Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
DROID RAZR, against the high-flying and Ice Cream Sandwich filled Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This time around, however, we’re again pitting the venerable Verizon Galaxy Nexus against the Beats Audio enabled HTC Rezound to find out exactly how these two polished Android smartphones stack up against one another. Featuring very similar specs, like dual-core processors, 720p displays, and 4G LTE connectivity, we’re going to need to dive in even further to find out which one truly deserves your hard earned money!
Frankly, neither device flaunts a compelling design that captures our attention right off the bat, and to tell you the truth, they pretty much follow the same conventional approach. First of all, they’re both comprised out of plastic, which results in a decent build quality, but the HTC Rezound is the thicker and more heavy of the two. Meanwhile, we do like that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is pretty streamlined and lightweight by today’s standards, but its wide figure makes it difficult for those with smaller hands to grip the handset.
Both the Verizon Galaxy Nexus (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) follow the same conventional design approach
Looking at the Rezound’s usual set of Android capacitive buttons, we do like their red glow, but we find it more prone to accidental presses. On the other hand, it’s not a problem with the Galaxy Nexus because its on-screen buttons are evenly spaced, and are now incorporated to the interface.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus (top, left) and HTC Rezound (bottom, right)
So it’s great that these two highly esteemed smartphones feature 720p (720 x 1280) displays, but they’re actually very different. Specifically, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus packs a larger 4.65” Super AMOLED HD display with a PenTile matrix arrangement, whereas the Rezound resorts to sticking with a 4.3” S-LCD panel using a standard RGB pixel arrangement. Calculating the math, the Rezound undeniably has the higher pixel density at 342 ppi, versus the still respectable 316 ppi pixel density of the Galaxy Nexus, but the Rezound’s higher detail is barely noticeable. Either way, they’re both sharp looking and offer plenty of clarity – though, our eyes fall in love with the deep color production and wider viewing angles offered by the Galaxy Nexus.
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1. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
im so proud of my phone xD cant wait to see what jellybean is like
27. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 492; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
i hope the next android isn't called jellybean :/ i never really liked jellybeans...
2. SGS2isBetter (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
SGS2 is better than these 2 phones: SGS2 has no lag at all even with a live wallpaper and running a web page full of flash. These 2 phones just can't have the same kind of smoothness the SGS2 can bring. The nexus just fails in so many ways that I can't believe PA gave it a 9.5 score. An 8 would have been more of a real score but I guess they prob did it to make all those nexus fanboys happy. The ONLY thing the nexus beats the SGS2 in are updates but than again with all these problems it seems the nexus needs it more. It would be nice if the SGS2 could have ICS now but honestly it doesn't even need it, the phone is that good.
21. screwUall (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
SOOO jealous or is it you can't swaloow the TRUTH?
10. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
You my friend are correct, the Nexus didn't deserve the 9.5 that PA gave it but the guy who reviewed it wanted to make a good impression on the readers so he credited it far beyond what it was worth.
The GALAXY Sll trumps the Nexus in every way but screen res and all this Google worship is ridiculous.
15. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
enjoy your crappy att service and customer service boss...if the sgs2 came to verizon we might have a good discussion...but for now it's apples and oranges
22. screwUall (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
UHHHH att isn't the ONLY 1 that has the SGS2 HELLO
3. ViperGTS (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)
Returned 4 Nexus phones for 4 Rezounds. Their is almost nothing right about the Nexus. Battery drains, Screen is too big and looks flushed out, cant hold a connection, Back plastic door pops, Camera sucks , an overall POS. Phone carriers are getting ahead of themselves building phones to big. They need to either fold out or have a sliding screen and be a little more perfected. Verizon 4g has been going in and out all week. One of my 4 g phones would not activate until 9 pm tonight.
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3092; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
The SGS3 will own it all, in 2013 when we finally get it in the states. Lol
11. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Well by then my contract with the nexus will be up so im good.
25. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
lol he meant probably early 2013, your contract ends late 2013
5. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I like my phone and I would not trade it for a sg s2 I really don't think comparing a phone on an old operating system to a brand new version with such drastic changes a good comparison. Galaxy nexus phone is for people that want to go down the road first and work the kinks out as it goes along for othrs to have it perfect for them when they get it on there phone.
23. screwUall (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
So your saying you like to buy products that has problems from the get-go and pray that the manufacturer and carriers fixes them? WTF???
