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Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

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No changes whatsoever of any kind with the quality out of its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, seeing it’s good enough to handle outdoor and macro shots – well, that’s as long as there’s sufficient lighting. Unfortunately, it struggles with dynamic range because high contrast scenes tend to look overexposed in certain areas. Conversely under low lighting situations, things are dulled down a lot, as it exhibits a lot of noise, graininess, and inaccurate looking colors.

Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

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3ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
5ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
7ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

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More of the same, its 1080p video recording quality is nearly identical to what we find with still shot images, and as a whole, it’s rather disappointing. For a top shelf smartphone, we’re still dumbfounded by its slower 24 frames per second capture rate, but even more disconcerting, is the fact that its quality is flawed by some heavy artifacting and poor details.

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Multimedia:

The Music app is nothing to write home about, but this doesn't mean it isn't good. Essentially, it looks exactly like the Honeycomb music player, which means we get that cool 3D carousel when browsing through our catalog. Digging deeper into its options, we actually find a full-fledged equalizer that can be freely adjusted by the user. Moreover, its strong volume output, combined with no evidence of strain, makes for some pleasant tones to the ear.

The Music app of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Music app of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Music app of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The Music app of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Music app of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


Adorned with a lovable and sizable HD Super AMOLED display, there’s no kidding that it’s going to offer a pleasurable video watching experience that’s enjoyable on so many levels. Using our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution, we’re enamored by the flawless performance thanks to its smooth playback, sharp details, and dreamy looking colors.

Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Video playback


As we’ve pointed out already, we can obtain a mirrored experience on a high-def television with the aid of an optional MHL adapter – making it easy to share multimedia content.

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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: 277; 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: 2927; 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: 1650; 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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