Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Both phones have 8MP camera modules capable of 1080p HD video, while the Samsung Galaxy S II has a more sophisticated camera UI, with plenty of shooting modes, scenes and effects you can apply to your photos and videos, and time between pictures is also very short. The Motorola DROID RAZR offers some adjustments and scene modes, including Panorama, but the experience is more cumbersome, and shot-to-shot times are about six seconds compared to four with the Galaxy S II at the same scene.
The Galaxy S II's photos exhibit very good characteristics in terms of sharpness and captured detail, but the colors are a tad colder than reality, and not as likeable with the default settings. The RAZR pales in comparison, with its noisy photos that are lacking sharpness and contrast. The RAZR has trouble focusing in low-light situations, and its photos turn out grainy and soft.
Motorola DROID RAZR Sample Video:
Samsung Galaxy S II Sample Video:
Motorola DROID RAZR Indoor Sample Video:
Samsung Galaxy S II Indoor Sample Video:
Music playback from the handsets is very good, and the players support all the basic functions we’ve come to expect from high-end handsets, like categorizing by album, artist, song or playlists.
In terms of eye-candy the Samsung Galaxy S II uses more colors, transparencies and transitional animation, while the RAZR offers an album art carousel in landscape mode.
As far as functionality goes, the RAZR's player is powered by TuneWiki, which retrieves the lyrics of the currently played song, and also gives you the full biography and discography of an artist, including their upcoming shows straight from the player's interface.
Samsung's phone provides mock surround sound in headset mode, which works pretty well, and it can also apply a number of sound modes like Concert Hall and equalizer presets of your choosing to the tunes. The Motorola DROID RAZR has different sound profiles, too, and they work with the loudspeaker, which is pretty potent, offering strong volume and clearer sound than the Galaxy S II one.
The Samsung Galaxy S II grabs the prize in video playback compared to the RAZR, though, as it supports DivX/Xvid codecs by default.
3. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the SGS2 got a long long battery life during actual tests.. way more than what was rated on the box. I havent heard of any i4s's getting 62 hr battery life with normal usage.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
hey check this out.. you can change the resolution on the SGS2.
Who wants 720p non pentile displays right now!! :)
20. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
That\'s just changing the size of the UI elements.
14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
one for me please
5. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
They mention HSPA+ for the RAZR, but it is 4G LTE, at least with VERIZON - the shortcomings of the RAZR, such as the browser, can be fixed by modding the browser or getting a different browser on the market. I bet XDA could even port the SGS2 browser onto the RAZR. Since the wife is expecting her slow VERIZON iphone 4S today, I will get an LTE 4G phone in the next few months. I am kind of sad that I will not be getting the SGS2 phone, though.
6. gallitoking (Posts: 4698; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Razr.. no contest.. it has 4g LTE...is the phone of steel.... most likely will be updated 1st to ICS... is on Verizon... no exynos... no problem.... got Kevlar?... this phone is ready for war....
7. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Good comparison, but sense its a "VS" shouldnt there be a winner?
I guess what PA is saying is:
If your on VZW get the Razr
If your on Sprint get the GS2
11. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I agree, bola. Why do a "VS" if you can't bring yourself to pick a side?
Besides, this is only a contest if you are undecided on carriers, than the 4G LTE of the RAZR is a very important part of the equation. So is the fact that GS2 is a proven winner, and a worldwide success where the RAZR is kind of an unknown in the dependability department as it has just been released.
I am in the Moto RAZR camp on this one. But not by much. I just didn't want to chicken out of picking a winner.
8. rd_nest (Posts: 1049; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
It's strange that even after 8 months, we still don't have a clear winner against GS2. Shows the technological prowess and vertical integration benefits of Samsung. GS2 was (or rather "is") Samsung's flagship phone. All others are simply variants/tweaked version of GS2. Shows that if you aim for 1 or at max 2 flagship phones in a year, you can do it right. Look at HTC/Moto, they just keep throwing phones into the market hoping one would stick. RAZR < DROID 3 < Photon < Milestone < Atrix 2 < Bionic. These are all the names I recall. Why so many? I believe you should have max 1/2 "flagship" model per year. Make that good, give all your best in that model. Add a few cheaper phones for those who are not in a position to spend much. Having too many "flagship" phones is confusing. Less we talk about HTC and their models, better it is for my health.
