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Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)

2.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
Available at external website Sprint
  • Display: 4.7-inches
  • Camera: 5-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.2 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5.33 inches, 2.67 inches, 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 4.96 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 720 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 150 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

Pairing the beauty of Samsung hardware with a pure Google experience, the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G for Sprint runs the Android 4.0 operating system (a.k.a., Ice Cream Sandwich), bringing a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience, and more. You'll also enjoy innovative, next-gen features such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus, and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.

Pairing the beauty of Samsung hardware with a pure Google experience, the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G for Sprint runs the Android 4.0 operating system (a.k.a., Ice Cream Sandwich), bringing a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience, and more. You'll also enjoy innovative, next-gen features such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus, and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.

Powered by Android 4.0 and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (see larger image).

5-megapixel camera with Full HD 1080p video recording (see larger image).
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
At a Glance:

  • 3G/4G LTE connectivity

    Sprint 4G LTE network is available in limited markets.

  • Android 4.0 OS

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor

  • 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen

  • 32 GB memory

  • 5-MP camera + Full HD 1080p video record

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Personal/corporate e-mail
At a Glance

The Galaxy Nexus is outfitted with a 5-megapixel camera with zero shutter lag and Full HD 1080p video recording, as well as a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls on the go. It's powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor that speeds up your web browsing, gaming, and multitasking. The Galaxy Nexus also features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones.

Designed with a brilliant 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED contour touchscreen display and HD 1080p resolution, the Galaxy Nexus offers a beautiful viewing experience with vivid images, excellent contrast ratio that show more distinct separation between light and dark colors, and superfast response that eliminates motion blur for smoother video enjoyment.

It runs on Sprint's 4G LTE network, offering simultaneous voice and data connectivity. Additionally, the phone can still connect to 3G data services in areas not currently served by Sprint's 4G LTE network (learn more about Sprint's 4G LTE network below).

Note: Sprint 4G LTE network is available in limited markets.

The Galaxy Nexus also includes Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking plus Mobile Hotspot capability for sharing your 3G/4G LTE connection with up to ten Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. And it's outfitted with ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking as well as next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. Other features include a virtual onscreen QWERTY keyboard with enhanced auto-correction and touch recognition for a more natural feel, 32 GB of internal memory, 1 GB of RAM, and up to 7.5 hours of talk time.

Pay with Google Wallet

With Google Wallet, you can transform the Galaxy Nexus smartphone into a smart wallet using Near Field Communication (NFC) to make safe purchases at hundreds of thousands of stores nationwide.

Advanced Photography and Video Recording

The Galaxy Nexus has a full-featured 5-megapixel camera with automatic focus and 1080p video capture, top-notch low-light performance, and zero shutter lag. Open it right from the lock screen and fire off a photo instantly. Snapping several photos is quicker than the blink of an eye, and single-motion panoramic mode lets the user take beautiful panorama pictures with Galaxy Nexus.

A photo editor lets you add filters and effects, adjust color, straighten, reduce red eye, crop, rotate, flip, and even doodle on your favorite photos--right after you take them. Your edits are saved as a copy, so you can always get to the original. Your photos can upload themselves with Instant Upload, which makes it much easier to share them with family and friends. If you've signed up for Google+, you can enable Instant Upload and share photos with anyone you choose.

Shoot video in Full HD 1080p, and snap still shots while you're at it. Continuous focus, real-time zoom, and time-lapse mode give you the power to shoot stunning videos. When your footage is ready, create your own movie with Movie Studio and upload it to YouTube.

Vital Statistics

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G weighs 5.1 ounces and measures 2.67 x 5.33 x 0.37 inches. Its 1850 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.5 hours of talk time. It runs on Sprint's 4G LTE network as well as the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.

What's in the Box

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G handset, rechargeable battery, charger, quick start guide

Android IceCreamSanwich

The Ice Cream Sandwich home screen (view larger).

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System

The Galaxy Nexus runs the Android 4.0 operating system (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich), which adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing while improving on the best Android features: easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and more.

The new Ice Cream Sandwich interface features an onscreen navigation bar that replaces the hardware buttons for Back, Home, and Menu found with older Android-powered phones. And with Google+ integration, you can video chat with groups of up to 9 friends as well as easily upload and share photos and videos. Other features include:

Face Unlock

You can now unlock your phone with just your face using the Face Unlock option. It takes advantage of the front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your phone in front of your face to unlock (or use a backup PIN).

And the lock screen now lets you do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, you can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, you can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Onscreen keyboard (view larger).
Home Screen Folders

Quickly access related apps right from the home screen by organizing apps and shortcuts into folders--just drag one app onto another to create a folder.


Multitasking is even easier and more visual in Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently--tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

Voice Input

The new voice engine in Android 4.0 lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want. You can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.

Sprint's 4G LTE Network

Note: Sprint 4G LTE network is available in limited markets.

Sprint 4G LTE services dramatically increase download speeds for photos, videos and large files. You can download a favorite song, picture, sitcom or large video in seconds, not minutes, or watch live streaming video--all while on the go, not just from the home or office. Additionally, businesses can benefit from the fast connectivity speeds of 4G LTE. Some examples include:

  • Real estate agents can conduct virtual property tours.
  • Construction teams using 4G LTE in the field can save valuable time by sharing schematics with engineers online.
  • Insurance companies can speed their claims management through real-time communication with on-site adjusters.
  • Health care professionals can improve their ability to remotely monitor patients.
  • Emergency first responders can rapidly assess and coordinate disaster action with real-time on-site video and audio.
  • Photojournalists can instantly transfer high-resolution images to the newsroom.


  • 4G LTE connectivity (available in limited markets) with simultaneous voice and data capability
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n/a) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allows up to ten Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G LTE experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) for sharing contacts, web pages, directions, and more via Android Beam to compatible phones.
  • GPS for navigation and location services
  • Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as mobile e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).


  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED multi-touch screen (1280 x 720 pixels) with Contoured Display.
  • MicroUSB port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • 32 GB internal memory (non-expandable)
  • 1 GB RAM for improved multitasking.


  • 5-megapixel camera with continuous auto focus, zero shutter lag, single-motion panoramic mode, and LED flash.
  • Full HD 1080p video capture with on-phone movie editing and easy upload to YouTube.
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats and self portraits.


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV


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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), also known as CMAS, is a part of a national alerting system called IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) that enables emergency management officials to rapidly disseminate the warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones based on the phones’ geographic location. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is responsible for receiving the alerting information and forwarding the alerts to participating wireless carriers such as Sprint. Such alerts may come from the President of the United States; the National Weather Service, state or county public safety officials. This system is integrated into the same national alerting services that serve television and radio today.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B007UO9HW6
  • Item model number: Galaxy Nexus
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,532 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

First things first. Pay no attention to the review by J.S. Stock Android has never included visual voicemail. Apparently he or she hasn't heard of Google Voice yet.

Onto the review. I have committed myself to only using Nexus devices when it comes to Android. I hate being held hostage to Manufacturer/Carrier update schedules. Why should I have to wait 6 months for my perfectly good device to get a half-baked update to the latest and greatest? I shouldn't. The Nexus phones do it right and receive stock Android updates developed by Google.

This phone is fast, it's lightweight, easy to hold in my hand and the screen is gorgeous. Tech outlets seem to be down on the pentile display, but it doesn't bother me. Call quality is great and speakerphone/the external speaker function well. Battery life has not been an issue for me and I am a moderate to heavy user. Although the device itself is about 6 months old, the fact that it runs pure, unadulterated Android helps it to keep pace with some of the newer phones. I had a tinge of envy when looking at the EVO 4G LTE's specs, but I have zero performance issues with this device and am 100% pleased with my purchase.

Do yourself a favor and get this phone. You'll be happy you did.
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UPDATE (May, 2014):
We have moved on from the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. We moved to a new house in late fall 2013, and the Sprint signal strength indoors ranged from very poor to generally non-existent at the new location.

Prior to the move to a different neighborhood and the subsequent cell-tower strength issues, we "discovered" that just because it's a Nexus, doesn't mean Google is going to keep patching it (no matter how capable the hardware was, or is). Sadly, the Galaxy Nexus wasn't eligible for Android 4.4 "KitKat".

We hadn't clearly understood that Google has a "two HW generations out" limit for Nexus updates (my bad, I s'pose).

So we weren't exactly unhappy about going to new phones. And a new provider.

I popped back in though, to specifically share that if you already have a Galaxy Nexus (or you're thinking about getting one), and are disappointed about the lack of 'Droid v4.4 support from Google, Cyanogenmod does have an alternative KitKat level update.

You can easily find it online, and it was a relatively easy install.

The *only* caveat is that you don't want to root and mod' the phone until AFTER you have established a Sprint account, and confirmed it's working. (Otherwise you're going to have to return the phone back to the original ROM, activate it with Sprint, and re-install Cyanogenmod.)

I really liked the Cyanogenmod version of KitKat, and recommend it as a way to keep your Galaxy Nexus current (regardless of the lack of direct Google support & patches).

FWIW. We went with Nokia Lumia 1020's Windows Phone 8 phones on AT&T (AT&T signal was clearly superior to T-Mobil and Verizon at our new house: yeah, we tried all the major cell providers). No regrets.
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This is my first real foray into the world of the smart phone. Overall I am happy with the phone. The calls sound good. The sprint service in my area has a weak signal, but that is the vendor not the device. Even with the weak signal in my home, calls have a good quality sound to them. I don't miss calls, and they don't drop either.

I really dislike the battery life. I am not sure if I was simply spoiled by my Samsung Rugby phone that I could talk for a couple of hours and have it stand by for a couple of days without charging it. The galaxy I get approximately 12 hours from fully charged to completely dead. That is with making calls totaling less than two hours, and receiving regular notifications. When I use the phone heavily for internet, sending/receiving emails, talking, and texting, the phone will only last about seven hours. Again it may be that I was spoiled by my old phone, but I just don't feel that the battery life is where I would like it to be.

The other issue I have is with integrating the phone with my office Exchange. The setup works fine, but the device will not authenticate with the server. I have not found a good solution to this problem yet, aside from buying a third party app to get the mail exchange to work.

The apps that the phone runs are great. I download from both Google play and the Amazon app store. I am able to access my amazon kindle library on the device which is also nice. I have not had trouble with apps crashing, or the phone locking up. I use quick office pro, and I like the screen size when it comes to viewing PDF and Word documents.

I gave it a four star rating because I do think that it is an above average device. I really would like to have given it three and a half stars due to the above mentioned problems. I am hoping that with updates that at least the exchange issue will be worked out. I would recommend this device.
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Upgraded from my two year old android, having a great user experience with ICS/this phone. There was initial activation issue with amazon/sprint, it was quickly resolved.

Battery charge life is very good, calls are much better handled in ICS (the keypad is automatically activated/visible if the phone is held away in-between calls), no bloat apps- its pure google. Did not try the NFC feature yet. You can build some cool profiles using NHC tags.
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