[Comparison] Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC Rezound

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    Working at a phone retailer, I frequently get asked which device is better, the Rezound or the Galaxy Nexus; that’s something that obviously requires a lot of subjective evaluations, and deserves a more thorough comparison. Let’s delve into that and see if either phone can hold the title of "Best Device on Verizon."

    Quick History:

    The Galaxy Nexus is the latest device on Verizon’s network, the newest Samsung device, and this year’s Nexus device. The phone came out just over a week ago, and was designed by Google for their latest version of Android. This device is certainly a powerful addition to the market.

    The Rezound was also released pretty recently. The Rezound is HTC and Beats By Dre’s first product to hit America. It comes with Beats by Dre software and a pair of headphones to compliment the sound quality of the phone. This device is the latest from HTC, and considering HTC has the second highest customer satisfaction behind Apple, it's possible this phone can stand up to Google’s phone.

    Hardware Comparisons:

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    Screen-

    The Galaxy Nexus joins the battle with a 4.5 inch curved display that puts out 720p full HD resolution. This screen looks quite nice when watching movies because it’s built on Samsung’s Super AMOLED plus technology, so you’re getting some of the best quality video playback on a mobile phone.
    The Rezound comes in with similar specifications. The screen may not be Samsung’s famous Super AMOLED plus display, but it also offers you 720p resolution, and actually looks a bit better. The screen is not 4.5 inch either, but it does offer pixel density that surpassed any other phones in the market—including the iPhone. Movies look just as amazing, on the Rezound screen.
    In this round - The Rezound and Galaxy Nexus have equal advantages and disadvantage. It primarily matters what you want more of from your display; a bigger screen with the Nexus or a slightly better one with the Rezound.
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    Camera-
    The Galaxy Nexus has one of the coolest camera’s I’ve ever used. The no-lag shutter speed and the one click panoramic picture taking software make it a great camera for traveling and taking lots of pictures. The quality is not that great on the other hand. The camera’s resolution was limited to 5 megapixels, and pictures taken from the Galaxy Nexus aren’t as clear or vibrant to me as other phones I’ve used.
    The Rezound on the other hand, is another story. This device has probable the best Camera I’ve ever used on a phone. The 8 megapixel back-lit camera makes for extremely vibrant and nice pictures. It does not offer the no-lag feature, but it does quite well in getting you a quality shot in about a second or so. Recording 1080p on the Rezound also looks much better and it has great sound quality as well, even when it’s windy outside.
    In this round - the Rezound takes the Galaxy Nexus to the mat.
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    Size, Build Quality, Processer, Battery-
    The size of the Galaxy Nexus is actually pretty nice. The phone is not too big for most hands and feels okay while holding it. The build quality looks pretty nice from the front, but when you actually hold it, it doesn’t feel so nice after all. The phone feels too lightweight. The light weight of the phone is deceptive though, since the device packs a lot of power under the hood. The device's dual-core processor, clocked at 1.2 Ghz, offers you lightning speed! The Battery life on this phone is one thing that I’m shocked about, and pleasantly so. The device actually offered me awesome battery life when I used it all day, and I was on LTE the whole time. The battery life on this phone is one of the best I’ve ever experienced.
    The Rezound seems to walk the same line as the Galaxy Nexus in some respects. While the phone is a bit thicker than the Nexus, it is a bit easier to hold and adds to the build quality of the device. Holding the Rezound, I feel like it can handle much more than any most other phone and that it’s a premium device that won’t break so easily. The processor of the Rezound is clocked at 1.5, but you would be hard-pressed to notice a difference, because they’re both really fast devices. As far as battery life goes, it is an HTC device, so you’re not getting better battery life than the Nexus, but it’s not that bad (Thunderbolt anyone). One thing that I noticed with the Rezound is that when compared to the Nexus, the speedtest.net test always ended with the Rezound getting better speeds both up and down; I don’t know how to explain this occurrence.
    These devices both have really great hardware, but I think the Rezound won this one. It offers a faster processor, better build quality, and better size. The battery life on the Nexus did offer you more than the Rezound.


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    Software Comparisons:
    This one of something I cannot go too in-depth in. The software on these devices are on opposite levels so it’s basically comparing apples and oranges. The HTC with Sense on the Android 2.3 is quite nice, and adds a lot of value to the Rezound. The addition of the Beats Audio software on the Rezound is also a big plus for those that love listening to music.
    But, The Galaxy Nexus offers the great gift of Ice Cream Sandwich just like Google intended. It has nothing Verizon made, and it certainly doesn’t have a ton of bloatware. The phone is nearly perfect in the OS department and is a blast to use.
    It's nearly impossible to go too in-depth with the software portion of this comparison because they aren’t truly comparable, but when the Rezound gets the 4.0 update, I’ll gladly edit this and compare them on even grounds.
    As nice as the HTC phone with Gingerbread is, Ice Cream Sandwich is the next generation and takes things to a whole new level of awesome.





