Verizon has a thing for carrier branding. Lately though, they've really been going overboard, particularly on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which had a Verizon logo on the home button. That easily won the award for most obnoxious carrier branding ever on a phone.

In Vegas though, Verizon has topped themselves. David and I were wandering around the "CES Digital Experience" pre-show event and we saw THIS:


This thing Is the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1. Now you might look at that picture and think that's not a big deal, but keep in mind this isn't a phone, or a 7 inch tablet, this is a 10 inch tablet. That logo is freaking huge. Perhaps some scale will help:


There it is next to a Galaxy S III. The Logo is nearly half the size of that entire phone. That's just shameful. I guess the only place to go from here is a full logo wrap around the entire device. I wouldn't put it past Verizon.

Other than the LTE modem and the Verizon billboard, it is just a regular Note 10.1. It's still squishy. Verizon probably can't help themselves, but Samsung should really have the clout to put a stop to this. It's disgusting.

We've got more CES craziness coming your way. Stay tuned.

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • ProductFRED

    You Maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! God damn you all to hell!

  • Neil Thomas

    I don't even.

    What the hell.

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

    Gross, but frankly, I don't see a big deal with this compared to the Note II. The Note II was IN YOUR FACE FUCK YOU LOOK AT ME, and this one is on the back, so when you're working, you don't actually see it.

    • Ryuuie

      "IN YOUR FACE FUCK YOU LOOK AT ME" needs to be the tagline under the next Verizon logo.

      It'll probably be bigger than this one so, why not?

      Can even put it in magazine ads and TV ads with a nice Gaussian Blur or !#$@ or something. That's what's hip, right? Faux-swears? :v

    • http://twitter.com/ArtVandelay440 Nathaniel Webb

      You have a very valid point, however,it's the narcissism emanating from Verizon to think they could get away with it that is revolting.

    • moelsen8

      good point, but still.. f*ck verizon.

      • Sucks to be Moelsen8

        hmmm guess you are a low life cheap guy. can't aford Verizon. sucks to be you

        • dsass600

          Dude are you fucking retarded?

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      Burn it with QTip

    • http://profiles.google.com/drepope100 u m


    • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

      "IN YOUR FACE FUCK YOU LOOK AT ME" is the name of my Lady Gaga cover band.

  • http://twitter.com/sbatwater Sebastian Atwater

    It is absurd, but at least it's not on the face of the device. That's the worst.

  • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

    I'm glad Verizon is considerate enough to make big logos in multiples on their devices. I'd hate to forget I'm using a Verizon device.

  • Bsannes

    I think this is now moer of a game for them. The bigger the logo the more plublisity. Just the wrong kind.

  • Scott

    Jesus. Definitely takes the cake when it comes to obnoxious logos.

  • Chronus719

    Wow, so not only does Verizon rape you on your bill, but they also rape your devices with advertising. Great.

    • JG

      Hey! A2B.... Nice avatar there Chronus.... Kappa-Theta here, which chapter are you from?

      • Chronus719

        A-B. I'm from Beta-Omega. Always nice to find other brothers!

  • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

    The audacity of verizon knows no bounds. Stop supporting this fucking garbage people.

    • ProductFRED

      Who supports this? "Vote with your wallet" doesn't exactly work. People will still buy it because the truth is most people don't care.

      • bedwa

        No, they're suckered in by the subsidies on the devices.

        • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

          Subsidies and corporate discount here, not to mention clinging to unlimited data.

          • bedwa

            No disagreement there. I'm on AT&T and I use an unbranded smartphone and the non-smartphone data plan to save money.

          • Scott

            And virtually coverage everywhere I go. It's just so hard to say no.

          • JG

            including middle-of-no-where rural areas that other carriers seem to forget exist. It was awhile ago, but last I checked Sprint had absolutely ZERO signal around here... Though AT&T did have us on their network upgrade list this summer.... Yes, we can now finally enjoy surfing the web on blazing fast 3G connections!

            And T-Mo's site says their signal around here is "Acceptable" meaning "you should have no problem making calls outside or in most vehicles. You may be able to connect in some homes".... So while they still offer unlimited data & I'd love to be able to get my hands on an N4 (or maybe an N4S this summer)... I don't know if I really want to switch & possibly not be able to connect & use the phone wherever I go...

          • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

            With T-mo home connections aren't a problem. If you're not using an N4 (which comes with clean Android), T-mobile phones have a Wifi calling app that works and integrates with their service extremely well. What you can do with an N4 is ask for a signal booster for your home, which should be free.

          • JG

            Yeah, but that only helps out at home... If I'm out & about I still may not be able to access the voice/data network...

            But the Nexus is probably where my money will go - if not the 4 then whatever the next Nexus will be called (since I probably won't get around to switching until its out).... The other possibility will be a GS3 with a 64GB SD card & a 4000mAh extended battery, with CM or some other stock-like ROM flashed onto it. Then I'll have a lot more local storage (I still prefer it over cloud), LTE (if I ever venture to somewhere with), a near Razr like full day battery, and near-Nexus like updates.

