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Motorola DROID RAZR vs HTC Rezound

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Motorola DROID RAZR vs HTC Rezound
Chatterboxes out there will surely appreciate the calling quality performance with both smartphones, well, that’s because they’re nearly identical good. Thanks to their powerful earpieces, voices resonate with enough robust tones to make them easily heard on our end – and there is no background noise or static. Meanwhile, our callers are exposed to similar results as they’re greeted with clear and distinctive voices. Turning our attention to their speakerphones, they’re indeed powerful with their output, but there’s a subtle amount of crackling heard with the Rezound.

Additionally, signal strength is the same with both devices as they display an average amount of bars in high coverage areas. Still, it seems that 4G LTE penetration is rather weak indoors, which causes them to drop to 3G connectivity instead – albeit, it’s not a problem outdoors.

If we look at their spec sheets, one might be puzzled by the underwhelming 1,620 mAh battery packaged along with the HTC Rezound – whereas, the DROID RAZR is hiding away a larger 1,780 mAh one under its slim figure. Nonetheless, their battery life performance on an everyday basis seems to be similar to one another, as we’re able to get roughly 10 hours of juice on a single charge. However, it seems that the DROID RAZR’s tank is still left with a bit of juice left – though, it’s not that much. Despite that, they’re nothing stellar in this department, but rather, they’re vociferous in appetite and require constant charging.


When you’re paying the same $299.99 price for each device with a 2-year contract, we’re left to meticulously find out which one is going to offer the most value for the buck to gather which is the superior one. As we’ve come to expect, both handsets have their own unique perks and characteristics that make them so beloved in the eyes of the consumer, but it's the Motorola DROID RAZR that’s able to impress us most. Sure we adore the HTC Rezound’s resounding 720p display and Beats Audio support, but it lacks that one element to exude the aura of being regarded as a benchmark device – rather, it’s merely your typical incremental step up device. In contrast, the Motorola DROID RAZR might not have a pixel crunching display, but instead, it’s able to capture our attention more thanks to the Super AMOLED panel it’s packing. Moreover, its design is truly unique on so many levels, which ultimately enables it to be an attention grabber right from the get-go.  Add in its Motorola Webtop functionality, smooth overall performance, and considerably premium feel, it embodies all of the lovable aspects of a phone that’s priced at the highest-end of the spectrum. Of course, your personal preference may vary, but we may assure you that you will not go wrong with any of the two.

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posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:15 2

1. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

I've been waiting for a shootout between these guys and the Nexus, honestly you can't go wrong with either one, lucky if you are a VZ customer with an upgrade right now, like myself, lol

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:41 2

4. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

The specs on the Rezound look more impressive and the picture quality was AMAZING! But..... you can't pass up the great look that the Razr offers, the Rezound looks to chunky in my opinion. I think I'd pick the Razr myself.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:42 1

5. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Exactly - I feel this comparison is incomplete without the Nexus. As a VZW customer with an upgrade right now, I'm not making any decisions until next week when I can compare all three.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 11:47

21. seanjohnusa91 (Posts: 31; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

Go for one of them now and then when the Nexus comes out switch it if you like it. Starting today we can return phones until the 9th of January.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:55 2

25. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I'm patient enough that I'd rather wait a week than pay a $35 restocking fee. I've waited 2 months; what's another week?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 13:59

26. douglasman100 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

Heres how i see it. The RAZR will sell best because it is part of verizons droid line up. The rezound will be good for the time being until htc comes out with a new phone...which probably already happend...and the nexus will be the best of the bunch. Even with ces just around the corner the nexus will be the only one with high sales into next year as we saw with the nexus s. Also the nexus has everything optimized for ics (smoothest), no buttons, nfc, big screen for on screen buttons, the charging dock thing, good battery life, and plenty other things.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:37 4

2. mclifford81 (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)

I am interested though in benchmark test as well as the front facing camera, motos 1.3mp vs htc 2mp. Did you guys get a chance to test out these factors? Also what about gaming performance?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:38 3

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

resound all the way....

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:43 2

6. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

The fatness and Sense of the Rezound is keeping me away and the ugliness and Motoblur of the RAZR is keeping me away.

