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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Introduction:

Crazy to imagine, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus swooped into our hearts courtesy of Verizon way back in December, which is nearly 5 months ago. In the short time since then, we’ve seen some enticing new handsets from the competition that gives the original Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone a good run for its money, but at long last, it finally made its way to Sprint – with LTE connectivity in tow of course. Knowing that, will it still be enough to entice customers who know that other highly prized smartphones are on the horizon?

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The packaging contains:

* microUSB cable
* Wall Charger
* Get Started Guide
* Important Information Guide


Design:

Identical in almost every way, aside from the obvious Sprint branding it’s flaunting, there is nothing we haven’t seen before with this version. Back 5 months ago, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the talk of the town with its clean design, but now, it’s starting to look rather dull after seeing the beauties from HTC’s camp. As expected, the construction is typical of any Samsung made device – meaning, it’s fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Boasting the stock ICS experience, this baby is free of any capacitive buttons, which adds to its clean overall appearance. However, perched above the display, is just the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Peering around the sides of the phone, our fingers take hold of the raised feel of the power and volume control buttons, which are both springy to the touch. Meanwhile, we also find its dock connection ports, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, and microUSB port – the latter of which provides video-out functionality with the aid of an optional MHL adapter.

3.5mm jack and microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Top edge - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

3.5mm jack and microUSB port (bottom)


Volume rocker (left)


Top edge


Power key (right)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Just like before, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus snapper with LED flash in the rear of the handset, while two notches on the other end makeup its speaker grill. Removing the flimsy rear cover, we’re given access to its 1,850 mAh battery.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Back


Battery compartment


Display:

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve been engorging ourselves with some immaculate smartphones brandishing some high quality displays. Nevertheless, the 4.65” HD (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Nexus is still an appealing one – despite its choice of employing a PenTile matrix arrangement. In fact, looking at it from a good distance away, it still exhibits plenty of sharp details, while continuing to entice us with its oversaturated color production and wide-viewing angles.

Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Viewing angles

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