The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone delivered the much heralded Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 operating system to a US handset for the first time in December of last year, landing on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. And until recently the handset was exclusive to that wireless system. However, Sprint was also contracted to sell the same Galaxy Nexus 4G handset, ending the Verizon exclusivity for that device. And while both handsets are technically precisely the same, delivering the same hardware and software, it’s what the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system does with those technical specifications that allows it to outperform the Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4G.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4G is currently $49 on contract, and Verizon has undercut that retail price in an attempt to protect their market share. Verizon sells the Galaxy Nexus 4G smartphone for $0.01 on contract at select retailers. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network was also rated by independent wireless systems reviewer RootMetrics as the fastest and most dependable 4G system in the United States, trumping Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus version also travels at true 4G LTE speeds on the LTE Verizon network. Currently the Sprint Galaxy Nexus operates on 3G, until Sprint’s 4G LTE network is completed later this year.
And since the Sprint Galaxy Nexus runs on a 3G network, it doesn’t deliver the battery life offered by the Verizon Galaxy Nexus handset. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE delivers a full 12.0 hours of talk time from a single charge, approximately 50% better than the 8.0 hour average offered by most 4G smartphones. On Sprint’s 3G network, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus delivers only 6.0 hours of talk time from a single charge.
The same large 4.65 inch Super AMOLED screen is present on both devices, offering an extremely high resolution pixel density of 316 pixels per inch for an overall screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. And the same speedy dual core 1.2 GHz processor is on board as well as 32 GB of built-in storage, which leads the 4G smartphone marketplace. 1.0 GB of RAM memory is present, and the 5.0 megapixel camcorder provides high resolution video capture at 1,080P HD. Delivering much faster network speeds, a lower retail price and double the battery performance of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus offers the better overall package deal.