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Galaxy Nexus vs Rezound (if both had 4.0)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tangomango, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. tangomango

    tangomango Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Let's assume both have Android 4.0!

    Which phone would be 'faster' in terms of loading apps, etc? Which phone would get faster browsing speeds, speed tests, etc?

    I've read hundreds of comparison articles, but they all considered the fact that GNEX has Android 4.0. So, I'm asking the community which would gain the upper hand if both had the same OS.

    A sibling and I are both contemplating on buying GNEX ($249 each), but I'm looking at the Rezound again ($150 + $100 gift card). So there is a big price difference.

    Any help is much appreciated!

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  2. kisby

    kisby Well-Known Member

    If the Rezound had 4.0. I would have taken it. Just my opinion. Some people don't like Sense, but I'm OK with it.
  3. Depends if you care about being up to date with the latest updates and not having to wait months for updates. That and if you do not mind sense bogging the phone down the rezound is a good phone.
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  4. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Android Expert

    It depends a lot on whether you like Sense or not. Rezound will get ICS next year for sure. But it will have bloats and some form of Sense for ICS unlike pure stock ICS in Gnex. So it will get taxed more for UI performance and OMAP 4460 is better processor than S3 snapdragon though it's not big difference.
  5. Karuk

    Karuk Android Enthusiast

    Had the Rezound.
    Have the Nexus.

    If both had 4.0 I would have kept the Rezound.
  6. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    IMO Nexus all the way.

    Reasons why it would be faster:
    1. Stock Android is always going to be faster than skinned Android
    2. The OMAP4 Processor is faster than the Snapdragon. The NExus processor will more than likely be overclocked to above 1.5 easily since its actual stock rating is 1.5 yet it is throttled in the Nexus when stock.
    3. Internal memory in the G Nex is faster than the ReZound accessing the SD Card.
    4. Browsing speeds imo is really a moot point. There are way too many variables that effect that. ...signal...what browser your using..if the site your browsing is under a heavy load...so on and so forth.
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  7. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    also i've had both. I still would have chosen the Nexus if just for stock ICS alone.
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  8. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    The Nexus' CPU is about 19% faster than the Rezound's when both are running at the same clock rate, but Rezound is clocked 25% faster (1.5GHz vs 1.2GHz). So consider that a wash, where you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I've seen debates about which GPU is faster, but I don't think that would make any difference either just using the phone when you're not in a 3D game.

    Rezound seems to have a better radio and connects faster and more reliably when you have a weak signal. That advantage would presumably continue when it gets ICS.

    It's true that Sense does add some overhead, but:

    • A 1.5GHz dual-core CPU has a lot of headroom to spare
    • You can easily install another launcher which doesn't use Sense
    • Now that Rezound has been unlocked and rooted, it's possible to remove Sense completely

    Bottom line is they'll both be similarly fast ICS phones, so I don't think speed will be a reason to choose one over the other.
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  9. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    Rezound can easily have Sense replaced, and as of yesterday removed completely.
    See my post above. The original stock rating was 1.5, but at least one other phone (Archos G9) was shipped with slower OMAP4 because it couldn't attain the projected speed. Don't forget, Rezound can be overclocked too. :D
    Rezound has both internal memory and SD card. If speed matters, don't save to the SD card!
    Well... you can ignore the reported Nexus connection issues or not. :thinking:
  10. BubbaNexus

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast

    rezound with ICS+Sense making it lag=no thanks
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  11. BubbaNexus

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast

    most of the GN "connection issues" are network related ;)
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  12. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    lol all valid points....that is why i started my comment with "imo" lol
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  13. iHuman

    iHuman Newbie

    Galaxy Nexus vs Galaxy S2 would be a better match. With both having 4.0, of course.
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  14. bi0nicman

    bi0nicman Member

    yea what he said.

    i think what it boils down to is updates. not only is the Rezound going to get ICS probably way later in 2012, but i'm almost positive there will be another HTC ICS phone out before then. while all thats happeneing, GNex owners will be happily getting new updates to ICS without any of the bloat HTC phones come with. oh and any updates to ICS will take forever to come to HTC phones..

    note: this is pure speculation from my part because of the experience i've had with HTC phones in the past and the history of updates for HTC phones.
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  15. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

    Hmm another one of these....you need to go compare them in person :)

    If the Rezound had 4-dot-0, 4.5, or even 5.0, I'd still take the GN yup!

