Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus

Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung GALAXY Nexus
Yesterday was a big day for Android phone users. First we had the announcement from Motorola about the DROID RAZR smartphone, which they are claiming is the worlds thinnest smartphone, at 7.1mm thick, and also sports a 4.3" 540x960 qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display with Gorilla Glass, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with 1080p video, Kevlar backing, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory & 16GB memory card, Bluetooth 4, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and can resist water splashes. The 1800mAh battery is also rated to provide up to 12.5 hours of talk time -or- 8.9 hours of video playback on a full charge. But Motorola also pointed out the enterprise aspects of the device, such as being about to connect to your "home cloud" with their MotoCast app, which allows your phone to access and upload files to and from your PC no matter where you are. There will also be WebTop on the device, to allow it to connect to two different LapDocks and HDTVs using the HDMI out.

Now if that wasn't enough, enter the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. This will be the first smartphone to feature the much anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But that's not all, as the slightly-curved device will also come equipped with a large 4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera with 1080p video, NFC for mobile payments with Google Wallet,  Bluetooth 3, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n (5GHz/2.4GHz), 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB memory (depending on region), and a 1750mAh battery.

Naturally, both will support Verizon's 4G LTE data network. The Motorola DROID RAZR will go on pre-sale starting October 27th (with a release in November) and will carry a price of $299.99 with a 2-year contract (be sure to check out our Hands-on with the DROID RAZR). Meanwhile, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus is also slated for a November release. No price was given, but we can speculate it would also be around the $300 mark.

Now comes the tough decision...which one to purchase! On one hand, the DROID RAZR seems so much more attractive with its premium construction and superb features, but on the other, we're not really sure when, or even if the DROID RAZR will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, which means the Galaxy Nexus will probably gain the upper hand when it comes to software support. In addition, it has the more interesting screen, being bigger and of higher resolution. Anyways, let us know in the Comments section below which one you are most interested in.

source: Motorola and Samsung

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DROID RAZR
  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware TI OMAP4430, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1780 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
GALAXY Nexus
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware TI OMAP4460, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1750 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3

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77 Comments

77. therocker

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 03, 2011

i will go with droid razr coz of itz 8 mp camera..........wht u all say??

74. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

RAZR for me :D The Galaxy Nexus somewhat disappointed me with the battery size and the lack of an SD slot. With all those pixels to push and the dual core finally running at it's full potential, I fear the Nexus will suck battery like no tomorrow. The RAZR's battery is very slightly bigger but it has a smaller screen with less pixels, so hopefully the battery life is decent. I like the look and design on the RAZR better, and add to that the fact that it's getting ICS in Q1 of 2012... it basically has everything the Nexus has, minus the unlocked bootloader. I like stock Android best but if I had to choose an OEM skin I would go with MAP. I like the transitions, and how it doesn't lag devices like Sense does or the now defunct BLUR did. Plus who knows how long it'll take the Nexus to come to Canada, while the RAZR is slated for a November release on my carrier :D

73. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

For me, it's the Moto. I know I'm gonna get flamed, but I think it all depends on how you use the phone. Pure ICS is nice, but I've been using the MAP on Gingerbread Droid 2 Global and it's very nice. It doesn't intrude too much like Sense, but if offers a good selection of widgets, as well as the ability to re-size many of them. Add to it the organization of apps into app groups and I'm sold. As far as the screen goes, I really don't see how a little better resolution is really going to matter in a 4" screen. On a 42" TV, of course, but on a phone, at least to me, the difference is negligible. It all depends on how you use the phone. I don't see myself watching more than a few YouTube vids on it, so it's not a big factor. Far more important to me is the encryption of data on the Moto, the inclusion of MS Office compatible apps and the (presumed) build quality.

75. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

UPDATE: Just found out that ICS has full encryption, so scratch that as a plus. Also NFC on Nexus doesn't mean anything to me yet. It will be at least a year before there are enough retailers to have this feature make a difference. I'm not so sure I wan't my credit card data on my phone anyway... There also still seems to be some issue as to the chip in the RAZR. Droid Life (I think) has noted that the Moto Dev site once listed the chip as the 4430, then 4460. When queried, Moto confirmed 4430 and updated the site. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

71. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Moto hands down....

72. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Hey there, I can't believe it but I agree with you!

70. Glorfindale

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

I will simply not purchase a phone that is not stock Google. I'm sick of skins and bloatware, and Nexus won't have it. Everything else is secondary at this point, at least to me.

69. stowe528

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Aww.... and i got the bionic last week =(.... i had no choice since radioshack had a deal and my storm stopped working......i wish i didnt listen to my dumbass friends and waited a few weeks more....