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5664; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i love how they put in \"you can’t go wrong\" in bold letters. xD
if LTE and build quality weren\'t factors with the Droid Razr then i\'d probably go with the Galaxy S II but those two are very important factors here that are gonna make me side with the Razr here. give me SA+ over SAA and Exynos over an OMAP4 any day but TW4 vs. Motorola\'s UI...that\'s a toughie. SAA actually reminded me why i disliked SA on the original Galaxy S. it\'s like Colors Gone Wild Unrated.
10. remyrz (Posts: 193; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)
here in dominican republic there's no 4g lte so.. I love my gs2 : D
12. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
RAZR is too big for a 4.3 inch screen...gs2 4.5inch variants are the same size as the RAZR and makes the 4.3inch s2 look small which is saying something.the huge bezels make it look ugly
13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
come on PA have the guts to pick a winner or atleast say which one YOU would prefer than to bottle out otherwise forget doing a VS if you just going say you will be happy with either.
15. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
From everything they said... the GS2 blew the Razr away. Though a major thing they left out was the LTE. You cannot do a fair comparison if you're not using one of the phones' major advantages. Should've put the GS2 Skyrocket against the LTE Razr. That would've been a better comparison than a handicapped Razr. And you gotta pick a winner in a -VS- matchup.
17. deacz (Posts: 157; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
wide phones are the suck to handle, imo even the sg2 is to wide.
18. redmd (Posts: 976; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I like what rd nest is saying. Samsung got it really right with SGS2. Can we say its still the best Android flagship to date?
The nexus prime will be a transition phone. SGS3 however will be expected to set the bar higher, and it would not matter who got it first, I'm thinking quad core here. What matters most is who did it better.
Back to the topic, its SGS2 for me. I like the removable battery, it's light weight, a really smooth performer overall. RAZR will never win me over, build quality is just not enough. Moto should have upped the camera, screen resolution and battery since it's non removable. The rumored china variants of RAZR are interesting though.
21. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)
My question is why they didn't do a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Droid RAZR. They both will be on Verizon and hands down the Galaxy Nexus will blow the RAZR away.
22. matrixm (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I love it how they set the screen mode on the Galaxy s2 to movie, just so they could say that Razr's display is more saturated... Really smart...
23. decklyn (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
There is something missing in these reviews - motorola's real advantages are in its software that is NOT COVERED here. For a business user, I would say that the RAZR is the winner for a few reasons:
- Access your files from your home and work pc easily without fuss. Baked into the media players are accessibility of any of your machines that are on and running motocast. Media, documents etc.
- Hook your phone up to a motorola accessory like the hd station or lapdock (like a netbook but relies on your phone to run it) and you get a modified ubuntu environment to run. Anyone considering a phone and tablet like an eepad transformer/prime should also weigh in on the webtop environment as an alternative. Yes it's costly but you centralize everything on one device. There is no comparison on the samesung galaxy products in this department - if you view your phone as the central device you want to work from it can become your tv media player and your business companion with a couple accessories.
For me after long internal debate I went with the razr over the galaxy nexus and s2 because of these features. What's better is that you can actually replace the webtop environment with ubuntu maverick meerkat, get a terminal etchttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?
24. leonidas (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
I have Motorola Droid Raz . and i have i Phone 4 ... may friend have Samsung GLS2 - , and he said - I should buy f*****g Motorola Razr .. i dont use may I phone 4 that much as may MOTO .. its much beter t me .. and battery from Motorola is MUCH beter than I P $ and SGS2 trust me .. music and sound - galaxy ( will never be close to droid and I p4 ) Camera - I phone 4 is be then other two .
and everyone wont to see may MOTO .. so .Motorola is may choice ..