and signal strength around -80 or -90 dbm. with my Gnex, in the same exact places ill consinistly get 0 bars and -120dbm which if im correct is pretty much zero signal. I have yet to call verizon tech support and possibly do a reprogram or swap for a new phone. but based on other posts and such, and if a software update is in the works to fix this I dont think that i can gamble on it and possibley be stuck with a phone that doesnt work for the next 2 years. but in order for a phone to be great, it must first be a phone. 300 dollars upgrade price for a phone that doesnt do well as a phone is a total deal breaker for me. bummer too becaause apart from the signal, this device has everything i want in a phone. Ill probably just re-activate my iphone 4 and wait until the next batch of phones comes out.