Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II

For the umpteenth time it’s going to be tough as nails to choose a smartphone this holiday season, since the companies again saved their most potent gunpowder for the last quarter.

The excellent Motorola DROID RAZR is guilty as charged, since it appears in the busiest shopping month of the year, and that’s why we are pitting it against another Android gem – the Samsung Galaxy S II - in order to ease your choice. Read on for the help file...

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 featuring different radio.


The Motorola DROID RAZR and the Galaxy S II leave a very similar impression when held – that of thin and feathery handsets, which go barely noticed in your pocket despite the generous 4.3” display.

The Galaxy S II is lighter and less unpretentious with its all-plastic chassis, whereas the  RAZR throws in a Kevlar back and steel frame, which add to the weight, but somehow don’t contribute to a premium feeling - Kevlar actually feels like lino to the touch,. The RAZR is slightly wider than the Galaxy S II or other 4.3” handsets, due to a thick bezel, and will beuncomfortable for some to operate with one hand.

The RAZR is unbelievably thin, though, with a 0.28” (7.1mm) profile, except for the about 0.41” (10.6mm) camera part at the top. It’s undeniably a great design achievement by Motorola. Not that the Galaxy S II is fat with its 0.33” (8.49mm) for the most part, and 0.39” (9.91mm) at the thickest.

Another feature that sets the two apart is the display technology – we have the Super AMOLED Plus on the Galaxy S II with a standard RGB matrix and 480x800 resolution, and the qHD Super AMOLED Advanced in the RAZR with 540x960 pixels, achieved via the PenTile arrangement.

The 218ppi pixel density on the Galaxy S II is not as high as the 256ppi one on the RAZR, but it is achieved with a standard RGB matrix and does the job, whereas the PenTile pixel arrangement of the RAZR’s screen is visible when you look up close, despite the qHD resolution. That’s only if you examine the display closer, though.

The AMOLED colors are more saturated, even gaudy in the case of the RAZR, whereas the Galaxy S II is toned down in comparison, but both have the typical for Super AMOLED cold colors that make white seem blueish. Samsung's handset has a brighter display, that also seems slightly less reflective outside, and these help with outdoor visibility.

The volume rocker on the Samsung Galaxy S II is more comfortable to find and press, compared to the one on the RAZR, which is too short and flush with the right side. The microUSB port sits at the bottom on Samsung's handset and doubles as an MHL connector for mirroring the display. The RAZR has all the ports stuffed at the top at its widest part, and sports the more standard microHDMI port for TV connectivity.

Motorola DROID RAZR 360 Degrees View:

Samsung Galaxy S II 360 Degrees View:



1. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

62 hours?? Really?? Ok. :)

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the SGS2 got a long long battery life during actual tests.. way more than what was rated on the box. I havent heard of any i4s's getting 62 hr battery life with normal usage.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hey check this out.. you can change the resolution on the SGS2. Who wants 720p non pentile displays right now!! :)

20. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

That\'s just changing the size of the UI elements.

2. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I'll take the SGS2, in white.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

SGS3 please :)

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

one for me please

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

They mention HSPA+ for the RAZR, but it is 4G LTE, at least with VERIZON - the shortcomings of the RAZR, such as the browser, can be fixed by modding the browser or getting a different browser on the market. I bet XDA could even port the SGS2 browser onto the RAZR. Since the wife is expecting her slow VERIZON iphone 4S today, I will get an LTE 4G phone in the next few months. I am kind of sad that I will not be getting the SGS2 phone, though.

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Razr.. no contest.. it has 4g the phone of steel.... most likely will be updated 1st to ICS... is on Verizon... no exynos... no problem.... got Kevlar?... this phone is ready for war....

7. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Good comparison, but sense its a "VS" shouldnt there be a winner? I guess what PA is saying is: If your on VZW get the Razr If your on Sprint get the GS2

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I agree, bola. Why do a "VS" if you can't bring yourself to pick a side? Besides, this is only a contest if you are undecided on carriers, than the 4G LTE of the RAZR is a very important part of the equation. So is the fact that GS2 is a proven winner, and a worldwide success where the RAZR is kind of an unknown in the dependability department as it has just been released. I am in the Moto RAZR camp on this one. But not by much. I just didn't want to chicken out of picking a winner.

