LG Spectrum vs Motorola DROID RAZR

Alright, so the LG Spectrum can’t contain the power and allure found with the Ice Cream Sandwich trotting Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but you simply can’t keep it out of contention if you’re looking for a new smartphone to call your own.  This time around, we’re going to have it compete against the handset we proclaimed to have the best design out of all the smartphones released last year – the Motorola DROID RAZR. Sharing a good amount of commonalities, like their 4G LTE connectivity and dual-core processors, these two are remarkably equipped in providing a top-notch experience, but as we’ve come to expect, it takes something more to be memorable.


So here’s the deal. On one hand, you have the all-plastic construction of the LG Spectrum, which doesn’t help when its glossy back cover is easily dirtied by smudges and fingerprints. On the other hand, there’s the built like a tank construction of the Motorola DROID RAZR that oozes from head to toe with quality and top-notch materials. Furthermore, there’s something enchanting about the killer styling of the DROID RAZR that reels us in – and not to mention it’s ridiculously thin and lightweight for its size! Combining all of those factors, there’s no argument in this one as the Motorola DROID RAZR is hands down the better looking one.

Going by the numbers, the LG Spectrum easily comes away with the trophy in the detail department as its 4.5” True HD (720 x 1280) IPS TFT display is able to boast a pixel density of 329 ppi. In comparison, the Motorola DROID RAZR is still able to produce a decent pixel density of 256 ppi with its 4.3” qHD (540 x 960) Super AMOLED Advanced display. If there’s one thing that catches the gaze of many onlookers, it has to be the tantalizing saturated colors produced by the DROID RAZR’s display.

Ready to make those self-portraits a lot easier to shoot, they both feature 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras for the occasion – plus, they’re ready for those lengthy video chat sessions too.

Namely because they protrude more, we prefer the dedicated power button and volume control of the LG Spectrum, but it’s still not that bad with the Motorola DROID RAZR. With the Spectrum, its microUSB ports is the one-stop port for charging, data connectivity, and video-out functionality with the aid of an optional MHL adapter. Meanwhile, the DROID RAZR keeps things separated as it boasts a microUSB and microHDMI port.

Ready and willing to take photos, these two high-end smartphones feature an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which can naturally record high definition 1080p videos as well.

LG Spectrum 360-degrees View:

Motorola DROID RAZR 360-degrees View:



20. w5aus

Posts: 2; Member since: May 17, 2012

I got both of them, my razor when bad in first 4 days, verizon sent me a new one... as far as compereson LG is better and so much easier to work with... who cares how thiny phone is ? i droped my lg bunch of times, nothing happened to it, try droping ur razor and see what happens :) if i want a good photo i go buy me a real camera, but 4.5 lg to watch netflix now we're talking :) i installed icecream for lg and razor, not bad.. don't ask where i got and how to install it :) Battery life for both, suck, but with $30 u can boost ur LG extended battery but with ur razor u are screwed, unless u bought a maxx for lot extra price........ lets face it we keep our phoes for no more than a year, till something new comes out, so why pay all that extra ? so my vote is for LG

18. John84

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I just bought an LG spectrum, returned it and got a different LG spectrum. I'm going to return the second one for a Razor. People just can't hear me on the LG spectrum. I hope the Razor will be better. Before the LG Spectrum, I had a flip phone. Never had a problem. Now with the LG spectrum, my Dad says to call using a different phone and my friends say to call back because they can't hear me. I hope the Razor is better.

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i guarantee you that you'll get good call quality on a Motorola.

17. maj3207

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 24, 2012

ok so what should i do??? i love my droid razor but for some reason there is always a problem... i have had it for a month and already i have had to change it once and thinking of changing it again... With my first one i did the phone update and it completely stoped getting any service it showed i was on airplane mode even though it was off... now it loses service where my bf has 4G and it turns off!! should i just replace it or change to the LG Spectrum????

