Motorola DROID 4 vs Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Interface and Functionality:

Knowing that we’ve been tantalized by Ice Cream Sandwich, we’re still perplexed to find that these two top-notch smartphones still running an older build of Android. Finding that all too typical MOTOBLUR-whatever interface running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, we still adore its glitzy looking presentation thanks to its heavy use of 3D and transition effects. Needless to say, we can still dream about Ice Cream Sandwich, but we’re thankfully presented with all of great aspects of Android – like its deep level of personalization and useful widgets. Come to think of it, this interface was actually first established by the DROID 3 from last year, so yeah, there’s nothing terribly new found with either.

Absolutely, if you happen to be extremely big on messaging in general, the Motorola DROID 4 is the unanimous choice thanks to its fantastic physical keyboard. Well, that’s not to say that the experience is inferior on the DROID RAZR MAXX, which is blessed with a spacious layout, but it doesn’t quite have the same pleasant feel of having a tactile response when pressing something.

Flaunting the same customized interface, their respective organizer and email apps are identical in every way. Beyond that, they’re stocked to the roof with the same set of preloaded apps, which surprisingly plays to the needs of enterprise/business users as well. Finally, with Motorola’s Smart Actions feature on board with the two, we adore the control we’re given in customizing and organizing various aspects of the phones.

Processor and Memory:

Taking into account that one handset is priced higher than the other, one would assume that the processor hardware in one is going to be better than the other. However, that’s not the case as these two devices are powered by the same 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor. To sum it up, both perform equally to one another, as they’re capable of maintaining a consistent rate of responsiveness with almost all operations – albeit, they’re plagued by that darn choppy pinch zooming in the gallery.

In terms of memory capacity out of the box, the DROID RAZR MAXX has the upper hand, seeing that it has a 16GB microSD card, 8GB of internal storage, and 2.51GB reserved for apps. Conversely, the DROID 4 is outfitted with 8GB of storage with 2.36GB for apps – though, it can be supplemented further with a microSD card of some size.

Internet and Connectivity:

Having been spoiled by Verizon’s 4G LTE network for some time now, we’ve come to expect nothing but stellar web browsing. Rightfully so, that’s exactly what we find with these two speed demons as they quickly and effortlessly load our site with no problems at all. Complementing the peppy data speeds, fluid navigational controls are in abundance everywhere we look, thus, culminating in one fine web browsing experience. Even better, they handle Flash heavy sites relatively well with little sluggishness diminishing the performance.

Running a few speed tests on both smartphones, we find the results very similar on numerous occasions, and in the same places as well. With these two CDMA devices, they’ll revert to good old EV-DO Rev A connections in the event that 4G LTE isn’t present. Finally, they both feature aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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