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Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus

Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus
Yesterday was a big day for Android phone users. First we had the announcement from Motorola about the DROID RAZR smartphone, which they are claiming is the worlds thinnest smartphone, at 7.1mm thick, and also sports a 4.3" 540x960 qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display with Gorilla Glass, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with 1080p video, Kevlar backing, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory & 16GB memory card, Bluetooth 4, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and can resist water splashes. The 1800mAh battery is also rated to provide up to 12.5 hours of talk time -or- 8.9 hours of video playback on a full charge. But Motorola also pointed out the enterprise aspects of the device, such as being about to connect to your "home cloud" with their MotoCast app, which allows your phone to access and upload files to and from your PC no matter where you are. There will also be WebTop on the device, to allow it to connect to two different LapDocks and HDTVs using the HDMI out.

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Now if that wasn't enough, enter the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. This will be the first smartphone to feature the much anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But that's not all, as the slightly-curved device will also come equipped with a large 4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera with 1080p video, NFC for mobile payments with Google Wallet,  Bluetooth 3, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n (5GHz/2.4GHz), 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB memory (depending on region), and a 1750mAh battery.

Naturally, both will support Verizon's 4G LTE data network. The Motorola DROID RAZR will go on pre-sale starting October 27th (with a release in November) and will carry a price of $299.99 with a 2-year contract (be sure to check out our Hands-on with the DROID RAZR). Meanwhile, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus is also slated for a November release. No price was given, but we can speculate it would also be around the $300 mark.

Now comes the tough decision...which one to purchase! On one hand, the DROID RAZR seems so much more attractive with its premium construction and superb features, but on the other, we're not really sure when, or even if the DROID RAZR will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, which means the Galaxy Nexus will probably gain the upper hand when it comes to software support. In addition, it has the more interesting screen, being bigger and of higher resolution. Anyways, let us know in the Comments section below which one you are most interested in.

source: Motorola and Samsung

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posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:05 1

1. THE_RAY (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Don't know which way to go??? With have to touch both to make my final decision.....

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:07

4. THE_RAY (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Will not with......

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:58 6

28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4876; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


They are both WORLD CLASS excellent phones. The only real differences are a qHD Super AMOLED display on the Razr vs. 720p HD Super AMOLED display on the Nexus, the 8MP on the Razr vs. the 5MP on the Nexus, the Razr is Gingerbread vs. the Nexus is Ice Cream Sandwich, the Razr is only 16GB vs. the Nexus can go up to 32GB, the Razr has no NFC chip vs. the Nexus does have the NFC chip & they are both SEXY devices but the Razr is the thinnest phone you can get. The Nexus is still VERY thin though.

I tend to lean towards the Galaxy Nexus because that phone will be updated always. The same can't be said for the Droid Razr. The Razr is very nice & EXTREAMLY SEXY phone but the OS on it is now obsolete because the NEW Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be available on the Galaxy Nexus at the same time when the Droid Razr comes out!

Hope this helps! :-)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:02 3

30. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


the razr will also have a micro sd card slot nexus does not. the razr will get a ics update within a few months more than likely, the razr is thinner, made of kevlar and steel (bulletprooff much), therefore closing the gap between them where the only advantage the nexus has is the 720p hd screen

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:35

36. jkapster (Posts: 50; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


...and NFC chip

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:45 2

38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4876; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes that is true about the Micro SD card slot. I knew I forgot something! lol Good catch! Way to keep me on my toes!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:49

41. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


im looking fwd to the razr quite alot

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 19:16 1

65. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Yep, the Nexus maxes out at 32GB and you'll likely have to pay another $100 for that extra 16GB while the RAZR will max out at 48GB and that extra 32GB will only cost about $35.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:03 2

31. testman22 (Posts: 338; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


Even though they are running he same processors, motoblur and the webtop functionalities are going to suck up a lot of RAM and processing power. Giving you some of that trademark motorola droid lag

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:05 3

32. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


well you dont have to use webtop, and motoblur will prob be fixed with a lil rooting somewhere down the road

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:00 1

42. roldefol (Posts: 4354; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


"fixed with a lil rooting"

Can we stop assuming every Android user wants to root and mod their phone? I just want it to run smoothly out of the box. Is that too much to ask?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:31 1

50. pumpkinsoftruth (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Not sure there will be much rooting for RAZR with that locked bootloader

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 19:33

66. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


What rooting bootloader locked?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:26

49. nick7237 (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Has the galaxy nexus been confirmed for verizon LTE in the US?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:34 1

51. roldefol (Posts: 4354; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


All but confirmed. Verizon MAP list shows it at $299 starting Nov. 10. That's definitely LTE.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:27 3

56. elite monkey (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


315 ppi on the galaxy nexus i think... a "retina" display on a 4.65 inch super amoled....iphone 4s eat your heart out

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:05 1

60. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I would agree but the design on the moto is so awesome as well. I dont see the benefit of nfc for me. The only thing I really like about the nexus is ICS and the screen so comes down to

Nexus pros: Screen, ICS.

Razr pros: Battery, Design.

The rest is about the same...

I got to say though with ICS being around the corner for the Razr I'm really leaning towards it...

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:30 2

62. mjt1111 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


You list battery on the Razr as a pro? The battery is built with no access to the user = Fail. I would never buy a phone without the option to change or upgrade the battery. Anyone that has used a Lte device knows how bad battery life can be out of box.

No sd card on nexus is pretty major drawback. But at least you buy a 32gb version

I really want to know if the Verizon version will support any GSM bands. If I travel I want to be able to drop a local sim in and go. If it's all CDMA that will be disappointing.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 20:02 2

67. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I'm talking about stock for stock. Razor has the edge(pun intended)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 16:05 1

64. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3111; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Don't forget the larger display on the Galaxy Nexus lol

But yea, I'm pretty sure you can still use the buttons on your phone after the ICS update. However I would also like for the ability to disable them and just use the screen buttons. Touch sensitive buttons can be annoying because how easy it is to accidently press them. Esp on phones like the SGS2. In their defense, they tried to make the whole device as short as possible while keeping a huge display and sadly there's not a lot of space between the screen and the buttons so when using in landscape it can be easy to press them by mistake.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 19:23

76. dafuzz (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Google bought Motorola so I would think that all newer Motorola phones will get the update.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:06 6

2. LandLockedPH (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)


ICS vs. Gingerbread? That's an easy one!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:13 2

8. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Those aren't the choices...

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:18

11. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


hes talking bout the os version. 4.0 vs 2.3

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:41 2

20. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


You're the one who didn't get it. Lol

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:44 1

24. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I know... Are you the one who gave me a thumbs down smart one? I said that sarcastically, because those literally are not the choices, it is Droid RAZR vs galaxy nexus, the RAZR will eventually get ICS, so therefore picking the SGN just for ICS isn't the way to go. There are many other specifications to judge the phone by...

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:11 1

46. roldefol (Posts: 4354; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yeah, but if the ICS user experience is that much smoother than Gingerblur, do you really want to wait half a year for it to come to the Razr?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:36 1

63. mjt1111 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The real question is how long do want to wait for the update? Ya they have a target of Q1 but we all know how easy it is for them to miss that one without providing consumers with any information. Id rather go with the most current OS not putting my faith in carrier incompetence again.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:06 6

3. rhurk (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I dunno I really want ICS but I love the look of the Razr, I will probably end up with the Razr i'll just have to keep my fingers crossed that they release ICS for it.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:10 1

5. cartersumpter (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Me too, I prefer the Razr's looks, and I'll have to wait and hope that ICS is released for it.

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