Motorola DROID RAZR vs HTC Rezound
Motorola DROID RAZR and HTC Rezound launched to an awaiting audience that have been spoiled time after time with devices deemed to be the most cutting edge, but now they’re probably thrown a pickle in contemplating which one to side with. Obviously, the two Android powered smartphones are vying for supremacy, but in the end, there can only be one that can seemingly claim the coveted top spot.
Being one of the most crucial things for a smartphone, its appearance can really set the tone on whether or not it’ll have the allure to reel in consumers. Knowing that, there’s no arguing that the Motorola DROID RAZR essentially has all of the design characteristics to make it so beloved from everything else out there. Like seriously, looking at its razor thin construction is a marvel to behold on its own, and to complement its chic looks, it’s graced with a Kevlar coated back cover, stainless steel interior core, Gorilla Glass, and water repellant nanocoating. Well, it’s not to say that the HTC Rezound is ugly looking, rather, it looks like any other handset out there on the market, and it is bulky, almost twice as fat as the RAZR.
As we know, the HTC Rezound features a 4.3” S-LCD display that’s stupendously detailed thanks to its 720p resolution (720 x 1280). It’s unbelievably profound as we look at them up close and personal – or when fine text is displayed. Everything is so much more detailed, that it looks just way better. Conversely, the 4.3” Super AMOLED display on the DROID RAZR is compelling on its own, despite its lower qHD resolution (540 x 960), thanks to its higher contrast, saturated colors, and piercing brightness output. Yes, we absolutely love the detailed 720p display on the Rezound, but in terms of everyday practicality, our eyes are easily more attracted to the DROID RAZR as well. If you turn on both handsets in a dark room full of people, we’re confident that people will gravitate towards the DROID RAZR.
Indeed, the red glow found with the Rezound’s capacitive Android buttons are undoubtedly eye-catching, but thankfully enough, we didn’t experience any accidental presses with either smartphones.
Between the two, our fingers easily prefer the distinctive and responsive dedicated power button and volume rocker of the Motorola DROID RAZR – whereas, the Rezound’s buttons are simply indistinct.
Perched above their displays, we find their respective front-facing cameras. Specifically, it’s a 2-megapixel one on the Rezound and a 1.3-megapixel shooter on the DROID RAZR.
standard connection ports like a 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB port. With the Rezound, its microUSB port offers video-out functionality, which requires the aid of an optional MHL adapter. Meanwhile, the DROID RAZR has a separate microHDMI port to offer the same functionality very quickly.
1. Goldeneye (Posts: 351; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
I've been waiting for a shootout between these guys and the Nexus, honestly you can't go wrong with either one, lucky if you are a VZ customer with an upgrade right now, like myself, lol
4. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
The specs on the Rezound look more impressive and the picture quality was AMAZING! But..... you can't pass up the great look that the Razr offers, the Rezound looks to chunky in my opinion. I think I'd pick the Razr myself.
5. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Exactly - I feel this comparison is incomplete without the Nexus. As a VZW customer with an upgrade right now, I'm not making any decisions until next week when I can compare all three.
21. seanjohnusa91 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Go for one of them now and then when the Nexus comes out switch it if you like it. Starting today we can return phones until the 9th of January.
25. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm patient enough that I'd rather wait a week than pay a $35 restocking fee. I've waited 2 months; what's another week?
26. douglasman100 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
Heres how i see it. The RAZR will sell best because it is part of verizons droid line up. The rezound will be good for the time being until htc comes out with a new phone...which probably already happend...and the nexus will be the best of the bunch. Even with ces just around the corner the nexus will be the only one with high sales into next year as we saw with the nexus s. Also the nexus has everything optimized for ics (smoothest), no buttons, nfc, big screen for on screen buttons, the charging dock thing, good battery life, and plenty other things.
2. mclifford81 (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)
I am interested though in benchmark test as well as the front facing camera, motos 1.3mp vs htc 2mp. Did you guys get a chance to test out these factors? Also what about gaming performance?
6. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
The fatness and Sense of the Rezound is keeping me away and the ugliness and Motoblur of the RAZR is keeping me away.
All of which keeps gravitating me more towards the skinless, bloatless, damn good looking GNexus.
