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Sprint throws its hat into the Samsung GALAXY Nexus campaign

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Sprint throws its hat into the Samsung GALAXY Nexus campaign
As expected, Verizon was confirmed today as being one of the carriers to launch the first Ice Cream Sandwich flavored phone, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. It was also surmised that the next carrier to let its intention known would be one of the two GSM operators among the top 4 major U.S. carriers. Instead, a spy shot of a Sprint Purchase Order shows that the nation's third largest carrier will also be offering the GALAXY Nexus.

This Purchase Order shows that two posters of the

This Purchase Order shows that two posters of the "Nexus Prime" were sent to an unknown Sprint store

The spy shot shows that the Purchase Order came from Sprint Nextel Systems Corp. and was sent to the Store Manager of a Sprint location. The PO shows that two posters were sent for the "Nexus Prime", which of course, refers to the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. There would be no good reason for Sprint to send out posters of the device to a store unless they will sell the device.

So it looks like the two CDMA carriers among the top four carriers in the States will be launching the GALAXY Nexus. And with that in mind, there is no reason not to expect both GSM carriers to also offer the phone to their customers.

source: BriefMobile via Phandroid

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posted on 21 Oct 2011, 22:38 3

1. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i want it

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 22:46

2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


okay, who's got it? fess up.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:20

19. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


This will be a case of the device being overhyped. The reviews I read to date point to too many design compromises.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 01:52 5

29. ZealotOnAStick (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Design compromises? Such as what?

Pentile? From those who've actually had hands-on, and from an even bigger -but same resolution- Samsung Super AMOLED, at the pixel density we have with the Nexus, you can't tell with the naked eye.

Camera? Yeah, honestly, I'm a little disheartened there with the 5MP figure, but a lot of the hands-on folks have said that it takes great photos. We don't know specifics on the sensor or optics yet.

Lack of MicroSD slot? Sadly, not new to the Nexus line. This is my largest gripe with the phone I fully intend to buy ASAP.

GPU? Ok, it's not the fastest available. But really, if you're wanting a phone -primarily- for gaming, why aren't you getting an Xperia Play?

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 02:50

35. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I've read numerous reviews that because it's not Super Amoled Plus, it's just Super Amoled, the reviwers are commenting about the blue/green tints, the lack of sharpness or detail, how the text is not as sharp. In these reviews, they are showing screen shots and these shortfalls can be discerned with the naked eye.

BTW, I have a motorola triumph with unlimited 3G for $25 a month. I wish Virgin Mobile would get better phones.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 05:38 1

36. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its super amoled HD. Its the first and only 720p phone screen in the world.


PA just did an article on it yesterday about how you


cant tell if its pentile or not with the naked eye. the resolution and PPI are too high.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 05:39 1

37. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and since you never ever actually listen,

MEGAPIXELS MEAN NOTHING. Its all about camera hardware and software, which the nexus is supposed to have much improved of both.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 09:20 4

39. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Where exactly did you read "numerous reviews"? Huh?? You need to lie to make a point? Post links to but TWO established cell sites with a HANDS ON review posted and you might regain a shred of credibility.

I cannot stand people who lie. You are among the lowest forms of life.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 10:30

41. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I'm sorry you bought such a horrible phone :(

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 18:19

46. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that explains some of his constant animosity..lol

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 22:49 3

3. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Why is the picture of a nexus s?

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 22:55 4

4. tomast (Posts: 50; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


So will the sprint version be lte, HSPA + or just 3g because google didn't say anything about wimax?

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:02 8

5. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


for the first time ever, I may actually switch to Android.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:16 2

17. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The screen on this device is subpar for its category. Looks like Samsung & Google cut too many corners.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 01:19 2

25. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


yeah and what is its Category . Basically its own. So they make people get all fought up in mega pixels this GHz or what ever computer speed is. That screen is one of the best out in the market especially for that size. It has such a high resolution that you don't see the pixel thing that's on amoled. Screens with less res. Even though they have that Samsung screens make some of the best most eyepoping color contrast there is. With that resolution man its this better best screen on the market. That being dead I am still stuck between this phone and the droid razor. They are both awesome looking the nexus is curved although no gorrila glass. And the razor has better materials and looked more well built. But you can't replace the battery but you can the as card. I think I like the into razed better bit I am get this one not because the new android 4.0 bitten razed I bet will get it within a month. But I never had a really god phone that is part of the developing community since without counting the droid cause I hated the keyboard got rid of it but the original Samsung omnia . I had fun with that. Besides that and I know that phone was not that popular but it made me a fan of Samsung. So much I almost got the Samsung 2. They messed that one up letting that phone get released so late that droid mania started. I also like Samsung. They really good at making the best hardware that's in all there devices. I just wish the Samsung droid nexus prime was made of the materials of the razed. Wow to combine those phones. Boot locker unlocked of course. With stock Rom. With the option to just put official and authorized by android and others that well if they really haves to be deep let installed burned in then have like a restore to new rom basically kinda like the Rom community. With everyone involved like Motorola and sumsug. And more. So there is official ones that are covered under warranty and well the ones that are not are still working there magic by the way I am on my brand new HP touchpad and the spell corection in it completely makes me want to erase this comment. Gonna turn it off. So if a sentence does not make since because a word does not belong than try hard to put your own in I dues I am not going to edit. What a stupid option cause it always changes words that don't belong. There is my rant for the day. Good by don't really care if you read this. Improbability wouldn't. And actually never will that's why you see no errors fixed ba by

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 11:49 2

43. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


That's exactly what I said. The super powered buttonless design is awesome. But the fact that ics brings a honeycomb look and feel(honeycomb is the only Android I remotely enjoy) and mostly the HD Super AMOLED display(I'm a gigantic screen whore) make this the first Android phone I am going to willingly buy. I have a nexus bit that was provided by work.

But the SCREEN!!! Finally I can enjoy SAMOLED I think I'm the only one who thinks SAMOLED screens are sub par on anything bigger than 3.7". I like high resolution and 480x800 is pure crap on 4" and bigger screens.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:04 1

6. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Sprint does not have LTE/HSPA+. They do plan on having LTE - they have WiMAX for now, and I would imagine the NEXUS prime will be on 4G WiMAX.

Only T-Mo and AT&T have HSPA+...even Verizon does not have HSPA+, so on a 4G LTE phone, when LTE is not available you slooooow down to CDMA 3G on Verizon.

I hope AT&T gets the phone. I may skip buying a phone until it is 4G LTE, no matter who the carrier is.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:14 1

7. tomast (Posts: 50; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


I know that sprint doesn't have lte or hspa+ but if you go on the nexus homepage it only shows 4g speed as hsap+ or lte not wimax

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:25 1

11. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


hmmm.....intersting...lol, so CDMA?

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 16:17 1

45. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


maybe sprints lte phone debut? if we very very very very very VERY ultra super lucky :D

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:14 1

8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


an HSPA+ 42mbps phone is also a fine choice. more than fast enough for your everyday needs but these first gen ones (T-Mo GSII & Amaze) aren't worth it.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:17 2

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I would be interested if Samsung didn't have such a bad track record and all with signal issues.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:19 2

10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


long time no see Miz! dude..do my eyes deceive me? you'd this Nexus if it wasn't by Samsung? now we really know Google is doing alright. o:

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 02:06

30. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Your eyes do deceive you.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:26 5

12. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Seriously? My captivate gets better reception than the wife's 3GS......

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 02:07 1

31. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


And that has what to do with this discussion? Or are you trying to troll?

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 09:32 3

40. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


You mentioned Samsung and reception.....

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 21:42

47. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


he probably doesn't know what you're talking about

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:45 7

16. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


*Cough*antennagate*Cough*

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 02:08

32. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yes, because iPhone 4s are the first phones to have signal problems. Oh wait, it didn't. It was a mass hissy fit that got blown out of proportion.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 11:19 1

42. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


I didn't say it was. Just saying apple doesn't have the best reputation with signal strength

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:26 4

13. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If it was called the iNEXUS, certain millions of iSHEEP would gobble it up...BAHHHHH!!!!

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:28 2

14. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Hey, DA_MIZ??
Check out this article on apps force closing on iPRODUCTS....
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3394331?start=0&tstart=0

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 23:41 2

15. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Gahh I should have waited for this just a month longer! Wish I could trade in my Samsung Galaxy S II for this.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:18 5

18. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Nah the gs2 is still a really good phone.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:23 3

20. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i think we Galaxy S II/Droid Bionic owners are in the same boat.

last month: omg this phone whups ass all over the country! what now bitches!? a new Nexus by Samsung? the Droid that couldn't possibly have LTE is being called the Droid RAZR? uh no thanks.

this month: ...DA FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU​UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! *RAGE FACE* O:

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:28 2

22. threeline (Posts: 252; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


VZW did screw the people my pumping the Bionic as the beast then come right back with the Droid Razr, HTC Rezound and Galaxy Nexus, now these phones are on beast mode! I would be pissed! Its like gettin the 4S on Sprint then they offer the Galaxy Nexus a month later!lol

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:38 1

23. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Thump3rDX17 - exactly.

