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Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Interface and Functionality:

With iOS 5 the iPhone interface got an active lockscreen and a pull-down notification bar with stocks and weather widgets floating there. The execution is flawless, but if you are you used to getting almost all of your info directly from homescreens, instead of firing up separate apps for everything, you’d have to side with the Android handset.

The Apple iPhone 4S interface - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Apple iPhone 4S interface - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Apple iPhone 4S interface - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Apple iPhone 4S interface - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

The Motorola DROID RAZR's interface doesn’t go into Android as deep as some other overlays like HTC Sense or TouchWiz 4.0, but it offers features like resizable widgets, too, of which there are plenty. Icons, buttons and other interface elements are way less refined than the rounded, polished bits in iOS 5. The RAZR doesn't lag or anything, but the responsiveness of the UI still lacks in comparison with the iPhone 4S, which is powered by a custom-made dual-core A5 chip with a nifty SGX543 MP2 GPU, while the RAZR sports a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor with the previous-gen SGX540.

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Motorola DROID RAZR's interface - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

Messaging on the phones is very easy with their excellent on-screen keyboards. The iPhone 4S, despite having a smaller screen, compensates with big and well-spaced keyboard letters, and thus doesn’t feel less comfortable to type on than the 4.3-incher, but you have smaller remaining screen estate to look at while typing.


Software:

The Motorola DROID RAZR leaves us scratching out head at times with the wide-ranging quality of its default apps. In the Gallery, for instance, you can’t interact with the stacks of your pics or videos right away, but have to choose an option among unwieldy-looking buttons first. Also, trying to zoom in a picture moves it as shutter blinds instead of the exceptional fluidity on the iPhone 4S.

On the other hand, it offers an excellent set of preinstalled apps, like Smart Actions, which is like action macros you can record for you handset, and MOTOPRINT for wireless printing.

Google’s services like Maps look and work best on the Android handsets, of course, compared to Apple’s finest, but iOS 5 has a winning trick up its sleeve, too, called Siri. Voice recognition software is something present in Android, too, but here in the iPhone 4S its intelligence is taken to unseen levels.

Smart Actions - Preinstalled apps on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
Maps - Preinstalled apps on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
Preinstalled apps on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

Smart Actions

Maps

 

Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

The ability to interact with your phone via Siri might be game-changing, and Apple is taking a pretty bold bet with it that users’ perceptions towards voice recognition can be changed, issuing Siri in beta form, which is unprecedented. Then we have iCloud, which offers 5GB of free centralized storage, which the ragtag gang of Google’s services doesn’t do, but rather each service has its own storage account with Mountain View. 


Internet and Connectivity:


Both smartphones have excellent browsers, too, with the more fluid navigation packed with Safari, which gives way to the Motorola DROID RAZR when it comes to Adobe Flash support and a larger screen real estate to enjoy your websites. The potency of Safari in iOS 5 coupled with the powerful A5 chip is shown in the synthetic benchmarks – it scored about 90 000 in BrowserMark, which is almost twice the 48 000 number of the RAZR, for instance. These scores don't reflect Adobe Flash performance, of course, which will remain relevant at least for a while . For now, there are some pages you can't use properly with the iPhone 4S.

Web browsing with the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web browsing with the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web browsing with the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web browsing with the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

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browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
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browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
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browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
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browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S

On the Verizon network, the RAZR has the advantage of using the 4G LTE network, while the 4S is stuck on the slow EV-DO Rev.A 3G data. Although both have a combined GSM/CDMA chip with 14.4Mbps download speeds in HSPA+ mode, the Verizon RAZR is limited and cannot be used as a world phone, unlike the iPhone 4S.  The Motorola DROID RAZR has a Qualcomm MDM6600 GSM/CDMA dual-baseband. The DROID RAZR also has a regular microHDMI port for mirroring your phone’s screen on your HDTV, whereas you have to use dongles to do that with the iPhone 4S. 

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