Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound: Superphone Battle for the Holidays

by: Paul NuñalNovember 9, 2011
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Having a phone with the latest Ice Cream Sandwich onboard pretty much places you on top of god-like status. With the announcement of Google’s flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, it will be the first phone to utilize Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC on the hand unveiled its latest creation, the HTC Rezound, just this month towing Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread but promises an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade later on in the first quarter of 2012.

These two devices are powerful, to put it bluntly and without hype.  But, they have features that make one better over the other.  Here’s a quick comparison of the HTC Rezound versus the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.


The Galaxy Nexus has a sexier feel with dimensions of 135.5 mm x 67.94 mm x 8.94 mm, while the Rezound has 129 mm x 65.5 mm x 13.65 mm — much thicker than its counterpart. These could be the most sexy and attractive Android devices on the market today, with each one sharing its own set of pros and cons.

The Galaxy Nexus continues the legacy of its predecessor, the Nexus S, featuring the signature curved glass design that is present in many of Samsung’s line of products. The Rezound, meanwhile, continues to adapt the similarities of many HTC designs having rounded corners and a black elegant look.  Plus, the red Beats-inspired accents on several of HTC’s latest handset simply look chic and trendy in a simple kind of way.


In terms of processing power, both devices sport dual-core processors, which put them on an equal level, except that the HTC Rezound has been clocked higher with a 1.5-GHz Qualcomm processor compared to the 1.2-GHz on the Galaxy Nexus.

It is not yet confirmed whether the Galaxy Nexus ships out with a low-clocked processor as model versions may vary according to carrier. The same scenario happened in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S II when T-Mobile’s edition was clocked with a 1.5-GHz chip while both the AT&T and Sprint versions used the 1.2-GHz chip.


On the memory lane, both the Galaxy Nexus and Rezound share a massive 1 GB of RAM–enough to completely satisfy memory-hungry and memory-eating applications. The 16 GB onboard internal memory of the Rezound will definitely please you, as will the Galaxy Nexus that comes in two variants to choose from–a 16 GB or the 32 GB model. The only catch for having that massive internal memory for Galaxy Nexus users is that it doesn’t support an external microSD card.


Screen sizes are both brilliant and sharp as the devices are capable of handling 1280×720 resolution, with the Galaxy Nexus leading the pack boasting a 4.65-inch screen compared to the Rezound’s 4.3 inches.

Samsung’s trademark HD Super AMOLED is present here, garnering fabulous eye candy display that makes HD viewing a pleasure on the Galaxy Nexus. HTC hasn’t released any details with regards to the Rezound’s display, but from what we know, the resolution is actually astounding as it can cram up to 342 pixels in one single inch, surpassing even that of the iPhone’s 330 ppi Retina Display, making it the sharpest display on any phone in the market today.

Battery Life

When it comes to comparing battery life, it’s quite difficult to guess which phone could last a day or more by judging only the basis of battery capacity. Certain factors like hardware and software will greatly make a difference in the longevity of a fully charged battery.

Fast battery drain is common in many Android devices, especially those with hardware that tend to eat up more juice than can be handled. But, for those of you who want know the numbers, the Galaxy Nexus has the larger battery capacity with 1,750 mAh, while the Rezound sits at 1,620 mAh.


One of the biggest gaps between the two would be their cameras. The Galaxy Nexus is far behind the competition, sporting only 5 MP, which lags behind the Rezound’s 8-megapixel camera. Although having fewer megapixels, the Galaxy Nexus promises to outweigh its disadvantages by offering a few tricks up its sleeves. Having Ice Cream Sandwich, for example, is its leverage because that Android version has native support for panoramic photo shooting and features a zero shutter lag that is not normally present in many Android devices.

The Rezound on the other hand not only features a high-resolution camera but also offers an f/2.2 aperture sporting a 28mm wide angle lens complete with BSI sensor. If you’re a serious photographer or hobbyist, then you might want to consider waiting a little longer for the actual shot comparisons. There are phones, however, that shine better even when they are outclassed by looking at the specs.

Wrap Up

The HTC Rezound is slated for a November 14 release date with a US$300 price tag. The Galaxy Nexus should be available in most carriers starting with Verizon. Although, Samsung has not yet indicated the official release date and price, but the device is expected to arrive later this month.

Regardless of which of these two uber-awesome Android phones you’re going to grab for yourself for the holidays, only one thing is certain–you never made the wrong choice.  So, which one is it for you?