Anti-Fanboy - I know I know, I should be really happy with the GSII I still am... kind of... haha. I thought the beautiful curved 4.65 inch 720 HD screen immediately coming out with ICS (not to mention improved camera with panorama feature?!) was only going to be verizon exclusive, don't know why I believed those rumors, I always tend to think worst case scenarios. I shall try my utmost to appreciate my SGII.

But then SGIII coming out next year?! Noooooooooooooooooo

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 01:26 1

26. Hello-dirt (Posts: 100; Member since: 02 May 2010)


Silly goose, your SGSII should already has a panoramic ability built into it. My Epic Touch takes panorama shots and it is much easier than the demoed HTC version from CTIA.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 02:24 1

33. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


haha true the Epic Touch indeed does have panorama feature built in. I should be somewhat more satisfied.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:23 1

21. threeline (Posts: 252; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Yeah Sprint! Just made my day, I was gonna bounce to VZW and I really didn't want to do that, but I need a super powerhouse phone that can stay relevant for 22 months since Sprint got rid of the annual upgrade program. So this upgrade has to be worth it. I'm due 11/1 so its perfect timing.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 00:46 2

24. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


i has not seen ze "taco" or ze "miz" around lately. im sure they wouldve said the GN was a fail phone lol

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 01:36

27. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


nexus always get the latest updates the quickest thats why you get the nexus. the gs3 will have better specs but the updates will come at a much slower pace.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 01:44 1

28. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Sprint should have some cities ready to begin LTE early next year....

at least more than AT&T 5. I think it might start with 20-40 cities, Major cities first.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 02:27

34. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


your probably right. i forget about the iphone launch probably helped out immensely judging by the slower than normal 3g speeds of late i wouldn't be surprised if they have no choice to start expanding, closing iden, etc...

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 07:54

38. mike2959 (Posts: 155; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Stop saying the number of Mega pixels in a camera doesn't mean much. That's like horse power in a car doesn't mean anything. Sure there's plenty of other things to consider for a camera spec. But to say it means nothing or very little sounds silly. Its resolution of the picture! Try zooming in on the wonderful iPhone 4 pictures. You can can easily see the pixels. Its very grainy. There is much more detail in a picture with a 8

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 12:09

44. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


For a full hd screen 3MP is enough to avoid pixel stretching, unless you're a detective and need to zoom photos. I bet my car that a 3MP photo taken with a Zeiss optic beats any 12MP photo with worse optic.

Taking your example, for a camera the OPTIC is the horse power in a car.

Optic>Sensor>Software>Resolution (if >3MP)

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 22:42

48. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Bottomline I won't miss this one opportunity to pick up my very first pure google android device. I arrived to android in June 2010 because of Htc and my beloved Evo 4g on sprint. I selected htc because I was not impressed with pure android it appeared very boring. Today pure android and google has totally grown to a point where I can honestly say skins are NO LONGER NEEDED for pure android thanks to ICE CREAM SANDWICH. If people look so very closely ice cream resembles htc sense in so many ways for starters look at the LOCK SCREEN and the overall functionality that today's HTC SENSE 3.0 in the evo 3d. Look at the people's widget simply htc sense again today google has beautified pure android and I openly applaud google on this one. They promised to bring the platform together well ice cream sandwich will definitely do that from this day forward. Myself I am a proud owner of my evo 3d on sprint I will never leave my love for the EVO BRAND or sprint for that matter so the only thing left to do is add a line. I will pick up this GALAXY NEXUS day one on verizon WHY??? The time has come for my first pure android device and I will close 2011 with the 2 best android devices on the market and I appreciate that fully. PURE GOOGLE no waiting for updates GOOGLE TALK, NFC, HERE I COME. I wish my friends and co evo owners well for this to appear on sprint it will be a great device but myself I don't need another device on sprint I already have one time to move forward with verizon and enjoy a combination of both

