We already know that the Galaxy Note II will be making its way to Big Red eventually, and we assumed it would look identical to the international version. And it basically does, according to some leaked images that showed up today. Only, it has Verizon branding in places that no phone should ever have carrier branding of any kind: on the home button. I really hope this is a test design.

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It's not that anyone should be ashamed that they're on Verizon, but, personally, I think the huge "Verizon 4G LTE" logo on the back is sufficient branding. Clearly, the folks at Big Red do not share my sentiments.

Other than the branded home button, this device is virtually identical to the international variant. We assume that the other carriers will follow a similar suit. Hopefully they won't brand the home button, though.

I'd love to hear some opinions in the comments - if this is indeed the final design, is the branding on the home button a huge turn off to you? Or is it no big deal?

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Cameron Summerson
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  • Alex Flynn

    Immediate turn off. Would not buy just because if it, and willingly take to mobile phone repair shop to get it replaced.

    • http://twitter.com/TheJauntyJester Jaunty Jester

      Yeah, I'm most interested in how easy it'll be to remove the branding... Back cover should be no problem but can the home button be replaced?

      • John O’Connor

        hence why they branded the button. most people replace or change the back/cover/skin/case/etc and then there is no VZ Branding, this makes it inconspicuous and too much of a hassle to change and probably one of the few places w/exception of the screen or bezel where carrier branding can be unimpeded and in your face all the time

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  • Brfield

    Definitely a turn off. If my GS3 was branded on the home button, I might not have bought it. I like that my phone has no markings on the front.

    • surubutna

      Lol, have you looked at the home button of your GS3? Huge right?! It fits like 15 Verizon logos

  • anzensepp1987

    Damn, that looks freakin' awful! The person who had this idea should be kicked!

  • moelsen8

    Its not a deal breaker....... per se. They're trying real hard though. Fugly


    What.. the hell! VERIZON NOT COOL

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz

    Large carrier branding is out this season. But that home button is even more whack, since it promotes stupid people to press it thinking they will either A.) Call Verizon Customer Care by pressing it, or B.) Access Account Information by pressing it. That was the FIRST thing I thought of when I saw it. "How many people will press that button thinking it will take them to a Verizon Wireless portal for information, or customer care?"

    • ericl5112

      That's the kind of problem that would stop after using the phone for more than 10 seconds. I wouldn't be to concerned about that. Even before that, most people instinctively reach there for the home button.

  • yoshinatsu

    They haven't even scaled their logo properly.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz

      What I dont understand is why Verizon has TWO logos. There is the large checkmark they either put BEFORE Verizon or on top of the "V" in the name, but they also then have an elongated Z so its like having TWO very distinct logos. Pick the one thats lease offensive, the one with the elongated "Z" and then use that, but not both, it looks like it was scaled by drunken monkeys.

  • http://twitter.com/no_funeral Sensory Overload

    I was just thinking about the fact that I walk around with a big "buy verizon" sign essentially on my phone. It's not a turn off, but it's kind of like having the dealer license plate frame on your car after you just bought a car from a jerk. As a thunderbolt owner, I'm not too happy with HTC or Verizon making me wait so long for an update that should have been out well over a year ago.

  • Derrick Hodges

    I'm just glad it's Coming to Verizon!

  • Joe McCrary

    Who cares? Function over form.

    • ericl5112

      Function over form only counts when you have the choice of one or the other. Not having the verizon logo on the device doesn't sacrifice function.

  • Derrick Hodges

    I'm just glad it's coming to Verizon!

  • Kjsanta

    Wow this is soo overwhelming and whoever thought of this should be fired

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I hope it doesn't make it to the final version. I don't usually mind carrier branding on phones at all but this just looks terrible.

    • http://twitter.com/TheJauntyJester Jaunty Jester

      In the home button it doesn't even look aligned properly - just kinda smashed in there.

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

      I hate any kind of branding on the front of my device as I really don't see the point. I know what make my phone is and phones have become more private as time goes on. Why can't they just put all those branding (manufacturer's logo, Google, carrier, etc) on the back of the phone where everyone else can see that I'm using a phone from some brand with this carrier?

  • Riley Grant

    Look at the markings on the left and right of the home button, its obviously just a marked test unit. Pretty sure even Verizon isn't dumb enough to do mark a phone like that.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz

      They are pretty dumb to do a lot of things like buy spectrum in the 700Mhz band that was incompatible, then bitch about it. They were dumb enough to force new customers into Share Data plans, when they could have offered it like AT&T (a choice between share or individual). They were dumb enough to force users on Unlimited Plans to go to tiered data plans if they bought new phones.. About the only thing they have done right is deploy LTE rapidly. So why wouldnt they be dumb enough to plaster their pride and joy logo all over the place?

  • master94

    You have to be kidden me

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    It will create a boom in home button sticker.

  • Gav456

    Unrelated: I don't like the clock/weather widget, is that new to TouchWiz? It would never go with any wallpaper...

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

      Clock/Weather widgets has never been Samsung's strong point (and by association, LG sucks at them too!) HTC made a workable clock/weather widget but it's starting to show it's age. Motorola on the other hand made something more appealing with their recent incarnation of Blur. Good thing we have widgets on the Play Store to replace the stock widgets that comes with our phones.

    • KyleRay

      Then just install another Launcher and shut up! .....not that hard to do you know. Well I take that back. We're talking about freaking Verizon here!

      • Gav456

        That's pretty rude, I did start that post with the word "unrelated" was your choice to read it, and even then you didn't have to stick your oar in.
        And fyi, I run either cm10 Jellybean, or ViperS sense 4.1 over ics, on my sensation xe.
        Not that hard if you're not a 12 year old mommas boy. xx

      • JustTrollin69

        Verizon has nothing to do with installing a new launcher. Wake up.

