Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

In our last comparison, we pitted the very best from Motorola’s camp, the incredibly thin DROID RAZR, against the high-flying and Ice Cream Sandwich filled Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This time around, however, we’re again pitting the venerable Verizon Galaxy Nexus against the Beats Audio enabled HTC Rezound to find out exactly how these two polished Android smartphones stack up against one another. Featuring  very similar specs, like dual-core processors, 720p displays, and 4G LTE connectivity, we’re going to need to dive in even further to find out which one truly deserves your hard earned money!


Frankly, neither device flaunts a compelling design that captures our attention right off the bat, and to tell you the truth, they pretty much follow the same conventional approach. First of all, they’re both comprised out of plastic, which results in a decent build quality, but the HTC Rezound is the thicker and more heavy of the two. Meanwhile, we do like that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is pretty streamlined and lightweight by today’s standards, but its wide figure makes it difficult for those with smaller hands to grip the handset.

Looking at the Rezound’s usual set of Android capacitive buttons, we do like their red glow, but we find it more prone to accidental presses. On the other hand, it’s not a problem with the Galaxy Nexus because its on-screen buttons are evenly spaced, and are now incorporated to the interface.

Of course, it’s fantastic that they employ removable batteries, but the Rezound offers the usefulness of expanding its internal memory with its microSD card slot is preoccupied by a 16GB card out of the box. Conversely, there’s no expansion whatsoever with the Galaxy Nexus.


So it’s great that these two highly esteemed smartphones feature 720p (720 x 1280) displays, but they’re actually very different. Specifically, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus packs a larger 4.65” Super AMOLED HD display with a PenTile matrix arrangement, whereas the Rezound resorts to sticking with a 4.3” S-LCD panel using a standard RGB pixel arrangement. Calculating the math, the Rezound undeniably has the higher pixel density at 342 ppi, versus the still respectable 316 ppi pixel density of the Galaxy Nexus, but the Rezound’s higher detail is barely noticeable. Either way, they’re both sharp looking and offer plenty of clarity – though, our eyes fall in love with the deep color production and wider viewing angles offered by the Galaxy Nexus.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus 360-degrees View:

HTC Rezound 360-degrees View:



1. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

im so proud of my phone xD cant wait to see what jellybean is like

27. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i hope the next android isn't called jellybean :/ i never really liked jellybeans...

2. SGS2isBetter

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

SGS2 is better than these 2 phones: SGS2 has no lag at all even with a live wallpaper and running a web page full of flash. These 2 phones just can't have the same kind of smoothness the SGS2 can bring. The nexus just fails in so many ways that I can't believe PA gave it a 9.5 score. An 8 would have been more of a real score but I guess they prob did it to make all those nexus fanboys happy. The ONLY thing the nexus beats the SGS2 in are updates but than again with all these problems it seems the nexus needs it more. It would be nice if the SGS2 could have ICS now but honestly it doesn't even need it, the phone is that good.

8. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Shut up, GS2 fanboy.

21. screwUall

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

SOOO jealous or is it you can't swaloow the TRUTH?

10. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

You my friend are correct, the Nexus didn't deserve the 9.5 that PA gave it but the guy who reviewed it wanted to make a good impression on the readers so he credited it far beyond what it was worth. The GALAXY Sll trumps the Nexus in every way but screen res and all this Google worship is ridiculous.

15. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

enjoy your crappy att service and customer service boss...if the sgs2 came to verizon we might have a good discussion...but for now it's apples and oranges

22. screwUall

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

UHHHH att isn't the ONLY 1 that has the SGS2 HELLO

3. ViperGTS

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

Returned 4 Nexus phones for 4 Rezounds. Their is almost nothing right about the Nexus. Battery drains, Screen is too big and looks flushed out, cant hold a connection, Back plastic door pops, Camera sucks , an overall POS. Phone carriers are getting ahead of themselves building phones to big. They need to either fold out or have a sliding screen and be a little more perfected. Verizon 4g has been going in and out all week. One of my 4 g phones would not activate until 9 pm tonight.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The SGS3 will own it all, in 2013 when we finally get it in the states. Lol


Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well by then my contract with the nexus will be up so im good.

25. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

lol he meant probably early 2013, your contract ends late 2013

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I like my phone and I would not trade it for a sg s2 I really don't think comparing a phone on an old operating system to a brand new version with such drastic changes a good comparison. Galaxy nexus phone is for people that want to go down the road first and work the kinks out as it goes along for othrs to have it perfect for them when they get it on there phone.

23. screwUall

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

So your saying you like to buy products that has problems from the get-go and pray that the manufacturer and carriers fixes them? WTF??? U NOT SO BRIGHT


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

while most people are waiting on the sgs3 im waiting on the galaxy nexus s or htc ics phone

7. shnibz

Posts: 521; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Mmmm these were my two choices when i signed up with Verizon bc i hated the way the Razr felt in my hand so that was out. I ended up going eith the Nexus, ICS is awesome and HTC phones take for ever to get updates because of Sense. The Nexus has been great!!!

