Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR
Naturally, both offer rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, but it’s a 5-megaixel snapper on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, while the DROID RAZR sports a higher count 8-megapixel one. Even though the DROID RAZR packs a higher megapixel count camera over its rival, the qualities from the two devices are very similar. Actually, details are average looking with the two of them, but when it comes to color reproduction, the Galaxy Nexus appears to have the punchier tones, which of course catches the glint of our eyes. Under low lighting situations though, the DROID RAZR handles it better seeing that digital noise is more prevalent with the Galaxy Nexus results. Using their respective LED flashes, their potency are seemingly the same to one another – though, colors tend to look washed out with images captured more than 5 feet away. In the end, they perform very closely to one another, while being more than acceptable.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus
Motorola DROID RAZR
Verizon Galaxy Nexus
Motorola DROID RAZR
Darkness with flash
Verizon Galaxy Nexus Sample Video:
Motorola DROID RAZR Sample Video:
Again, being newer has its advantage, as the Galaxy Nexus is blessed with the updated Ice Cream Sandwich music player. Frankly, we enjoy the 3D carousel effect when browsing through songs in landscape, but the DROID RAZR utilizes a similar looking interface as well. However, we also adore that lyrics are displayed while a song is being played on the DROID RAZR. When it comes to audio quality, the DROID RAZR snatches this one with its stronger volume output, putting to shame the average tones emitted by the Galaxy Nexus’ speaker.
Playing the same test video encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution, both are more than ideal to handle it thanks to their gorgeous looking displays and smooth playback.
1. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
could you noobs stop talking about "bars" when it comes to signal strenght? One bar on the nexus does not egual one on the motorola. really, are you guys trying to be a proffesional site?
Resent test on anandtech on 4g signal strenghts could be a start.
2. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
lol whats funny is that phonesarena posted the article from anandtech and then they completely disregarded it in this review.
very very poor work.
this is the only site that has said the razr is better than the nexus
10. cfprelude (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
"bars" are more understood by the normal person who would be deciding between these two phones and looking for a good comparison. if you read the entire article, i hope you noticed...
"Above all, the biggest problem we notice with the Galaxy Nexus is its poor signal strength – resulting in frustrations ranging from losing 4G LTE connectivity, to losing its entire connection and taking an extensive time reestablishing it"
which does not refer to bars but rather the signal strength and loss of connectivity which vzw has admitted plagues our nexus's and will hopefully be able to fix at least partially with a software update. while PA posted the article from anandtech, that article does NOT explain why so many of us who have had both these phones have experienced real life better signal with the RAZR (not dBm or bars but actual dropped calls and lack of service period with the nexus places that i pulled down 11mps 4g/lte with the RAZR). and is this really the only site that says that if the razr had ICS it would be the clear winner? that seems ridiculous.... of course it would be....and i love my nexus (when its connected. lol)
good article and comparison. ive had both for almost 2 weeks each and every point made is a valid one. will always be a case of personal preference and which things each person holds as high priority. The non removable battery for instance doesnt bother me and some others but others would never buy a phone that they couldnt have 2 or 3 batteries to swap on trips..... to each their own i guess.
70. jroc74 (Posts: 6013; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"which does not refer to bars but rather the signal strength and loss of connectivity which vzw has admitted plagues our nexus's and will hopefully be able to fix at least partially with a software update. while PA posted the article from anandtech, that article does NOT explain why so many of us who have had both these phones have experienced real life better signal with the RAZR (not dBm or bars but actual dropped calls and lack of service period with the nexus places that i pulled down 11mps 4g/lte with the RAZR). and is this really the only site that says that if the razr had ICS it would be the clear winner? that seems ridiculous.... of course it would be....and i love my nexus (when its connected. lol)"
Also, this isnt the first site to favor the RAZR over the G Nex. Some sites favor the RAZR over the Rezound too.
Why is it that some ppl are overlooking when ppl mention real world use, and not just the bars or decibel readings??
Historically Samsung has had weaker radios than Moto. Been that way before Android came out. What I'm guessing, assuming is alot of former Moto owners were spoiled with having better reception and didnt realize the phone also play a part in reception.
43. bioappberry (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
if the razr had its current features but also 4.0 (which its going to get) its a better phone. the Nexus is awesome, don't get me wrong but lets be honest. The reason that the phone, in many peoples eyes, is better has a large part to do with the new OS. not the phone itself. 5.0mp (worse) 1.2 gHz processor (same), bigger, and heavier. The screen is "bigger" because of the not having hard keys, but in reality, which the article clearly depicts, the screen is viewed is the same size. The phone itself is NOT better than the Razr, with ICS it is. once the Razr gets ICS it will be the better of the two. all day.
54. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Yeah but look at Motorola's history... I can't remember what Moto said is their target for an update (Q1 or Q2) or if they even gave a timeline in the first place, but I don't consider that "soon". Q1 doesn't mean Jan 1st. It's most likely towards the end of the stated quarter, so March 31st or June 30th. That's IF they stick to their own timeline. They very well may not. What happened to their unlocked bootloader promise?
