User Interface:

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC EVO 4G LTE run off Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but HTC uses their Sense skin whereas the Galaxy Nexus is of course pure Android. We’re not going to debate the merits of which UI is better; at this point Android can stand on its own just fine but we realize manufacturers must offer a compelling reason to choose their phone over a competitors with similar hardware and the same base software. What we will say is that Sense 4.0 is scaled back from previous versions, blends better with the ICS ideology and runs as smooth as stock Android does on the Nexus. For the first time in a long time we- as power users- actually enjoyed using Sense and weren’t pining for an ASOP ROM on the EVO 4G LTE.

Processor and Memory:

Samsung uses a 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP4460 processor, while EVO 4G LTE is powered by a dual core Qualcomm S4. Both run on 1GB of RAM. The Samsung opts for 32GB of internal storage, whereas HTC only offers 16GB built-in but has expandable memory for another possible 64GB. HTC also partnered with Dropbox to give users activating an EVO 4G LTE 25GB of free cloud storage. Both run the OS quickly and fluidly, and in everyday use it is likely that you wouldn’t notice much of a difference. There is something to be said for the heavy graphical load of Sense 4.0 and how well the EVO 4G LTE handles it.

When it comes to benchmarks, however, the EVO 4G LTE mops the floor with the Nexus. Besting our previous scores, the EVO 4G LTE was able to achieve just shy of 5500 on Quadrant Standard, with the Galaxy Nexus topping out just over 2000 at its best. Nenamark 2 gave similar results, with the EVO 4G LTE topping out at 58.8fps and the Galaxy Nexus less than half that 24.9fps. On AnTuTu the EVO 4G LTE maxed out a few points shy of 7000, with the Galaxy Nexus far behind at about 5100 (with the rest of its scores down in the mid 4000s.) It is pretty clear that Qualcomm’s latest and greatest is up the challenge of some heavy computing. 

Quadrant StandardAnTuTuNenaMark 2
HTC EVO 4G LTE5459697358.8
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sprint2021513724.9

Connectivity and Internet:

Both phones offer a myriad of connection options, starting with LTE for high speed cellular data. With LTE unavailable as of now, they utilize Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network. Both offer Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth, though the HTC features v4.0 while Samsung uses v3.0. 

Both stock browsers had their strengths and weaknesses, but overall they performed very similar. Stock browsers are almost a moot point, since there are better options in the Play Store anyway. Google Chrome Beta ran wonderfully on both devices and is our current Android browser of choice.

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