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Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

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Yes, the Rezound has a higher count 8-megapixel camera, but that doesn’t necessarily translate over to better image quality over the 5-megapixel camera of the Galaxy Nexus. In actuality, their qualities are very similar to one another, but more importantly, they’re fairly good looking to the eye in the end. Details are average, with color reproduction being very neutral with the two, but when it comes to low lighting situations, the Rezound has a slight advantageseeing that its results are less noisy looking compared to the Galaxy Nexus. Still, their LED flashes are equally potent in lighting the scenery.

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When it comes to shooting 1080p high-definition videos, we’re actually not all that compelled by their qualities seeing that results are average. On one side, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus captures video at the unusually slow rate of 24 frames per second – making videos choppy looking. Meanwhile, the HTC Rezound is plagued with soft details and some heavy instances of artifacting when panning very quickly. Obviously, they’re far from perfect, butthey’re tolerable enough to accept.

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As usual, they both feature front-facing cameras for snapping self-portraits, shooting 720p videos, and using them for the occasional video chatting sessions. However, it’s a 1.3-megaixel camera on the Galaxy Nexus compared to the 2-megapixel snapper on the Rezound.


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Visually, there isn’t a whole lot different with their music players, seeing that we’re greeted with the usual suspects consisting of the album cover and on-screen controls. However, the Galaxy Nexus has a more polished UI when browsing through songs/albums in landscape with its 3D-like carousel. Without a doubt though, the Rezound’s speaker is the stronger and more boisterous – without straining at the loudest setting. On top of that, its bundled Beats Audio headphones essentially provides the best audio experiences on any phone, as the audio quality is rich in tone and more robust.

The Music app of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound
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Hardly breaking a sweat, both Android smartphones play our test video encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution very smoothly and with minimal effort. However, seeing that it boasts the larger and more alluring display, we prefer the Galaxy Nexus for this one.

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posted on 29 Dec 2011, 03:37 1

1. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


im so proud of my phone xD cant wait to see what jellybean is like

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 23:19

27. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


i hope the next android isn't called jellybean :/ i never really liked jellybeans...

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 03:48 12

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 07:32 9

8. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Shut up, GS2 fanboy.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 18:04 6

21. screwUall (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


SOOO jealous or is it you can't swaloow the TRUTH?

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 08:11 8

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:14 5

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

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 18:05 2

22. screwUall (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


UHHHH att isn't the ONLY 1 that has the SGS2 HELLO

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 04:02 9

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 04:38 11

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The SGS3 will own it all, in 2013 when we finally get it in the states. Lol

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 08:50 2

11. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Well by then my contract with the nexus will be up so im good.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 20:45

25. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


lol he meant probably early 2013, your contract ends late 2013

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 04:53 1

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 18:07 2

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

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 06:26 1

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

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 07:27 2

7. shnibz (Posts: 332; 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!!!

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 07:59 1

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 23:21

28. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


you've never rooted or flashed a phone?

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:44

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!!!

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 10:42 3

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

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 11:29 1

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!!!

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:13 2

14. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


with only a 14 day return policy, thats not a chance most people should take :)

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 16:03 1

34. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; 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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 14:27 5

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 20:56 1

26. markreif (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


i agree to that in spades....

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 23:22 3

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..

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 15:21 1

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 15:29

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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 16:12

20. TMach (Posts: 460; 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!

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 19:26 2

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...

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