    Unlike a few here including those that heart their GN, I love the GN fit/finish, hardware, profile, button-less face, form factor, and its materials.

    It's not all about the user experience :cool: even though its the best I've encountered in any smartphone.
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  16. reptileszz

    reptileszz Lurker

    Where are you seeing these prices? I am in the market today...

    A sibling and I are both contemplating on buying GNEX ($249 each), but I'm looking at the Rezound again ($150 + $100 gift card). So there is a big price difference.

    Any help is much appreciated![/QUOTE]

  17. GMK83

    GMK83 Well-Known Member

    The phone won't be easily overclocked above 1.5. There is a reason that the processor is not clocked at 1.5, more than just battery. There is an extensive thread on XDA about the issue with the GNex processor and why it was clocked down to 1.2. If it was going to be easily overclocked there would be kernels out with faster clock speeds by now.
  18. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    How about a link? There are close to 5,000 Nexus threads on XDA right now, and I couldn't find it in 15min of searching.

    Or just tell us what it was: Crashing? Overheating? Limited by clock-locked GPU?
  19. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    i can tell you what it is mainly it is Overheating. I still believe it will happen within 6 months. The kernal guys haven't really got in their stride yet. Not to mention in 6 mos from now we'll be on 4.1.0 which will bring in new methods of kernal development.
  20. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    i saw some of the thread your talking about. You have to realize though this device and everything with it is new. No one ever thought the Droid X would even be rooted..then the next thing you know. People are safely OC'ing to 1.2.

    edit. There already is a kernal out to OC the GPU also. fwiw
  21. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    Really? If true, that reinforces the suspicion that it was due to the same TI manufacturing problems that kneecapped the Archos.

    There wouldn't be any software workaround for that, although you probably could cherry-pick some percentage of chips that would reliably overclock (maybe undervolted) at reasonable temps.

    Might also mean that a new GNex purchased 2-3mo from now will have much higher overclocking potential.
  22. kidtronic

    kidtronic Member

    If the ICS update for the Rezound follows HTC convention, it will probably come loaded up with a new version of Sense. While feature packed, it will definitely be more resource demanding than the Galaxy Nexus's stock build. I'm sure by then, the ROM selection will be a bit more expansive but once modifications come into play, there is really no contest. It won't be able to touch the dev support on the Nexus.

    Of course, this is all speculation. But going off of my experience with past phones, I would never recommend buying a device for a future update. You have to buy something you love now. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for a long wait and a fair amount of disappointment.
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  23. reimerj

    reimerj Newbie

    I agree that I would have kept the Rezound as well. The perfect phone would be Rezound hardware and the screen from the Nexus! Just my 2 cents! ;)

  24. jamisont

    jamisont Well-Known Member

    ?? rezound have snapdragon CPU and adreno220 GPU both are far from best on hardware wise.
    omap, Exnyos >> snapdraggy, SGX 543MP2>>>Mali-400 MP> adreno220

    main reason why I got Gnex was ICS, if not, it would be Epic 4G touch vs SGSII skkyrocket vs rezound.

    epic 4g touch is cheaper and better on hardwares.
  25. Zaggs

    Zaggs Well-Known Member

    Rezound. Its funny people keep saying "sense will make it laggy". Means people have the Nexus and have never bothered to compare. Side to side with my wife's Rezound, the Nexus is slower in every facet.
    Unless you just want a pretty screen. But if both have ICS, the Rezound is a far better phone.

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