LG Spectrum vs Motorola DROID RAZR
As much as it pains us to know that these two quality devices are still sitting on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, there’s comfort in the back of our mind knowing they’re Ice Cream Sandwich upgradeable. In the meantime, when we look at the LG Optimus 2.0 UI versus Motorola’s latest MOTOBLUR-whatever interface, we have to say that Motorola’s take seems to be a bit more polished looking – thus, getting our attention more often than none. Although they share the same level of personalization, there’s simply more pizzazz and eye candy found with the Motorola DROID RAZR’s experience, which basically seals the deal in providing us with an encompassing experience.
Sure the LG Spectrum has the larger display, but it doesn’t particularly make it any better for typing messages over the Motorola DROID RAZR. In fact, they both perform extremely well with their respective keyboards as they’re able to keep up with our speedy rate of typing messages on the fly.
As for the rest, such as Gmail and various organizer apps, they both offer the same features and functionality that keep us in check with our daily lives. However, we have to admit that Motorola’s Smart Actions is in a league of its own as we’re able to control and monitor almost every aspect of the phone – and it’s something that’s pretty neat!
Processor and Memory:
Embodying the qualities of any super spec’d smartphone, they feature dual-core processors to deliver a tasteful, yet spot-on performance with most tasks. Specifically, the LG Spectrum packs a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, while the Motorola DROID RAZR sides with a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 CPU – both of which are coupled with 1GB of RAM. Not surprisingly, their executions with most basic tasks are swift and instant, thus, exuding one very responsive overall performance. However, there are some instances of choppiness that come around every now and then that minutely bog the experience, but it’s never to the point stagnant or crawling. Honestly, there isn’t one we can concretely say is faster than the other in terms of real-world usage.
Storage isn’t a concern out of the box for these two, seeing that the LG Spectrum is preloaded with a 16GB microSD card. Otherwise, if you need more, the Motorola DROID RAZR might be the better option with its 8GB of internal storage and additional preloaded 16GB microSD card.
Internet and Connectivity:
By now, we’ve come to appreciate all of the wonders behind Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and rightfully so, it shows on these two handsets as they deliver some swift data speeds to load our web site in no time at all. Looking past the awesome speeds, we take a liking to the DROID RAZR’s web browsing performance more because it flaunts the smoother navigational controls with kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. Well, the Spectrum is still more than sufficient for our needs in this category, but its operation is dampened by its choppy movement.
Being CDMA devices and all, they’re made specifically to run off of Verizon’s network, but they also have that oh-so lovable 4G LTE connection to deliver blazing data speeds as well – though, they can drop down to EV-DO Rev A connections if LTE isn’t present. On top of that, they share the same set of connections such as aGPS, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.
1. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
Awwww another loss for LG :(((((((((( well non the less i would get LG just because i love it and i think it is the best :)
3. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
the LG Sectrum is a nice phone its up to date with the hardware but the UI SUCKS. Why not just put a stock 2.3 gingerbread or ICS built.
4. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I think the pictures made the screen looked washed out, but in reality, the screen quality is superb.
5. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
Man, those cameras are god awful.
I'd definitely pick the RAZR over the Spectrum for a couple reasons: Durability, build quality, and the the UI. The Spectrum feels cheap and plasticly. The phone is way too tall as well. The super clear screen can't save the rest of the phone.
The RAZR feels much more solid and would probably stand the test of time... Especially after the stupid thing gets ICS!
15. jmac74 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
Ha!!! Ive got the razr... The camera is horrible... Durability??? My 3rd Razr fell out of my shirt pocket while I was bent over picking something up and the inner screen shattered. This while being protected by an Otterbox.. Durability is a joke with the Razr. It's an over hyped piece of junk. Thankfully Verizon is finally replacing my Razr with the LG Spectrum. 4 phones in a month and a half is just too much. Sure the Razr looks awesome, just wish it had the goods to back it up. You'll be lucky if the Razr gets ICS before 2012 is up..
