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Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
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Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Nowadays, it can be rather difficult to shop around for an Android powered smartphone if you happen to be a Verizon customer, mainly due to the extensive quality devices that are readily available for the taking. Very recently, the Motorola DROID 4 brought the spotlight back to one of platform’s most prominent Android families, which is hardly a surprise considering that this model has been upgraded with 4G LTE connectivity and an even better keyboard. Nevertheless, it’s going to be intriguing to see how this newcomer will extinguish the light emanating from within the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to proclaim the coveted spot as the top Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless.


Design:

Neither device jumps out at us with some kind of killer design that’s awe-inspiring, but when it comes down to it, we simply prefer the fresh appeal of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Not only is it the sleeker, lighter, and the slightly sturdier handset, but its uniform clean front surface and rounded looks  seems to delight our eyes versus the angular construction of the DROID 4. Actually, Motorola’s beauty is equally sturdy on its own, but it seems more susceptible to damage if dropped from a good height because of its two-piece construction.

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)


Mainly reserved for video chatting and snapping self-portraits, these two titans are ready for the task with their front-facing 1.3-megapixel cameras.

Android buttons - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Front-facing cameras - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Android buttons

Front-facing cameras

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)


Thanks primarily to their distinctive feel and clicky response, we prefer the power button and volume control of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – whereas, the DROID 4’s buttons are too flat. Donning the same ports around their sides, there isn’t a whole lot different between them except that the DROID 4 gains video out through its microHDMI port, while the Galaxy Nexus requires an MHL adapter for the functionality.

Bottom edges - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Left - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Top - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Right - The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Bottom edges

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Top

Right

The sides of the Motorola DROID 4 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (top)


Power buttons - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Volume rockers - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Ports - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Power buttons

Volume rockers

Ports


Round back, the Motorola DROID 4 packs the higher count 8-megapixel camera, but then again, the 5-megapixel snapper of the Galaxy Nexus is no slouch either. As usual, they’re both accompanied by an LED flash. As we know, the DROID 4 has an unremovable battery, but it has a microSD slot ready to supplement its internal storage. Conversely, the battery of the Galaxy Nexus can be swapped, but it doesn’t offer any sort of expandable memory.

Backs - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Rear cameras - The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Backs

Rear cameras

The Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)



Display:

Dim the lights, stare straight at the two beauties, and it’s safe to say that the 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is superior in all categories over the 4” qHD LCD display of the DROID 4. Although it’s negligible to distinguish which is more detailed from a distance away, upon closer inspection however, it’s quite definitive that the Galaxy Nexus is sharper looking. Captivating our eyes even further, the polarizing colors, wide-viewing angles, and illustrious contrast of the Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Nexus all combine together to outshine the bland and washed out appearance of the DROID 4’s display.

Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right) - Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Viewing angles of the Motorola DROID 4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (right)

Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Motorola DROID 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus


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