U NOT SO BRIGHT
6. HTCOE (Posts: 630; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)
while most people are waiting on the sgs3 im waiting on the galaxy nexus s or htc ics phone
7. shnibz (Posts: 210; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)
Mmmm these were my two choices when i signed up with Verizon bc i hated the way the Razr felt in my hand so that was out. I ended up going eith the Nexus, ICS is awesome and HTC phones take for ever to get updates because of Sense. The Nexus has been great!!!
9. blackrose (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
We will see if if HTC puts stock ics or the crap that is HTC sense on it. Probably HTC sense. I really dislike sense so I will never get a htc phone sense is just to much and cant even tell if its android. Anymore with that skin plus it does bad things to your phone speed and. Battery wise. HTC sense is not for me.
28. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 492; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
you've never rooted or flashed a phone?
48. sumdude (Posts: 50; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I agree Sense is kinda stale at this point. As ILikeBubbles stated, t's not like the devs aren't supplying options for those running the newest oem products. Sensless ROM is fantastic on the Rezound. Even using Clean Tool to debloat was phenomenal is improving zippy to WOW!!!
12. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
I currently have a galaxy nexus and the data connection alone is the reason i will be switching to the rezound.
My screen is magnificent however I'm not gonna be stuck with a phone that verizon has already blown a smoke screen of "we are fixing the 'reception' issue." The reception issue is SAMSUNG quality.
I gave Samsung another shot and they have yet again failed me. I've sold phones for many years and have yet to find a Samsung that i thoroughly enjoy.
to those wanting the Nexus i would say wait until the bugs are fixed. If speed is important to you, this clearly is not the phone you need. ICS is great, but not THAT great
13. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I have had the nexus for a while now and have had a lot of signal issues with it. When it's fast it's FAST!! but it's far and in between for me to give it a good review. The nexus could have been better IMO. So we will see if the NOTE comes to verizon and I might be making the switch! Although the nexus is a big phone, I call bulls**t on being able to put the note in your pocket and being able to function. I have a case on the nexus which i think is the way to go. A case on the NOTE will make it that much bigger! ICS is pretty cool though.
I think they still have a few bugs to work out on the NEXUS but when they get those fixed I think this phone will kick ass!
But lets hope it's just little bugs they need to fix!!!
14. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
with only a 14 day return policy, thats not a chance most people should take :)
34. jroc74 (Posts: 5660; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
For ppl the need their phone for business, important things....you are right. Its not a chance ppl should take with only 14 days.
I'm surprised the Rezound is that good with reception. Might have to give HTC a closer look now...unfortunatly Samsung seems like the same ole for reception.
Its probably more noticeable now because alot of ppl probably came from phones that worked in places the G Nex doesnt.
16. AdamW33 (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)
I'll take my 'more heavier' Rezound any day of the week. It has worked flawlessly for a month and now that the bootloader is unlocked it blows the Nexus out of the water.
29. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 492; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
agreed. it's good to be reminded by others why i'm not a fan of samsung..
18. Ric1511 (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
It was really hard for me to make a decision between these two, especially after Amazon cut the price for upgrades on the Rezound down to 150. I went with the Nexus, mostly for the pure ICS experience and beautiful display. So far I'm very satisfied with it. I must say there really is a signal or radio issue though, as in my local shopping mall I went downstairs to a Verizon Kiosk, and the Rezound on display had a solid 4G connection, while my GNEX did not. SpeedTest confirmed I was getting 3G speeds. Went back upstairs, 4G came back. Not a huge issue though, I see speeds up to 28mbps around where I work here in Carlsbad, CA, and 3G speeds at home are the same as my previous phone.
19. RealRapRaw (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
It's very wierd and backwards that the Galaxy Nexus (or any stock version of Android) STILL does not have group SMS/MMS. The alternatives in the Android Market are hardly user friendly and having the function simply programmed into the native text messaging app has always seemed like a no-brainer. That fact that it still stands alone as one of many simple things that Android DOESN'T do is one reason to actually go for the Rezound, where HTC does an adequate job of filling in the holes stinking up ASOP-only Android. The function is hardly a deal breaker, but this guy standing next to me in a Verizon store WALKED OUT of the store because he found when sending a test group SMS to himself from his iPhone to the stores Galaxy Nexus and his gf/spouse's iPhone that an incoming group message appears on a Galaxy Nexus as a text sent to a single individual and not a group like it would on an iPhone or Windows Phone, limiting the Nexus user from knowing that it's a group text and preventing the Nexus user from participating in an ongoing group SMS. In real-time text based discussion, very little beats group SMS. Not everyone uses Google+ or Talk, Facebook chat, or any other app-based texting mechanism more. I'll hold on to my iP4 for now, though, as after testing both the Nexus and Rezound myself for 10 days per device, there's a "Vicodin effect" hanging over Android ICS or an OEM-altered version of Android in that while it feels good to use in the first few uses, nausea soon overwhelms the user experience and you're never really getting any better an experience than what you may be using before having bought the Galaxy Nexus or Rezound. Between the two, I'd say the Rezound offers more while ICS will only offer more basic improvements that aren't really massive improvements to the overall user experience.
