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Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus

0. phoneArena 19 Oct 2011, 07:55 posted on

Yesterday was a big day for Android phone users with Verizon. 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" qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display with Gorilla Glass...

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posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:11 2

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..

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:39 1

37. jkapster (Posts: 50; 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 :)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:08 2

45. nastynaps (Posts: 93; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:12 1

7. johnny9000 (Posts: 50; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:40 1

19. roldefol (Posts: 4332; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:07 5

33. testman22 (Posts: 338; 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

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:22 4

34. roldefol (Posts: 4332; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:46 2

39. jkapster (Posts: 50; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:16

9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; 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.....

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:31

14. FAUguy (Posts: 78; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:18 1

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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:19 1

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


id rather have a phone made out of steel and kevlar of cheap plastic kevlar+steel=nearly freakin bulletproof

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:31 1

15. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I dont undestand why they put kevlar on the RAZR. what is that for?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:33 1

17. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; 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

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:29

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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:16 3

48. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I think for a phone that thin a durable design is a necessity.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:31

58. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I'm guessing it's for a solid feel on hand.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:30 2

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; 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

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:31

16. akshay112991 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


will SGS2 get ICS ...??????

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:34 2

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


most popular phone of year so far so yes more than likely

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:42 2

22. roldefol (Posts: 4332; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:41

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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:42

23. thevoice (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Ice*.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:48

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


So Galaxy nexus doesn't have a "super amoled plus" screen? just 'super amoled'?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:58

26. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; 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

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:27 1

35. roldefol (Posts: 4332; 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!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:58 2

27. testman22 (Posts: 338; 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

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:02

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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:48

40. shipstylin (Posts: 5; 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:01 1

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!

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