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Samsung Galaxy NEXUS vs S II vs Motorola DROID RAZR vs iPhone 4S: spec comparison

Samsung Galaxy NEXUS vs S II vs Motorola DROID RAZR vs iPhone 4S: spec comparison
The last 24 hours, or let's just call it the last couple of weeks, have been kind of crazy. After the iPhone 4S was unveiled, now we have two brand new top notch devices in the Android camp and a major update of Google's platform. You know what that brings up, right? We're talking about the eternal question for geeks: "Now, which one should I get?"

To help you with the decision, we've neatly brought down all available information together in the spec comparison sheet below without missing the fractions of an inch difference in thickness, the cores and hertz, and everything in between. It's not all about the specs, though, so we should say that the Motorola DROID RAZR for once is the thinnest device out there, but it also comes with kevlar-reinforced back. The GALAXY Nexus is all about the 4.65-inch screen and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it's also got a neat curved design. The Samsung Galaxy S II is the oldest among them, but still manages to stand out with not only proven performance, but also very thin body and Super AMOLED Plus display. The iPhone 4S looks the smallest among those big Androids - it's 3.5-inch screen pales when faired with the larger competitors, but it's got the benefit of Apple's thorough polish, extreme responsiveness and iOS 5, of course, coming with your personal voice assistant Siri.

Now, that we've said that, let's get down to the pure specs. Take a good deep look, hold your breath and make a decision - you can vote right away in the poll below, and also later with your money if you buy the device. We'll announce the poll results on Monday morning, but don't wait until the last minute - every voice will count here.

Samsung Galaxy NEXUS vs S II vs Motorola DROID RAZR vs iPhone 4S: spec comparison


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Now, which phone would you get?
49.45%
1944 votes
(1944 votes) Samsung GALAXY Nexus
21.37%
840 votes
(840 votes) Motorola DROID RAZR
7.99%
314 votes
(314 votes) Apple iPhone 4S
21.19%
833 votes
(833 votes) Samsung Galaxy S II

3931 votes

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posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:28 32

1. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Apple, congrats....your phone is now, at best, the 4th best phone on the market.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:32 12

2. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


*on paper

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:05 12

73. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6364; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Iphone makes a great paper weight

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:57 8

99. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2957; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Just make sure it doesn't fall off the table. It'll be a shattered paper weight.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 15:26 8

101. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


2200 votes in, and less than 200 for the i4s. not looking pretty.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:22 1

142. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


3500 votes and it still hasnt gotten 300 of them.. lolol

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 15:45 3

108. andro. (Posts: 1944; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


It has to come fouth,its last years phone after all,seeing as a huge load crash once the years warranty is up they do end up as paper weights! That saying with so many screen and battery faults with the iphone 4s it'll end up the same fast!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 15:50

109. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


sales

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 16:01 5

110. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


sales??? lol. can you be more descriptive?

everyone expects good sales from the iphone.. but its sales ARE slipping. The true test isnt initial sales, as we know the iFanatics will line up for anything with an apple logo on it.. its long term sales. Will it still be relevant in 3 months? 6 months? Once the "gotta have its" have their device, how will a sales rep convince someone to buy an iphone over a nexus or sgs2 when put side by side? If a customer doesnt get "the magic" of the iphone, why would they buy it?

Before you spout off about how fast androids come and go, the SGS2 has been out for 6 months and has been the top seller from the moment it came out until this very moment and shows little signs of slowing. Had it been in america 6 months ago, it probably would have bagged 30-40 million sales by now. Either way, its an astounding success when it has 200 competitors with the same OS, much less its rivalry with iOS. iOS has 3 competitors to choose from with the same OS on it.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 17:13 4

117. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2957; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Remix my friend, don't even bother. That is all the isheep have to defend their iphone. "Sales". Because there are a billion mindless sheep who go out and buy a new iphone on day one each year because they are under the spell of the hype and want to be cool and own the latest and greatest iphone that they think their device is better.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my time with the 4S but after just a few days, I was already missing the awesomeness of android. It's not that the iphone is bad, it's just not nearly as good. Just because something sells well, doesn't make it better. Hype, heavy advertisement, and popular name like "Apple" can make anything sell.

