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Help me decide between the Galaxy Nexus and 4G LTE

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23rd April 2012, 01:44 AM   |  #1  
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My upgrade is in october, but I'm fairly certain I could convince sprint to cut me some slack. Basically, for the past year or so I've used CM7 on my Evo. I like the full customization available in a stock rom. I'm sure CM9 will be available for both of the phones I'm considering at some point, but that will kill the sense features like the amazing new camera which I feel like I need (most of my photos are in doors in low light situations). The evo seems to have better specs over all, bigger screen, off screen buttons (positive), better screen, sexier more resilient built, and I could always use a custom launcher to get my customization on.

The main thing I think I'm missing with both phones are the quick widgets from CM7 - where you pull down the notification bar and there are some quick settings buttons. I really, really like and feel like I need that. Do either phones have that built in? I know the evo will last me longer and be the same price with upgrade. Any tips? Thanks.
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23rd April 2012, 01:53 AM   |  #2  
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Ice Cream Sandwich provides the quick widgets/settings I believe by default. So I think both phones will have that.

Can anyone verify that to be true? Unless that only works with pure ICS, in which case you should get the Nexus. I'm definitely going with the EVO though, those hardware specs are outstanding. And it is pretty sexy too.

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23rd April 2012, 03:36 AM   |  #3  
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If my memory serves me right, I do not believe that the Galaxy Nexus has Quick Settings enabled in the drop-down notification bar. Sense 4.0, it has ditched the Quick Settings thing too, unfortunately, according to screenshots I've seen.


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Software:

Galaxy Nexus - Vanilla ICS.
LTEvo - ICS, Sense 4.0 - Sense 4.0 review here.

Winner: LTEvo. I do like the few tweaks that HTC has included with Sense 4.0 and it does not appear to be extremely heavy.

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Build Quality:

Galaxy Nexus - Plastic. It feels a little awkward to hold in one hand and reach across the screen.
LTEvo - Black aluminum and plastic. Reviews say that it is "svelte" and fits well in the hand.

Winner: LTEvo. However, I do wish the whole body was aluminum with the Micro Arc Oxidation treatment (One S). Or at least the plastic was replaced with polycarbonate (One X). The Galaxy Nexus is a bit awkward in the hand and it's fully plastic.

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Processor:

Galaxy Nexus - 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 (dual-core, Cortex-A9, 45nm)
LTEvo - 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 "Krait" "S4" (dual-core, Cortex-A15, 28nm), integrated LTE

Winner: LTEvo. The Krait S4 chip is a beast from what I seen, and can handle anything thrown at it. Cortext-A15 and 28nm = less heat, less battery usage. The OMAP is simply aging.

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Other Internals:

Galaxy Nexus - PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1 GB RAM
LTEvo - Adreno 225 GPU, 1 GB RAM

Winner: LTEvo. The PowerVR the Nexus packs is aged (hint: it's the same one as the one in the OG Galaxy S). I do wish the LTEvo had the Adreno 320 GPU, but I'm sure the 225 can handle well.

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Screen:

Galaxy Nexus - 4.65" Super Amoled Screen, PenTile, 720p resolution, 316 ppi (claimed), 200 ppi (realistic - PenTile)
LTEvo - 4.7" Super LCD 2 Screen, non-PenTile, 720p resolution, 312 ppi

Winner: LTEvo. Non-PenTile, larger screen? That 4.65" on the Galaxy Nexus includes the on-screen "softkeys" while the 4.7" on the LTEvo does not.
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Storage:

Galaxy Nexus - 32 GB internal, no microSD slot
LTEvo - 16 GB internal, microSD slot

Winner: LTEvo. Expandable storage = win. Yes, you can use Dropbox and such, but that is online storage.

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Battery:

Galaxy Nexus - 1850 mAh, removable
LTEvo - 2000 mAh, non-removable

Winner: Galaxy Nexus. While the LTEvo has the larger battery, it is non-removable. While the Galaxy Nexus has a smaller battery, it is removable, giving you the option of an extended battery.

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Camera:

Galaxy Nexus -
  • 5 MP rear, 1080p recording @ 24 fps, single flash
  • 1.3 MP front, 720p recording @30 fps
LTEvo -
  • 8 MP rear, 1080p recording @ 30 fps, single flash, backside illumination, dedicated ImageChip
  • 1.3 MP front, 720p recording @ ? fps

Winner: LTEvo. The Galaxy Nexus camera is obviously lacking.
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23rd April 2012, 04:06 AM   |  #4  
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How much will the LTEvo cost and when is it available?

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23rd April 2012, 04:07 AM   |  #5  
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How much will the LTEvo cost and when is it available?

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199 with a two year agreement

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How do you plan on getting the early upgrade from sprint? I'm in the exact same boat as you and I'm itching to upgrade...

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23rd April 2012, 06:19 AM   |  #7  
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How do you plan on getting the early upgrade from sprint? I'm in the exact same boat as you and I'm itching to upgrade...

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Buy up program, Depending on how far out from your upgrade you are and how your account standing is.

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23rd April 2012, 06:35 PM   |  #8  
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Buy up program, Depending on how far out from your upgrade you are and how your account standing is.

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So you pay the $100 etf (assuming four months away from an upgrade) and then get a subsidy priced phone?

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23rd April 2012, 06:41 PM   |  #9  
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The LTEVO is the better choice, IMO. Here's why:
  • Screen - same resolution but Galaxy Nexus has AMOLED and LTEVO has SLCD2
  • CPU - Galaxy Nexus has an "old" TI 1.2; LTEVO has the new Snapdragon S4
  • Camera - Galaxy Nexus 5 MP and it sucks (read the many reviews around the web); HTC 8MP with dedicated processor is amazing
  • Storage - Galaxy Nexus does not support removable storage; LTEVO does (which is actually one of the few things it has from its cousin, the HTC ONE X).

To sum it all up, the Galaxy Nexus is an older phone. Get the LTEVO.
24th April 2012, 12:53 AM   |  #10  
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I have/had a crap ton of phones. My favorite Android phones thus far have been the N1 and NS4G. Why? Because it was updated immediately, and even when it wasn't first in line, it still ran Custom ROMs very smoothly with everything working because of AOSP and more open drivers.

The NS4G was/is a old phone and I choose it over the GS2 (which I had sitting on my desk unused) as my main android phone. Hell, with ICS it was faster, but above all, it was always relevant. The GS2 was exciting for about 1-2 months and now its irrelevant. The One X / EVO LTE will be the same. Jellybean will be announced soon, the GN will be relevant and the excitement over the new shiny phones will die down and their communities will be "enjoying" half working ROMs.

Many won't agree with me but I'd never recommend anyone a non Nexus phone. Software is key, especially when we're running low demanding mobile apps.

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