The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first Android 4.0 device, it pioneered the latest software from Google. It had features such as face unlock, Android Beam, and more. It also had 4G LTE but the only network at the time that was capable of delivering 4G LTE at the time was Verizon Wireless. Now Sprint gets their own version of the Galaxy Nexus, 4G LTE free. It remains unchanged, nothing is completely different, just a new badge and thats about it. Since we have already reviewed the Galaxy Nexus, this is sort of an editorial on the Nexus, but there is a review video right below!
The Galaxy Nexus back then was a fabulous device, it really won the hearts of the people at Gadget Experts. It was sleek, fast, and very exciting to use. Now take in a few months of OEMs making devices and the HTC One series making its debut in the states, the excitement is sort of gone. The ultra-high resolution screen isn’t so revolutionary, Android 4.0 isn’t so rare. I’m afraid to say that the Galaxy Nexus is a bit forgotten? Maybe it’s just us.
The Galaxy Nexus has the same internals as the Verizon model. It is a little rearranged to accompany the CDMA radio for Sprint’s network but the guts remain untouched. It has a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor pushing it along briskly, the 1GB of RAM is a joy to have when multitasking from app to app. It’s a fine piece of kit but when you compare this to the HTC One, you just seem a little disappointed, we think they waited a tad too long to release this for Sprint. The EVO 4G LTE is right around the corner while this thing debuts. We don’t understand why people would buy this instead. One thing that we do ilk about the Galaxy Nexus for Sprint is the lack of bloatware. The Verizon model came packed with Verizon applications that ruined the pure vanilla Android experience, hints the Galaxy Nexus device, why load crap on there? On Sprint’s version, you find only the Google applications that they intended to have on there, nothing else.
To sort of wrap up our thoughts here, the Galaxy Nexus is still one of our favorites. It was the first phone with Ice Cream Sandwich which is a badge its never going to lose and its the best pure Android experience out there. But we have come to a time where 4.0 is more common along other manufactures and OEMs have built fantastic devices to run Google’s precious 4.0 software, the HTC One for example. We think the One devices are the best Android experience period. The Galaxy Nexus waited too long to make its debut on Sprint’s network, it was good last November, but its no longer good today. We still love it, but we love the HTC One more as a power house than the pretty Galaxy Nexus.