  • ElijahPasko

    Galaxy Nexus all the way

  • Anonymous

    It’s not the 5 mega pixel count that is the problem. It’s that they haven’t demonstrated the camera can take very good pictures. The iphone 4S can, but I can tell you (since my wife has one) it isn’t a no-brainer to get them – lots of pics have bad exposure and or white balance. Reviewers with limited time on the GN posting unimpressive pictures may be having the same problems I do getting used to a new camera.

    Don’t forget, sqrt(8/5) = 1.26, so remember to think of an 8 MP over a 5 MP camera as about a 25% in PPI (and they are 1 color pixels too and must be processed into a full color 5 MP image). This simply isn’t as noticeable as people often think. I’m not against high MP cameras like the Nokia N9 if they are done well. And I”m not against ones like the GN if they are done well. Let’s wait and see.

  • Anonymous

    The Rezound is actually running 2.3.4. Also, The Rezound’s screen is no longer unspecified.
    It is a Super-LCD (S-LCD) like the one in the incredible S/2 . That screen was highly regarded. I myself prefer a IPC or S-LCD to any AMOLED just because of the anemic visibility those screens have.

  • Anonymous

    LCD is known to eat more battery than Pentile Super Amoled screens. 1.5GHz Snapdragon is likely to eat lot more battery than underclocked 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460. Also, while Sense is considered a great UI, it is also known to eat lot of battery compared to other UIs, including stock ones. And with mere 1620 mAH battery, Rezound is going to have a terrible, terrible Battery life. Galaxy Nexus won’t have the best battery life, but it wont be horrible. I would rather buy Razr than Rezound.

    Galaxy Nexus ftw.

  • Anonymous
    • Samuel Tetteh

      you are right my friend. did check your link out. The fact is htc makes the best smart phones end of story, what is this noise about samsung then. what they are good with is to copy what others do and build phones wit them cheap plastic. take a look at the galaxy s they copied iphone 3g design. again samsung galaxy ace they copied the design of the iphone4. they dont invert anything just copy.

    • Researching

      LOL, your post has been updated and he switched to the Nexus because the reviews on the Rezound camera, even with the extra MPs, have been rather negative.

  • John in L.A.

    One thing that bugs me is all this talk about megapixels!! Although it makes a slight difference it is the components in the camera like all the sensors and lens that make a huge difference when it comes to cell phone cameras. I have seen a 3 megapixel camera out perform an 8 mega pixel camera because the sensors and components to the camera were way better than the 8 megapixel camera. Be careful not to put too much stock in your megapixels. They are coming out with a 13 megapixel camera on the upcoming htc zeta and I would bet that the light censors and make up of the galaxy nexus or the iphone will still take better pictures.-John in L.A.

  • Huskee

    So far the Rezound is ahead with:
    ~Better cameras, front and back- 8Mp rear (comp to GN’s 5) & 2.0Mp front (comp to GN’s 1.5)
    ~Bigger processor- 1.5GHz Dual-core (comp to GN’s 1.2) Noticeable? Probably not, but still.
    ~Super LCD (S-LED) screen (comp to GN’s AMOLED)
    ~Finer, sharper 720p HD screen- 342 pixels/inch (comp top GN’s 316 pixels/inch 720p)– noticeable? Probably not, but a spec is a spec is a spec
    ~SD card expansion, up to 32GB card (comp to GN’s lack of SD card…what??? really? Sounds rather iPhone-ish. Hmm.)
    ~A probably useless feature called “Beatz” which supposedly increases the bass of your music. So that’s what Dr Dre does nowadays for income, makes deals with cell phone carriers…
    ~A free set of ear bud headphones that cost $99 to buy

    Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus is ahead with:
    ~ 3/10″ bigger screen (less than the thickness of a pencil…not an impressive advantage)
    ~100-200mAh of battery life, depending on which spec list you look at (which many realtime testers have said the Rez still lasts longer despite)
    ~Thinner (matters to some people, not to others)
    ~Android 4.0 ICS (again, not impressive since HTC promises the Rez will have it too soon, then what bragging rights will GN have? Thought so.)
    ~ lighter (which can be a negative, depends on your perspective)

    If you ask me, it’s plain which phone comes out on top. They are both fanatstic, top of the line phones, but which one has more “aheads” than the other? Granted, most of these may be relatively unnoticeable from one to the next…but if you’re a spec-happy phone buyer you’ll choose the Rezound. If you’re a HTC hater, you’ll swear the GN is the better beast. And if trends and status symbols matter to you, you’ll pick neither and instead buy an iPhone because you want to be able to tell people you have an “iPhone”.

    • Digitalkill12

      haha! that is the best review or inpout i ever heard on a Review or head to head spec review!