Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
New Sprint phones are near release as the carrier readies the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for a rumored April 15 launch. Sprint customers waited four years for the iPhone, and they're about to get a small taste of what larger carriers are more accustomed to. No less than three new premium handsets could get the green light over the next two months. It's practically a holiday for Sprint customers because not only are the new phones close to their debut, but the company is finally building it's high-speed data network called LTE.
When the Galaxy Nexus debuts, it will run on Sprint's currant 3G network, but once the LTE system is ready in the six or so cities it will launch in, it will fly on 4G. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also rumored to be LTE capable, and that is a logical step because the popular Samsung Galaxy S2 is not LTE-ready. Android 4.0 should also be included in the Galaxy S3, but it will be a blend of Samsung's own TouchWiz software and Ice Cream Sandwich. Galaxy Nexus, however, will feature the Android 4.0 system with no manufacturer skin.
It's what Android enthusiasts refer to as pure Google. If you liked the software on the Galaxy S2, then you're liable to also enjoy what the Galaxy S3 will bring as well. We don't have a release date or price yet for the Galaxy S3, but it could be near $250 on contract. Begin the slideshow to see how these two monster phones stack up. Tell us in the comments if you're a Samsung aficionado or if you're waiting for one of the HTC One series phones to hit Sprint.
#1 Apps - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
Both of these high-powered phones will run apps from Google Play, but the Galaxy S3 will include a couple of nice apps from Samsung as well. There's Kies air that will sync the Galaxy S3 with a laptop to send contacts, the phone log and other content without connecting a USB cable. Galaxy S3 should also include the AllShare app for streaming content to an HDTV using DLNA technology. Galaxy Nexus, of course, has some of its own Google apps like Face Unlock and data tracking to keep from going over on your data plan.
#2 Features - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
Both phones have near field communications chips for instant wireless sharing between other NFC devices, 4G LTE and large colorful displays for watching videos.
#3 Accessories - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
There's no accessories yet for the Galaxy S3, but there will be since it is Samsung's signature device. Galaxy Nexus came out in December on Verizon, so there are lots of cases, car mounts and external speakers for it.
#4 Design - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
Even though the Galaxy Nexus has a large display, it's really not as wide as might be expected. It gives off a distinctly tall feeling, where the Galaxy S2 seems more of a traditionally proportioned phone. We can guess the Galaxy S3 might be similar, but we don't know yet. Galaxy Nexus also has a slightly curved display for better viewing and increased comfort when held.
#5 Software - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
It should be Android 4.0 on both devices as mentioned in the intro. The Galaxy S3's TouchWiz will likely be similar to what's on the Galaxy S2, and that would included Samsung hubs for music, reading, games and apps. Android 4.0 has a slick multitasking menu that makes it easy to close apps. Just flick them off the screen with a finger. It's an intuitive design that makes the software rather joyous to use.
#6 Display - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
Galaxy Nexus has 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280x720p resolution. We've heard rumors of a 4.8-inch screen on the Galaxy S3, and even some rumblings about an edge-to-edge display with a minimal bezel.
#7 Battery - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
We can only guess what the Galaxy S3 will have, but the Galaxy S2 has a 1650 mAh battery compared to the Galaxy Nexus' 1850 mAh. We'd expect a large battery because of the LTE system, but we don't know if it will be replaceable or how long it would last.
#8 Hardware - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
Galaxy Nexus has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with a full gigabyte of memory and 32 gigabytes of internal storage. There's no microSD card reader, but the micro-USB port also can connect to an HDMI cable with a special adapter. We're hearing a quad-core Samsung built Exynos chip will power the Galaxy S3, but we know even less about how that system will respond to the power draining LTE network.
#9 Price - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
There's no pricing on either phone available yet, but the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is going for $300 on contract right now. That would make it one of Sprint's most expensive phones. The Galaxy S3 would likely not be much cheaper when it debuts, however.
#10 Competition - Sprint Galaxy Nexus Release: Buy One or Wait for Samsung Galaxy S3?
These are two of the most powerful phones out there, and they are nearly in a class by themselves. The iPhone 4S and HTC One X would really be the only challengers. Some might argue the Lumia 900 or Galaxy Note on AT&T as well.