40. moosa.mahsoom (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
My uncle had offered a Galaxy Nexus for me. But, i declined it. Probably, the Galaxy Nexus users will be the first to face all of the damn bugs.
7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
Android is great. But I dont think theres an Android phone that will survive without pulling the battery out. DROID RAZR is a no no.
15. terabyteRouser (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
There is a hard reset by holding the volume rocker and power button for 10 seconds. This is something extremely simple to implement, they couldn't have gotten this wrong.
33. AndroidNext (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
And just clicking this on the Nexus will take a screen shot. ICS FTW!
44. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
The Droid razr has a very easy hard reset procedure which is used to overcome the screen freezing problem. motorola knew well in advance about thsi problem before they actually designed this phone so having a non-removable batetry is not a problem. Also, look at iphone 4 which also has non removable battery and it will also freeze up the screen but it sold so well world wide, that means people dont care much whether the battery is removable or not, so it is not a factor to consider.
46. asrr62 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
lucky but it is a really tough choice to upgrade right now.
9. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
I'd honestly rather have a white Galaxy S2 than both of these.
11. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
If it were white the screen stands out less...
10. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Isn't Sense getting just a small bit repetitive?
I think we should all wait for the HTC Edge or the Galaxy Nexus
Non PenTile screen
Better screen generally
Better design and feel
Better battery life
Nexus over both:
Screen res + quality
Sexy curved design
Unskinned, uncut, pure ICS
12. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Got my upgrade, ready at a moment notice, my HTC incredible just got gingerbread, I'm disappointed, that HTC didnt step it up with the rezound, besides the thunder bolt there has not been much of a change in HTC product
17. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Verizon's HTC products do seem behind the times hardware-wise. With the exception of the screen (which is a big exception!) the Rezound is very similar to the EVO 3D and Sensation which have been on the market for half a year. Similarly the TBolt was essentially an LTE EVO. A few of us here hoped the Rezound would be the first S4 phone, but that's not how they've been operating the last year or two.
13. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
they have been both bench tested on the antutu test, the razr scores in the 6000-6200. the rezound was 4900-5000, razr has a better cpu (A-9 cortex), even though it is 1.2 vs 1.5 speed . love the rezound for the battery to pull out, but the razr has a bigger & longer lasting battery, 12 hours of talk time. Also the nexus has a little better cpu than the razr 4430 vs the nexus 4460,even though there are both TI A-9 cortex CPUs the 4460 is more advanced
16. terabyteRouser (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I read the spec sheet and it appears that the 4460 may just be a little faster, running in the range of 1.2-1.5 GHz. The 4460 also bumps up the clock speed significantly on the GPU. The 4460 also has improved hardware support for 1080p video recording/playback. The 4470 allows for the processor to run in the range of 1.5-1.8 GHz.
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the 4470 also has a dedicated 2D graphics core i believe.
30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the 4460 only has a slightly higher clocked GPU over the 4430, it'll barely be noticeable in real world performance.
35. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
So ppl will be lulled by the more Ghz of the Rezound....and the RAZR is on par or better and clocked slower? That will mean less heat put out too right?
Ppl really need to do research before buying Android phones.
36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, i remember going into a T-Mobile store to see the Galaxy S II variant they have and the guy was trying to tell me it\'s faster than the other variants because of the 1.5GHz clock frequency and i was like yeah, okay guy. xD
the Razr is in fact better and yes the lower clock frequency will create less voltage therefore less heat and better battery life. as far as battery hogging resources go this thing has the most so you can expect it to have terrible battery life. i don\'t think this should\'ve been put out without either an MSM8960 which is a more power efficient processor or a bigger battery.
14. AdamW33 (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)
My Rezound just scored 5616 while running a whole bunch of programs at the same time (not sure if that makes a difference). According to the bench mark, the Nexus and S II were only slightly better.
Everything has been super quick so far. No complaints except the bloatware which hopefully Ill be able to root soon.
18. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
thats the highest ive seen on the rezound, but it still does not match the razr, the snapdragon s3 cpu in the rezound is good but cannot match the a-9cortex 4430 from TI, much less the 4460.
i want the nexus but i dont like the idea of not taking out the battery, might just wate till may of next year for the invedia tegra 3 with 5 core chip, now thats SPEED,
19. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
back to you terabyterouser what will come out with the 4470 cpu ??? havent herd of anything yet
20. terabyteRouser (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I haven't heard of anything utilizing that quite yet. I was just mentioning it for completeness. Wikipedia lists the differences concisely.
22. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
looked at the razr, just feels so light in your hand & for me too thin, i want some bulk & weight .
23. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Who in the "he double hockey sticks" wants a damn iPhone product. The battery life of these first generation 4G/LTE devices are subpar at best. Why would someone buy a phone that will warrant sending it in for a battery replacement after about a year. Just another way for Moto to make money IMO.
24. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I believe when the Razr gets ICS the camera will function even better. I just wish they could have used the Nexus screen on the Razr like they're doing in China :((
27. Blaw87 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
I'm going to go ahead and say it. The Rezound is built on previous phones, which is a very, very good thing. It's essentially the Thunderbolt 2. Verizon probably changed it from that course from all the problems the first Thunderbolt had. Which, hopefully, have all been worked out.
The first of any kind of electronic is often plagued with major and multiple issues. Nexus will have it's lion's share of problems being the first with 4.0 (aren't we on 2.3.4 now?). Razr will have it's share as well, being that it seemed rushed out before the hollidays, it's the first of it's kind, and I can really see that "Super Thin" part being a major problem down the road. People often put their phone in there pocket, and i really can just see it break in half. I'm going with rezound in this battle, even without playing around with nexus. Rezound will have ICS soon enough, and by then, hopefully all the bugs will be worked out.
28. cfprelude (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
i wondered about the "sitting on it" point too. I weigh 225lbs and "sat" on my original droid for 2 years and now sit on my razr... i figure i'm going to treat it now how i want to for the next 2 years so i've been VERY impressed with its durability. the only difference is how much more comfortable it is to sit on since its soooooooo thin :P
29. 1701nino (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
John V. htc Rezound doesn't have a resolution of 720 x 1080 p as you are saying numerous times on your reviews;) its 1280 x 720 p right?
32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they're both fine devices for Verizon but just like i thought the Razr is better overall. i'm jealous of the music player, lockscreen shortcut to the camera and the slightly refreshed widgets of the Razr! i want an update with these things to my Droid 3 to tide me over until ICS.
38. nat171971 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
I compared both phones, the screen is not just a little bit better but incredibly better. The audio is much better and the sense UI is much better as well. The processor on the phones that i tried the MOTO phone with an active wallpaper glitched while the rezound was smooth. Overall if you actually compare them real world the rezound is much better accept that it is thicker. If you want thin at the expense of the other things related then you will want the razr. I think the reviewers are to impressed by thin. Watch a music video with the beats head phones on the rezound and then tell me what you think.
39. IsThereOnePhoneWOaFatalFlaw (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
The Razr seems to be the better overall phone. Shart on Motorola for yet again designing a phone that's great at everything, but still comes with a shockingly crappy camera. Hopefully Google's acquisition of them will get some new quality control people in that dept, cause the are clearly blind, and they probably pick their noses with impunity.
41. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
darn, cant choose the razr for the battery. cant stock any battery and only left with the charger only....
42. Detra (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
My husband and I purchased new phones from verizon 2-3 weeks ago! I got the razr and he got the rezound. I like my big screen and thin durable shell! I don't like the camera at all! My husbands camera is much better than mine, I'm a photographer so I get down to the details. Not only does his focus faster, but the wb is true to color. It performs well in low light and the clarity surpasses my razr! I like the power button on top of the rezound versus the location of the side of the razr, and the charger cord drives me crazy on my razr located at the top... I do love the picture/screen quality better on the rezound , the color accuracy is much better than my razr! My razr shows things a bit more saturated, and sometimes a hue of green. I like my personal settings menu better, I find it easier to customize ringtones than my husbands. His screen is slightly smaller, but it's plenty big. I think my screen is easier to see outside. I'm thinking of trading mine in.
45. JohnQpublic (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
Can anyone say what is the best phone out right now for the..best reception..Loud speaker volume..and call quality?