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HTC EVO 4G LTE More Popular Than Galaxy Nexus For Sprint?

Yesterday I asked you, our dear readers, whether you preferred stock Android or a skin like HTC Sense for your smartphone. So far the voting shows a distinct trend: stock Android rules. However, looking at the comparison post I did between the new HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Galaxy Nexus, readers overwhelmingly voted for the Evo.



Yesterday I asked you, our dear readers, whether you preferred stock Android or a skin like HTC Sense for your smartphone. So far the voting shows a distinct trend: stock Android rules.

However, looking at the comparison post I did between the new HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Galaxy Nexus, both coming out on Sprint in the next couple of months, readers overwhelmingly voted for the Evo.

Over 1,500 of you have weighed in so far, and almost a thousand voted for the Evo while only about 20% want a Nexus. Another 20% is undecided, though most of those people were probably waiting for the pricing to be announced. ($199, by the way.)

Still, if more people prefer stock Android, why do so many want the Evo?

Even amongst nearly identical phones the Evo is pretty popular. It beat out the HTC One X in another poll from last week as well.

I’m not arguing with these results. Personally, I’m pretty excited about the Evo. I’m a fan of kickstands and hardware shutter buttons, which may seem like small things, yet they make a big difference. I’m also a fan of HTC Sense, which I prefer to stock Android any day. Widgets make life better.


As far as the Galaxy Nexus goes, droid lovers may have a soft spot for stock Android, but the quintessential Google phone is a little long in the tooth by smartphone standards. I mean, it’s almost 6 months old at this point. The HTC One series was just announced and the Evo is brand new. Everyone loves the new hotness.

Those of you out there who know you want the Evo over the Nexus: Why? What is it about that specific device that attracts you? Do you not care so much about stock Android, prefer Sense, have a thing for kickstands, or just can’t be seen with an “old” device? Or is it something else?

Let us know in the comments.



  1. bibleverse1

    04/17/2012 at 10:32 am

    I bet alot of those HTC Evo lovers already have OG Evo and their contract will expire around the release of new Evo. Win win

  2. marcus aurelius

    04/17/2012 at 10:51 am

    Agreed, the HTC Evo 4G LTE or (Eagle) as I’m reading all over the web is the new hotness and styling wise it’s pretty nice and includes the microSD storage expansion. I’m on the fence though that it doesn’t have a removable battery even at 2000maH. If it was something along the lines of the Droid Razr Maxx at 3300maH, that would be terrific. Wondering if that 720p screen will be just as magnificent as the HTC One X’s SuperLCD2 and not lower quality. We shall find out very soon.

    • ekplug

      04/18/2012 at 10:41 am

      the evo lte has the exact same screen as the one x

  3. EVo-lutionary

    04/17/2012 at 12:02 pm

    I am an Original EVO user (still have it) and am amped about the EVO LTE.  I was actually going to buy a Nexus so the timing of the LTE release of the EVO couldn’t have come at a better time.

    Several new/original features appeal to me:

     1) Kickstand.  Its bada$$.  Love being at work and kicking it up or at home having my son watch Netflix on it.

    2) storage expansion:  who needs an Ipod when you can buy a couple 32 gigs of microSD’s to house your music and change it on the fly.  (yes my ipod broke on me)

    3) Camera and shutter function.. When you use your cell as a primary source of pics. esp with kids its great to have a decent camera, one comparable to the Iphone “they” say.  the Nexus only has 5mp’s and just wont cut it. The physical camera button has been lacking and its a decent upgrade.

    4)   Durability of the phone. Unlike Samsung’s model’s, HTC comes out with a heavy duty phone with some decent weight to it.  I’ve dropped my EVO several times and the thing holds up to the beating. doesnt look as pretty but it works.

    5) an upgrade to the battery is welcomed and any improvement will be seen as revolutionary to an EVO user that has 3 backup batteries and charging cords at work, home and both cars. :/. 

    a ton of little upgrades add up. 
    the only curve ball will be if The Samsung Galaxy SIII or whatever it will be called truly raises the bar.  Moving their announcement of the SIII 4 days before EVO pre-orders are taken might have been a tactical move on Samsung’s part. but what do i know.

  4. takabanana

    04/17/2012 at 3:24 pm

    Camera button and camera quality and better 4G LTE Battery life (integrated radio in Snapdragon S4). I think these are all true?

  5. koz1

    04/17/2012 at 5:40 pm

    I will go with the EVO. 1.) A faster and better prosser, 2.) way better camera, 3.) Camera shutter button, 4.) Kick stand, 5.) Sense 4.0, 6.) Bigger battery, 7.) Removable storage,
    What is better about the nextus?

    • Tom

      05/01/2012 at 3:05 pm

      What’s better about the Nexus?! Lots! Removable battery. True black in the Super AMOLED. Better/faster gps due to the barometer sensor. Stock android (which is debatable but having an original EVO I can honestly say it crashes a LOT which is annoying). It is still up in the air and I’m on the fence…I have an original EVO and can upgrade anytime…I still don’t know which one to get. I looked at the Nexus today and true black is sweet, but I’m very sensitive to colors and the whites all looked blue to me.

      • Din

        05/02/2012 at 1:13 am

        Amoled displays may have have better blacks sure, but the best amoled display (Usually a Samsung) it still doesn’t look as crisp the best LCD due to the way the PenTile matrix works. I would still prefer a more washed out display over an over saturated one so with that and images being crisper, LCDs also tend to be brighter. I also used to own an OG Samsung galaxy the GPS was widely known to be trash across all the models that may be fixed by now but the GPS in my current HTC works perfectly. Lastly I don’t use my OG EVO anymore but it almost never crashed. It had its share of issues on launch but I knew a lot of people with the OG EVO and I feel confident in saying it was a pretty stable phone.

  6. Matt

    04/18/2012 at 9:17 am

    I think HTC makes the nicest Android handsets out there.  After owning an awful phone from Motorola (the Photon) and after having tried a couple of not-so-smart Samsung phones, HTC has become my go-to for quality and features in Android phones.  I’m also a fan of the Evo styling – not necessarily because it pleases me aesthetically more than anything else, but because they are adding consistent style.  It’s cool they are sticking with their design, kind of like VW’s Beetle with WAY less time between the two models, if that logic makes sense.  Also, HTC is great at supporting their phones.  I know that I will get updates that will increase security, stability and battery life when I purchase a HTC phone.  I have a confidence in HTC that I don’t share with Samsung.

  7. JN81

    04/18/2012 at 9:02 pm

    koz1, a positive for the Galaxy Nexus is that it may have software updates weeks and even months prior to the new Evo. So performance wise, specs may not be everything. As for camera, I myself do not care about that. To me if I want to take pictures, I’ll use an actual camera.

    • Bill Preston

      04/19/2012 at 1:19 am

      Way to just pull this out of nowhere. HTC has a record of being quicker on the updates than Samsung. For instance the original EVO which quickly moved to Froyo and then Gingerbread before the Epic finally got Froyo. Many wanted to argue about how the Epic was better as EVO users were enjoying the largest selection of ROMs of any Android phone. This is the magic they hope to reproduce.

      • Eric Behm

        04/19/2012 at 9:43 am

        The Galaxy Nexus is a Google device.  It is supported by Google via  The Epic on the other hand is a Galaxy S device and support is given through Samsung.  

        However, if you want to compare more recent HTC/Samsung models, the Evo 3d has very little ROM support and the Epic Touch 4g has a very large amount of ROMs and support.  The biggest advantages the Galaxy Nexus has for me, are that it already has ROMs from Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus and the international version that only require a quick antenna change to be ported, and Android Jelly Bean comes out this summer, and the Galaxy Nexus will be given this update months before HTC make it for the One X and then Sprint makes their own version for the EVO LTE.

        • dalex7777

          04/25/2012 at 10:55 am

          It’s debatable on whether the CDMA (Verizon & Sprint) Galaxy Nexi are “Google devices”. So far Google has retreated from this statement and even gone so far as to release their own unlocked GSM version (takju) that is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile. 

          It seems that this non-carrier, non-LTE version of the phone is the true “Google device” version and will be supported with the most current Android builds. (

          Every since Samsung got ahold of the Nexus program, it has been going backwards: review how long it took for the Nexus S/Nexus S 4G to receive updates vs when the Nexus One was the developer device and received new builds as they happened. 

        • Tom

          05/01/2012 at 3:14 pm

          I agree. The Samsung Nexus is produced by Samsung, but it was FOR Google. You can buy it off their Play store even. Granted like dalex says, it’s a slightly different version…But you really think it’s that different? No. Even IF that version has immediate updates, Samsung can’t be that far behind on all other versions of the Nexus. Despite what many people think here HTC does not always come out with updates for their devices quickly or even as promised. I have the EVO View tablet (HTC Flyer) and it was supposed to have Honeycomb on it very shortly after launch. It took a REALLY long time. Further, the Flyer (WiFi) had it before Sprint’s version. So keep in mind that you don’t have just HTC to contend with but also the carrier…Sprint and Sprint is not known for quick updates and releases. I LOVE Sprint because of the unlimited data and will likely never change back with the penalty of some delays on phone launches (Nexus here is 6 months old for example) and even limited phone options.

      • Tom

        05/01/2012 at 3:08 pm

        “Hope” is a big word. They are already off to a terrible start. They are confusing the crap out of us here since both phones are so similar. Then they give us the ugliest phone design I think in the history of smart phones…Then the non removable battery. I mean I LOVE HTC, I’ve had HTC phones ever since the HTC Touch with Windows OS. But… I’m not sure here. They may not be able to reproduce the success of the original EVO. They failed several times now, look at the EVO with the slideout keyboard, EVO Design 4G, and the EVO 3D.

        • Matt Gauthier

          05/02/2012 at 9:57 pm

          the problem with the evo 3d was that it came out too soon after the OG evo, as same for the design, the thing you have to realize is that the EVO really hasn’t been succeeded yet, the others were simply in the family of the evo, much like the “droid” branded phones at verizon…the truth be told though: the EVO 4G LTE will be the TRUE EVO 2….the true successor to the original, on the rom support issues, the more popular your phone, the more roms will more likely be available, the original evo though was probably one of the most adaptable phones available though, thanks to a guy you may all know as cyanogen, one of the most known of all the rom creators, who owns an OG EVO.

  8. Scott Sparling

    04/21/2012 at 3:08 pm

    Evo LTE here. I prefer the build quality of HTC and HTC has been quite prompt with updates. That said, I’m already running ICS on my original Evo 4g via AOKP. I DO prefer vanilla android to sense, but i know I’ll be able to run both on my Evo LTE, just as i currently can on my OG Evo (I never use sense ROMs anymore, though).

    All THAT said,.. I believe Google pulled direct support for CDMA phones, pulled the code….from what I read last month. no good

  9. Speedy

    04/22/2012 at 5:23 pm

    Despite the under the hood advantages the EVO LTE will have over the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, I will be getting the Galaxy Nexus after LTE goes live in Atlanta “mid 2012” . Firstly, today the galaxy nexus is selling for $150 on contract for upgrading customers on That price will continue to drop just as the Nexus s 4g started at 200 bucks on May 8 and landed at $0 at best buy by Oct. Secondly, because Google develops Android around the Nexus platform I was running Android 4.0.1 the week of Thanksgiving though the source was released on Nov 14 2011(thank you xda-developers) . Projected lower cost and faster ROM development for the next Android OS release has made up my mind.

  10. Matthew Langley

    04/23/2012 at 3:41 pm

    Based off comparison reviews around the net it seems, the new Evo has:

    * Better screen
    * Better processor (by far)
    * Better camera (by far)
    * Expandable memory
    * Kick stand
    * Camera button

    …  Really there’s not much competition in this comparison, given that the Galaxy Nexus is older tech as well.

    I wanted the Nexus, now I’m going to get the new evo.

    • Tom

      05/01/2012 at 3:19 pm

      Screen is debatable. It depends on if you like whiter whites (not blueish tint) or true black. The processor isn’t THAT much better. The Nexus is plenty capable. The camera is definitely better. True. As are the other notes. I did not walk out of the store today with a Nexus so don’t get me wrong. I’m still on the fence. But… I think people are not giving the Nexus quite enough credit.

      • Din

        05/02/2012 at 1:31 am

        Actually it is that much better. They are using there new “Krait” Cores. 28nm semiconductors make it more power and heat efficient, support for faster dual channel memory and not to mention the Adreno 225 GPU. The ONLY advantage the galaxy has is that its the google phone and thank jebus for that because touchwiz is the worst thing to happen to smart phones since data capping. Also I love sense, even prefer it to vanilla android some times. The uni-body aluminum design is also crazy sexy, almost justifies the non removable battery… almost.

  11. Level27xrock

    04/24/2012 at 1:42 pm

    It’s a tough call… I love that the GNEX is stock pure vanilla android and will be the first puppy to get AOS updates by far. But my personal tastes and preferences are where the Evo lies… I need that expandable option for an SD card, I have a 16GB one I like to exhange on the fly, I am a pretty decent advanced level photographer, so even when I don’t have my DSLR on me, I can make the most of my days capturing life moments with a great camera, that will allow me to compose my photos the way I want, and work with fast me, never letting a moment slip away. The kickstand is just awesome you can’t argue that, a better processor (snapdragon S4 VS TI) clocked at 1.5ghz opposed to 1.2ghz, and the slightly bigger 2000maH battery should at least last me all day without having to be tethered to a wall, despite the unfortunate non ability to remove it (sad face). It was a lot of these similar specs that led me to getting the OG Evo, over the Nexus One two years ago. My mind was so set on the Nexus One, then they announced the Evo, and I fell in love all over again. I made the choice back then to go Evo, and I will again this year. Plus, what nobody has commented on yet that I think is really cool is Beats audio! Setting up the Evo on my kitchen counter playing a movie through Netflix with premium sound coming out through Beats while I make dinner… I think Yes!

  12. Ryan

    04/29/2012 at 8:28 pm

    No removable battery on a android phone is a killer. Camera wise….Yes its cool you can take a pic a sec faster and a processor that most will underclock “especially those who buy this phone to save battery”.  I guess since the first android phone i been use too takng the battery out. Now i would have know choice but to charge my phone! I dont think i like having NO options. 

  13. Tom

    05/01/2012 at 3:21 pm

    Why couldn’t someone COMBINE the features of both phones? For craps sake?!

  14. Matt Gauthier

    05/02/2012 at 9:39 pm

    first off, as an original EVO user, and an iOS convert, I am incredibly and overwhelmingly pro-android now BECAUSE of the original evo and all it was capable of, and i’ve had other android devices, like the HERO when i first went to sprint, the bottom line is this: the EVO family of phones gets a little extra love from HTC, and it shows bright and true to any evo user that may have switched from another android, even another HTC (such as the hero), it was voted smartphone of the year two years ago by a few tech mags and websites for a reason, its a solid phone, and i’ve not met an evo user that hasn’t touched it and fallen in love…many of them still using the EVO today..

    secondly, I was excited to read about ICS for the first time when the galaxy nexus was announced, and quite frankly, i’m amazed by its capability, and i wouldn’t hesitate to go and grab one if they hadn’t dropped this announcement so close to my contract renewal date…simply because I know what the EVO branding on that phone will mean as far as product quality, which brings me to:

    third, the family of phones….the EVO has been an incredible phone for me these past two years, solid, snappy and fast, and save for my battery being horribly mutilated at one point (whole different subject) hasn’t given me any trouble whatsoever, reliability in its truest form, not to take anything away from the nexus family (nexus 1, nexus S, galaxy nexus) as i’ve heard wonderful things out of users of those phones, in part due to the huge success of the nexus 1, as many android users today have just given up theirs as 4.0 was the first update it did NOT receive, so you have longevity with a nexus, as well as reliability, and by all means it is certainly personal preference as to which phone to get,but the original EVO was a HUGE (re: HUGE!!!) success (i remember waiting several weeks before I finally got my hands on one) and many of those users like myself have contract extensions coming up, so it is going to be hard for nexus to break into EVO sales on its home turf.

  15. Bill McKeon

    05/19/2012 at 8:21 am

    I have samsung galaxie 2——-irrrrrates the hell out of me when I have to go through procedure calling someone while driving….also I need my windshield wipers to tell me it is going to rain…want my evo back…

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