I dont see quad cores coming to Verizon until late this year. and even then, i dont see the point of them unless you are playing some serious games on your phone.
if you love HTC hardware, and like the features of the Nexus, why not get the Rezound?
will get ICS pretty soon
amazing camera from what i have seen
As for the Nexus....i have one. it is simply put, the best phone i have ever used or seen. the screen is fantastic, the hardware is beautiful to look at, its thin, light, and the glass is perfectly smooth (unlike my last HTC phone)
but the OS is the star of the show. it makes Gingerbread look/feel about 5 years old. it is so smooth and respinsive and down right sexy to look at and use.
however there are some issues with the phone...but keep in mind, the 4.0.4 update coming soon will fix these issues if you have them (all seem to be hit or miss) and if you root/ROM, you can flash the update right away.
speaker volume is pretty low....it is a problem...my thunderbolt was plenty loud, i have to have another app to up the sound so its not much of a problem
speaker cuts out on calls- i have never had this issue. however, the microphone placement is in a place that my finger usually rests when holding the phone to my face, i just learned to move my finger so it doesn't cover the mic. not a problem any more
Data cutting out- seems to be hit or miss, the 4.0.4 radios really helped out though but it only seems to be an issue for me at work, where my 4g was hit or miss on my thunderbolt as well. outside in 4g areas, i have no problems at all.
battery life...its not bad at all, i get about 12 hours out of a charge with about 2 hours of screen on time and 4g use all day. the extended battery is a pretty good buy, it actually makes the phone feel nicer in the hand. but what do you expect from a 4.6" HD screen, and LTE...its going to suck juice like a freak
Camera- its not terrible but it could be better. and it can usually be pretty good after you tweak the picture in the built in photo editor. the instant shutter has netted me some pretty great shots (although the quality isn't there...i would rather have some OK pics of what i want than have great shots of nothing....lol) but if you take the time to edit pics you want to look nice, the camera is perfectly acceptable for a camera phone....see below.
before editing...just point and shoot
after tweaking the sharpness, and bumping up the contrast a little and tweaking the saturation...10 seconds in the editor