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

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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.

Aesthetics

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.

Processor

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.

Memory

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.

Display

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.

Camera

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?

 

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