Sometimes the best way to get your hands on the latest handset is to buy it on a contract, even if it means paying an upfront cost; the Galaxy Nexus is one such handset.
At more than £500, only a few will choose to buy it outright, with the rest likely to choose a pay monthly instead. T-Mobile is selling (via BuyMobilePhones) the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (opens in new tab) on an 18-month contract starting at £20.42 a month with an upfront fee of £210 (albeit with a 36 per cent deposit).
The total cost of ownership comes to a mere £577, around 10 per cent more than the cost of the handset on its own. Not only does the contract provide you with the ability to pay monthly, this is done without interest accrued.
Plus you get 100 minutes, 100 texts, 500MB data and unlimited web and email which can be used elsewhere (although the phone is likely to be locked and branded).
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first handset to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 1.2GHz dual core chipset, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage (but no microSD card slot), a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 1280x720 pixels, a five megapixel camera with autofocus and face recognition, zero shutter lag and full HD video recording.