68. Kingxavier

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Well alot of these two phones are similar. In making this choice alot comes down to personal preference. There are a few factors that should be considered though. I was leaning twoards the Razr. I think the contruction and design are top notch. I have broken three phones this year, so I am looking for a phone that can handle a college students lifestyle. I dont mind waiting for ICS to drop on the Razr, the only thing that really bugs me is having a locked bootloader. If the option to root this phone is not available then I am definately going for the Galaxy. If anyone can confirm this please let me know. I feel the Razr's contruction more then makes up for a lack of HD screen witch is all the nexus has over this phone really, I just wont be able to handle a non rooted gingerbread with ICS on the nexus for the same price of the Razr......Your thoughts below.

61. pumpkinsoftruth

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Do both have the same GPU?

59. justin19

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

with the razr you cant change out the battery witch sucks

55. ninjapenguin

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I know battery life is a concern with any smart phone, but I'll have a car charger and one at work, so I'm not too worried about it. But I don't want to send a few texts and look at a web page then only have half battery left. The question for me is, when & if it does happen, which phone (Moto vs. HTC) would get the ICS update first?...

54. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I really like the build of the RAZR, (stainless steel, kevlar, gorilla glass) but moto has thier own software and idea of how the OS should look. The Galaxy Nexus is beautiful looking phone especially with a high res screen and shape. I prefer the AOSP look/feel of Android, IMO i believe Sense/Blur/Touchwhiz have some great features but they take up resources need for the OS/Apps. Although I do like the MIUI Roms. I would go with Nexus, ICS being a factor.

53. Irad123

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I would choose the razr. the qHD is more than enough - and it would probably get the ICS later.

43. ninjapenguin

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Now the only phone left to compare is the HTC Rezound. I hope that HTC is just letting these two duke it out and then they will introduce the Rezound next week (I hope). I like the RAZR looks/build/specs, yet it doesn't have ICS (at least immediately). I like the Nexus in that it has ICS, a wonderful screen and I'm digging that cool panoramic mode with the camera. But, call me old school, it doesn't have an HDMI output. That's kind of ridiculous. Almost like not having an LED notification light (which I'm sure the RAZR has, Nexus anyone?) So come on Rezound and make this a trifecta comparo!

44. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm expecting to hear about the Rezound by the end of the month. It showed up on a Verizon MAP list for release by Nov. 11 along with the Nexus. The screen will be amazing - 720p Super LCD at 4.3" is even sharper than the iPhone. The Nexus will of course have ICS on its side, but let's see how the rest of the hardware (processor, camera, battery life) compares.

47. ninjapenguin

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah I did see the MAP a few days ago. I've been stuck with my BB Tour and want/need to upgrade. I all of these phones to be out so I can test them. I just don't want it to be "early November" which turns to "late November" and so on. For some reason, I'm really excited about the Rezound...

52. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The HD screen and Sense make it pretty interesting, but HTC has a pretty bad track record with battery life. And some of the niftier features of Sense (apps on the unlock screen for example) have been incorporated into ICS. It'll be down to the Rezound and Nexus for me, but I'm leaning heavily Nexus.

40. shipstylin

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I wish the razr would have had NFC, because I like the look and build of the phone and it will eventually get ICS. I think NFC is the future and there will be a lot of apps tailored to take advantage of the technology. I also like that the razr has the micro sd card slot and apparently the nexus does not. going to be a tough decision and then we will have to see what the htc vigor throws into the mix. I am still rocking an OG Droid overclocked to 1050mhz that still boggs down on a gingerbread ROM.

29. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

samsung's standard super amoled is actually a little brighter than the plus version. the difference is that the plus is using different matrix, making better use of the resolution. it's also allegedly more power efficient.

27. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I love the hardware on the RAZR, but i have no need for motocast, motoblur, or any other bloatware. It has dragged me down on my droid x and im ready for some pure android. I wouldve loved to see exynos, a thinner design, less plastic, and 8 mp camera, but you cant have everything. Even if some of these othher android phones get ICS it seems the galaxy nexus was designed with the os in mind

25. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

So Galaxy nexus doesn't have a "super amoled plus" screen? just 'super amoled'?

26. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

its 720p to sooo i wouldnt really worry about it :p its going to be great although i prefer the razr due to the slim profile

35. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's correct. With current AMOLED production limitations, Super AMOLED Plus is limited to 800x480 on a 4.3-4.5" screen. They can only increase the resolution by increasing the screen size. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be HD Super AMOLED Plus, but that's on a tablet!

23. thevoice

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Ice*.

21. thevoice

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's been said that most gingerbread phones would get I've cream sandwich. So, I'm pretty sure a brand new phone with similar specs would surely get it also.

16. akshay112991

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

will SGS2 get ICS ...??????

18. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

most popular phone of year so far so yes more than likely

22. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Who knows when the US variants will get it though. I don't have high hopes after the Galaxy S Froyo update fiasco.

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

with this I wonder how fast will take moto to add ICS to its phones, They use the same processor witch means Moto Can enjoy Hardware acceleration without doing a lot of work

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