Apple could sell the stupidest, worthless, most expensive product that doesnt do anything for you but put a Apple Logo on it and it'll sell like there's no tomorrow.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 20:59 2

125. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so you already traded in your i4s?? wow.. that was fast. how would you compare it to android.. well.. ok.. as a long time user of android.. how did you feel about the experience. im curious.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 16:44 1

115. Heatfan316 (Posts: 409; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Look, ayephoner you're missing the point here, people who are into tech are going to choose the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and people who are trend followers(isheeps) will choose the iPhone. But on this website Apple fans are a minority here in case you didn't know, so by you referring to sales, the general public's choice doesn't matter here, get that through your head.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 19:55

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


And people that are into tech and design choose the Razr :P

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 21:01 3

128. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the beauty of ICS is that it helps kill that gap between "people that like tech choose android" and "people that like simplicity choose iOS"... its beautiful, its simple for the basic user, and yet its deeply powerful, even more-so than current android offerings.
Did you see the article on the unnanounced features? there is so many new deep features for us XDA lovers that im even happier about the impending launch than I was before. They have litterally started to find the best OS for BOTH worlds (tech and illiterate).

rock frikkin on!

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 16:59

151. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I'm into tech, not really a trend setter, yet I still moved from an Incredible 2 to the 4S...

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:34 21

5. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Ha, I wouldn't even consider it the 4th best.. Its not like the listed every android, that would put it at a very low place...

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:42

53. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


which is the only reason the iphone is the sales leader. even when stacked up against virtual sales of 3 other phones, its way back in last place... its first place when combined against 200 other phones with the same OS.. lol

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 19:22

122. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Its not about sells, its how it performs.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 21:41

133. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


performance huh? try watching this:
http://www.smartphoneenvy.com/apple/face-off-samsung-galaxy-s-ii-vs-apple-iphone-4s/

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:39 4

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


Let's see if any of these android phones sell 4.7 million in the first three days.

And if you like games the A5 is the only phone out there with a dual core GPU and AirPlay wireless gaming. It would mean nothing if the devs didn't use the extra horse power and they do for iOS.

Omap4560- Power VR SGX 540: crap
SGS2-Mali 400- alright
A5- Power VR SGX543MP2- best

The Mali 400 is the best android gpu and the SGX543MP2 doubles it's performance in every aspect.
Like I said devs always optimize games for the latest iOS device, but they don't optimize games for android since theres like 300 different android phones and each phone never sells more than a 5 million.
A few games out already that use the A5 are real racing 2, dark meadow, anomaly hd, galaxy on fire 2 hd, sky gamblers and coming soon are six guns, gangster rio, modern combat 3, and infinity blade 2. And that's just from now to December 1st.

I mean I get home and I could wirelessly mirror my entire phone to my tv, hd video, games, browsing. Whatever I want.


Believe me the best selling phone is the best phone

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:05 16

41. thechooz (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


By your logic, then McDonald's makes the best burgers, since they sell the most

Makes sense.......

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:18 10

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


People didn't buy the iPhone because of your jargons. Majority of the iPhone users do not understand or at least know anything about what you are talking about. They just bought it because it's 'the iPhone' and it has Apple logo on it. If people wanna play games they'd buy a gameboy, xbox or playstation.

Prius is one of the best selling cars in the US, can you say that it's one the best ? hell no.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:28 5

46. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Wow, that's a bulletproof argument right there. Lay down your Androids, fellas. All hail.

For one thing, gaming is far from the be-all-end-all of a phone unless you're 13. I'm much more interested in smooth web browsing, email integration, maps, messaging and gee maybe making some calls.

And even if all I cared about was gaming, wouldn't it be nice to game on a screen bigger than 3.5"?

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:37 4

50. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the OMAP4460 has a higher clocked PowerVR SGX540 and it's still pretty great. if all you care about is games then that's a true and accurate statement but i'd never get an iPhone for slightly superior GPU over the leading Android devices.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:50 3

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


Okay thechooz good point, mc Donald's does not make the best burgers.

