You probably know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone is renowned as the first handset to deliver the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system to a US mobile phone. That smartphone arrived in December of last year exclusive to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system. Verizon Wireless is currently offering their Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G at a retail price of $49 with a standard new two-year activation and data plan at select retailers. That Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system has been rated as the fastest and most dependable LTE network in the United States, as tested by independent wireless systems reviewer RootMetrics.
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Recently, that handset also appeared on the Sprint 4G wireless network, and Sprint has aggressively lowered the retail price of their Samsung Galaxy Nexus device to match Verizon, offering the handset for $49at select authorized retailers on contract as well. There are no differences between the two handsets as far as technical specs go, with the Verizon Wireless offering delivering up to 12 hours of talk time from a single charge, and the Sprint Galaxy Nexus maxing out at 8 hours, the industry average.
Those two subtle differences aside, both handsets deliver the same extremely high resolution display, one of the largest screens and fastest processors in the entire 4G smartphone marketplace, a substantial amount of RAM memory and a high resolution camera. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone is also one of only a few devices that offer Near Frequency Communications (NFC) wireless retail payment support out-of-the-box.
The large 4.65 inch Super AMOLED screen renders visuals in an incredible 16 million colors and 316 pixels per inch. That high resolution pixelation results in an overall screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, and a layer of treatment protects the display and offers a level of glare reduction.
Powering the handset is a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 microchip suite, which includes a speedy 1.2 GHz dual core Cortex A9 central processor, and a PowerVR SGX540 chip that focuses on graphics duties alone. Leading the 4G field is 32 GB of built-in, user accessible storage, and a full 1.0 GB of RAM system memory is also on board. On the back of the Galaxy Nexus is a 5.0 megapixel camcorder capable of recording video in 1,080P HD resolution, and on the front of the handset is a 1.3 megapixel chat cam which also provides for video snapshots and video call functionality.
Buy the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $49, and get a $40 credit on your Verizon phone bill.
Buy the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $49, and get a $10 Google Wallet credit.