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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44. roldefol (Posts: 3104; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm expecting to hear about the Rezound by the end of the month. It showed up on a Verizon MAP list for release by Nov. 11 along with the Nexus. The screen will be amazing - 720p Super LCD at 4.3" is even sharper than the iPhone. The Nexus will of course have ICS on its side, but let's see how the rest of the hardware (processor, camera, battery life) compares.
47. ninjapenguin (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Yeah I did see the MAP a few days ago.
I've been stuck with my BB Tour and want/need to upgrade. I all of these phones to be out so I can test them. I just don't want it to be "early November" which turns to "late November" and so on.
For some reason, I'm really excited about the Rezound...
52. roldefol (Posts: 3104; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The HD screen and Sense make it pretty interesting, but HTC has a pretty bad track record with battery life. And some of the niftier features of Sense (apps on the unlock screen for example) have been incorporated into ICS. It'll be down to the Rezound and Nexus for me, but I'm leaning heavily Nexus.
53. Irad123 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I would choose the razr. the qHD is more than enough - and it would probably get the ICS later.
54. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I really like the build of the RAZR, (stainless steel, kevlar, gorilla glass) but moto has thier own software and idea of how the OS should look. The Galaxy Nexus is beautiful looking phone especially with a high res screen and shape. I prefer the AOSP look/feel of Android, IMO i believe Sense/Blur/Touchwhiz have some great features but they take up resources need for the OS/Apps. Although I do like the MIUI Roms. I would go with Nexus, ICS being a factor.
55. ninjapenguin (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I know battery life is a concern with any smart phone, but I'll have a car charger and one at work, so I'm not too worried about it. But I don't want to send a few texts and look at a web page then only have half battery left.
The question for me is, when & if it does happen, which phone (Moto vs. HTC) would get the ICS update first?...
59. justin19 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
with the razr you cant change out the battery witch sucks
68. Kingxavier (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Well alot of these two phones are similar. In making this choice alot comes down to personal preference. There are a few factors that should be considered though. I was leaning twoards the Razr. I think the contruction and design are top notch. I have broken three phones this year, so I am looking for a phone that can handle a college students lifestyle. I dont mind waiting for ICS to drop on the Razr, the only thing that really bugs me is having a locked bootloader. If the option to root this phone is not available then I am definately going for the Galaxy. If anyone can confirm this please let me know. I feel the Razr's contruction more then makes up for a lack of HD screen witch is all the nexus has over this phone really, I just wont be able to handle a non rooted gingerbread with ICS on the nexus for the same price of the Razr......Your thoughts below.
69. stowe528 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Aww.... and i got the bionic last week =(.... i had no choice since radioshack had a deal and my storm stopped working......i wish i didnt listen to my dumbass friends and waited a few weeks more....
70. Glorfindale (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)
I will simply not purchase a phone that is not stock Google. I'm sick of skins and bloatware, and Nexus won't have it. Everything else is secondary at this point, at least to me.
72. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Hey there, I can't believe it but I agree with you!
73. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
For me, it's the Moto. I know I'm gonna get flamed, but I think it all depends on how you use the phone. Pure ICS is nice, but I've been using the MAP on Gingerbread Droid 2 Global and it's very nice. It doesn't intrude too much like Sense, but if offers a good selection of widgets, as well as the ability to re-size many of them. Add to it the organization of apps into app groups and I'm sold. As far as the screen goes, I really don't see how a little better resolution is really going to matter in a 4" screen. On a 42" TV, of course, but on a phone, at least to me, the difference is negligible. It all depends on how you use the phone. I don't see myself watching more than a few YouTube vids on it, so it's not a big factor. Far more important to me is the encryption of data on the Moto, the inclusion of MS Office compatible apps and the (presumed) build quality.
75. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
UPDATE: Just found out that ICS has full encryption, so scratch that as a plus. Also NFC on Nexus doesn't mean anything to me yet. It will be at least a year before there are enough retailers to have this feature make a difference. I'm not so sure I wan't my credit card data on my phone anyway...
There also still seems to be some issue as to the chip in the RAZR. Droid Life (I think) has noted that the Moto Dev site once listed the chip as the 4430, then 4460. When queried, Moto confirmed 4430 and updated the site. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
74. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
RAZR for me :D
The Galaxy Nexus somewhat disappointed me with the battery size and the lack of an SD slot. With all those pixels to push and the dual core finally running at it's full potential, I fear the Nexus will suck battery like no tomorrow. The RAZR's battery is very slightly bigger but it has a smaller screen with less pixels, so hopefully the battery life is decent.
I like the look and design on the RAZR better, and add to that the fact that it's getting ICS in Q1 of 2012... it basically has everything the Nexus has, minus the unlocked bootloader. I like stock Android best but if I had to choose an OEM skin I would go with MAP. I like the transitions, and how it doesn't lag devices like Sense does or the now defunct BLUR did.
Plus who knows how long it'll take the Nexus to come to Canada, while the RAZR is slated for a November release on my carrier :D
77. therocker (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)
i will go with droid razr coz of itz 8 mp camera..........wht u all say??