9. blackrose

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

We will see if if HTC puts stock ics or the crap that is HTC sense on it. Probably HTC sense. I really dislike sense so I will never get a htc phone sense is just to much and cant even tell if its android. Anymore with that skin plus it does bad things to your phone speed and. Battery wise. HTC sense is not for me.

28. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

you've never rooted or flashed a phone?

48. sumdude

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I agree Sense is kinda stale at this point. As ILikeBubbles stated, t's not like the devs aren't supplying options for those running the newest oem products. Sensless ROM is fantastic on the Rezound. Even using Clean Tool to debloat was phenomenal is improving zippy to WOW!!!

12. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

I currently have a galaxy nexus and the data connection alone is the reason i will be switching to the rezound. My screen is magnificent however I'm not gonna be stuck with a phone that verizon has already blown a smoke screen of "we are fixing the 'reception' issue." The reception issue is SAMSUNG quality. I gave Samsung another shot and they have yet again failed me. I've sold phones for many years and have yet to find a Samsung that i thoroughly enjoy. to those wanting the Nexus i would say wait until the bugs are fixed. If speed is important to you, this clearly is not the phone you need. ICS is great, but not THAT great

13. kpfirefighter

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I have had the nexus for a while now and have had a lot of signal issues with it. When it's fast it's FAST!! but it's far and in between for me to give it a good review. The nexus could have been better IMO. So we will see if the NOTE comes to verizon and I might be making the switch! Although the nexus is a big phone, I call bulls**t on being able to put the note in your pocket and being able to function. I have a case on the nexus which i think is the way to go. A case on the NOTE will make it that much bigger! ICS is pretty cool though. I think they still have a few bugs to work out on the NEXUS but when they get those fixed I think this phone will kick ass! But lets hope it's just little bugs they need to fix!!!

14. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

with only a 14 day return policy, thats not a chance most people should take :)

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

For ppl the need their phone for business, important are right. Its not a chance ppl should take with only 14 days. I'm surprised the Rezound is that good with reception. Might have to give HTC a closer look now...unfortunatly Samsung seems like the same ole for reception. Its probably more noticeable now because alot of ppl probably came from phones that worked in places the G Nex doesnt.

16. AdamW33

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

I'll take my 'more heavier' Rezound any day of the week. It has worked flawlessly for a month and now that the bootloader is unlocked it blows the Nexus out of the water.

26. markreif

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

i agree to that in spades....

29. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

agreed. it's good to be reminded by others why i'm not a fan of samsung..

18. Ric1511

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

It was really hard for me to make a decision between these two, especially after Amazon cut the price for upgrades on the Rezound down to 150. I went with the Nexus, mostly for the pure ICS experience and beautiful display. So far I'm very satisfied with it. I must say there really is a signal or radio issue though, as in my local shopping mall I went downstairs to a Verizon Kiosk, and the Rezound on display had a solid 4G connection, while my GNEX did not. SpeedTest confirmed I was getting 3G speeds. Went back upstairs, 4G came back. Not a huge issue though, I see speeds up to 28mbps around where I work here in Carlsbad, CA, and 3G speeds at home are the same as my previous phone.

19. RealRapRaw

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

It's very wierd and backwards that the Galaxy Nexus (or any stock version of Android) STILL does not have group SMS/MMS. The alternatives in the Android Market are hardly user friendly and having the function simply programmed into the native text messaging app has always seemed like a no-brainer. That fact that it still stands alone as one of many simple things that Android DOESN'T do is one reason to actually go for the Rezound, where HTC does an adequate job of filling in the holes stinking up ASOP-only Android. The function is hardly a deal breaker, but this guy standing next to me in a Verizon store WALKED OUT of the store because he found when sending a test group SMS to himself from his iPhone to the stores Galaxy Nexus and his gf/spouse's iPhone that an incoming group message appears on a Galaxy Nexus as a text sent to a single individual and not a group like it would on an iPhone or Windows Phone, limiting the Nexus user from knowing that it's a group text and preventing the Nexus user from participating in an ongoing group SMS. In real-time text based discussion, very little beats group SMS. Not everyone uses Google+ or Talk, Facebook chat, or any other app-based texting mechanism more. I'll hold on to my iP4 for now, though, as after testing both the Nexus and Rezound myself for 10 days per device, there's a "Vicodin effect" hanging over Android ICS or an OEM-altered version of Android in that while it feels good to use in the first few uses, nausea soon overwhelms the user experience and you're never really getting any better an experience than what you may be using before having bought the Galaxy Nexus or Rezound. Between the two, I'd say the Rezound offers more while ICS will only offer more basic improvements that aren't really massive improvements to the overall user experience.

20. TMach unregistered

Nozomi....I am coming to getcha. Not sure I see the point of quad cores at this point so with the mooted specs of this SE beast, we shall have a long and very happy relationship! In the meantime, the SGNexus will have to do albeit it with a few kinks along the way. Whoever said life was easy!

24. SoopaManLuv

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Y tha hell do people keep bringing up tha SGSII? I mean, tha phone ain't even on Verizon so y even mention it? As I stated wit tha Nexus vs Razr comparison, this is between 2 Verizon phones. Not phones on multiple carriers. Geez, get a grip and get off tha phones d**k. Jus saying...

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