Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus
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.
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1. THE_RAY (Posts: 26; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Don't know which way to go??? With have to touch both to make my final decision.....
28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; 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! :-)
30. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; 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
38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; 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!
65. NeXoS (Posts: 277; 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.
31. testman22 (Posts: 336; 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
32. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; 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
42. roldefol (Posts: 2855; 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?
50. pumpkinsoftruth (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Not sure there will be much rooting for RAZR with that locked bootloader
49. nick7237 (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Has the galaxy nexus been confirmed for verizon LTE in the US?
51. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
All but confirmed. Verizon MAP list shows it at $299 starting Nov. 10. That's definitely LTE.
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
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...
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.
67. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I'm talking about stock for stock. Razor has the edge(pun intended)
64. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2801; 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.
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.
2. LandLockedPH (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)
ICS vs. Gingerbread? That's an easy one!
11. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
hes talking bout the os version. 4.0 vs 2.3
24. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; 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...
46. roldefol (Posts: 2855; 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?
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.
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.
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.
6. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
my prediction for the RAZR, it will get official ICS around Q2 2012.. but pretty sure xda will have it on the table by the end of this year..
37. jkapster (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
seeing as how the talks of google's aquisition of motorola is going well, im pretty sure updates on the RAZR to ICS will follow. i'm still for the GN though :)
45. nastynaps (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'm not really sold on the Razr's looks but the hardware and design is a lot more compelling for me. I'm going to wait it out a bit longer I think. I want to read the reviews and see what the Rezound has to offer.
7. johnny9000 (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
On the one hand, I bet the screen resolution of the Nexus will look better, but on the other, the smaller screen size and bigger battery means the battery life of the Razr will probably be much better. Plus, I've handled a 4.5" screen and I feel like anything above 4.3" is a bit too big for my tastes. The camera of the Razr may end up being better also, because from what I've seen so far the pictures taken by the Nexus look pretty awful, in my opinion.
I really do love the idea of a 720p super AMOLED screen and ICS, but the Razr looks like such a nice phone too (I also assume the Razr will eventually get ICS). Ugh, I guess I'll have to wait for reviews of both phones before I pull the trigger.
19. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Screen size is deceiving. That 4.65" screen isn't much wider than the 4.3" WVGA screens we're all used to. The Razr actually a wider body than the Nexus. It's as if they shoved a lot of the internals to the sides to make the phone thinner.
33. testman22 (Posts: 336; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
Dont let the megapixels fool you. Ive had a moto droid, droid x and bionic- the motorola picture quality is always extremely dark and grainy. Samsung makes much better cameras on their smartphones
34. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I wish more people realized that megapixels are secondary to optics and software. I'd argue that an 8 MP camera has no place on a smartphone, because the aperture and lens are too small for the sensor. If Samsung chose 5 MP for the Nexus because they realized it was best choice for the phone's photo capabilities, I applaud them for not caving to marketing pressures.
Unfortunately a lot of people here will continue to argue that a bigger number is better. Let's compare photos from the Nexus and Droid 3 and see what our eyes tell us.
39. jkapster (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
i must agree with testman and roldefol. i've had both moto (droid x, bionic) and sammy (SGS)phones and must say that sammy's 5mp pix look much better than the moto's 8mp pix. it isnt all about mp.
9. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
i was on one site, and idiots there were telling everyone that the NEXUS does not have a microSD slot....reDONKulous.....
14. FAUguy (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
Actually, this *might* be true. In the Press Release from H.K. it does not state that the phone has a microSD card slot. But no one has seen the U.S. version yet, so we are waiting to find out.
10. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
for me, the RAZR is better than the Nexus. ICS will be coming to RAZR anyways. I know 720p super AMOLED is sick but RAZR screen is good enough. And again design wise, it's Samsung made so theres the cheap plastics again. And as I've said before, would've been better if it was HTC made.
12. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
id rather have a phone made out of steel and kevlar of cheap plastic kevlar+steel=nearly freakin bulletproof
15. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I dont undestand why they put kevlar on the RAZR. what is that for?
17. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
i dont know :P warzone maybe? lol it should get military specs i mean steel and kevlar basicly bulletproof if you ask me
57. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
it doesnt make sense because it doesnt even have a military standard build. And even if it does have kevlar doesnt mean that it will survive 5 foot drops.
48. nastynaps (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I think for a phone that thin a durable design is a necessity.
58. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I'm guessing it's for a solid feel on hand.
13. protozeloz (Posts: 5191; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
with this I wonder how fast will take moto to add ICS to its phones, They use the same processor witch means Moto Can enjoy Hardware acceleration without doing a lot of work
18. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
most popular phone of year so far so yes more than likely
22. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Who knows when the US variants will get it though. I don't have high hopes after the Galaxy S Froyo update fiasco.
21. thevoice (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's been said that most gingerbread phones would get I've cream sandwich. So, I'm pretty sure a brand new phone with similar specs would surely get it also.
25. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
So Galaxy nexus doesn't have a "super amoled plus" screen? just 'super amoled'?
26. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
its 720p to sooo i wouldnt really worry about it :p its going to be great although i prefer the razr due to the slim profile
35. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
That's correct. With current AMOLED production limitations, Super AMOLED Plus is limited to 800x480 on a 4.3-4.5" screen. They can only increase the resolution by increasing the screen size. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be HD Super AMOLED Plus, but that's on a tablet!
27. testman22 (Posts: 336; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
I love the hardware on the RAZR, but i have no need for motocast, motoblur, or any other bloatware. It has dragged me down on my droid x and im ready for some pure android. I wouldve loved to see exynos, a thinner design, less plastic, and 8 mp camera, but you cant have everything. Even if some of these othher android phones get ICS it seems the galaxy nexus was designed with the os in mind
29. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
samsung's standard super amoled is actually a little brighter than the plus version.
the difference is that the
plus is using different matrix, making better use of the resolution. it's also allegedly more power efficient.
40. shipstylin (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I wish the razr would have had NFC, because I like the look and build of the phone and it will eventually get ICS. I think NFC is the future and there will be a lot of apps tailored to take advantage of the technology. I also like that the razr has the micro sd card slot and apparently the nexus does not.
going to be a tough decision and then we will have to see what the htc vigor throws into the mix. I am still rocking an OG Droid overclocked to 1050mhz that still boggs down on a gingerbread ROM.
43. ninjapenguin (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Now the only phone left to compare is the HTC Rezound. I hope that HTC is just letting these two duke it out and then they will introduce the Rezound next week (I hope).
I like the RAZR looks/build/specs, yet it doesn't have ICS (at least immediately).
I like the Nexus in that it has ICS, a wonderful screen and I'm digging that cool panoramic mode with the camera. But, call me old school, it doesn't have an HDMI output. That's kind of ridiculous. Almost like not having an LED notification light (which I'm sure the RAZR has, Nexus anyone?)
So come on Rezound and make this a trifecta comparo!