$79 Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Tech Review

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone began its life in the United States as exclusive to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, and was an instant hit with smartphone buyers. However, Sprint recently contracted with Samsung to offer the Galaxy Nexus 4G on their newly launched 4G LTE platform in the US as well, giving Sprint loyalists access to the powerful 4G smartphone. The Sprint 4G LTE network went live in the middle of July, and in celebration Sprint is offering their Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone for $79 on contract at select retailers. The handset delivers the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 Android operating system out-of-the-box, and the is only one of a few that can access the speedy 4G LTE system Sprint has engineered.

With one of the quickest, most powerful processors, and one of the highest resolutions found on any smartphone, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4G runs on a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 microchip package. Included in that chip set is a 1.2 GHz central processor that benefits by the addition of an entirely separate chip that handles all graphics processing. 1.0 GB of RAM system memory is built in, and the handset delivers the most out-of-the-box, user accessible data storage found on any smartphone at 32 GB. Also present is Near Field Communications (NFC) support, allowing wireless applications like Google Wallet to provide retail payment processing, and Android Beam to offer wireless data share with other Android Beam devices.

The screen mentioned earlier runs a high resolution 720 x 1,280 pixels, which is delivered at an extremely high pixel density of 316 pixels per inch. Visuals are delivered in over 16 million different colors, and the 4.65 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen is protected by an Oleophobic coating, providing scratch and chip resistance. Up front the Galaxy Nexus handset has a 1.3 megapixel chat cam which also provides video call support, and on the back of the handset is a 5.0 megapixel camcorder which provides video capture at 1,080P HD resolution and 30 frames per second.

That rear mounted camcorder comes equipped with an LED flash, and delivers touch to focus, face detection and Geo tagging features, as well as an extensive special effects package. Popular online destinations YouTube and Picasa have been pre-installed, and the handset is fully Google integrated with Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and Google Talk present and ready for use out-of-the-box. You can buy the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $79.

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