The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone landed in December of last year on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Up until recently, the handset was exclusive to that wireless system, until Sprint signed a licensing agreement with Samsung to offer the ICS bearing smartphone on their 4G network. You may recall that the Galaxy Nexus 4G was the first mobile handset to deliver Android’s version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system to a US handset. On both the Verizon and Sprint wireless networks, the Galaxy Nexus sells for $49 at select retailers with a new two-year activation and data plan.
And as far as the technical specifications and features of the handsets are concerned, the are identical in every way. But the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network has been praised as the fastest wireless platform in the US, and the one most consistently delivering true 4G speeds. Independent wireless systems reviewer RootMetrics tested all four major networks in the United States, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, and found Verizon’s 4G LTE network to post the fastest up and download speeds, and post them most consistently. Because of this, and the identical retail price tag of both the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus handsets, the performance of the Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus just edges out that of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus.
Also, the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone delivers up to 12 hours of talk time from a single charge. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus offers up to 7.50 hours of talk time from a single charge, and while Verizon’s 4G LTE network is in place and growing, Sprint is working on their LTE system should be ready to launch by midyear 2012. Having said that, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus barely outperforming the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is really a negligible point. Both handsets rank at the very high-end of the 4G smartphone marketplace as far as performance goes.
Areas in which the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone excels is in screen size, resolution, delivering ICS 4.0, processor speed and built-in data storage. The 4.65 inch screen is one of the largest of any smartphone, and the 316 pixels per inch pixel density leading to 720 x 1280 pixel resolution is at the extreme high end of the 4G smartphone field. The dual core central processor has been clocked at 1.2 GHz, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus leads all 4G smartphones in out-of-the-box, built-in storage, at 32 GB. The rear facing 5.0 megapixel chat cam provides video capture at 1,080P HD resolution, and Near Frequency Communications (NFC) is present out-of-the-box. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $49.