Samsung Nexus S 4G (Sprint) comparison

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Samsung Nexus S 4G (Sprint)

Samsung Nexus S 4G (Sprint)
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HTC Evo 4G - black (Sprint)

HTC Evo 4G - black (Sprint)
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HTC One

HTC One
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus - 32GB (Verizon Wireless)

Samsung Galaxy Nexus - 32GB (Verizon Wireless)
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Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4
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Price $129 at 1 store $79 to $90 at 2 stores $425 at 1 store $399 at 1 store $49 to $499 at 4 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 68 reviews 4.0 stars out of 523 reviews 4.5 stars out of 135 reviews 3.5 stars out of 121 reviews 3.5 stars out of 184 reviews
Release date March 21, 2011 June 04, 2010 April 19, 2013 December 15, 2011 March 05, 2013
The Bottom Line The Samsung Nexus S 4G offers a great combination of design, features, and performance. The 4G connection could be more reliable, but the Gingerbread OS, stock Android UI, and admirable call quality make for a satisfying smartphone. The HTC Evo 4G is easily Sprint's best smartphone and one of today's top Android devices. It also shows the promise of 4G, which will grow as Sprint's WiMax network expands, but until there's broader 4G coverage, it's hard to agree with the mandatory premium data add-on fee. A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone. As the first U.S. phone with Ice Cream Sandwich, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus takes a coveted, solitary step forward. However, once other premium handsets receive the updated Android OS, the Galaxy Nexus will lose some of its competitive edge. Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.

Basic specs

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Specific absorption rate (SAR) 0.9 W/Kg
Info unavailable Info unavailable 0.63 W/Kg
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Cellular technology CDMA/WiMax
WiMAX
CDMA2000 1X
Info unavailable CDMA2000 1X
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Weight 4.55 oz
6.2 oz
5.04 oz
5.1 oz
4.6 oz
Talk time Up to 840 min (2G)
Up to 402 min (3G)
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Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
IEEE 802.11
Bluetooth
WiMAX
Info unavailable NFC
LTE
Bluetooth 3.0
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Info unavailable
Service Provider Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel
AT&T
Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile
Band / mode WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
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