Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
There’s always this never-ending argument about how some would easily prefer a stock Android experience as opposed to a customized one. Well, that’s essentially what we find against these two, as the Galaxy Nexus presents itself with the latest and most-up-to-date pure Android experience in the form of Andorid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, we love the total redesign of the smartphone platform, seeing it boasts a ton of new features and a cleaner looking interface as a whole, but don’t let that stop you from equally liking the HTC Rezound. In fact, HTC Sense 3.5 running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Rezound is an equally compelling experience – thanks to its rich set of personalization, polished presentation, and usefulness. Still, though, the notion of being the latest version of Android would undoubtedly attract more people.
on-screen keyboards. Not only are they spacious to accommodate any finger size, but their responsiveness enables us to type quickly with minimal mistakes made along the way.
Processor and Memory:
Dual-core processors aren’t anything new nowadays, but at least they complement handsets in being regarded as top-shelf products. The HTC Rezound features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor, while the Galaxy Nexus relies on a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 CPU – both of which are coupled with 1GB of RAM. Interestingly enough, they perform very similar to one another, but they don’t necessarily come off as the most fluid things we’ve come across. With static wallpapers, they move with a good amount of responsiveness, but we experienced some evidence of choppiness when using graphically intensive live wallpapers. Granted that we’d love to see them running flawlessly, but at least the choppiness doesn’t dramatically deteriorate the entire experience.
As we’ve mentioned already, the HTC Rezound is preloaded with a 16GB microSD card, which supplements its 10.48GB of memory. Oppositely, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus omits a slot for expandability, but it’s stuffed with a spacious 32GB of memory.
Internet and Connectivity:
Being the best of the best, these beastly smartphones offer all the advantages of 4G LTE connectivity, but interestingly enough, we find the HTC Rezound delivering the faster speeds. In fact, it produces speeds that are roughly 3Mbit/s faster on the download, and 1Mbit/s peppier on the upload. On paper, the difference might seem to be substantial, but nonetheless, both are able to load our site in under 20 seconds. Certainly, the Rezound has the advantage with data speeds, but when it comes to the actual web browsing performance, the Galaxy Nexus boast the more fluid and responsive movements – though, Flash content tends to slow down their performance a little bit. In any event, they’re more than tolerable to accept.
Moreover, they both feature aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0 , 802.11 b/g/n/a Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality. Besides offering charging and data connectivity with their microUSB ports, they also offer video-out connectivity – though, you’re required to purchase an optional MHL adapter to gain the functionality.
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: 525; 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: 3108; 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: 632; 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: 316; 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: 525; 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: 6014; 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: 525; 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: 457; 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...