No changes whatsoever of any kind with the quality out of its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, seeing it’s good enough to handle outdoor and macro shots – well, that’s as long as there’s sufficient lighting. Unfortunately, it struggles with dynamic range because high contrast scenes tend to look overexposed in certain areas. Conversely under low lighting situations, things are dulled down a lot, as it exhibits a lot of noise, graininess, and inaccurate looking colors.

More of the same, its 1080p video recording quality is nearly identical to what we find with still shot images, and as a whole, it’s rather disappointing. For a top shelf smartphone, we’re still dumbfounded by its slower 24 frames per second capture rate, but even more disconcerting, is the fact that its quality is flawed by some heavy artifacting and poor details.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sprint Sample Video:


The Music app is nothing to write home about, but this doesn't mean it isn't good. Essentially, it looks exactly like the Honeycomb music player, which means we get that cool 3D carousel when browsing through our catalog. Digging deeper into its options, we actually find a full-fledged equalizer that can be freely adjusted by the user. Moreover, its strong volume output, combined with no evidence of strain, makes for some pleasant tones to the ear.

Adorned with a lovable and sizable HD Super AMOLED display, there’s no kidding that it’s going to offer a pleasurable video watching experience that’s enjoyable on so many levels. Using our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution, we’re enamored by the flawless performance thanks to its smooth playback, sharp details, and dreamy looking colors.

As we’ve pointed out already, we can obtain a mirrored experience on a high-def television with the aid of an optional MHL adapter – making it easy to share multimedia content.



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 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: 316; 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


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: 2359; 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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