Sprint is now offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for free
on its site. New or renewing customers signing up for a two-year agreement will receive a pair of discounts off the phone's normal $550 price. Sprint does require that customers buying the Android 4.1-compatible phone sign up for a data plan, bringing the monthly cost of the handset to at least $80 per month.
The Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65-inch Pentile display capable of 720p output. Inside, it packs a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4460 processor and 1GB RAM. It is among the first smartphones to get the update to Android 4.1
, since it is part of the Nexus line.
carried an in-depth review
of the Galaxy Nexus last year, finding the phone to be a worthy ambassador of the then-new Android 4.0. The battery life is surprisingly good, and the phone contains a number of features that have kept it up to date even as it approaches a year in age. The camera was a bit underwhelming, though, and the GPS' accuracy was somewhat hit-or-miss. In all, though, the phone seems like a solid acquisition at Sprint's price or on Verizon, which also discounted the Nexus