Having run short of time, I left three emails (gmail) in my inbox before going into Taos, NM. When I reached my destination coffee shop, I attempted to read my up-opened emails. To my surprise the un-opened emails listed in my computer's inbox were not present in my Samsung Galaxy Nexus' gmail inbox.
Upon inspection I also noticed that zero bars were displayed on the Nexus home screen. So, being a geek, I placed a call to a friend's phone to see if there was really a service outage. The call completed successfully, AND my un-opened were immediately downloaded to the Nexus.
My question is: Is this behavior typical on Verizon's network?
Yea, I think it's somewhat typical. The last couple of Droid I've had do that and the Galaxy Nexus I just got does it too. If you leave the phone inactive for a while, when you wake it up it seems to download emails then.