20. TMach (Posts: 439; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Nozomi....I am coming to getcha. Not sure I see the point of quad cores at this point so with the mooted specs of this SE beast, we shall have a long and very happy relationship! In the meantime, the SGNexus will have to do albeit it with a few kinks along the way. Whoever said life was easy!
24. SoopaManLuv (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
Y tha hell do people keep bringing up tha SGSII? I mean, tha phone ain't even on Verizon so y even mention it? As I stated wit tha Nexus vs Razr comparison, this is between 2 Verizon phones. Not phones on multiple carriers. Geez, get a grip and get off tha phones d**k. Jus saying...
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
lol you totally beat me to this comment SoopaManLuv. xD
32. Dragonshadowstorm (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
SOAD and Taking Back Sunday in the playlist :D
33. shnibz (Posts: 210; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)
Am i the only one on here who has had no signal or connectivity issues with Galaxy Nexus?? Other than VZWs 4g outage mine has been solid since i got it 3 days after launch. No problems with it in SE Virginia
35. jroc74 (Posts: 5660; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
If you are in a good to great reception area....you probably wont notice it. Its most noticeable in a weak, bad reception area.
Its alot like Antenna Gate and the iPhone 4...
36. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
theres a 4g tower right near my shop (about 6 miles at best, and it's mostly road so no trees blocking it; there is also another 4g tower in the exact opposite direction of me to create a sandwich effect)
I still had problems with my nexus "showing a signal." theres no reason a phone should go from 4g to 3g and back to 4g in the same building and average 1.5-3 megs slower than an lg revolution..
great looking phone...just a POS imo
37. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
I really wanted to like the Rezound, especially since the specs are so good and I like HTC's build quality. But to me, three factors kill it. First, it's a brick. At 170g, it weighs as much as my OG Droid (which has a keyboard). Second, there's no design risk here. For a flagship phone, it looks just like every other HTC phone out there. Finally, Beats Audio is a gimmick. Any audiophile will tell you that it's simply an EQ curve that's heavy on the bass and adds a little sizzle at the top end. Nothing that can't be accomplished with a music player with an EQ like Poweramp. Beats headphones - meh. If you really want a good earbud, do a little research. Shure, Klipsch, Altec Lansing, Audio Technica, Monster, etc. all make excellent buds at various price points. Sorry HTC, but you missed the mark on this one.
38. asmallchild (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)
agree with the article, nexus wins:
1. ics now, no waiting
2. nexus device which means it will continue to receive support
3. no sense, no bloatware
39. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
it isnt the s3 that slows it down the s3 is a great chip. its the sense ui in itself gulping up all the power from processor also taking massive RAM amounts.
40. I_C_U_R_N_V_S (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
I have had my Nexus since the 19th of December when I received it from Wirefly. Sure i have had the phone occasionaly switch to 3g when im out and about. Nothing at all to complain about. I would estimate 90% of the time i have a solid 4g signal. My speed test results are from 18-28 down and 8 to 20 up. My OG droidwould occasionaly drop its 3g connectivity and switch to 1x. If any of you are dropping 4g constantly then you just are not in a solid 4g coverage area. Bottom line. I live in Los Angeles by the way.
41. jphillips63 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
So Who is running these tests and comparisons? The only two positive things you guys keep raving the new Galaxy Nexus is ICS and the larger screen. You try to talk up the camera on the phone but as a Photographer I can say that the Rezound has a much nicer camera and sensor installed over the new Samsung GN. Maybe you guys need Photo Shop to view the photos in?
Now lets get to some basics here First I like to say I I was the first person at my Verizon store to purchase the GN on launch day, less than a week later I returned it for the HTC Rezound.
