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Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Introduction:

Crazy to imagine, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus swooped into our hearts courtesy of Verizon way back in December, which is nearly 5 months ago. In the short time since then, we’ve seen some enticing new handsets from the competition that gives the original Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone a good run for its money, but at long last, it finally made its way to Sprint – with LTE connectivity in tow of course. Knowing that, will it still be enough to entice customers who know that other highly prized smartphones are on the horizon?

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The packaging contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Get Started Guide
  • Important Information Guide

Design:

Identical in almost every way, aside from the obvious Sprint branding it’s flaunting, there is nothing we haven’t seen before with this version. Back 5 months ago, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the talk of the town with its clean design, but now, it’s starting to look rather dull after seeing the beauties from HTC’s camp. As expected, the construction is typical of any Samsung made device – meaning, it’s fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body


Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Boasting the stock ICS experience, this baby is free of any capacitive buttons, which adds to its clean overall appearance. However, perched above the display, is just the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Peering around the sides of the phone, our fingers take hold of the raised feel of the power and volume control buttons, which are both springy to the touch. Meanwhile, we also find its dock connection ports, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, and microUSB port – the latter of which provides video-out functionality with the aid of an optional MHL adapter.

3.5mm jack and microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Top edge - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

3.5mm jack and microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)

Top edge

Power key (right)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


Just like before, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus snapper with LED flash in the rear of the handset, while two notches on the other end makeup its speaker grill. Removing the flimsy rear cover, we’re given access to its 1,850 mAh battery.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Back

Battery compartment



Display:

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve been engorging ourselves with some immaculate smartphones brandishing some high quality displays. Nevertheless, the 4.65” HD (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Nexus is still an appealing one – despite its choice of employing a PenTile matrix arrangement. In fact, looking at it from a good distance away, it still exhibits plenty of sharp details, while continuing to entice us with its oversaturated color production and wide-viewing angles.

Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Viewing angles



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posted on 07 May 2012, 08:00

1. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


Does Nexus still has screen problems...???

posted on 07 May 2012, 09:29

12. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 294; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Not like the Nexus One, if that's what you mean. I own the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus One - the G'Nex screen has been problem free for me.

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:08 1

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


So even though the VZW edition had same problems it got a much higher score? Biased

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:10 3

3. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


Well this is probably being compared now to the S3 and the One X...

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:11 4

4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Good point. Sorry wasn't thinking there. But yeah this thing will get killed by the S3 and already has by the forthcoming Evo LTE

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:22 2

7. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate

Release date: A phone released a year ago and rated as excellent should not be compared to a device that has just came out and has received the same rating. As the technology evolves, it is logical that the new models should meet higher expectations

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:26 2

8. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


refer to my comment above i said i wasn't thinking.

posted on 07 May 2012, 11:25 1

14. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I understand this but how about:
Sluggish performance
Choppy web browsing
in a GALAXY NEXUS with the last 4.0.4 update, when these problems weren't in the first version some months ago, maybe a malfunction in your unit?

Please remove the ratings from the reviews !

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:12 1

5. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


yes kshell1 i dont understand how verizon's version could get such a high score and sprint's version drop 2 points. they are identical. i agree phone arena has lots of biases.

posted on 07 May 2012, 10:56 1

13. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Maybe becaue VZW has an actual LTE network. I have the Sprint GN and I'm happy with it but I'm also not a power user. It has everything I need, I love the screen and it's fast enugh for me and I also enjoy the fact I will be getting updates pretty quick. #fingerscrossed

posted on 07 May 2012, 21:42

16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2991; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Keep waiting....I got the Verizon GN on launch day back in Nov and I am still on 4.0.2.

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:50

15. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1907; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Wow.. The score on the at&t x are high?

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Samsung GALAXY Nexus Sprint

Samsung GALAXY Nexus Sprint

OS: Android 4.3 4.2.2 4.2.1 4.2 4.1.2 4.1.1 4.1 4.0
view full specs
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (316 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4460, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.33 x 2.67 x 0.37 inches
(135.5 x 67.94 x 9.47 mm)
5.29 oz  (150 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 7.5 hours talk time

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