Now arqc12 the purpose of the modern smartphone is to be able to do more on one device, does that mean that your going to carry a 5MP point and shoot camera to take pictures instead of your 8MP camera on your smartphone. And people buy it cause it's a lot more user friendly for anyone to use, it's not complicated for a new user like android is.
And every iOS device gets around 3 full point updates and it comes out for everyone at the same time, the top android phones only get 1 update if that and it's scattered throughout a 15month period.


Roldefol check out this linkhttp://www.androidauthority.com/smartphone-users-play-games-more-than-listen-to-music-or-read-news-18756/
It talks about how games are what people spend most of there time doing on smartphones. And as for the 3.5" screen it's the perfect size for your thumb to reach the enitre screen with one hand (unless your shaq), which most users use there phone one handed most of the time, unless there typing. And that's why I mention AirPlay wireless mirroring for games movies and so forth. As for web browsing i find it smoother on the iPhone than on my brothers droid bionic. Email has always been perfect and simple on any ios device, maps and messaging also no problem there and phone calls on the 4S you ask, I haven't dropped one and they sound clearer.

Thumpwhatever I wouldn't call 2X-5X more performance a slight bump.

Now next I don't hate android, I own a SGT 10.1 LTE, think ICS is a great update, LTE is sick. I like the battery life, and the thinness on the razr, I like the screen and ICS of the galaxy nexus, I like the CPU/GPU of the SGS2. If they combine all those features into one phone, then I would think about switching to an android smartphone.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:05 2

74. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


nick, did you even read the article you pasted in? It says nothing about people spending most of their TIME playing games, it says people download and pay for games more than any other type of app. I could download a dozen games, but that doesn't mean I spend all my time playing them.

I'm going to spend most of my time on my smartphone browsing, reading articles, texting and e-mailing, and not one of those will require a downloaded app.

As for that study on screen size, I agree that 3.5" is a good size for ergonomics, but I'd like to fit more on the screen, especially when browsing.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:16 1

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


oh yes ofcourse, it's always better to carry one device that does it all but at the moment, smartphones can't replace a real camera's quality and game console experience.

most iPhone users play on their phone are games like AngryBirds that doest really need that much of muscle. the games you mentioned are appreciated by iPad users.

now the updates you're talking about are like updates of nothing. you can't even recognize the difference between iOS 4.2.1 and 4.3.5. probably just some codes to block jailbreak for accidental updates for some of the users. but i admit having a non nexus android phone takes a while to get an update but it's not a biggie for me coz i'm a root user.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:24 1

84. nacho69 (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Hey let's TEK it easy, If anyone asks me what the best phone is I would reply: whatever you like.

If they ask me what's the Best truck, I would say whatever you like.

These are all great phones and operating systems, none of them are complete or perfect. they will continue to push each other to feature better hardware and software through these coming years and benefit us, the customer.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:12 1

62. E.J.Su (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


... and Lady GaGa is the best singer.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 21:05 3

129. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and another ibot joins the crowd with the same lame arguements.

hey, at least this one knows whats inside his phone.. that makes.. 1
lol

airplay? is that like how android users have been playing mmo like games for quite a while now? lol

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 15:42 2

107. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1808; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


LMAO @ 7.59% for iphone4s lovers

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:33 13

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes the Samsung Galaxy Nexus' 720p HD Super AMOLED display with Android Ice Cream Sandwich & NFC chip is too strong of a mix to pass up. It's the Long Island Ice Tea of the mobile world, you know very potent but extremely drinkable. Sorry I used to be a bar tender in NYC! lol

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:33 4

4. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Preference people preference remember that. . .

