HTC EVO 4G LTE vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Since the launch of the HTC Nexus One the Nexus line is what all Android phones have been measured against. The flagship Nexus represents Android in its purist form: the latest software directly from Google. Currently that flagship device is the Galaxy Nexus, the launch device for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that hit Verizon’s shelves and LTE network in November. With an impending launch of their own LTE network Sprint has brought the latest Nexus to their lineup as well, but will the flagship Android device be the flagship phone for the pin dropping network? Not if HTC has anything to say about it with the latest member of the EVO family, the EVO 4G LTE. Read on to see how these competing devices compare.


Even though the EVO 4G LTE and the Galaxy Nexus are both dominated by their similarly large displays (4.7” and 4.65”, respectively) the two devices actually look pretty different. In fact, for black phones with such similar specs all around HTC and Samsung have managed to produce two devices that look and feel different entirely.

The buttonless Galaxy Nexus is literally a black slab, with only the black speaker grill and semi-hidden front camera breaking the monotony. The glass covers the entire face of the phone, and while it is not Gorilla Glass, Samsung does use a fortified glass that appears to perform well. The three gold dots on the right side allow for contact charging, as well as smart actions when docked. It is an awesome feature we wish more manufacturers used (interestingly the HTC One X has it but the feature was dropped on the EVO 4G LTE.) The Galaxy Nexus’s monotony continues as you flip it over, revealing a nearly all-encompassing gunmetal gray plastic housing. The black camera casing is offset by silver trim, and at the bottom of the Galaxy Nexus sits the single speaker. The textured back is wholly uninspired, and in fact is almost identical to the Galaxy S II.

To the contrary, the EVO 4G LTE really shows its personality through design. Around back a bright red band separates the piano black top third of the EVO with the matte black bottom. The phone’s kickstand is housed in this band, popping out to let you stand the phone in any of three directions. The camera is trimmed in the same iconic red as previous flagship EVO devices. The EVO 4G LTE uses an aluminum unibody design, most of which is anodized to the matte black finish, but along the sides HTC has milled the aluminum down to its natural silver, providing a smart and sharp contrast of colors. The housing wraps around the very top above the 4.7” display, encompassing the silver speaker grill. At the bottom of the display sit three capacitive buttons.

Slightly thinner and narrower than the Galaxy Nexus, the EVO 4G LTE feels better to hold in your hand. The cold aluminum gives a premium feel to the device that the Galaxy Nexus’ plastic just can’t match. We appreciate the microUSB port being on the bottom of the Nexus versus the side of the EVO, but in the grand scheme of things that is a small measure. The EVO’s use of Gorilla Glass 2 means it can be lighter but just as strong, likely a source of the weight difference between the two handsets. It is odd and possibly a figment of our imagination, but the EVO 4G LTE also feels better to interact with for some reason. We haven’t been able to place our fingers on just what it is, but it is something that we noticed the minute we took the EVO 4G LTE out of the box and something we still feel as we switch between our various devices.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to us the EVO 4G LTE wins the design contest and it’s not even close. It is thinner, lighter, made with premium materials and HTC has shown personality in the design, rather than just recycling an old handset. The EVO feels better to use, and the fantastic kickstand is icing on the cake.


Much has been made about the display on these two devices, and with good reason. Both use a 720x1080 resolution with 16 million colors. With a slightly smaller display the Galaxy Nexus has an ever-so-slightly better 316ppi, compared to the EVO 4G LTE’s 312. We don’t think you’ll notice. The displays are definitely different though, thanks to the technology behind them.

Samsung uses their own Super AMOLED HD technology to produce tremendously vivid colors and equally deep blacks. HTC has turned to Super LCD2 tech for the screen on the EVO 4G LTE, and they made a wonderful choice. S-LCD2 incorporates IPS technology for superior viewing angles and brightness with excellent quality. Both AMOLED and S-LCD2 suffer from color oversaturation, but the S-LCD2 panels tone it down considerably while retaining the deep black levels. Both are amazing displays and we wouldn’t complain about either, but if we were choosing we’d take S-LCD2.

HTC EVO 4G LTE 360-degrees View:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 360-degrees View:



1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

in display size you put 3.7 and 3.65 it should be 4.7 and 4.65

2. quikric

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

Kshell1, You are correct.

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I still don't understand why samsung didn't put the sgs2's camera sensor in the nexus. Then again the nexus besides the screen and OS was pretty lackluster. Especially in processor. an OMAP4460 over the exynos 4210 wasn't a great idea at all.

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

More of google's fault then samsung.

5. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Google partnered with them for the device to promote the new android OS sure, but if they are the ones who actually chose the parts google isn't exactly great at it. The exynos was superior than the omap in every way

6. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

They probably went for initial compatibility and I wouldn't find it surprising that the exynos and androdi 4.0 had issues at first when it came to software/hardware integration. Or it could be something dealing with the fact that the Exynos was a galaxy S flagship chipset and samsung wanted to keep it that way.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

except that it didn't support LTE. the 4460 is really not that far behind the Exynos 4210 if it is at all. my Droid Razr with it's 4430 gets 6200 on Antutu @ 1.2GHz and 3000 on Quadrant @ 1.2GHz. i don't understand why PA's Galaxy Nexus review units are always scoring so low.

8. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Good point King on the LTE, but i typically get 8000 on antutu and 400 on quadrant with my e4gt.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the only way you're getting 8000 on Antutu with a Galaxy S II is if you're overclocked by like .3GHZ. your Quadrant is also abnormally high but not by much actually. i don't really put a lot of weight behind Quadrant scores anymore especially when it comes to a Samsung.

10. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

the I/O scores are pretty screwed up and i am over clocked by maybe 100mhz i haven't checked lately. I don't really OC much, last time i OC'd i went to 1.8ghz and battery life was horrible

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, with phones as powerful as ours going DOWN in voltage is probably the best course. xD i underclocked mine to 1GHz but i didn't notice enough of a change in battery life to really justify it.

15. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

After i flashed starburst ROM over though and reoverclocked it, it was stable and had excellent battery life.

12. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Another review of a One series device where it's highly recommended based on design and camera, yet no mention of the crippled multitasking. I just took my One X back to AT&T. The worthless multitasking, combined with the exchange e-mail delay made it totally unusable for me. And I bought it because reviews like this said it was the greatest device ever. I know you guys are under pressure to get these reviews out soon, but do us all a favor and actually use the devices for a few days before you do. The multitasking issue would have been painfully obvious, if you had. And even if you don't think it's an "issue". Even if you buy into HTC's "feature" explanation, it's still worth mentioning, every bit as much as the antenna issue was worth mentioning on iPhone 4.

17. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Wow. Downvoted 3 times for that? Was that post too articulate and substantive for you? Or is it that the truth just hurts?

18. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I gotcha back hulk. That was a severe impairment they left out of the review. I think the PA writers have a bad habit of getting caught up in the hype when they're supposed to be objective.

24. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Wow. You got downvoted, too. Someone has anger issues.

13. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

I had a htc sensation N got bored of the design real fast and people who I have talk to that use to be a htc fan say the same thing, now they own a Samsung phone, and it shows in the declining htc sales.

22. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

i got a Wildifre S and i am NEVER bored of its cheerful, cute and iconic design. i know how you feel....- i called my friend's Sensation XE's design boring as the choice of colours is just. Dull black..... or dull dark grey. Try putting on a lime green case on your Sensation and it would look better and much more eye pleasing!


Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

Evo4g looks so really nice wow sexy...

16. demarmj

Posts: 17; Member since: May 03, 2012

I liked this reviewer better than Ray S. Short, sweet, and to the point. Good review

19. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Is this Evo 4g lte the EXACT same phone as the One X? If so, why all the hype? It's just Sprints' version. It's not a new phone. If it is different, I retract that previous statement ;)

23. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012


25. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

It's a One X with a memory card slot, a bigger battery, and a kickstand. Still, it's stuck on Sprint's 3G network for now and it's prone to all the same issues the One X has, since it has the same hardware and software. That means broken multitasking, sms notification issues, and e-mail push issues, none of which ever seems to get mentioned in any review.

20. ryanjsoo

Posts: 3; Member since: May 22, 2012

why did this phone score so low? it is made of metal, very thin, only 4g heavier than the one x, kickstand, replaceable controversial backplate, micro sd slot and great connectivity. also the s4 beat the tegra 3 in many benchmarks and most apps will be optimized for dual not quad.

21. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

HTC EVO 4G LTE Wins HANDSDOWN! Can a Galaxy nexus with an already good 2000 quadrant standard win a HTC Evo 4G lte with an awesome 5459 quadrant standard? (Thats more than a Galaxy note's quadrant standard!) HTC WINS!

26. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Believe it or not, a quadrant score isn't the only determining factor in a device's performance.

27. gemini

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2012

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28. oZo61

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

HTC Sense UI has had a bad stigma since it was TouchFlo (which was horrible). I think the purists will always slam on HTC for the sense interface. Having flashed multiple AOSP and Sence roms on HTC devices, I can honestly say it's a mater choice. I've enjoyed the E4GT, and the Evo 3D (I'm not saying they're comparable). Both are so different, it's really like apples and oranges. I think the real issue is Sprint getting that LTE network up as fast as it can!

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