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Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
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Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Nowadays, it can be rather difficult to shop around for an Android powered smartphone if you happen to be a Verizon customer, mainly due to the extensive quality devices that are readily available for the taking. Very recently, the Motorola DROID 4 brought the spotlight back to one of platform’s most prominent Android families, which is hardly a surprise considering that this model has been upgraded with 4G LTE connectivity and an even better keyboard. Nevertheless, it’s going to be intriguing to see how this newcomer will extinguish the light emanating from within the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to proclaim the coveted spot as the top Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless.


Design:

Neither device jumps out at us with some kind of killer design that’s awe-inspiring, but when it comes down to it, we simply prefer the fresh appeal of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Not only is it the sleeker, lighter, and the slightly sturdier handset, but its uniform clean front surface and rounded looks  seems to delight our eyes versus the angular construction of the DROID 4. Actually, Motorola’s beauty is equally sturdy on its own, but it seems more susceptible to damage if dropped from a good height because of its two-piece construction.

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)


Mainly reserved for video chatting and snapping self-portraits, these two titans are ready for the task with their front-facing 1.3-megapixel cameras.

Android buttons - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Front-facing cameras - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Android buttons

Front-facing cameras

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)


Thanks primarily to their distinctive feel and clicky response, we prefer the power button and volume control of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – whereas, the DROID 4’s buttons are too flat. Donning the same ports around their sides, there isn’t a whole lot different between them except that the DROID 4 gains video out through its microHDMI port, while the Galaxy Nexus requires an MHL adapter for the functionality.

Bottom edges - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Left - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Top - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Right - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Bottom edges

Left

Top

Right

The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top)


Power buttons - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Volume rockers - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Ports - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Power buttons

Volume rockers

Ports


Round back, the Motorola DROID 4 packs the higher count 8-megapixel camera, but then again, the 5-megapixel snapper of the Galaxy Nexus is no slouch either. As usual, they’re both accompanied by an LED flash. As we know, the DROID 4 has an unremovable battery, but it has a microSD slot ready to supplement its internal storage. Conversely, the battery of the Galaxy Nexus can be swapped, but it doesn’t offer any sort of expandable memory.

Backs - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Rear cameras - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Backs

Rear cameras

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)



Display:

Dim the lights, stare straight at the two beauties, and it’s safe to say that the 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is superior in all categories over the 4” qHD LCD display of the DROID 4. Although it’s negligible to distinguish which is more detailed from a distance away, upon closer inspection however, it’s quite definitive that the Galaxy Nexus is sharper looking. Captivating our eyes even further, the polarizing colors, wide-viewing angles, and illustrious contrast of the Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Nexus all combine together to outshine the bland and washed out appearance of the DROID 4’s display.

Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)

Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus


Motorola DROID 4 360-degrees View:



Samsung Galaxy Nexus 360-degrees View:



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posted on 21 Feb 2012, 07:12

1. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


i never knew that the galaxy nexus has 24 fps video... that means that my old nokia c6-01 that is with belle has 6fps more than the new galaxy nexus

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:41 4

2. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It doesn't, most of this info is wrong. Hell, even the pictures of the Nexus are super old. Look at the last one!

AND, there is no comparison between these 2 phones. Nexus is better.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 10:19 6

3. snowgator (Posts: 3276; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Yeah, I have said on other posts I think the Nexus is a little over rated, and I am a HUGE Droid line supporter. And there is no way even I would take the Droid 4 over the Galaxy Nexus in a fair fight. It isn't close.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 14:50 1

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5634; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, this was a pretty silly comparison but i guess it's what the regular consumers doing Google Searches for This vs. That are looking for.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 12:59

4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I personally find this comparison unnecessary.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 20:56

6. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


No Nexus Comparisons unless the phone has 4.0+ ICS is such a large jump!

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 00:01 1

7. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


I think it's unfair that the Droid 4 is only compared to phones that cost $100 more, and don't have physical keyboards. In the regard, it will ALWAYS lose the "form and design" factor and likely will lose out on high-end features like great cameras and screens. I'm sure for $300, the D4 could've had a super amoled panel and a stellar camera or an even better processor than it already has, but it doesn't.

