And with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, 4G LTE connectivity has seemingly become a standard part of a handset’s arsenal – so in all seriousness, it has become all too casual at this point. Nevertheless, now that we’ve gotten plenty of time with Verizon’s latest beauty, we decided to check how it compares against the competition in terms of raw data speed.
As you’re probably aware by now, the one glaring aspect about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in our review is its weak signal strength. Specifically, it has a knack to be notorious for dropping 4G LTE connectivity in almost every situation, and even worse, it can lose its connection entirely. Well, we compared it simultaneously against the Motorola DROID RAZR and the HTC Rezound. Interestingly enough, our concerns are seemingly confirmed as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus produces a signal strength of -108 dBm – with the RAZR and Rezound at -85 dBm and -82 dBm respectively. Boast a difference of 26 against the HTC Rezound, it’s pretty evident that the Galaxy Nexus is working hard to maintain that connection – and it shows as the handset clings to a single bar, whereas the Rezound is at a decent three.
Furthermore, we decided to do an impromptu speed test against the three highly prized smartphones using Ookala’s Speed Test application. And surely enough, the results are absolutely telling and parallel our assumptions. Even though we tested all three devices in the same spot indoors, it does show how each performs under the same conditions. From the looks of it all, the HTC Rezound takes the gold by putting up average results of 8.44 Mbit/s down and 3.51 Mbit/s up. Taking in the silver is the Motorola DROID RAZR, as it put up average speeds of 7.35 Mbit/s down and 3.25 Mbit/s up. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus shamelessly scoops the bronze medal as it establishes some poor speeds, which include 5.65 Mbit/s down and 2.43 Mbit/s up on the average.
Running this quick test, it’s very transparent that all 4G LTE smartphones aren’t made the same – and it shows why we’re frustrated by the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Over the last two days, though, it’s holding onto a connection much better than when the device launched – yet, it’s still occurring. As it continues to try dearly to hold onto that connection, it’s probably impacting battery life as well. Thankfully, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the flagship smartphone, seeing that Verizon is vocal about producing a fix to correct the handset’s weak signal strength. Of course, it really throws a pickle at everyone’s direction because it makes you wonder how Big Red's stringent quality assurance process allowed the device to pass. Nonetheless, we’re hoping it all gets squared away in the end.