A reworked camera app was one of the selling points of Android 4.0, and we have to say we’re impressed with the instant capture feature that the Galaxy Nexus offers. The interface is better, but still clunky and worlds behind the HTC interface found on the EVO 4G LTE. The technology behind the Nexus’ camera is also lagging behind; Samsung opted for a 5 megapixel f2.8 camera while HTC went with an 8 megapixel f2.0 with backside illumination. Both are capable of producing some great shots, and at times the Galaxy Nexus bested the EVO 4G LTE, but the majority of the time the HTC outperformed the Samsung.

Colors were more natural with the EVO 4G LTE, details were crisper and tricky lighting conditions were handled much better. The Galaxy Nexus struggled with color saturation, backlight situations and light/dark contrast (such as shooting shadows.) The EVO 4G LTE bested the Galaxy Nexus especially indoors, where the latter had a tendency to lose details quickly, as evidenced by the pantry shot.

Both devices had some struggles shooting video. The HTC exhibited the same sound issues we found on our initial review (the C in HTC was cut out) although it did slightly better switching focus from far to near field. The Galaxy Nexus took a moment to get its own noise situation under control (despite what it sounds like, our sample video was not shot on a windy day) and had serious focusing issues when we moved from the sky back to the trees and to the EVO in our hand.

HTC EVO 4G LTE Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sample Video:


Much like the browser, the multimedia experience can be almost identical on these two devices thanks to the open nature of Android and the Play Store. The EVO 4G LTE has a software advantage thanks to HTC’s Beats Audio, which produces great sound when played through the headset. Videos look wonderful on the pair of large, vivid displays. You really can’t go wrong with either of them, but if we had to we’d choose the EVO 4G LTE thanks to the better display technology and slightly larger size.

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