    Final break-down:

    Over-all the Rezound seems like a better device, but the Galaxy Nexus is still a better buy because it's essentially future proof, and you can't go wrong with the latest Android 4.0. Of course, it is probable that sometime in 2012, the Rezound will receive ICS, and then it basically just stands above the Galaxy Nexus in a several ways. It boils down to choosing between "what you have to have now", or "what you can live with until later."
    Ratings:


    • Speed and Multitasking: G10/10 R10/10
    • Camera Quality: G7/10 R10/10
    • Browsing Experience: G10/10 R10/10
    • Music Playback: G 8/10 R10/10
    • Build Quality: G7/10 R10/10
    • Size: G8/10 R8/10
    • Network: G10/10 R10/10
    • Pricing: G8/10 R8/10
    • Sexiness: G10/10 R8/10
    • Overall Rating: G8/10 R9/10
    The Rezound adds up to be the winner of this comparison, but at the end of the day they're both great devices and you just have to choose which one fits you more. The Nexus has the future proof guarantee from Google for the next year or two, while the Rezound can't say the same thing. Hope this comparison helps you decide on your next phone purchase.
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    So the Rezound is better.....
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    One of the more un-biased reviews on here. As a proud Nexus owner, I disagree with your opinion of the build quality of the phone, but not going to nit-pick. Great informative review and I'm sure you will help plenty of future buyers.
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    nice review. just for future reference, you can turn off the flash :)
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    I love my Razr...But my buddy just got a Rezound and it's really impressive.
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    No, Nexus is......

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    Ummm... in your review you missed a couple things that may be important to some... 1. Galaxy Nexus has a NFC chip that makes available all kinds of functionality. So even if the Rezound or Razer eventually get ICS officially they will not support NFC since they don't have the chip. 2. The Rezound and Razer have hard buttons and ICS (and probably future Android OS's) is really designed to work best with soft buttons (on screen).
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    you should also add developer support and unlockable bootloader.
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    As a an android site I would expect a hackability(openness) rating on phones. I liked your review but honestly I couldnt care less for a slightly better camera, or the slight difference in the screen. Also the music playback rating is a joke, the beats option doesnt even work in Pandora. There are apps out there that could take care of that. Most people that come to sites like droid forums like to hack(customize the phone). To me personally having that ability is more important because I hate waiting on updates and when it comes to HTC I think we waited like 7 months to get the Thunderbolt updated to the official Gingerbread.
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    I've owned all of the latest, and having them sitting side by side, the Rezound's radio has outperformed all of them by far. The Razr was relatively close, but the Rezound was the fastest and held the strongest signal in more places. Not sure if it's b/c the antenna is integrated into the back cover (though it was with the Bolt too...), but HTC did something right with the radio on that phone.

    Also, the Rezound (and Bolt) can completely disable eHRPD when LTE is struggling, and act like what Verizon used to be - rock solid, reliable 3G service. No other phone on VZW can do that (or voice/data simultaneously over 3G for that matter).

    I know I've posted this in a few other places, but seemed appropriate here.
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    4.65" screen.
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    4.65" screen.

    4.65".

    Not 4.5
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    For me that was a HUGE plus for the Gnex. The developer support it crazy only after 1 week.

    Its too bad the Rezound got locked down.
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    Both the charge and nexus do voice/data simultaneously....granted....i have not tried it in a 3g only area.
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    Nice Review

    Thanks for that review i am truly glad to see that this was an unbiased review It seems that everyone is Galaxy Nexus blind everything these days is all about Nexus. I know that it can't be the greatest phone ever made it's starting to be like iPhone users nothing beats iPhone and now nothing beats the Nexus. Thankfully people have different taste and every smartphone will find it's hands in to various users.
    Personally I hope that the screens don't get much bigger it's starting to look like the good ole days of the infamous Brick phone,..I know I owned one and I remember lugging that huge thing around thinking I was so cool !
    I think if it's too big to fit in a hand it should be hanging on a wall..LOL
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    So the Rezound doesn't have support for roms, is that what everyone is saying? I think the whole display buttons is crap, I think if the Rezound gets ICS it will be an even much better phone and who cares about the crap chip the nexus had
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    I have a Nexus, but I'm still torn between it and the Rezound. The Nexus is a beautiful phone with a big beautiful screen that's a pleasure to use and a slim sexy form factor (somewhat obscured by my case, but still...). The Rezound is a somewhat ugly thick beast with jarring red buttons and a screen which, while slightly smaller, is pretty much perfect. The fact that the Rezound has a significantly better camera is pretty big for me as well, though the Nexus isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be, provided you focus properly before taking pictures (or try an app like Camera ZOOM FX, which does wonders for this phone). In the end I went with the Nexus mostly because it will receive every update to the OS available until it can no longer run them, and it will have probably the most community support of any phone since the OG Droid. I still have until the 15th to decide if I'm certain that I want to stick with the Nexus, but all the accessories I've purchased so far kinda make it unlikely I'll change my mind. I love this phone, and even if it isn't the best hardware on the market right now, it's the best complete package.
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    Played with a friends Rezound. While never a fan of Sense the phone seemed fast. However, my Nexus was averaging 19mb download speed to his 14mb download. His phone has about 10apps installed. Still a great phone and probably better than the Razr.
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    time will tell :)
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    It was a good review. I don't get why the rezound gets points for beats audio though in the software section when it's well documented that all beats is is an eq setting. Any music app with eq gets you the same results. Its kind of like saying the rezound gets points for being able to play angry birds.

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