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Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Call it a long time coming, but Sprint customers finally have a device that comes out of the box with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Honestly, there’s nothing really new in this department, as the vanilla Android experience on Sprint’s version is identical to the one that Verizon customers have been relishing on for the past 5 months. Overall, it sports a cleaner looking UI combined with some additional new features that make it very enjoyable and different from other Sprint devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box  - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box


Providing us with enough real-estate to work with, thanks to its large 4.65” display, our fingers are able to quickly and carefully compose messages with no difficulty whatsoever. On top of the spacious layout of the stock ICS keyboard, we dig the accompanied responsiveness of it – so we’re able to crank out messages at a reasonable rate.

Virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Virtual keyboard


Setting up and operating with email (and Gmail) is a trouble-free process. Strangely, you can pinch-to-zoom in the Email app for a better view of the content of an email, but you can't do that in Gmail, which can make viewing of certain messages (some picture-rich newsletters, for example) a bit cumbersome.

Setting up and operating with email is a trouble-free process - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Setting up and operating with email is a trouble-free process - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Setting up and operating with email is a trouble-free process - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Setting up and operating with email is a trouble-free process - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Setting up and operating with email is a trouble-free process


Hardcore Android users will surely appreciate it the most, as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t bogged down by any bloatware whatsoever, which is hardly a surprise considering this is the pure Android experience. Of course, Google’s presence is established tremendously on the phone with apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, Google Latitude, Google Shopper, Google Talk, Google Wallet, and YouTube.


Processor and Memory:

For what it’s worth, the 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus executes most things with enough responsiveness. However, considering this is undoubtedly the flagship Google device, it’s a bit of a shame that its performance is sometimes hampered by some light evidence of choppiness. Specifically, it’s evident when attempting to navigate across the homescreen with some kind of graphically intensive live wallpaper. Luckily, it’s not enough to make the handset unusable, but rather, it simply softens its processing power. Below, we’re kind enough to share its benchmark scores.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sprint 2023 6191 24,8
HTC One X AT&T 4958 6863 57,7
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51
Sony Xperia S 3206 6595 37,5

Without a microSD slot in sight, users are still required to be conscious about what they keep on the phone – though, some will be content with the 28.13GB of free storage available out of the box.


Internet and Connectivity:

In order to prove itself as a future proof device, Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus is also packing support for 4G LTE connectivity. But as we’ve come to realize, the lack of an actual up and running LTE network essentially limits this phone to 3G EV-DO speeds for now. Somewhat of a surprise, the web browsing experience is tarnished by some choppy navigational controls, which looks to be caused by Flash content. Turning it off, the level of responsiveness jumps up tremendously, as it exhibits a tighter response with every action.

Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


Lacking the vital component of having a robust 4G LTE infrastructure right now, Sprint’s version is essentially rendered to surf the web on last-generation 3G EV-DO connections. Along for the ride, it also packs other connectivity options like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot connectivity.

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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: 283; 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: 394; 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: 2938; 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: 1668; 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
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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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