It is marketed as an affordable niche (Qwerty-slider) smartphone, and should only be compared to other affordable niche smartphones. Otherwise, these videos just set out to make it look like a bad phone when it's really a great one if you need a keyboard.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 19:57

14. 14545 (Posts: 1144; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


If HTC would make a good slider I would buy it. I had a hard time switching to the TB and then the Bionic due to the fact that I suck with onscreen keyboards. I've had a nonslider now for almost a year, and I'm still not used to typing on it. It just doesn't feel natural, but HTC has all but abandoned us that are old winmo users. They kept the sliders with WP7, but WP7 is too iPhonish. I don't like it. Hence the reason I jumped ship after 6.5. Anyway, I had the D2 and it wasn't a "bad" device, but left a lot to be desired.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 01:04

8. wakefinance (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I want to start a petition to keep John V. from writing any more of the articles on this site. His word choice is consistently appalling. Please, Phone Arena, get a real writer and stop embarrassing yourselves!

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 01:54 3

9. GeekMovement (Posts: 1519; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Personally I find John V.'s articles and word choices to be 'fresh' and easy on my eyes. It keeps the articles/reviews very interesting and fun.
If you hate it that much, why don't you yourself try applying to be the writer for Phone Arena instead and shut up?

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:12

11. wakefinance (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I guess your standards for writing are lower than mine. And yes I would love to be a writer for the site, but I don't have time as I'm still a student.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 03:27 2

10. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


For me, John V. is the best reviewer...

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:14

12. wakefinance (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Content good, writing bad

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 14:38

13. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


LOSERS

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 00:18

16. Schai (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)


Personally, I find most of the reviews silly. I am a native speaker of American English. To me, "phone" is short for telephone, a two-way real time communication device. I don't care if the operating system is Ice Cream Sandwich or Tootsie Bar, and if the screen has prettier pixels, If it has a poor speaker and poor sound transmission, and can't keep a connection when the signal is weak, it's a lousy telephone. Everything else is secondary.

Having a camera and video device is very handy, and I frequently use these features. However, I know that for quality, the images are going to be very inferior to my real cameras. It is also nice to have a handy internet browser, calculator, news reader, etc. Anything that works reasonably well makes me satisfied.

My desktop and laptop has a massively better screen, keyboard, and speakers, but I can't put them in my pocket to call that I have to reschedule a meeting or help out a customer. Then, I want to hear clearly and be heard.

To me, there is no contest. Battery life is the same, but the Motorola has a better microphone, better speaker, and better radio system. It is a better telephone.

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Another comment:
In the video, there was some poking at the keyboard screens with gobbledygook. Why not slow down and show some real sentences? Then show a comparison of a real tactile keyboard vs a touch screen. That is a pretty major difference between the phones, but with the way the reviewer types, he's oblivious.

posted on 04 May 2012, 00:26

17. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Droid 4>Nexus........Droid 4 has a 1785 mAh battery, Nexus has 1750, Droid 4 has 8mp camera, Nexus has only a 5mp, Droid 4 has expandable sd card up to 32gb, Nexus has built in 16gb, non expandable, Droid 4 has a 4 inch display, The Nexxus has a TOO large 4.65 in display lol....Only thing is the Droid 4 is CDMA and not GSM.....I would say put the Droid 4 on ics and it is definetly the winner...

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 00:08

18. BeyondRedemption (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I upgraded from my Droid 2 to the Droid 4 just this past November... and I love it. From the larger screen to the much improved keypad, and 4G LTE, plus a front camera, so that I now can Tango, ooVoo, and skype on my phone, this phone is everything I could possibly ask for. It even has a hard rubber case with a kick-stand so that it can stand up on its own while I Tango. I certainly hope Moto keeps the series going, because I will gladly upgrade again in 2 - 3 years...

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