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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart

Sprint begins selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus April 22, but here are 5 reasons you may want to wait for the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

Sprint announced Monday that it will finally sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, starting April 22. The smartphone will cost Sprint customers $199.99 with a new contract, though Google is offering an additional $50 in incentives via Google Wallet credits. This is all very good news for Sprint customers.

The Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board. It went on sale globally in November (yeah, five months ago) and went on sale through Verizon Wireless in December (yeah, four months ago). Between the lower sale price and $50 in Google Wallet credits, the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus is effectively half the out-of-pocket cost of Verizon's version, which sells for $299.99.

Why is Sprint offering the Galaxy Nexus now? It had to. First, Verizon probably had a 90-day exclusivity agreement with Samsung, giving it dibs on the device for at least three months. Second, it makes no sense for Sprint to launch an LTE 4G smartphone months and months before it had an LTE 4G network. According to Sprint, its LTE network is scheduled to launch in just six markets by the middle of the year.

So, are you going to jump up and order Sprint's Galaxy Nexus? I'd wait a bit, if I were you, for one big reason: the HTC EVO 4G LTE is a better buy for a number of reasons.

[ Or, you could just wait a bit longer on a new phone. See Samsung's Next Galaxy: 3 Possibilities. ]

Here are some comparison points.

-- Both phones run Android 4.0. The Galaxy Nexus uses a stock build, while the EVO 4G LTE adds HTC's Sense 4.0 user experience. I'd call the software experience more or less even, and it depends on user preferences as to which is truly better.

-- Both also have 4.7-inch 1280 x 720p HD displays, though the Gnex uses AMOLED and the EVO uses an LCD. Both devices are nearly identical in size, though the EVO is 0.43 ounces lighter and just a hair thinner.

-- The Gnex has an older 1.2-GHz TI OMAP4460 powerplant inside, whereas the EVO has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5-GHz processor. The S4 includes the LTE components, which help to increase efficiency. Qualcomm's chip, in this case, is far superior to the TI one.

-- The Gnex's camera rates 5 megapixels--and it kind of stinks. Nearly every review of the Gnex lambasted the phone's poor camera, which produces mixed results. The EVO, on the other hand, has an excellent camera. It's aided by a separate processor, which speeds up the picture-taking powers of the device. It also has 8 megapixels. Both devices capture 1080p HD video.

-- If you use price as the main decision factor, the at-the-register price for both phones is $199.99. Sure, Google is tossing in $50 worth of credits to further entice users to pick the Galaxy Nexus, but I think the HTC EVO 4G LTE warrants the higher (final) price. It's a better device in most respects.

The one thing we don't know about the EVO is the exact launch date. Sprint is launching the device closer to when its LTE network officially goes live. That may be several more months.

Bottom line, if you need a new Android smartphone this weekend, then the Galaxy Nexus is a fine choice. If you can hold out a bit longer, do yourself a favor and wait for the EVO 4G LTE.

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AustinAnalyst
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AustinAnalyst,
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4/19/2012 | 12:45:50 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
I have the current HTC EVO and love it except for the lack of internal (on phone) storage of 512Mb which has become a weekly nuisance. The internal storage is not mentioned in this article. Sprint's bloatware on the phone which cannot be removed, does not help.
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Guest,
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4/18/2012 | 2:51:32 AM
re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
The problem is with you saying icontek's comment is biased and how ironic it is for you to say that since he has a broader view on this than you do. It doesn't make him an expert, but it makes him less biased than your own personal story.

Personal story = more bias than someone who handles hundreds of phones.

Just as you noted there are many factors that affect phone quality, but everything being equal, icontek is saying Samsung has better performance than htc. You even unintentionally prove this yourself by saying "So if you work at a phone store in a in a specific area where a type of phone works better than another." If he's seeing different phones in only one specific area, that means within the same carrier the only difference between these phones is the brand. So icontek does have a clearer idea than you when he says Samsung has a better performance than htc.
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ffej,
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4/17/2012 | 7:49:26 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
My comment is exactly that a comment and its intended to show the other side of the coin. I am not claiming that because my htc works great that they all do. On the same note i know many of happy htc owners but i would not say one is better than the other.

Most everyone knows that each phone is subject to build quality, location, carrier, service provider and many other factors. Because of that phones preform different. I like htc, others like samsung or moto...the list goes on

So if you work at a phone store in a in a specific area where a type of phone works better than another, that makes you an expert on how all htc phones work across the globe??? No that makes you bias
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Guest,
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4/17/2012 | 8:27:16 AM
re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
htc is blech to me. Can never stand to look at their phones because there's too much ugly going on. But what do they do with their new generation of phones? Instead of making it look better, they make it even worse by putting a nipple on the back. Sense is also a piece of you know what. What's with the crappy new brand name anyway? One? How generic and boring. Are they planning on using Two for their 2nd gen phone? LOL

It appears htc has a talent for ugly.
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John,
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4/17/2012 | 4:45:39 AM
re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
Your own comment is the perfect definition of bias. Your opinions is exactly that -- just yours.

Whereas icontek's is the opinion gathered from MANY observations.

So whose opinion should be more trustworthy? Methink icontek's.
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ffej,
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4/16/2012 | 10:01:11 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
I question if your opinion is bias? I have had htc phones for 4 years now and my signal has always been great. I have drove from Las Vegas to Detroit 4 times during this time. During my trips i had a better signal then both my doughter and my step dad who both own Samsung phones.

I dont think you can label a whole phone company as having bad signals compared to another. It really depends on the specific phone you buy

I have had the Evo 4g since launch and i will be happy when i buy my new Evo
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icontek,
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4/16/2012 | 5:43:55 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
Disclaimer: I sell phones for a living and use feedback from customers to inform my opinions about what works and what doesn't once you leave the store. And what so many feature-per-feature based reviews fail to compare is the quality of a device's antenna. Year over year, Samsung has proved that the antenna and signal strength of CDMA devices trounces HTC's designs in areas with weaker signal. While Samsung's engineers may not have matched Motorola Mobility, if you live, work or travel through fringe or weaker signal areas, a device made by Samsung is more likely to hold a call than a CDMA device made by HTC.
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