So, you can have ICS NOW, or you can wait. It's an issue of personal preference, but I'm tired of reading comments that are just blindly saying "oh yeah, it'll be here very very soon". Follow the history.
And how easy will the RAZR be to root, if you're so inclined? Look at the Droid X2. There are still issues with gettings ROMs working well on it, rooting that thing was a PITA and I'm pretty sure it's still only temp root.
71. jroc74 (Posts: 6013; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Moto has the XOOM that has an unlocked bootloader, probably their new tablets too.
So its not their bootloader policy, but the bootloader policy for phones.
106. bioappberry (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
The update will be coming.... but I obviously do not know when, I will just clarify that. But, as far rooting, the Bionic from what ive read/seen isgreat when rooting it. I would only assume the razr would be similar but I am not sure. The other thing that the Razr has are the pre-installed apps like motocast. You dont get that with the Nexus. In fact, moto phones are the only ones with moto/zumocast, smart action(which is really pretty sweet). You do not get apps like that on any other Droid. The only app close is doubletwist with air sync but its does not get docs.
109. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
and not only that but you also get the added benefit of Webtop if you should ever find it useful. Motorolas are really the easiest to root i think and with a simple bootstrap utility loading custom roms isn't really a big deal.
125. xupru (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Why are people blatantly ignoring that Nexus has 720p over the Razr?
I had the Razr before the Nexus, and I do miss how the Razr worked so much better. But I'm banking on the Nexus getting fixed soon, and I don't think you'll see developer support like this for any other android phone for quite a while. There's more to a phone then it's physical qualities, and people tend to forget that.
14. bdm2569 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Speaking of "noobs," it's hard to take your comment seriously when their are so many errors in the text. As far as I know, "strengt," "egual," and "proffesional" aren't words and I'm pretty sure you meant to ask for a "recent" test instead of a "resent" one. Before attacking someone who is just trying to help buyers make an informed decision, you might want to make sure you can actually "spell" out your argument properly. Thanks.
113. kanonk (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
You Sir, should learn the difference between their and there.
126. xupru (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
my guess was he was typing on his phone? just from experience, I no longer care much about spelling on online posts as long as it's legible
128. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
I just hope that the people who have either phones are truly happy with what they have and arent saying what if....... thats the worst
13. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
My RAZR™ got me laid last night; my two college roommates, who each have a Galaxy Nexus, were in our dorm room syncing their phones to their laptops (copying music and videos and other stuff they can't put on an external micro SD card).
22. roldefol (Posts: 4302; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Did you record video of said laying on the external microSD?
36. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Yep, HD video, good thing I installed a 32GB memory card; there are infinite advantages to having external memory, especially when recording external lays'. And, the real beauty is that after any such recordings, I can just connect my RAZR™ to my HDTV with my Micro HDMI cable, select "Mirror Display", and watch on an externally huge screen.
5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
These are indeed the best of the best. :)
6. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
ll I know is I am never going to get the razr and I love my galaxy and also sure ics needs some kinks worked out. I think you put I've on the razr and I will still choose the nexus just because of the bigger screen with no buttons and same physical size. This guy did poor comparing these. When I Gwent into the store and compared them I liked the galaxy better that's why I got it.
159. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
yes and you will also like how the GNexus constantly performs the regular random reboots for no reason as well.
7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Well other than the screen res, OS, and slightly more potent chip, the Razr is probably the way to go. The Razr is incredibly sexy and should have been on PA's best phone award. People are still wondering how they crammed an LTE radio into the Razr lol.
I think this was a fair comparism, the Razr does get a lot better signal with LTE and its good that PA has got the courage to announce a winner after months of saying
"You can't go wrong with either and we like them equally"
The Razr looks like it had a lot more work put into its design, and its design is lovely and unmistakable. I cant help but think we're on the brink of a discovery to radically improve battery life on these phones, where current battery life on smartphones now is sad.
HTC is still the king of LTE though...
9. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Just out of interest, do you people think it's better to have a removable battery or a MicroSD card slot???
11. cfprelude (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
great question! it'll of course be personal preference but i like the solid feel/contrustion of the non removable battery anyway.... but to answer your question, the convenience of swapping out microSD cards is much more important for me. won't stop me from buying a phone but it just makes it silly easy to bounce between phones and not have to wait for 28gb of music, movies, pictures, etc to transfer to my new device. just my 2 cents :)
33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i think removable battery is a bit more convenient. o:
85. jroc74 (Posts: 6013; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I'm with the removable sd card being more convenient. I have sd cards from 2008, 2009.
And I actually removed the back from my RAZR. Its seriously not that hard. Did it with my fingers. Since they have external battery packs with ALOT of juice and extremely small...I will go that route from now on. Same price I paid for an extended Droid 1 battery I can get almost 3x as much battery from one of these tiny externals. Anker is one, forgot the other one.