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:46 5

7. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


If people want the iPhone, they're going to get the iPhone. People who cross-shop Android and iPhone probably aren't looking at detailed specs, they're just going by device feel and ease of use.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:38 2

51. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the iPhone is the fat kid of the bunch now. ;P

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:43 3

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think Galaxy Nexus will be for me, aside from the camera (hey I'm constant) everything looks good and the features I wanted from custom skins seem to be build in now, but one review or two wont hurt, All I know Santa Has an android Smartphone for me this Christmas

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:48 3

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


OF TOPIC: congratulations on your new looks for the site PA those tweaks are looking good, Now we need some more new tags for info filtering

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:22 1

20. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yeah:
o Spam
o Bad language
o Not English content
o Off-topic
o Troll

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:52

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I meant like "android, apple, samsung" tags you see at the top if we could see more specific tags like "nvidia, concept, patent etc"

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:29 1

47. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Oh. heheh. Yeah.

We need a "patent" tag now? Ugh.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:35

86. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if there are a lot of articles about it then it needs a tag, it assures easy search

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:39 1

90. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I just think it's sad that there are enough articles on the patent war to warrant a tag.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:39

52. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


there's been tweakings? xD

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:38

89. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


yes, :P they cant be noticed that easy bu look at the picks and the phones among other stuff

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:52 1

9. JayLeBlanc (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 May 2011)


A better comparison would be Galaxy Nexus vs Moto RAZR vs HTC Vigor/Rezound vs iPhone 4S. The Galaxy SII is too old now.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:58 3

13. bucky (Posts: 1376; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Thats a joke right? Besides the screen res its the best up there.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:07 4

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


the iphone sucks

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:20 3

29. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


when all those phones are stronger than the galaxy2, then u can say that. its the oldest, but its still the strongest in every department except screen resolution.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 12:44 2

54. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the Galaxy Nexus might be stronger than the Galaxy S II at the moment because it has an underclocked OMAP4460 which has a higher clocked GPU than the 4430 and it's running stock ICS which is better optimized for multi-core processors. Engadget even says it feels much snappier than their Galaxy S II but i'm sure that could be said about any stock dual-core device. also i'd say the Droid Razr beats out the GSII with it's thin & durable design and it's screen.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:32

65. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


how can anything possibly be smoother then a gs2?
that's got to just be someone's imagination.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:19

80. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Same way people say about Apple.
"Oh my god the iPhone has the smoothest UI ever!!"
"Oh my god the iPad is so much smoother than the iPhone!!"
"Oh my god the iPad 2 is even smoother than the iPad 1!!! WHAT THE FCK IS GOING ON WHY IS IT SO SMOOTH"
Yeah, that.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:41

37. bigdawg23 (Posts: 362; Member since: 25 May 2011)


It has to be. Right now I would take the SGSII. Proven track record on device and development for ROMS.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:20 1

19. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm sure once the Rezound gets announced, there will be a Verizon-specific Razr-Rezound-Nexus-(sadly)4S comparo.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:53 1

10. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Galaxy Nexus will be refined and enhanced, bring on the Samsung Galaxy S3! It will probably be 6 months or more.

Then again, the whole game could change before then.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:56 2

11. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


I won't pay $300 tor a phone with a 2yr contract. I paid $150 for my at&t gs2 at amazon and thought that was expensive. I feel like if I'm going to pay $100 a month for 2 years to a carrier that my phone should be free. Verizon's New $299 pricetag on new phones won't fly with me.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:01 1

14. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


100 x 20 months is $2,000.

$2150 vs. 2300 is NOT that big of a difference. if you like a device enough and want it at launch, paying 7% more up front for the total cost of device plus usage should not be that big of a deal.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:25 1

21. bucky (Posts: 1376; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


It is alot of money upfront though. that is $350 out of your pocket right away!

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:57 1

26. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


So wait a few weeks and buy it on Amazon or elsewhere. The Bionic is already down to $220 for upgrade there and was free for new accounts this week. Those who can't wait have to pay a premium. Welcome to the world.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:37

66. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


yea amazon is for sure the right place to buy a new phone. They are usually even $50 or so cheaper at launch then the carriers. Wait a week or so and you will probably save $100 or so. I love amazon.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 10:13 3

17. sethyvball (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


And your complaining? In New Zealand the Galaxy SII is $699 on a $100 24month contract. I should be complaining!

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