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Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Interface and Functionality:

With iOS 5 the iPhone interface got an active lockscreen and a pull-down notification bar with stocks and weather widgets floating there. The execution is flawless, but if you are you used to getting almost all of your info directly from homescreens, instead of firing up separate apps for everything, you’d have to side with the Android handset.

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The Apple iPhone 4S interface


The Motorola DROID RAZR's interface doesn’t go into Android as deep as some other overlays like HTC Sense or TouchWiz 4.0, but it offers features like resizable widgets, too, of which there are plenty. Icons, buttons and other interface elements are way less refined than the rounded, polished bits in iOS 5. The RAZR doesn't lag or anything, but the responsiveness of the UI still lacks in comparison with the iPhone 4S, which is powered by a custom-made dual-core A5 chip with a nifty SGX543 MP2 GPU, while the RAZR sports a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor with the previous-gen SGX540.

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Messaging on the phones is very easy with their excellent on-screen keyboards. The iPhone 4S, despite having a smaller screen, compensates with big and well-spaced keyboard letters, and thus doesn’t feel less comfortable to type on than the 4.3-incher, but you have smaller remaining screen estate to look at while typing.


Software:

The Motorola DROID RAZR leaves us scratching out head at times with the wide-ranging quality of its default apps. In the Gallery, for instance, you can’t interact with the stacks of your pics or videos right away, but have to choose an option among unwieldy-looking buttons first. Also, trying to zoom in a picture moves it as shutter blinds instead of the exceptional fluidity on the iPhone 4S.

On the other hand, it offers an excellent set of preinstalled apps, like Smart Actions, which is like action macros you can record for you handset, and MOTOPRINT for wireless printing.

Google’s services like Maps look and work best on the Android handsets, of course, compared to Apple’s finest, but iOS 5 has a winning trick up its sleeve, too, called Siri. Voice recognition software is something present in Android, too, but here in the iPhone 4S its intelligence is taken to unseen levels.

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Preinstalled apps on the Motorola DROID RAZR


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Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S


The ability to interact with your phone via Siri might be game-changing, and Apple is taking a pretty bold bet with it that users’ perceptions towards voice recognition can be changed, issuing Siri in beta form, which is unprecedented. Then we have iCloud, which offers 5GB of free centralized storage, which the ragtag gang of Google’s services doesn’t do, but rather each service has its own storage account with Mountain View. 


Internet and Connectivity:


Both smartphones have excellent browsers, too, with the more fluid navigation packed with Safari, which gives way to the Motorola DROID RAZR when it comes to Adobe Flash support and a larger screen real estate to enjoy your websites. The potency of Safari in iOS 5 coupled with the powerful A5 chip is shown in the synthetic benchmarks – it scored about 90 000 in BrowserMark, which is almost twice the 48 000 number of the RAZR, for instance. These scores don't reflect Adobe Flash performance, of course, which will remain relevant at least for a while . For now, there are some pages you can't use properly with the iPhone 4S.

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On the Verizon network, the RAZR has the advantage of using the 4G LTE network, while the 4S is stuck on the slow EV-DO Rev.A 3G data. Although both have a combined GSM/CDMA chip with 14.4Mbps download speeds in HSPA+ mode, the Verizon RAZR is limited and cannot be used as a world phone, unlike the iPhone 4S.  The Motorola DROID RAZR has a Qualcomm MDM6600 GSM/CDMA dual-baseband. The DROID RAZR also has a regular microHDMI port for mirroring your phone’s screen on your HDTV, whereas you have to use dongles to do that with the iPhone 4S. 

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posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:32 10

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Droid Razr FTW.
iPhone's only edge is the camera.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:37 7

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


where's the video of the Razr vs S2 btw phonearena?? will this one get one??

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 11:09 4

16. windowsRocks (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


No ways. Latest vs Outdated comparison

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 20:36 1

24. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It's too bad that Phone Areana couldn't get the RAZRs from mainland China -- the ones with the better spec like 13 MP camera or 4.5" screen, etc.