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
well kudos to LG for almost getting Motorola in the call quality department. that's one of Moto's Fortes. o:
9. snowgator (Posts: 3350; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Sometimes, you can close your eyes and just fill in the blanks on some of these comparisons. Phone Arena is going to have to see a lot more out of LG before they start to give them their due. There is no doubt that LG is not a premium handset maker just yet, but I really see improvement in their top tier offerings. The Spectrum seems to be a good LTE phone at a nice price point.
Yes, I do like the RAZR ahead of the LG, but I do not think it is a run away victory, just a win. I think I would take the LG ahead of the Galaxy Nexus, depending on how it performs when it's taken on a test run. I am okay with the Nexus, but it has a lot of weaknesses. The LG may need a case for it's plastic body, but really outside of that, where is the huge weak point?
12. snowgator (Posts: 3350; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Sigh.... Okay, buddy. The plastic body and the crapdragon. My bad. Should have had your back on that one.
Gator goes sits in the corner for 5 mins....
14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that's right! although LG will always have a special place in my heart because they looked after Verizon customers when we were down about not having an iPhone.
11. mettec (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
I bought the Spectrum and returned it because of a few issues.
Speakerphone was horrid. Distorts at the highest level and by turning it down one notch the volume is now too quiet but you can still hear some distortion.
The handset speaker volume was also very distorted at the highest levels but if I turned it down a couple notches it would not be audible for me and had to ask whoever was on the other end to repeat themselves. (I have ok hearing cause don't have these volume issues with my DInc.)
Almost everyone that I spoke with on the phone could not understand me. They said I sounded like I was either underwater or my hand was covering the phone mic.
I put a ICS theme on it but everytime I shut it down and reboot it, it would go back to LG's skin and have to re-apply the theme again.
13. snowgator (Posts: 3350; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Be sure to write a review and put those issues on it. A lot of people use P.A. just to get an idea on what device to get, and user reviews are just as important as the writers reviews.
16. bullwinkle14 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Sheesh. Its all personal preferences! Just upgraded from my RAZR to the LG Spectrum. Sooooo many issues with my previous RAZR so I ruler it out.
Compared the Spectrum to the Galaxy Nexus originally.
The Spectrum has the best screen clarity of either 3, and the camera and video are 2 of the best features. Phone call audio and speakerphone work great, and I make over 30 business calls a day and everyone I ask says clarity is excellent on their end as well.
Fits better in my hand, I think its easy to operate and the interface is fine. If the ICS is better than Gingerbread then I'll upgrade when available but thats not a big deal for me. The LG fits my style better.
With a Skinomi screen protector along with a red Skinomi case it looks fantastic.
17. maj3207 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)
ok so what should i do??? i love my droid razor but for some reason there is always a problem...
i have had it for a month and already i have had to change it once and thinking of changing it again...
With my first one i did the phone update and it completely stoped getting any service it showed i was on airplane mode even though it was off...
now it loses service where my bf has 4G and it turns off!!
should i just replace it or change to the LG Spectrum????
18. John84 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I just bought an LG spectrum, returned it and got a different LG spectrum. I'm going to return the second one for a Razor. People just can't hear me on the LG spectrum. I hope the Razor will be better. Before the LG Spectrum, I had a flip phone. Never had a problem. Now with the LG spectrum, my Dad says to call using a different phone and my friends say to call back because they can't hear me. I hope the Razor is better.
19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i guarantee you that you'll get good call quality on a Motorola.
20. w5aus (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)
I got both of them, my razor when bad in first 4 days, verizon sent me a new one... as far as compereson LG is better and so much easier to work with... who cares how thiny phone is ? i droped my lg bunch of times, nothing happened to it, try droping ur razor and see what happens :) if i want a good photo i go buy me a real camera, but 4.5 lg to watch netflix now we're talking :)
i installed icecream for lg and razor, not bad.. don't ask where i got and how to install it :)
Battery life for both, suck, but with $30 u can boost ur LG extended battery but with ur razor u are screwed, unless u bought a maxx for lot extra price........ lets face it we keep our phoes for no more than a year, till something new comes out, so why pay all that extra ? so my vote is for LG