When I got my GN the first strike I had noticed was no ability to add facebook and synch the contacts for FB. Now come on is this the wave of the future? This is a social network society and to be able to keep up to date with friends and family is important to many. Strike one for the GN. Ok Strike 2 is the fact it would not hold signal for data, coming from the Droid Charge I can say at least I got decent signal where the GN would not even think of connectiing. dBm levels only once got into the low 90's the rest of the time they hovered around -110 - -120 dBm. What good is a smart phone if it's unable to establish a connection to the internet and other important tasks? Thats Strike 2 Now Strike 3 was the laggy key board, yes it's very laggy, it would never keep up and plus with all that real estate of the screen the keys in landscape mode were much smaller than the keys on my Droid Charge. Ok then there was the lag in when you rotated the phone from portrait to landscape or vice versa. Very noticable and very disturbing that a flagship phone would have this much lag, it's like going backwards to the first android smart phones. Thats strike 3 and it was enough for me to do my homework and decide on what phone to purchase to replace the Droid Charge, I settled on the Rezound.
The rezound has not one time droped data connection with me, I get 4g LTE signal in places I never had before with my Charge and the GN wouldn't even lock onto a 3G signal in these places. The UI is friendly and smooth no lag on rotation and the keyboard keeps up when I type. The dBm levels on this phone avg high 80's and occassionaly it will get a reading of -105 dBm when inside my plant but for most part it will pull in -85 dBm where the GN would be getting -121 dBm. Battery life on any smart phone isn't the greatest but I have to say the rezound battery life lasted longer than the GN and it should as it wasn't always searching and trying to lock into a signal.
Now these are real world results not a bench test of any sort. We buy a phone as a tool, first being a phone, then having access to the internet and our social life, then it is used as a media player/toy. If a phone can not provide these functions what good is it? It wasn't to me and this is why I went over to the rezound from the GN.
You guys who perform these tests should get out in the real world and do your tests not at a bench and in a high signal area.
42. jphillips63 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm having to add more since there is a character limit, back to the GN the screen size you tout is only good when viewing a video this is the only time you get full use of the screen, Then if phones keep getting larger screens gues swhat? We consumers get less battery life, oh and what we going to walking around witha tablet size phone to our ears talking? Lets get real here please!!!!
I like to invite you testers to my world and bring your GN and the Droid Razr and the Rezound and do your tests, I be willing to bet a years salary that you guys will have a different input on how great this GN is and especially over the razr and Rezound. But guess what? None of you will leave your cushy desk and lab to get out in the real world where these phones needs to function.
43. asmallchild (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)
better specs than a nexus but the rezound still lags
sense sucks and that is why the rezound loses
44. freakygeek (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
I have not had a chance to play with ether phones ): but from what I read these two phones are hard to compare out of the box. If I got the Rezound I would totally root it and get rid of sense and up the OS.
So I ask now in comparing these two phones, what if ;) the Rezound was running ICS without sense and rooted kinda like the Nexus? How would these 2 stack up?
I read the Nexus has a better looking display in terms of colors, do you think is it worth it over the worse camera and no microSD slot?
If there is no more sense, do you think the performance and battery life will be comparable, better or worse to the Nexus?
45. jphillips63 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I did a temp root and removed all the unessecary bloat ware on my phone and disabled location access and also in the browser menu where flash runs I set it to run as needed and with the extended battery I have now gotten 26.5 hrs on this battery and it's still not needing charging. It's not sense thats an issue although some folks may not like it I tend to like it. It's all the apps running in the background that is eating the battery. That and the higher resolution screens that are being put in these phones. Which is ridiculous because we can't benefit from this type of resolution until we get to a screen size of 24" + this is why you don't see them in smaller tv's and computer monitors. It's a sales gimmick and they are sucking consumers right into the trap.
47. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
People must be ON DRUGS. The Galaxy Nexus PIMP SLAPS thw HTC REZOUND...
49. BurnTheBull (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
Those who are on drugs care only for instant gratification. They don't care that there is no expansion whatsoever for the GN, and if you think 32 GB is plenty, well so did I a few years ago - HA! Rezound ships with a whopping 16 GB, with a card slop with capacity for 32 GB. That totals to a capacity of 48 GB, much better than any phone in it's class, and still not bested anywhere in the phone market. Using my existing 32 GB card, I'm getting 16 GBs free, which I'd much favor over such an arrogantly rigid design which won't work with my existing media. The bloatware cannot take up more than a GB at most, which can be routed after it's rooted, so it's more than worth the trade. This isn't complicated math, but since nobody in Nexus-world seems to be mindful of this, it's plain to see who's been hitting the drugs!
Again on the druggie's future perspective, what about app management? The Rezound can move any of your apps to your SD card, while you are stuck with all of them wherever Google decides to drop them. Not that you are likely to accumulate 32 GB of apps, but a real issue for me is that all of my apps would be crowded in with my expanding library of music, books, and other media. I would be more likely to use my expansion card, which works as a separate drive, so that my media libraries aren't co-mingled with my apps! The plus is that I have more storage to work with than you.