The HTC EVO 4G LTE vs. the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint. It's really a lopsided story. Sure, both phones have a lot in common: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 720p display, 3G and LTE (both without an LTE network at this point) and halo status. But the HTC EVO 4G LTE trounces the Galaxy Nexus when it comes to specs and features. It has a much faster CPU, an arguably superior display technology, a metal casing vs. Samsung's plastics and the EVO 4G LTE has a better camera.
But the Samsung Galaxy Nexus fights back with its trump card: it's an official Google device. That gets you (hopefully and usually) much faster OS updates, easy access to custom ROMs, rooting and no worries about unlocked bootloaders. It has no manufacturer UI and almost no Sprint added apps, so you're looking at pure Android OS 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich in all its glory. For advanced users, Android purists and those who love to hack and tinker, this smartphone is nirvana.
In our HTC EVO 4G LTE vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus comparison smackdown, we cover all the points for you: display, CPU and performance, NFC (both have it along with Google Wallet), cameras and reception. But the real point here is that the EVO 4G LTE offers the most bang for the $199 price point with contract that both share, while the Galaxy Nexus offers the pure Android experience, timely OS updates and hackability that some advanced users crave.
Here's our HTC EVO 4G LTE vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus comparison video: