Samsung Galaxy Nexus (with Jelly Bean) vs. HTC One X (EVO 4G LTE)

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I did a speed comparison test between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the HTC One S a while back, and the clear winner was the HTC One S. And considering the HTC One S is the little brother of the HTC One X, why would I even consider comparing the GNEX to the Sprint EVO 4G LTE? Well, it’s pretty simple really: it has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean this time around. So, lets see if the Galaxy Nexus’ revival with a sweet Jelly Bean is enough to overcome the HTC One X:

Before I get to the results of the speed tests, lets take a quick look at each phone’s specs:

Galaxy Nexus:

  • 4.65 in Super AMOLED (1280×720) screen
  • 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 5 MP camera
  • Android 4.1.1
HTC One X:
  • 4.7 in Super LCD2 (1280×720) screen
  • 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 MP camera
  • Android 4.0.4 with HTC Sense 4

Okay, so it’s pretty obvious the Galaxy Nexus is at a big disadvantage in the hardware department. It has an older, lower clocked processor, and in a speed test the processor is one of the most important factors. But it does have something that the shiny new EVO 4G LTE doesn’t, and that’s Android 4.1.1. Will it be enough to beat out the EVO? Find out below:

The Boot Up Test: In the boot up test, I simply turn both phones on at the same time to see which one loads the Android OS first.

  • GNEX: 29 seconds.
  • HOX: 45 seconds.

Application Load Speed Test: In the app load speed test, I open a couple of the same apps on both phones to see which one finishes loading up first.

  • Calculator – Winner: One X.
  • Camera – Winner: One X.
  • Dictionary – Winner: One X.
  • Earth – Winner: Galaxy Nexus.
  • Flixster – Winner: One X.
  • Google Maps – Winner: One X.
  • Google Play – Winner: Galaxy Nexus.

Browser Speed Comparison: In this test I simply load up a couple of web pages on each phone’s browser to see which finishes rendering the page first.

  • PhoneBuff.com main – Winner: Galaxy Nexus.
  • PhoneBuff.com article – Winner: One X.
  • NFL.com mobile – Winner: One X.
  • NFL.com full – Winner: One X.

I also ran a Quadrant benchmark on both phones, and as expected, the HTC One X scored over two times as much as the Galaxy Nexus with a score of 4893 (compared to the GNEX’s 2188). Like I said earlier, the little brother of the One X beat out the Galaxy Nexus a while ago but with Android 4.1 the GNEX put up a heck of a fight even though it’s running on much older hardware. Overall, you’ll get a great speed experience on both phones but the winner is clearly the EVO 4G LTE.

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.