The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a know quantity. Since the end of 2011, we've reviewed Google's reference device as an unlocked GSM model and on Verizon with LTE. Now Sprint has picked up this Android OS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone for $199 on contract and $549 without contract extension. That's a wee bit more than the unlocked GSM version that Google's selling direct for $399 sans contract, but if you're a Sprint person, that GSM model won't do you any good.
The hardware is the same here, with only radio tweaks to support Sprint's CDMA network with 3G EV-DO Rev. A and LTE 4G. Sprint's LTE network isn't yet live, so you're buying for the future here. The carrier will bring LTE to 6 cities by the middle of this year, 3 of which are in Texas. Data speeds on 3G in the Dallas area are pretty poor, with an average of 400k down and 300k up. Thank goodness for that built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/n.
The Galaxy Nexus runs pure Android ICS with no added carrier or third party apps. In fact, Sprint's various apps aren't available or don't run on the phone. No Sprint TV, NASCAR or Sprint Music here. And don't even think about Sprint ID packs! Of course, this phone is for Android enthusiasts who eschew add-ons like manufacturer skins and Sprint packs.
The Galaxy Nexus runs on a 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP4 CPU with a gig of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. It has a 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display, a rear 5MP camera and a front video chat camera. In terms of hardware, it's not bleeding edge like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III. But again, this is a phone for Android purists and tinkerers who want the latest OS updates pronto.
Above: the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper on Sprint.
Here's our Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus video review.