Camera:

No question about this one, but the Galaxy Nexus is the clear choice winner if your primary focus is on taking photos. As we’ve come to expect, a higher megapixel count camera doesn’t necessarily translate to the better-looking photos, and of course, it’s quite indicative with this comparison. Although details are nearly the same on both devices with their soft appearance, it’s the natural color production of the Galaxy Nexus that enables its results to be the more appealing of the two. Also, it’s remarkably faster in snapping a shot versus the slower pace of the DROID 4. And even though their performances under low lighting aren’t anything worth bragging about, the LED flash on the Galaxy Nexus appears to be more potent as it casts some decent lighting to balance the tones of its colors.

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Likewise, Samsung’s pride and joy takes the crown with its pleasant looking 1080p high definition video capture. Even though the Galaxy Nexus has the better details, colors, and audio recording, the DROID 4 has the smoother playback thanks to its 29 frames per second rate, which edges out the choppy look found with the 24 frames per second rate of the Galaxy Nexus. Regardless of that, the DROID 4’s results aren’t that favorable since it’s void of any sharp details or neutral colors.

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Multimedia:

Equipped with some spiffy looking 3D visuals with their music players, there isn’t a whole lot different with the two when you look at them on the surface – albeit, we appreciate the DROID 4 getting us to sing along to our favorite songs since it displays the lyrics. In terms of audio quality, our ears enjoy the robust tones emitted by their respective speakers, but the DROID 4’s volume output is a tad stronger, though, it’s not by much.

Enchanting us with its generous size and magnificent looking colors, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is evidently the preferred choice for watching videos. Well, it’s still acceptable on the DROID 4, but seeing its display is smaller and its colors are blander in tone, it lacks the iridescence to match the wonderful performance of the Galaxy Nexus. However, it’s worth noting that Samsung’s beauty cannot play videos encoded in DivX or Xvid out of the box – whereas, the DROID 4 can.

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17 Comments

1. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

i never knew that the galaxy nexus has 24 fps video... that means that my old nokia c6-01 that is with belle has 6fps more than the new galaxy nexus

2. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

It doesn't, most of this info is wrong. Hell, even the pictures of the Nexus are super old. Look at the last one! AND, there is no comparison between these 2 phones. Nexus is better.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Yeah, I have said on other posts I think the Nexus is a little over rated, and I am a HUGE Droid line supporter. And there is no way even I would take the Droid 4 over the Galaxy Nexus in a fair fight. It isn't close.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, this was a pretty silly comparison but i guess it's what the regular consumers doing Google Searches for This vs. That are looking for.

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I personally find this comparison unnecessary.

6. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

No Nexus Comparisons unless the phone has 4.0+ ICS is such a large jump!

7. EarnYourLeather

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

I think it's unfair that the Droid 4 is only compared to phones that cost $100 more, and don't have physical keyboards. In the regard, it will ALWAYS lose the "form and design" factor and likely will lose out on high-end features like great cameras and screens. I'm sure for $300, the D4 could've had a super amoled panel and a stellar camera or an even better processor than it already has, but it doesn't. It is marketed as an affordable niche (Qwerty-slider) smartphone, and should only be compared to other affordable niche smartphones. Otherwise, these videos just set out to make it look like a bad phone when it's really a great one if you need a keyboard.

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

If HTC would make a good slider I would buy it. I had a hard time switching to the TB and then the Bionic due to the fact that I suck with onscreen keyboards. I've had a nonslider now for almost a year, and I'm still not used to typing on it. It just doesn't feel natural, but HTC has all but abandoned us that are old winmo users. They kept the sliders with WP7, but WP7 is too iPhonish. I don't like it. Hence the reason I jumped ship after 6.5. Anyway, I had the D2 and it wasn't a "bad" device, but left a lot to be desired.

8. wakefinance

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I want to start a petition to keep John V. from writing any more of the articles on this site. His word choice is consistently appalling. Please, Phone Arena, get a real writer and stop embarrassing yourselves!

9. GeekMovement unregistered

Personally I find John V.'s articles and word choices to be 'fresh' and easy on my eyes. It keeps the articles/reviews very interesting and fun. If you hate it that much, why don't you yourself try applying to be the writer for Phone Arena instead and shut up?

11. wakefinance

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I guess your standards for writing are lower than mine. And yes I would love to be a writer for the site, but I don't have time as I'm still a student.

10. Mercenary

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

For me, John V. is the best reviewer...

12. wakefinance

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Content good, writing bad

13. tha.fox

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

LOSERS

16. Schai

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

Personally, I find most of the reviews silly. I am a native speaker of American English. To me, "phone" is short for telephone, a two-way real time communication device. I don't care if the operating system is Ice Cream Sandwich or Tootsie Bar, and if the screen has prettier pixels, If it has a poor speaker and poor sound transmission, and can't keep a connection when the signal is weak, it's a lousy telephone. Everything else is secondary. Having a camera and video device is very handy, and I frequently use these features. However, I know that for quality, the images are going to be very inferior to my real cameras. It is also nice to have a handy internet browser, calculator, news reader, etc. Anything that works reasonably well makes me satisfied. My desktop and laptop has a massively better screen, keyboard, and speakers, but I can't put them in my pocket to call that I have to reschedule a meeting or help out a customer. Then, I want to hear clearly and be heard. To me, there is no contest. Battery life is the same, but the Motorola has a better microphone, better speaker, and better radio system. It is a better telephone. --------------------------------------------------​------------------ Another comment: In the video, there was some poking at the keyboard screens with gobbledygook. Why not slow down and show some real sentences? Then show a comparison of a real tactile keyboard vs a touch screen. That is a pretty major difference between the phones, but with the way the reviewer types, he's oblivious.

17. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

Droid 4>Nexus........Droid 4 has a 1785 mAh battery, Nexus has 1750, Droid 4 has 8mp camera, Nexus has only a 5mp, Droid 4 has expandable sd card up to 32gb, Nexus has built in 16gb, non expandable, Droid 4 has a 4 inch display, The Nexxus has a TOO large 4.65 in display lol....Only thing is the Droid 4 is CDMA and not GSM.....I would say put the Droid 4 on ics and it is definetly the winner...

18. BeyondRedemption

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I upgraded from my Droid 2 to the Droid 4 just this past November... and I love it. From the larger screen to the much improved keypad, and 4G LTE, plus a front camera, so that I now can Tango, ooVoo, and skype on my phone, this phone is everything I could possibly ask for. It even has a hard rubber case with a kick-stand so that it can stand up on its own while I Tango. I certainly hope Moto keeps the series going, because I will gladly upgrade again in 2 - 3 years...

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