All of which keeps gravitating me more towards the skinless, bloatless, damn good looking GNexus.

posted on 19 Nov 2011, 08:45 1

40. moosa.mahsoom (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

My uncle had offered a Galaxy Nexus for me. But, i declined it. Probably, the Galaxy Nexus users will be the first to face all of the damn bugs.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:44

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

Android is great. But I dont think theres an Android phone that will survive without pulling the battery out. DROID RAZR is a no no.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:14 2

15. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

There is a hard reset by holding the volume rocker and power button for 10 seconds. This is something extremely simple to implement, they couldn't have gotten this wrong.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:38

33. AndroidNext (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

And just clicking this on the Nexus will take a screen shot. ICS FTW!

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 20:54

44. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

The Droid razr has a very easy hard reset procedure which is used to overcome the screen freezing problem. motorola knew well in advance about thsi problem before they actually designed this phone so having a non-removable batetry is not a problem. Also, look at iphone 4 which also has non removable battery and it will also freeze up the screen but it sold so well world wide, that means people dont care much whether the battery is removable or not, so it is not a factor to consider.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:44 2

8. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Verizon customers are so lucky!

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 20:10

46. asrr62 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

lucky but it is a really tough choice to upgrade right now.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:50 2

9. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

I'd honestly rather have a white Galaxy S2 than both of these.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:53 2

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

If it were white the screen stands out less...

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:52 4

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

Isn't Sense getting just a small bit repetitive?

I think we should all wait for the HTC Edge or the Galaxy Nexus


Screen res
Beats Audio
Removable battery
Non PenTile screen


Better screen generally
Better design and feel
Nicer animations
Better battery life

Nexus over both:

Screen res + quality
Sexy curved design
Unskinned, uncut, pure ICS

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:57

12. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Got my upgrade, ready at a moment notice, my HTC incredible just got gingerbread, I'm disappointed, that HTC didnt step it up with the rezound, besides the thunder bolt there has not been much of a change in HTC product

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:54

17. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Verizon's HTC products do seem behind the times hardware-wise. With the exception of the screen (which is a big exception!) the Rezound is very similar to the EVO 3D and Sensation which have been on the market for half a year. Similarly the TBolt was essentially an LTE EVO. A few of us here hoped the Rezound would be the first S4 phone, but that's not how they've been operating the last year or two.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:02 3

13. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

they have been both bench tested on the antutu test, the razr scores in the 6000-6200. the rezound was 4900-5000, razr has a better cpu (A-9 cortex), even though it is 1.2 vs 1.5 speed . love the rezound for the battery to pull out, but the razr has a bigger & longer lasting battery, 12 hours of talk time. Also the nexus has a little better cpu than the razr 4430 vs the nexus 4460,even though there are both TI A-9 cortex CPUs the 4460 is more advanced

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:17

16. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I read the spec sheet and it appears that the 4460 may just be a little faster, running in the range of 1.2-1.5 GHz. The 4460 also bumps up the clock speed significantly on the GPU. The 4460 also has improved hardware support for 1080p video recording/playback. The 4470 allows for the processor to run in the range of 1.5-1.8 GHz.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:18

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the 4470 also has a dedicated 2D graphics core i believe.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:17 1

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the 4460 only has a slightly higher clocked GPU over the 4430, it'll barely be noticeable in real world performance.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 18:40

35. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

So ppl will be lulled by the more Ghz of the Rezound....and the RAZR is on par or better and clocked slower? That will mean less heat put out too right?

Ppl really need to do research before buying Android phones.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 18:59

36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, i remember going into a T-Mobile store to see the Galaxy S II variant they have and the guy was trying to tell me it\'s faster than the other variants because of the 1.5GHz clock frequency and i was like yeah, okay guy. xD

the Razr is in fact better and yes the lower clock frequency will create less voltage therefore less heat and better battery life. as far as battery hogging resources go this thing has the most so you can expect it to have terrible battery life. i don\'t think this should\'ve been put out without either an MSM8960 which is a more power efficient processor or a bigger battery.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:11

14. AdamW33 (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)

My Rezound just scored 5616 while running a whole bunch of programs at the same time (not sure if that makes a difference). According to the bench mark, the Nexus and S II were only slightly better.

Everything has been super quick so far. No complaints except the bloatware which hopefully Ill be able to root soon.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 11:31

18. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

thats the highest ive seen on the rezound, but it still does not match the razr, the snapdragon s3 cpu in the rezound is good but cannot match the a-9cortex 4430 from TI, much less the 4460.
i want the nexus but i dont like the idea of not taking out the battery, might just wate till may of next year for the invedia tegra 3 with 5 core chip, now thats SPEED,

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 11:35

19. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

back to you terabyterouser what will come out with the 4470 cpu ??? havent herd of anything yet

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