Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

If you are not already lured by one of the two big contenders in the contemporary mobile OS space – iOS and Android – you will probably be facing a tough choice this holiday season whether to snatch the Motorola DROID RAZR or the Apple iPhone 4S.

For the uninitiated, they both offer slim bodies and 8MP cameras with 1080p HD video capture capabilities, but differ in much everything else.

We are here to help with a comparison between the latest and greatest from Motorola and Apple, so read on for our findings...

For the purpose of this comparison, we are using the Motorola DROID RAZR in its GSM variant. It is identical to the one available on Verizon, except that active is its HSPA+ connectivity.


Designwise the Apple iPhone 4S is an antithesis of the Motorola DROID RAZR. It brings a boutique feeling with its steel and glass chassis that cuts in your palm, a more solid weight, and a compact size due to the 3.5” display. The RAZR is lighter but way larger, and the thick bezel makes it a handful, as it comes wider than other handsets with 4.3” screens.

 It sports some exotic chassis components in its turn, like a Kevlar-woven back and metal frame, which, however, don’t really contribute to a premium feeling, compared to the unique glass shell of the iPhone 4S. Kevlar actually feels like lino, less stellar than quality soft-touch plastic to the touch, for example.

The RAZR is unbelievably thin, though, with a 0.28” (7.1mm) profile, except for the 0.4” (10.6mm) camera part at the top, which also houses a microHDMI and microUSB ports, along with the audio jack. It’s undeniably a great design achievement by Motorola, which has brought on a non-removable battery, just like on the iPhone 4S. Apple's finest is 0.37” (9.3mm) thick at all places.

The two screens couldn't be more different - we have the 3.5” Retina Display with its enormous 326 ppi pixel density on the iPhone 4S, and a qHD Super AMOLED Advanced in the RAZR with 540x960 pixels.

The 256ppi pixel density on the RAZR is not as refined as on the iPhone 4S, and the PenTile matrix arrangement of its screen is visible at times. That’s only if you examine the display closer, though, and know what to look for – for everyday usage from normal distance it isn't an issue. The iPhone 4S screen is brighter than the RAZR's Super AMOLED, which helps for better outdoor visibility when the sun is shining.

The AMOLED colors are more saturated, even gaudy in the case of the RAZR, whereas the iPhone 4S screen is more toned down.swhile The cold colors of the Super AMOLED make white appear blueish, as usual with this screen type. The big question however is – a 3.5” screen in a more compact body, or a 4.3” display and a larger phone – we leave this one up to you.

We have side-mounted power/lock button in the case of the RAZR, and top-mounted on the iPhone 4S, and both are easy to press. The volume buttons on the two handsets are a tad small for larger hands, but on the iPhone 4S they are separated, while the RAZR has them in the form of a volume rocker that is too short and flush with the surface to be comfortable.

Motorola DROID RAZR 360-degrees View:

Apple iPhone 4S 360-degrees View:



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Droid Razr FTW. iPhone's only edge is the camera.

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

where's the video of the Razr vs S2 btw phonearena?? will this one get one??

16. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

No ways. Latest vs Outdated comparison

24. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It's too bad that Phone Areana couldn't get the RAZRs from mainland China -- the ones with the better spec like 13 MP camera or 4.5" screen, etc. That would have made for a great comparison.


Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

Obviously they want to compare phones phones that are similar.

38. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

They picked the phone that would be purchased most by consumers.

39. JohnSPiere

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

2. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

wtf another failed VS? S**tty fluff reviews once again. stop doing those vs reviews if you cant decide on a winnner phone arena. pointless from the start since it will be down to andriod vs ios.

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

It's the Razr. Camera: iPhone Screen: Razr Form: Razr Front Camera: Razr Flash Support: Razr Soon to be updated: Razr Price: Razr Siri is just a talking gimmick girl. Nice but you can live without.

6. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Have you even used Siri?

7. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

u cant use it well outside the US for one.

46. Reckless

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

yes in fact...see post below have you ever used google voice? been around a couple of years now...

21. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Dude, the Razr is a great phone, but you're oversimplifying a lot of things. Better camera = both stills and 1080p video capture. Also iPhone has a much better design. The review said the screen was gaudy and didn't show accurate colors, etc etc. And so since Google pushed back the ICS date it's now category and reason to chose the Razr? That's like saying "Already Updated: iPhone". And since you mentioned nitty gritty things like flash support where any Android device automatically wins, you might as well throw in App Store and iTunes to the list.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

we\'re all aware of what the Camera functionality entails and the design choice is a matter of preference. i think both phones are very handsome. SAA does have a few cons but the Pros even them out. pushed back ICS? what are you talking about? the Razr will get ICS so why does it matter? it\'s still a great phone now. the App Store doesn\'t really hold the Android Market over a barrel so much anymore and i actually view iTunes as a con. especially now that we have Google Music.

45. Reckless

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Dude.....get over things..... people will buy what they want and the "much better design" next time be sure to say in my humble opinion

32. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

Firstly, I'd agree to siri as not important. And if you do find it so important, there is somethings in the Android Market caller Iris and so forth which serves the same function. Not to mention the updates which are improving these applications more frequently compared to the IOS's Iris. Furthermore, I actually found this review to be a bit biased. It over-weighed Siri and did not even mention the applications which can make an Android faster, cleaner and so forth. There are applicaitions to replace the home UI and even to make it look like the IOS. Can the IOS do that?

