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Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S


Motorola DROID RAZR vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Motorola DROID RAZR takes the crown here with its excellent call quality – a clear and strong sound both in the earpiece, and on the receiving end through the noise-canceling microphones. The iPhone 4S also provides for a rather good calling experience, with clearly discernible voices in the earpiece, and potent microphones.

Battery life is rated longer on the Motorola DROID RAZR – 9 hours and 20 minutes of talk time in 3G mode, which is becoming a staple for Moto’s handsets with the power-sipping TI OMAP processor family. The iPhone 4S is rated at 8 hours in 3G - it had battery issues in the beginning with some push notifications draining on the juice, but Apple issued a fix with iOS 5.0.1, which is meant to start remedying the issue.


You can’t go wrong with any of these handsets, but the choice will be much easier if you know beforehand which mobile OS you are leaning to – the simpler and polished iOS, or the more  flexible Android.

The Motorola DROID RAZR sports a very thin profile and light weight, while at the same time being durable thanks to the metal frame and exotic Kevlar back plus its spill-proof coating. It excels in call quality both in the earpiece, and on the receiving end, and offers a large 4.3” Super AMOLED display, suitable for watching videos, but its 8MP camera is of subpar quality.

The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, provides one of the finest camera modules on a mobile device, and capturing images and 1080p video with it is the simplest and fastest experience available. It doesn't support Adobe Flash in the browser, but has one trump card hiding in the deck of features, called Siri, which is the personal assistant closest to those movies with futuristic voice-controlled gadgets you watched when you were a kid.

As far as applications go, we think that the Android and iOS stores are now pretty close in terms of quality and quantity, and you’ll be hard pressed to find something on the App Store that is not available in Android Market in similar fashion, although Apple has the upper hand in artsier projects, as well as mobile games.

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posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:32 10

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:37 7

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 11:09 4

16. windowsRocks (Posts: 155; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

No ways. Latest vs Outdated comparison

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 20:36 1

24. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 16:21

37. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)

Obviously they want to compare phones phones that are similar.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:16 1

38. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

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

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 15:05 1

39. JohnSPiere (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

But to get this phone for $0.01 only, beats the iPhone hand down.


posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:32 7

2. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 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.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:35 12

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:45 1

6. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

Have you even used Siri?

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:52 7

7. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

u cant use it well outside the US for one.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:31 1

46. Reckless (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 17:55 1

21. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 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.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 18:14 3

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:30

45. Reckless (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Nov 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

posted on 19 Nov 2011, 10:49 1

32. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 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?

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:27 1

44. Reckless (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Nov 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) ...so 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 wife...lol we all had a big laugh out of that!

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 12:03

47. Abdul92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Aug 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.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 18:19 1

52. WpapaJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

You're an idiot.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:19 1

62. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 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 smartphoneenvy.com 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 23:04

71. cjbasketball25 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jan 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!

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 08:21

53. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:26

63. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 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.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 12:34

64. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 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.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 18:51

69. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 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.

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 23:08

72. cjbasketball25 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)

google voice is a joke! SIRI takes laps around it

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 12:32

73. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 07:53 4

10. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 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.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:43 3

5. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 08:11 2

12. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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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