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Speed test showdown: Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR vs HTC Rezound

0. phoneArena posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:37

with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, 4G LTE connectivity has seemingly become a standard part of a handset’s arsenal – so in all seriousness, it has become all too casual at this point. Nevertheless, now that we’ve gotten plenty of time with Verizon’s latest...

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posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:41 15

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

This what I thought so too. As long as the Nexus is Samsung made, its gonna be crap. Best Nexus phone is the HTC made Nexus One.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:04 6

5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I got my Samsung Galaxy Nexus yesterday, I have not experienced any of those signal issues people are talking about. My 4G LTE is super fast I got up to 19 MBPS. That is wicked fast. I do live in a very strong LTE area & that might be making all the difference.

As for switching back and forth from 4G to 3G, I just have not seen it. Again I have the phone for under 24 hours but in that time the reception has been fabulous.

I think it's not a Samsung issue but a where you live issue, my friends have the Samsung Droid Charge, Motorola Droid Razr, HTC Rezound, & even the HTC Thunderbolt & the signals on all their phones have been consistently on 4G LTE. Again where I live the 4G LTE is very strong & saturated. Unless they are all are lying to me I do take their words on the subject matter.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:36 4

11. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I'm not sure I agree that it's not a Samsung issue. If their antenna design and packaging are significantly weaker than the other two handsets, that will definitely affect performance once outside major cities. I've had fewer dropped calls in weak signal areas since I switched from Samsung phones to the Rezound, even if the displayed bars are the same.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:58 2

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I don't know, I live in the east coast & Verizon is king here. Their 4G LTE is insane & I know of people who have had the Samsung Droid Charge from day 1. They claim that their phone works everywhere they have been to.

My colleague & I travel all over the U.S. for work & his Samsung Droid Charge worked everywhere that my HTC Evo 3D though Sprint didn't. So I can attest that the Samsung Droid Charge held a signal very well. Yes in some towns there was no 4G LTE BUT 3G was always there.

You could be right but I really don’t think it’s a Samsung issue per say but more of a location issue or where you are issue. I always stick to the east coast & when I leave the east coast I tend to stay in big cities. If I am ever on the outskirts of a big city it is usually in the east coast but Verizon works anywhere in the east coast. I could be in the mountains snowboarding, mountain biking, or camping in the middle of nowhere & Verizon is there with almost full signal strength.

That is why I left the unlimited data with Sprint & now I am a Verizon customer. The difference in signal strength is phenomenal & that is the bottom line!

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:18 1

14. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Trust me, Verizon is king everywhere. I'm in NW Ohio where they're the only carrier with 3G and I don't doubt we'll go LTE in the next year. I'm talking about in between metro areas, driving along major highways.

So yes, location makes all the difference. I spend a bit of time on the East Coast and I appreciate that it's covered with LTE. You're also more likely to hit congestion there, of course - so while I was pulling 20 Mb up/8 Mb down in NJ, I pulled 29 up, 21 down in MI. I'd be curious to know where PA did their testing.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:55 1

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

In theory yes I bet those people who live in between metro areas would be the most affected by the signal problems. That makes sense. That is why I think it's more a location problem than a Samsung problem.

I too want to know PhoneArena.com's whole testing process. That way I can SEE how they are coming up with these numbers.

posted on 21 Dec 2011, 00:03 1

50. jkapster (Posts: 50; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

Ive had my GNEX for 5 days and I live in a strong LTE area as well. Using speedtest i get an average of 20 up and 9 down. The highest was 34 up and 11 down. Everything seems to be great! Sure beats my old SGS. : )

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:45 2

18. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

I also have the Galaxy Nexus with absolutely no signal issues. The phone definitely displays a lower signal than my Thunderbolt but i'm receiving the same data speeds as before and I actually have coverage in more areas than with my Thunderbolt.