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 03:24

49. Forsaken77 (Posts: 542; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I don't know why all you guys are wetting yourselves over this phone so much. It's only feature that's not already in the GS2 is ICS.... oh.. and a barometer lol. The screen is a bit better, arguably, but prolly not noticeable either way. It's like everyone here was expecting this Prime, which is not it's name so why would Sprint have that on the packing slip, to be the end-all phone that everyone was holding onto their upgrades for. When it turned out to be just slightly different, not better, than the GS2, it's like you all already committed so you gotta stick with it now. I'm telling you... it's nothing special that it's being made out to be. I bet the HTC Holiday is a better phone, if they address their battery issues. And for those that like the tablet sized screens, which I don't, there's the Note coming which isn't that much different. And who knows if the processor is even better than the Exynos 1.2ghz. I'm not saying it's a bad phone by any means but just the way you guys carry on about it like it's something special just because it's a Nexus.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 09:09 1

50. threeline (Posts: 252; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Yeah but if I use my upgrade on the SGII like I did on the Epic 4G coming from the Samsung Moment (which was a disaster in it self thanks Sammy) then I would probably never see the SGII upgraded to ICS, remember the 2.2 upgrade (which was live and kickin) was promised a couple of weeks after release of the Epic4G. The upgrade to 2.2 came 8 months later when 2.2 wasn't even current any longer. I believe the Epic 4G is done and will never see 2.3 more less ICS! I also believe the Epic Touch wont see ICS, you will have to get the SGIII for that because Samsung loves to keep dangling that "we got you next time" carrot! Please dont give me that crap about rooting because I shouldn't have to root if I am promised by the manufacturer to stay current on the software if you buy it now, HTC made good with their phone updates. For me, I wouldn't purchase another Samsung Android phone unless it's pure Google. I was hoping Samsung wouldn't be the manufacturer but Google is in control of this deal and they will make sure the phone stays relevant. I hope the HTC Holiday is a beast just in case Sprint doesn't get the GN, because I will not get the SGII to be burned again by Sammy.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 15:05 1

51. mrmarina (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Been patient and loyal with Sprint for a long time. Thought I would order the EVO the fist day it became available, then the Epic, then the Galaxy II, and finally the I5 no-show... what a disappointment that was! Now I am stuck in that window of waiting for a Sprint LTE phone even if LTE isn't available in my area for quite some time.

I badly need an upgrade and wish I could wait for either the I5 or the first Sprint LTE phone, but suspect that could mean waiting another 3 - 6 months. I am tempted by the Nexus... and would even consider the Note, but know that the day the I5 or a LTE Sprint phone is announced I will be kicking myself.

Does anyone have any input about the prospects of Sprint offering a dual 4G phone with Wimax and LTE radios? Just seems like a waste to have a super phone running on a 3G connection.

If the Nexus comes with LTE I will be first in line... If not, I think I will wait out the I5.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:00

53. speed4evr (Posts: 78; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


They're will be some dual mode devices for Sprint next year, but the dual mode devices will be LTE/CDMA phones and broadband cards that are LTE/CDMA/Wimax but none of the phones will support LTE/Wimax. Sprint phones that were being sold since Mid 2011 are compatible with Network Vision of increased 3G though. Im in a similar boat, I like to buy new phones often (Sometimes every 6months to 1yr). But i really dont want to buy a new 4G phone that isnt compatible with the LTE network. I hope Sprint releases Galaxy Nexus with LTE support even though its not launched.

Here's some good articles on Sprint's plans for LTE and new devices.

http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/07/sprint-to-launch-15-dual-mode-4g-ltecdma-smartphones-and-tablets-beginning-mid-2012/

http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/07/live-from-sprints-strategy-update-event/

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:12

52. flawlesssolita (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


if sprint makes their device 50$ cheaper i bet they could outsell verizon 299$ for phones are ebay used prices..

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 23:10

54. threeline (Posts: 252; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


I went to into a sprint store today and the rep told me that sprint was getting a phone identical to the Galaxy Nexus called the Droid Prime. I tried to play dumb but he was acting real confident about his knowledge of this Droid Prime, so I asked with a curious look on my face when was this phone coming and his reply was "next year sometime." He probably didn't know that I have been looking in every corner of the internet trying to scour any piece of evidence I can that says the GN is coming to sprint!lol

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