That would have made for a great comparison.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 16:21

37. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Obviously they want to compare phones phones that are similar.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:16 1

38. Schmao (Posts: 362; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


They picked the phone that would be purchased most by consumers.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 15:05 1

39. JohnSPiere (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


But to get this phone for $0.01 only, beats the iPhone hand down.

http://www.guide101.net/2011/11/amazon-penny-pincher-sale-on-smartphones-and-100-amazon-com-gift-card-offer/

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:32 7

2. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


wtf another failed VS? S**tty fluff reviews once again. stop doing those vs reviews if you cant decide on a winnner phone arena.

pointless from the start since it will be down to andriod vs ios.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:35 12

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


It's the Razr.
Camera: iPhone
Screen: Razr
Form: Razr
Front Camera: Razr
Flash Support: Razr
Soon to be updated: Razr
Price: Razr

Siri is just a talking gimmick girl. Nice but you can live without.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:45 1

6. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Have you even used Siri?

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:52 7

7. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


u cant use it well outside the US for one.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:31 1

46. Reckless (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


yes in fact...see post below have you ever used google voice? been around a couple of years now...

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 17:55 1

21. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Dude, the Razr is a great phone, but you're oversimplifying a lot of things. Better camera = both stills and 1080p video capture. Also iPhone has a much better design. The review said the screen was gaudy and didn't show accurate colors, etc etc.

And so since Google pushed back the ICS date it's now category and reason to chose the Razr? That's like saying "Already Updated: iPhone". And since you mentioned nitty gritty things like flash support where any Android device automatically wins, you might as well throw in App Store and iTunes to the list.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 18:14 3

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


we\'re all aware of what the Camera functionality entails and the design choice is a matter of preference. i think both phones are very handsome. SAA does have a few cons but the Pros even them out.

pushed back ICS? what are you talking about? the Razr will get ICS so why does it matter? it\'s still a great phone now. the App Store doesn\'t really hold the Android Market over a barrel so much anymore and i actually view iTunes as a con. especially now that we have Google Music.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:30

45. Reckless (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Dude.....get over things..... people will buy what they want and the "much better design" next time be sure to say in my humble opinion

posted on 19 Nov 2011, 10:49 1

32. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


Firstly, I'd agree to siri as not important. And if you do find it so important, there is somethings in the Android Market caller Iris and so forth which serves the same function. Not to mention the updates which are improving these applications more frequently compared to the IOS's Iris. Furthermore, I actually found this review to be a bit biased. It over-weighed Siri and did not even mention the applications which can make an Android faster, cleaner and so forth. There are applicaitions to replace the home UI and even to make it look like the IOS. Can the IOS do that?

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:27 1

44. Reckless (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


So funny my wife has a iPhone 4S ..she was going to show her Dad how Siri worked and make a call to my phone (Droid2) ...so after Siri coughed and hickuped a few times something about not being able to connect to the network I presses voice search on my Droid 2 and said "Call (wifes name) mobile" ...instantly it dialed and called my wife...lol we all had a big laugh out of that!

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 12:03

47. Abdul92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


It's the iPhone 4S
Camera: iPhone 4S
Screen: iPhone 4S
Form: RAZR
Front Camera: iPhone 4S
Flash Support: Adobe has agreed to stop using Flash Player in all mobile devices. And jump on board with HTML5- iOS
Soon to be updated: iPhone 4S


There is no Android device than unique, Razr, epic touch, Nexus -- it all the same crap in a different body. Not to mention the malware.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 18:19 1

52. WpapaJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


You're an idiot.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:19 1

62. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


You are praising Iphone 4s too high and the fact that you spend a lot of dollars to purchase an iphone 4S does not make it better than the Razr in any way. If you want to see real life comparision, go to smartphoneenvy.com and look at the face off done between the two devices and you can see how good is the Razr over iphone 4S in terms of speed, opening youtube, opening web site, unofficial speed test etc. Even with the voice test against Siri, there are things that Siri cannot handle but the android deive cannot. Also, the Razr has smart action, motocast, labdock applications that can never exist in an iphone 4S. Also google offer voice guided turn by turn navigation as a free application whereas the iphone 4S cannot offer. Also, the lack of UI and customizable widget is the weakest part of iphone and I see no improvement on the updated IOS since its introduction to iphones,whereas all smarts phone nowadays have undergone a lot of improvement in terms of user interface and funtionality.