16. bullwinkle14

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Sheesh. Its all personal preferences! Just upgraded from my RAZR to the LG Spectrum. Sooooo many issues with my previous RAZR so I ruler it out. Compared the Spectrum to the Galaxy Nexus originally. The Spectrum has the best screen clarity of either 3, and the camera and video are 2 of the best features. Phone call audio and speakerphone work great, and I make over 30 business calls a day and everyone I ask says clarity is excellent on their end as well. Fits better in my hand, I think its easy to operate and the interface is fine. If the ICS is better than Gingerbread then I'll upgrade when available but thats not a big deal for me. The LG fits my style better. With a Skinomi screen protector along with a red Skinomi case it looks fantastic.

11. mettec

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I bought the Spectrum and returned it because of a few issues. Speakerphone was horrid. Distorts at the highest level and by turning it down one notch the volume is now too quiet but you can still hear some distortion. The handset speaker volume was also very distorted at the highest levels but if I turned it down a couple notches it would not be audible for me and had to ask whoever was on the other end to repeat themselves. (I have ok hearing cause don't have these volume issues with my DInc.) Almost everyone that I spoke with on the phone could not understand me. They said I sounded like I was either underwater or my hand was covering the phone mic. I put a ICS theme on it but everytime I shut it down and reboot it, it would go back to LG's skin and have to re-apply the theme again.

13. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Be sure to write a review and put those issues on it. A lot of people use P.A. just to get an idea on what device to get, and user reviews are just as important as the writers reviews.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sometimes, you can close your eyes and just fill in the blanks on some of these comparisons. Phone Arena is going to have to see a lot more out of LG before they start to give them their due. There is no doubt that LG is not a premium handset maker just yet, but I really see improvement in their top tier offerings. The Spectrum seems to be a good LTE phone at a nice price point. Yes, I do like the RAZR ahead of the LG, but I do not think it is a run away victory, just a win. I think I would take the LG ahead of the Galaxy Nexus, depending on how it performs when it's taken on a test run. I am okay with the Nexus, but it has a lot of weaknesses. The LG may need a case for it's plastic body, but really outside of that, where is the huge weak point?

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

really only the Crapdragon. o:

12. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sigh.... Okay, buddy. The plastic body and the crapdragon. My bad. Should have had your back on that one. Gator goes sits in the corner for 5 mins....

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's right! although LG will always have a special place in my heart because they looked after Verizon customers when we were down about not having an iPhone.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well kudos to LG for almost getting Motorola in the call quality department. that's one of Moto's Fortes. o:

5. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Man, those cameras are god awful. I'd definitely pick the RAZR over the Spectrum for a couple reasons: Durability, build quality, and the the UI. The Spectrum feels cheap and plasticly. The phone is way too tall as well. The super clear screen can't save the rest of the phone. The RAZR feels much more solid and would probably stand the test of time... Especially after the stupid thing gets ICS!

15. jmac74

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Ha!!! Ive got the razr... The camera is horrible... Durability??? My 3rd Razr fell out of my shirt pocket while I was bent over picking something up and the inner screen shattered. This while being protected by an Otterbox.. Durability is a joke with the Razr. It's an over hyped piece of junk. Thankfully Verizon is finally replacing my Razr with the LG Spectrum. 4 phones in a month and a half is just too much. Sure the Razr looks awesome, just wish it had the goods to back it up. You'll be lucky if the Razr gets ICS before 2012 is up..

4. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think the pictures made the screen looked washed out, but in reality, the screen quality is superb.

3. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

the LG Sectrum is a nice phone its up to date with the hardware but the UI SUCKS. Why not just put a stock 2.3 gingerbread or ICS built.

2. asrr62

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

spectrum > razr. the motolola is a joke.

6. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

You're a joke...

7. asrr62

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

your a troll. lol.

1. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

Awwww another loss for LG :(((((((((( well non the less i would get LG just because i love it and i think it is the best :)

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