Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Interface and Functionality:

Call it a long time coming, but Sprint customers finally have a device that comes out of the box with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Honestly, there’s nothing really new in this department, as the vanilla Android experience on Sprint’s version is identical to the one that Verizon customers have been relishing on for the past 5 months. Overall, it sports a cleaner looking UI combined with some additional new features that make it very enjoyable and different from other Sprint devices.


Providing us with enough real-estate to work with, thanks to its large 4.65” display, our fingers are able to quickly and carefully compose messages with no difficulty whatsoever. On top of the spacious layout of the stock ICS keyboard, we dig the accompanied responsiveness of it – so we’re able to crank out messages at a reasonable rate.


Setting up and operating with email (and Gmail) is a trouble-free process. Strangely, you can pinch-to-zoom in the Email app for a better view of the content of an email, but you can't do that in Gmail, which can make viewing of certain messages (some picture-rich newsletters, for example) a bit cumbersome.


Hardcore Android users will surely appreciate it the most, as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t bogged down by any bloatware whatsoever, which is hardly a surprise considering this is the pure Android experience. Of course, Google’s presence is established tremendously on the phone with apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, Google Latitude, Google Shopper, Google Talk, Google Wallet, and YouTube.

Processor and Memory:

For what it’s worth, the 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus executes most things with enough responsiveness. However, considering this is undoubtedly the flagship Google device, it’s a bit of a shame that its performance is sometimes hampered by some light evidence of choppiness. Specifically, it’s evident when attempting to navigate across the homescreen with some kind of graphically intensive live wallpaper. Luckily, it’s not enough to make the handset unusable, but rather, it simply softens its processing power. Below, we’re kind enough to share its benchmark scores.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sprint 2023 6191 24,8
HTC One X AT&T 4958 6863 57,7
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51
Sony Xperia S 3206 6595 37,5


Without a microSD slot in sight, users are still required to be conscious about what they keep on the phone – though, some will be content with the 28.13GB of free storage available out of the box.

Internet and Connectivity:

In order to prove itself as a future proof device, Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus is also packing support for 4G LTE connectivity. But as we’ve come to realize, the lack of an actual up and running LTE network essentially limits this phone to 3G EV-DO speeds for now. Somewhat of a surprise, the web browsing experience is tarnished by some choppy navigational controls, which looks to be caused by Flash content. Turning it off, the level of responsiveness jumps up tremendously, as it exhibits a tighter response with every action.


Lacking the vital component of having a robust 4G LTE infrastructure right now, Sprint’s version is essentially rendered to surf the web on last-generation 3G EV-DO connections. Along for the ride, it also packs other connectivity options like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot connectivity.

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16 Comments

1. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

Does Nexus still has screen problems...???

12. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Not like the Nexus One, if that's what you mean. I own the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus One - the G'Nex screen has been problem free for me.

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

So even though the VZW edition had same problems it got a much higher score? Biased

3. johamsandwich

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

Well this is probably being compared now to the S3 and the One X...

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Good point. Sorry wasn't thinking there. But yeah this thing will get killed by the S3 and already has by the forthcoming Evo LTE

7. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate Release date: A phone released a year ago and rated as excellent should not be compared to a device that has just came out and has received the same rating. As the technology evolves, it is logical that the new models should meet higher expectations

8. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

refer to my comment above i said i wasn't thinking.

14. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I understand this but how about: Sluggish performance Choppy web browsing in a GALAXY NEXUS with the last 4.0.4 update, when these problems weren't in the first version some months ago, maybe a malfunction in your unit? Please remove the ratings from the reviews !

5. becazican

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

yes kshell1 i dont understand how verizon's version could get such a high score and sprint's version drop 2 points. they are identical. i agree phone arena has lots of biases.

13. threeline

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Maybe becaue VZW has an actual LTE network. I have the Sprint GN and I'm happy with it but I'm also not a power user. It has everything I need, I love the screen and it's fast enugh for me and I also enjoy the fact I will be getting updates pretty quick. #fingerscrossed

16. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Keep waiting....I got the Verizon GN on launch day back in Nov and I am still on 4.0.2.

15. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wow.. The score on the at&t x are high?

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GALAXY Nexus Sprint
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7.50h talk time)

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