LG Spectrum vs Motorola DROID RAZR
calling quality is an undeniable win for the two smartphones, as they both are able to dish up distinctive and robust voices on both ends of the line – with no evidence of any background noise. Beyond that, we actually find the speakerphone on the DROID RAZR to be the more preferable one since the Spectrum tends to muffle voices.
Prone to the occasional loss of 4G LTE connectivity, which is typical of most 4G LTE devices we’ve reviewed for Verizon, we didn’t experience any dropped phone calls with either device. Moreover, testing them out in the same areas, they exhibit the same amount of signal strength.
Hardly a surprise to us, battery life isn’t something you get a lot of with these two thirsty ones – well, that’s because we’re able to get approximately 10 hours of normal usage out of both devices. Of course, we’ve come to appreciate our wall chargers even more with these two seeing they need charging whenever and wherever possible.
Based on the current selling prices of both phones, $200 for the LG Spectrum and $250 for the 32GB Motorola DROID RAZR, we have to put our money on Motorola’s pride and joy since it’s boasting a lot more quality elements over its rival. Flaunting one killer looking industrial design that sets the benchmark for everything else, it’s the largest differentiator between the two since they perform very similarly in many categories – like shooting photos/video, battery life, and calling quality. Yes, we’re dying in the inside knowing that they’re still boasting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but Motorola’s interface has the polish to match its charming looks. Ultimately, the Motorola DROID RAZR turns out to be the more memorable device that’ll keep on impressing just about anyone.
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: 3391; 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: 3391; 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: 3391; 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