The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is currently the best Android phone out there—and
the only one (of two) that runs Ice Cream Sandwich (so far). But non-Verizon stateside peeps have been left out in the cold. Sprint to the rescue.
The Galaxy Nexus is one of the first three devices to launch for Sprints brand-spankin' new LTE 4G network. As far as we know it'll have the same specs as Verizon's version, which is generally a good thing (though a better camera would certainly be welcome). Oh but look, it's got Google Wallet right up front and center, where Verizon insisted that it not be included on theirs. Point: Sprint.
The other phone in this 4G trio is the eco-conscious LG Viper, y'know... for hippie speed-demons. It'll pack in a 1.2GHz processor, a 4-inch WVGA NOVA screen, and it'll run Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread). The eco-friendliness comes from a charger with a "no-load consumption rating of .03W" and the casing is made of 35 percent recycled plastics. It's certain to be all the rage in Portland.
The 3rd in the trio is the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot. Normally hotspots bore me into a coma, but I actually want this one, like now. Why? Because it has 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX, and 3G. Basically, it'll be hard to find a place that you don't have coverage, theoretically. Which would be awesome for dungeons of CES.
No word on pricing or availability, but expect them soon after Sprint flips the switch on its LTE network which will be sometime "in the first half of 2012."