The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone first appeared on the Verizon 4G LTE system late last year, and recently made its way over to the Sprint wireless system. Sprint’s new 4G LTE network will be completed by mid summer this year, and the Galaxy Nexus will be the first handset with Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 operating system to access that new wireless platform. Currently running on the Sprint 3G network, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4G was recently reduced in retail price to $49 with a standard new two-year activation.
The handset is identical to that device which was released on Verizon last year, measuring 5.33 x 2.67 x 0.37 inches (135.5 x 67.94 x 9.47 mm) and weighing 5.29 ounces (150 g). The display is shown on one of the larger touch screens in the 4G smartphone marketplace, at 4.65 inches. Pixel density is delivered at one of the highest rates found on any smartphone, 316 pixels per inch, and that gives the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G an overall display resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixel. That Super AMOLED screen displays visuals in 16 million separate colors, a light sensor automatically adjusts for the best brightness, and a proximity sensor shuts off the display to conserve battery life when you raise the handset to your face to answer a call.
The handset also delivers Near Field Communications (NFC) access and support out-of-the-box, which teams up with the Google Wallet app to allow wallet-free, wireless retail payment processing at retail outlets that are NFC enabled. Wireless data transfer is also possible with other NFC capable devices for sharing web pages, contacts and data using the Android Beam application. The Galaxy Nexus can also perform as a Hot Spot for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, and will offer simultaneous data and voice access on the 4G LTE network.
Powering the handset is a dual core 1.2 GHz central processor, and a separate GPU handles all the graphics duties, and is part of the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 microchip package on board the Galaxy Nexus. With 1.0 GB of RAM system memory, the Galaxy Nexus 4G delivers the most out-of-the-box, user accessible, built-in storage of any smartphone at 32 GB. The 5.0 megapixel camcorder on the back of the handset provides video capture at 1,080P HD, and there is a 1.3 megapixel chat cam around front, providing portrait snapshots and video call support. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $49.