Sprint Galaxy Nexus Review
Jun 4, 2012 12:29 PM –
Sprint Galaxy Nexus is the latest smartphone from Google and comes with Android 4.0, the best Google mobile services and fastest updates directly from Google. Here’s our take on Sprint’s favor of the flagship Android phone.
Price: $199.99 on contract, $549.99 without contract
Pros & Cons:
- Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box!
- Fast response times!
- Great camera!
- Lightweight frame!
- Huge screen!
- Tight integration with Google Voice!
- No slot for an SD card for more storage.
The Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus is, as you would expect, an amazing phone. Like the rest of the Nexus series, it runs the latest Android operating system – in this case Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) – and it runs it, for the most part, as stock, showing off the pure form of the OS.
The first thing I want to talk about is the camera – it is, quite frankly, amazing. I was impressed with the quality of the shots I got with it, and how fast the shutter worked to capture them. In the gallery below, you’ll find two test shots – the first was taken outside, and the second I took inside (my cats graciously agreed to pose for me.) As you can see, in both settings, the camera did a great job – I didn’t touch these up at all, or make any adjustments on the camera itself. This is with the default settings and camera app. Zooming was very easy – you just drag your finger across the bar at the bottom of the screen, and you can easily zoom in and out. And the zero shutter lag feature, really did work – I pressed the capture button and it took the photo, without that delay that some phones have. This made it much easier to capture clear photos, and photos of moving objects.
When it comes to video, the phone will capture in 1080p, so it is capturing high-def video. As you would imagine, using the video for an extended time is going to drain your battery a lot faster, and the file sizes are going to be bigger, taking up more room on the phone. The size is an important thing to note here because, sadly, one of the few things I didn’t like about the phone is the lack of the ability to add additional storage. Depending on the version of the phone you have, you’ll either have 16 or 32 GB of space, but while this is a good amount, it’s not enough if you plan to do a lot of video capture – you’ll want to make sure you’re offloading them often, or you’ll fill up the memory fast. For just regular app usage and the occasional camera shot, it’s not as big of a deal, but I still would have liked to see the option for an SD card in there.
The screen on this phone is simply gorgeous. The colors are bright and crisp, and everything I ran on it looked amazing. It is one of the larger screens on a phone I’ve played with, which was nice – although any bigger and it would be hard to get it in a pocket, so while I appreciated the real estate, I hope they end the race for bigger screens here. It’s still a phone, and I still want to be able to shove it easily in my purse or pocket without having to worry about it.
This phone features some of the latest innovations in ICS, such as face unlock and the ability to share information by “bumping” it with another NFC phone. I didn’t get to try bumping, since my regular phone isn’t NFC, but it’s something you might want to test in the store before buying if it’s an important feature for you. The face unlock was interesting – you take a picture and then tell the phone to only unlock when it sees your face on the front camera. It worked fine for me, but I have to admit, it’s still something that’s a bit too new for me to rely on for real security. I’d worry that it either wouldn’t unlock for me, or it would unlock for someone else who had a similar face shape to me.
Because this is a Sprint phone, if you’re a Google Voice user, you’re going to have access to a very tight integration with the service, which was really nice. You get the standard voice ability to use Voice as your voicemail provider, but you can also set up the service to ring that phone, no matter which number they call. I have several phone numbers tied to Voice, and no matter which one I tried calling, when it went to Voice, it would ring this phone first, before going to voicemail. This is a fantastic feature, since it makes it a lot easier to manage multiple numbers – such as a company and personal phone, for example. Now you can set it up to always ring one device, but still be able to give out separate numbers. This feature is easy to manage at the main Google Voice Website, where you can adjust the settings after you set it up, including turning off call forwarding if you need or want to.
Photos and Videos:
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Sprint Galaxy Nexus Test Photo 1
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Performance and Battery Life:
This phone is very zippy. Everything I asked it to do, it not only did it well, it did it fast. Apps loaded quickly, screens snapped around without any lag, and in general it was a very seamless experience. I have absolutely no complaints about the performance – I was expecting a superior phone when it came to that, and I got it.
The battery life was decent. I admit, it didn’t last quite as long as I expected it to a few times – there were a few times in testing I picked it up to use it, only to discover it was dead. That being said, I wasn’t charging it every day, and I was giving it a moderate to heavy amount of use. It was the heavier days when the battery discharged faster, as expected, but on the moderate use days, I found I could go about a day and a half on a charge if I pushed it. On the few days I tested it with low usage, it lasted the entire time on one charge. So I’d say if you plan to use it moderately, charging every day, you’re probably not going to have any problems.
- 4.65″ HD(1280 x 720) Super AMOLED
- 1.2 GHZ dual core processor
- Size: 67.94 X 135.5 X 9.47 (LTE), 67.94 X 135.5 X 8.94 (HSPA+)
- Weight: 145.5 g (LTE). 135 g (HSPA+)
- Storage: 32GB (LTE), 16GB (HSPA+)
- 5MP continuous auto focus camera
- 1.3MP Front Camera
- Video recording in 1080p
- Battery: 1850mAh (LTE), 1750 mAh (HSPA+)
( out of 5)
Should you buy this phone Sprint Galaxy Nexus? If you are a Sprint user, then this is a fantastic phone. It’s available at a discount on contract, and honestly, it is a great phone. I expected a lot from this phone since it had the Nexus name, and it lived up to what I wanted from it. Of course, there are always new phones with higher specs being released, but this one is still holding its own, and is still a very, very, very good phone! Especially if you’re looking for as pure of an Android experience as you can get, this really is the phone for you. I highly recommend finding a Sprint store where you can go and check it out.