Verizon has also seemed to be expanding in my area lately so the timing may have just been coincidental but regardless of that i'm not having any problems swapping from 3G/LTE or losing a connection at all.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:22 2

24. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

The GNex may as well have been made by Motorola - OMAP4 CPU, Samsung screen, just like the Razr. Whether the Google acquisition goes through or not, they should give Moto a shot at the next Nexus.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 12:36 2

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i'll definitely buy a Motorola Nexus.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 15:10 1

40. cfprelude (Posts: 139; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

amen - actually make a 4" razr and name it the next nexus. :)

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 19:12 1

49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

if the Razr had the HDSA display and the on-screen function keys it would've made a superb Nexus.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 16:29 2

46. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

Unless Verizon locks the bootloader...

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 19:10 1

48. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

that would never happen. Google wouldn't allow there to be a Nexus with a locked bootloader. if Verizon were insistent on it they wouldn't get it but i doubt that would happen and besides Motorola is putting a stop to locking the Bootloaders.

posted on 26 Dec 2011, 21:06

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

i hope so... though i don't really consider the Galaxy Nexus to be a true nexus...

posted on 26 Dec 2011, 21:02

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


posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:50 6

2. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

The Rezound is the overachieving redheaded stepchild of the LTE lineup. I'm glad I didn't wait for the Nexus.

posted on 26 Dec 2011, 21:05

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

redheaded stepchild? how so? htc has always been soooooo sexy!

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:57 1

3. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Next time I'm going with HTC, my sgsii doesn't even get 1mbps, most often 0.45mbps, almost drives me insane.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:21 1

15. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

My international SGSII has hit 6+Mpbs in NYC on AT&T

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:59 2

4. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Do you guys read AT?? If you missed, please read carefully:


I have more faith in ALS/Brian Klug than any other reviewer. Look at the time they take to review a phone (they are yet to release the review of GNex). The amount of information they have in reviews will put to shame any other reviewer. I can bet anything on that part.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:06 2

6. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)

I was just about to post this very same article. I don't know what testing methodology PA uses but I trust AT without reservation. And if they say there's no problem, I've also tested my GNex against my girfriends RAZR and my sons Bionic, I'm more inclined to believe there is no problem.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:23

8. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I just read that article, and it focuses mainly on the reporting of signal strength and number of bars. I actually agree with the way signal is reported on the other handsets. For useability purposes, I don't particularly care how strong my LTE signal is, since that doesn't affect my ability to download *in general* or more importantly avoid a dropped call.

It would be great if the LTE handsets displayed individual signal bars for 4G and 3G, but that's not how the UI is currently designed. Yes, the signal strength and displayed "bars" are misleading in the Nexus vs. Razr vs. Rezound comparison, but the SpeedTest results tell the rest of the story. The truth is somewhere in between the AT and PA investigations.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:31

28. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

Yep. I live in Silicon Valley, I went to a Verizon store in Cupertino actually... I started running speed tests and at first it was as expected. Generally 8 down 3 up. Then I started getting slower speeds. Like 3 down 1 up. Those are still 3G speeds on a GREAT day for the area, but lower than I would've liked. I can live with something like 5 down, 1.5 up on a bad 4G day because I DO want 4G to be beating 3G by at least a small margin. We'll see what the update does. I'm too broke to upgrade right now anyway. If Verizon hadn't released the phone so close to Christmas, I could've bought it as a present for myself

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:07 5

7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

I ain't on Verizon, but if I were I'd get the RAZR, its slim profile iS amazing, 720p is cool and all itself and The Razr is my favourite of the 3!

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:54 5

12. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I had the RAZR, it was buggy and the screen was super disappointing.

posted on 21 Dec 2011, 03:16 2

51. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

Really? I dont really care about PenTile whatever but super disappointing?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 12:12 1

29. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

The Razr doesn't have 720p. The Rezound and Nexus do. There's supposed to be a Razr Max that's supposed to have a 720p screen and 13mp camera, like the devices Moto released in China just after the Droid Razr launched.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:29 6

9. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

who buys a phone for the look??im sure a phone wont get you pussy lol

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:31 1

10. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Tell that to the legions of male Rhyme buyers. Sure, it's a solid piece of hardware, but....

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