  • fixxmyhead

    lol love the thumbnail.

    fucking gayrizon the worst fucking carrier on the planet

    • selonmoi

      Yay. Obnoxious carrier branding and obnoxious homophobia. Together at last.

  • Levi Wilcox

    Can't wait till it's etched into my screen!

    • moelsen8

      that'd be pretty funny if future devices had the logo as a watermark to the screen itself hahaha

      • silaslenz

        Like this AT&T logo in the statusbar, just with hardware? http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/nexusae0_wm_IMG_3891.jpg

        • mgamerz

          That is somewhat acceptable though. The logo changes depending on if you're connected or not. It essentially lets you know if you actually have service or not. (The signal bar somtimes shows signal but not service). It wasn't embarrasing and it wasn't distracting.

          • silaslenz

            No carrier branding at all is acceptable for me ;) Neater software or hardware. I might accept some usable apps, like account checking, but they should be uninstallable.

            Oh well, I'm glad i live in Sweden where only one carrier is dumb enough to brand devices :)

    • JG

      Like the Visio logo on the back of some Sony laptops bleeding through to the screen?

  • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

    I am grateful I am with T-mobile. I may not have the wide coverage yet, but I wont look like a douche bag carrying one of these around.

  • Name

    If they go the route of a wraparound, the least they could do is give me a reach-around while screwing me. Damn you Verizon.

  • PINJ

    Sheesh Who Cares. Where Are The News We Actually Care About? Like Eveything Technology From CES

    • mgamerz

      Love how you go to all the android blogs

  • Cherokee4Life

    How does the Manufacturer allow the carrier to put a bigger logo that them? Look at the Samsung logo at the bottom...

    I do like how its all centered though. Honestly its not the Verizon logo that pisses me off its the HUGE 4G LTE LOGO THAT MAKES NO SENSE WHY ITS SO BIG... wheres the huge WIFI logo?

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I just think it's crazy that Samsung was so proud about releasing a single phone across all carriers within the same range of time and with no serious differences and supposedly very little carrier branding or abuses...then they allow carriers (especially Verizon) to do stuff like this.

      Seriously, whoever Verizon has at the negotiating table that gets them anything they want, I would hire this person, that jerk is good at his job.

  • nexus4love

    just buy a case cover for the tablet and all is good :)

  • atlouiedog

    I wonder how it's put on there. A quick visit to the engraving laser that I have access to could remedy it. Maybe I should start a businesses doing cover ups. It's lucrative for tattoo artists.

  • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

    Apple is the only company with the balls and clout to tell Verizon they can't do this or install bloatware.

  • michael centeno

    just for the Verizon logo, i will not buy this. As if Verizon had anything to do on engineering and manufacturing this. wouldn't that be considered plagiarism, theft, etc...F*** Verizon.

  • jhtech

    And yet sprint is moving in the opposite direction. I love that sprint is doing a hell of a lot of unbranding with their new models! Sprint is treating itself the way carriers should be, dumb pipes which we pay for, as opposed to overbearing annoyances like verizon.

  • Wayne Randall

    Do you get a per diem from Verizon for showing the tablet around? Might be able to make a buck advertising..

  • DroidBricker

    I don't see what the big deal is, there's still a little bit of grey on the back. I think they showed restraint.

  • vitriolix

    Just terminated my contract with Verizon yesterday to go to tmobiles $30 plan. ... This makes me smile

    • This guy is CHEAP

      yeah good luck at getting coverage. CHEAP!!!~

    • Scott99

      Yeah this guy is cheap.

    • [email protected]

      what a loser

    • dsass600

      If all of these ^ guys are the same person then he should just kill himself...

  • Johan Larsson

    Why do you americans buy products with TELCO logos?

  • trumpet444

    Apple has the balls to not allow this crap. Why won't ANY android involved OEM step up? It makes me sick

  • poopypants

    who cares?... if you dont invest in a case you are an idiot. AKA the case covers the hideous logo. ya'll are a bunch of drama queens.

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

      I don't invest in cases, I'm just careful with my devices. Guess that makes me an idiot, an idiot who prefers original feel, weight, and slimness.

  • yarrellray

    Yeah same old same old childish branding pretty infantile Verizon is a embarrassment regardless of their so called coverage. After 8months of that crappy service weak signal strength and dreadful battery life they are pitiful in my book. Glad those days are over...I am in paradise now...Piss on Verizon...And I could careless what that other dope from Sprint @squiddy20 with his 3g Galaxy Nexus on the Snail network has to say...Hopefully one day soon he will purchase a new device and get with the program instead of riding on those coat tails wishing and hoping for something new.

  • MrWicket

    while it is stupid large I still think the logo on the button is worse.. this is just branding and yeah, pushing the size a bit but that home button is just a slap in your face every time you look at your device.

  • Who Cares

    Who really cares. It is their product and they can do what they want. If you don't like it then just get a life and go some place else.

  • master94

    VZW the ultimate Logo Troll

  • That kid greatness

    Samsung probably lets them do it because they get paid for ever brand that gets stamped on there if not,,, then i dont noe why samsung would keep letting them deface there devices like that