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The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus review

The Galaxy Nexus remains one of the best Android phones on the market, and this version, in particular, includes Google Wallet. Still, the battery life is relatively short, and early adopters will have to wait for Sprint's LTE network to go live.

Pros
  • Simple yet beautiful designGoogle Wallet onboardSolid performer
Cons
  • Shorter battery life than other Galaxy NexusesMediocre camera performanceEarly adopters will have to wait for LTE service
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Model
16GB / GSM

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.65 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to17.67 hour) (up to8.33 hour)
Standby time (max)
290 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1750 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer], PAN [ad hoc network])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North America

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.65 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
316 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging, USB On-The-Go [host])

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
no
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
no
TV-out
yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
32GB / Verizon LTE

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
4.65 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to8.33 hour)
Standby time (max)
290 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1850 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer], PAN [ad hoc network])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
CDMA, LTE (1xRTT, EV-DO r0, EV-DO rA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.65 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
316 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging, USB On-The-Go [host])

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
no
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
yes
TV-out
yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
32GB / Sprint LTE

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
4.65 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to8.33 hour)
Standby time (max)
290 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1750 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom, Flash) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer], PAN [ad hoc network])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
CDMA, LTE (1xRTT, EV-DO r0, EV-DO rA) (yes)

Display

Screen size
4.65 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
316 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging, USB On-The-Go [host])

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
no
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
yes
TV-out
yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))