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's strange that even after 8 months, we still don't have a clear winner against GS2. Shows the technological prowess and vertical integration benefits of Samsung. GS2 was (or rather "is") Samsung's flagship phone. All others are simply variants/tweaked version of GS2. Shows that if you aim for 1 or at max 2 flagship phones in a year, you can do it right. Look at HTC/Moto, they just keep throwing phones into the market hoping one would stick. RAZR < DROID 3 < Photon < Milestone < Atrix 2 < Bionic. These are all the names I recall. Why so many? I believe you should have max 1/2 "flagship" model per year. Make that good, give all your best in that model. Add a few cheaper phones for those who are not in a position to spend much. Having too many "flagship" phones is confusing. Less we talk about HTC and their models, better it is for my health.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i love how they put in \"you can’t go wrong\" in bold letters. xD if LTE and build quality weren\'t factors with the Droid Razr then i\'d probably go with the Galaxy S II but those two are very important factors here that are gonna make me side with the Razr here. give me SA+ over SAA and Exynos over an OMAP4 any day but TW4 vs. Motorola\'s UI...that\'s a toughie. SAA actually reminded me why i disliked SA on the original Galaxy S. it\'s like Colors Gone Wild Unrated.

10. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

here in dominican republic there's no 4g lte so.. I love my gs2 : D

12. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

RAZR is too big for a 4.3 inch screen...gs2 4.5inch variants are the same size as the RAZR and makes the 4.3inch s2 look small which is saying something.the huge bezels make it look ugly

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

come on PA have the guts to pick a winner or atleast say which one YOU would prefer than to bottle out otherwise forget doing a VS if you just going say you will be happy with either.

15. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

From everything they said... the GS2 blew the Razr away. Though a major thing they left out was the LTE. You cannot do a fair comparison if you're not using one of the phones' major advantages. Should've put the GS2 Skyrocket against the LTE Razr. That would've been a better comparison than a handicapped Razr. And you gotta pick a winner in a -VS- matchup.

17. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

wide phones are the suck to handle, imo even the sg2 is to wide.

18. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I like what rd nest is saying. Samsung got it really right with SGS2. Can we say its still the best Android flagship to date? The nexus prime will be a transition phone. SGS3 however will be expected to set the bar higher, and it would not matter who got it first, I'm thinking quad core here. What matters most is who did it better. Back to the topic, its SGS2 for me. I like the removable battery, it's light weight, a really smooth performer overall. RAZR will never win me over, build quality is just not enough. Moto should have upped the camera, screen resolution and battery since it's non removable. The rumored china variants of RAZR are interesting though.

19. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

MY GS2 RULES:::!!!!

21. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

My question is why they didn't do a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Droid RAZR. They both will be on Verizon and hands down the Galaxy Nexus will blow the RAZR away.

22. matrixm

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I love it how they set the screen mode on the Galaxy s2 to movie, just so they could say that Razr's display is more saturated... Really smart...

23. decklyn

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

There is something missing in these reviews - motorola's real advantages are in its software that is NOT COVERED here. For a business user, I would say that the RAZR is the winner for a few reasons: 1) Motocast - Access your files from your home and work pc easily without fuss. Baked into the media players are accessibility of any of your machines that are on and running motocast. Media, documents etc. 2) Webtop - Hook your phone up to a motorola accessory like the hd station or lapdock (like a netbook but relies on your phone to run it) and you get a modified ubuntu environment to run. Anyone considering a phone and tablet like an eepad transformer/prime should also weigh in on the webtop environment as an alternative. Yes it's costly but you centralize everything on one device. There is no comparison on the samesung galaxy products in this department - if you view your phone as the central device you want to work from it can become your tv media player and your business companion with a couple accessories. For me after long internal debate I went with the razr over the galaxy nexus and s2 because of these features. What's better is that you can actually replace the webtop environment with ubuntu maverick meerkat, get a terminal etc

24. leonidas

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

I have Motorola Droid Raz . and i have i Phone 4 ... may friend have Samsung GLS2 - , and he said - I should buy f*****g Motorola Razr .. i dont use may I phone 4 that much as may MOTO .. its much beter t me .. and battery from Motorola is MUCH beter than I P $ and SGS2 trust me .. music and sound - galaxy ( will never be close to droid and I p4 ) Camera - I phone 4 is be then other two . and everyone wont to see may MOTO .. so .Motorola is may choice ..

25. ugashan

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Galaxy s2 is the better..........

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