  • crankyd00d

    I will not pay to be a walking Verizon commercial, like those retards who buy t-shirts, bandanas, pants marked with Harley Davidson after they paid for the freaking bike, lame

  • Terry Steed

    That looks terrible

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  • Brian Menius

    1. Buy international case.
    2. Install international case.
    3. ???
    4. Profit.

    You shouldn't have to, but if the thing comes defiled with the Verizon tattoos anywhere on the front, it's what I'll be doing.

    I can live with the standard branding on the back.

    • peterfares

      3. Lose warranty

      • Leandros

        You don't loose warranty for replacing the back...
        (nevertheless you would loose warranty when you replace the button, but you can revert it easy and they will never notice)

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    Branded home button ruins the phone. I hope this is not the way the other Carriers are going to handle it.

  • Danny Davis

    Buy a international button, replace. Call it a day. That is if it bothers you that much. On that note, it does look rather tacky. Takes away from the elegance. But wouldn't deter me from buying one, if I really wanted one. Notes are too big for my liking.

  • Greg.

    Is that Lego plastic on the back?

  • GraveUypo

    that's hands down the most awful phone i've ever seen

  • KyleRay

    So glad you did this story, instead of Ron "I'm a SAMSUNG HATER" Amadeo! I come to Android Police site to read the Truth founded in solid information having to do with Android and it's vendors. NOT.... his personalized "How Much I HATE Samsung" perverted ignorance!

    But.... back on topic. If there is any one Carrier in the World with the complete MEGALOMANIC belief it's shizt don't stink (like Ron's).... it's Verizon. They are yet to allow NFC use on the devices the customers supposedly OWN! WTF's with that?

    Why doesn't Apple get forced to to display Verizon's Obnoxious GRAFFITI plastered all over their devices? #1 reason why I'll never use Verizon again...... everzzz? Besides charging twice as much for the same services you get cheaper elsewhere....... is that customers are forced to advertise for them while paying more too!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Ron doesn't hate Samsung for the sake of hating Samsung, he criticized the build quality (quite deservedly), some of the software, and the resolution. I hear he's liking the Note II quite a bit more.

  • Barton82

    Man, that's awful.

  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    Thats pretty idiotic, but at least, it'll wear off in a few weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matts.lindmark.7 Matts Lindmark

    I don't like any kind of carrier branding on my devices. The only brand I accept is the manufacturer logotype. The device should be absolutely clean and the reason is that I have been there, done that when it comes to heavy branding. After one Vodafone device and later one from Verizon, I had enough. From now on, only unbranded products can be accepted for me.;)

    Putting a carrier logotype on the device is a big no-no for me. It indicates that a company interferes with things they shouldn't mess with. The carrier isn't a manufacturer. It would be the same thing as a an "Exxon-Lexus" branded car.

  • xraytedjim

    The fuzzed out lettering on the sides and the horribly placed sticker on the home button scream "test device." I would say 95% that isn't making it into final version.

  • mypd1991

    Haha stupid Verizon always messes up their version of the phone somehow

  • vikings football

    unbelieavable that people are making a big deal out of it, the verizon logo on the home button...tbh, i dont care where or how many verizon logo is on the phone itself, as long as its not on the screen. i just want a note 2 now!!!

  • Jonathan Wong

    With usage, won't the logo just wear off? The home button IS the most used button on the phone by far.

    • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

      Maybe if its matte finish, but this is a bit different since its glossy.

    • ericl5112

      It's probably under the glazed finish, meaning it probably won't wear off.

  • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

    In an early Verizon commercial a few weeks prior to GS3 release the GS3 was shown with the Verizon logo on the GS3's home button as well.

  • http://www.jeffratte.com/ Jeff Ratte

    That... is supposed to be jellybean right? Riiight?

  • jim

    en taro Artem Russakovskii. When do think the new Gnexus will come out?
    That is all.

    MY LIFE FOR Aiur.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Probably December.

  • bob

    Doubt it's the final version, if you look, there are markings where the back and menu buttons are, most probably numbers.

  • SamsaraGuru

    It would appear that Verizon was absent the day the "less is more" memo was sent.

    If their goal is to appeal to upper middle class clientele, who, let's face it, tend to have more disposable income available to afford Verizon's none too small fees, they ought to realize that the operative dress your product for success words are "understated elegance", not nouveau riche, in-your-face flaunting.

  • fixxmyhead

    how do u know a phone is a verizon phone? dont worry it'll say

  • Tee

    The whole carrier branding is getting more and more ridiculous from the European point of view. Why can't they just use the same device versions the rest of the world uses?

  • Frank Bales

    Don't care about the button. I just want one! Okay, maybe I do care. It's incredibly tacky, but I want one! Verizon knows I want one, so this is why they don't care where they put their logo.

  • http://twitter.com/bk_phil BK Phil

    This reminds me of beautiful $50K cars with immaculate paint and carefully crafted esthetics... and sloppily applied "Bob's Mercedes of Springfield" insignia tacked onto the back of the trunk.
    Simply amazed that people put up with it.

  • YesReally

    It amazes me how many whine about a stupid logo. Small price to pay for a subsidized phone.

    • John O’Connor

      And if I am not in contract or do not wish to extend my contract and purchase at full price. I'm the ass?

  • JG

    A single physical centered "home" button on the phone's lower section... hmm... I smell something fruity....

  • Fuzzypaw

    Why yes, you SHOULD be ashamed of being on Verizon.

  • http://twitter.com/deadly_v2 J J S

    Easy fix.... Ready. WHITE VERSION + WHITE OUT = WIN!