44. Reckless

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

So funny my wife has a iPhone 4S ..she was going to show her Dad how Siri worked and make a call to my phone (Droid2) after Siri coughed and hickuped a few times something about not being able to connect to the network I presses voice search on my Droid 2 and said "Call (wifes name) mobile" ...instantly it dialed and called my we all had a big laugh out of that!

47. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

It's the iPhone 4S Camera: iPhone 4S Screen: iPhone 4S Form: RAZR Front Camera: iPhone 4S Flash Support: Adobe has agreed to stop using Flash Player in all mobile devices. And jump on board with HTML5- iOS Soon to be updated: iPhone 4S There is no Android device than unique, Razr, epic touch, Nexus -- it all the same crap in a different body. Not to mention the malware.

52. WpapaJ

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

You're an idiot.

62. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

You are praising Iphone 4s too high and the fact that you spend a lot of dollars to purchase an iphone 4S does not make it better than the Razr in any way. If you want to see real life comparision, go to and look at the face off done between the two devices and you can see how good is the Razr over iphone 4S in terms of speed, opening youtube, opening web site, unofficial speed test etc. Even with the voice test against Siri, there are things that Siri cannot handle but the android deive cannot. Also, the Razr has smart action, motocast, labdock applications that can never exist in an iphone 4S. Also google offer voice guided turn by turn navigation as a free application whereas the iphone 4S cannot offer. Also, the lack of UI and customizable widget is the weakest part of iphone and I see no improvement on the updated IOS since its introduction to iphones,whereas all smarts phone nowadays have undergone a lot of improvement in terms of user interface and funtionality.

71. cjbasketball25

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

Do you even know what you are talking about??? For one you talk about spending more money on the iphone when if you look at most phone places the Razr is actually more then the iphone 4S 16GB! Second you talk about speed of opening web sites and opening youtube pages well thats another place you dont know what your talking about, the reason the razr does that faster is because it is 4G but yet if your not in a 4G market the speed are actually about that same (4G just means the service is faster since your needing help knowing your facts)! The next part is what I love lmao you talk about the razr having motocast and lapdock applications ha ha ha ha I have one word for you ICLOUD same thing as your motocast and the iphone has the biggest accessory market known to any phone so you cant go there!

53. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Screen - horribly pixelated and washed out on the Razr. Smaller but much higher quality on the 4S Form - Razr is uncomfortable to hold, and almost impossible to use one-handed Flash support - not even Adobe cares anymore Soon to be updated? Seriously? I've owned Droids for 2+ years - they are never updated in time and their updates are bug-ridden (GB on DX and DX2 was released 6 months late and riddled with bugs) - Upgrade price is about the same. The freebies are only for new customers I would give the Razr a big plus for Nav which is much better than on the iPhone, and for its Smart Actions that the iPhone can't touch. However, by no means is the Razr a clear winner. If you want a small, high quality phone with a great camera you would ge the 4S. If you want a big screen and Android, there are better choices than the Razr.

63. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

The latest review here has shown that even the two newest smart phones Samsung Galaxy Nexus and The HTC rezound cannot beat the Razr, what are the better choices out there right at the market at this very moment as you are referrign to that can beat the Razr. I would be interested to see any prove about that.

64. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Smaller screen is a bad thing in todays smart phone especially when you are using navigation while driving, Fortunately the iphone 4s does not come with the voice guided turn by turn navaigation so it is not important to your iphone user. Taking about camera. I feel very strange that why are people so concernec about the camera in teh phones. As far as I am concerrnec, those built in camera are for occasional use. I would not want to use it in your journey when you have to take a large quantity of pictures. Also, the video is for occasional use.I would like to use a digital video recorder if I really want to capture a long video. Therefore these two features should not be the main features to be compared with. Any comparision between phoens should be based on real world comparision on User interface, speeds, practicality as well as functionality of which the Razr wins hands down, not arguable.

69. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

What are the other choices available? Even the GNexus, SGSII, HTC Rezounds all cannot compete in terms of overall built quality, call quality and functionality. I dont see how an Iphone4 can have any legs up against the Razr when I dont see any customizable UI available in the iphone and the Siri still cannot do many things that the google voice search can do for me.

72. cjbasketball25

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

google voice is a joke! SIRI takes laps around it

73. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"soon to be updated" you know you're talking about an android phone rite?

10. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I like their reviews. There can never be a clear "winner" unless you are comparing an Android phone to another Android phone or two iPhones against each other. Its nice to see the breakdown of which features/specs are better on each device to aid in the decision making process but as you mentioned yourself it comes down to OS preference. Maybe down the road that will change but they are essentially comparing apples to oranges (ha) and with that in mind I think they do an excellent job.

5. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Why can\\\'t you guys just grit your teeth and give a straight answer of which one you prefer? I get tired of reading the old: \\\"You can\\\'t go wrong with either\\\" We want to hear your opinion, and as a consumer, which one you would buy if you had the money for either. None of this Bulls**t about trying to say the RAZR just to please your Android fanboys. If you truly prefer the iPhone 4S then please say so, we respect your decisions. iPhone still has the edge in smoothness, camera and video. I tried Siri the other day at an Apple store, you don\\\'t even need to try and speak clearly, you can mumble at it and it will still understand you, quite amazing I think.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

For this comparison they really can't pick a winner. It's going to be a matter of personal preference. I don't know why they bother comparing such different devices.

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