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 23:04

71. cjbasketball25 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Do you even know what you are talking about??? For one you talk about spending more money on the iphone when if you look at most phone places the Razr is actually more then the iphone 4S 16GB! Second you talk about speed of opening web sites and opening youtube pages well thats another place you dont know what your talking about, the reason the razr does that faster is because it is 4G but yet if your not in a 4G market the speed are actually about that same (4G just means the service is faster since your needing help knowing your facts)! The next part is what I love lmao you talk about the razr having motocast and lapdock applications ha ha ha ha I have one word for you ICLOUD same thing as your motocast and the iphone has the biggest accessory market known to any phone so you cant go there!

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 08:21

53. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Screen - horribly pixelated and washed out on the Razr. Smaller but much higher quality on the 4S
Form - Razr is uncomfortable to hold, and almost impossible to use one-handed
Flash support - not even Adobe cares anymore
Soon to be updated? Seriously? I've owned Droids for 2+ years - they are never updated in time and their updates are bug-ridden (GB on DX and DX2 was released 6 months late and riddled with bugs)
- Upgrade price is about the same. The freebies are only for new customers

I would give the Razr a big plus for Nav which is much better than on the iPhone, and for its Smart Actions that the iPhone can't touch.

However, by no means is the Razr a clear winner. If you want a small, high quality phone with a great camera you would ge the 4S. If you want a big screen and Android, there are better choices than the Razr.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:26

63. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


The latest review here has shown that even the two newest smart phones Samsung Galaxy Nexus and The HTC rezound cannot beat the Razr, what are the better choices out there right at the market at this very moment as you are referrign to that can beat the Razr. I would be interested to see any prove about that.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:34

64. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Smaller screen is a bad thing in todays smart phone especially when you are using navigation while driving, Fortunately the iphone 4s does not come with the voice guided turn by turn navaigation so it is not important to your iphone user. Taking about camera. I feel very strange that why are people so concernec about the camera in teh phones. As far as I am concerrnec, those built in camera are for occasional use. I would not want to use it in your journey when you have to take a large quantity of pictures. Also, the video is for occasional use.I would like to use a digital video recorder if I really want to capture a long video. Therefore these two features should not be the main features to be compared with. Any comparision between phoens should be based on real world comparision on User interface, speeds, practicality as well as functionality of which the Razr wins hands down, not arguable.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 18:51

69. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


What are the other choices available? Even the GNexus, SGSII, HTC Rezounds all cannot compete in terms of overall built quality, call quality and functionality. I dont see how an Iphone4 can have any legs up against the Razr when I dont see any customizable UI available in the iphone and the Siri still cannot do many things that the google voice search can do for me.

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 23:08

72. cjbasketball25 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


google voice is a joke! SIRI takes laps around it

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 12:32

73. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


"soon to be updated" you know you're talking about an android phone rite?

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 07:53 4

10. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I like their reviews. There can never be a clear "winner" unless you are comparing an Android phone to another Android phone or two iPhones against each other.

Its nice to see the breakdown of which features/specs are better on each device to aid in the decision making process but as you mentioned yourself it comes down to OS preference. Maybe down the road that will change but they are essentially comparing apples to oranges (ha) and with that in mind I think they do an excellent job.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:43 3

5. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Why can\\\'t you guys just grit your teeth and give a straight answer of which one you prefer? I get tired of reading the old:

\\\"You can\\\'t go wrong with either\\\"

We want to hear your opinion, and as a consumer, which one you would buy if you had the money for either.

None of this Bulls**t about trying to say the RAZR just to please your Android fanboys. If you truly prefer the iPhone 4S then please say so, we respect your decisions.

iPhone still has the edge in smoothness, camera and video.

I tried Siri the other day at an Apple store, you don\\\'t even need to try and speak clearly, you can mumble at it and it will still understand you, quite amazing I think.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 08:11 2

12. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


For this comparison they really can't pick a winner. It's going to be a matter of personal preference. I don't know why they bother comparing such different devices.

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