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Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II

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Interface and Functionality:

The interfaces are not created equal – TouchWiz 4.0 came a long way from its initial cartoonish looks, and is more refined and comprehensive than the Motorola DROID RAZR's interface, which doesn’t go into Android as deep. Still, HTC would laugh at the interface efforts of those two with its complex Sense UI.

Both phones offer features like transitional animations and a variety of resizable widgets. Icons, buttons and other interface elements are more rounded in TouchWiz 4.0, and fairly rectangular with Motorola's UI.

Motorola DROID RAZR runs Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Motorola DROID RAZR runs Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Motorola DROID RAZR runs Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Motorola DROID RAZR runs Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II


The Galaxy S II responsiveness with the Exynos processor and ARM Mali-400 GPU is very snappy, while the RAZR sports a TI OMAP 4430 dual-core chip and the oldie but goodie PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Quadrant scores seem to synthetically put the Galaxy S II ahead - – about 3000 vs 2500 – but more things are at play when determining performance than benchmarks.

The RAZR has the upper hand with 4GB of ROM for installing apps, while both handsets sport 1GB of RAM.

Typing on the two phones is very easy with the excellent on-screen keyboards. The Samsung Galaxy S II has slightly larger space between keys, making it easier to type, though.

Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II


Software:

The Motorola DROID RAZR leaves us scratching our 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 compared to the fluid movement in the Galaxy S II, but you can rotate it around with your fingers.

The Gallery app as found on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Gallery app as found on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Gallery app as found on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Gallery app as found on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II

On the other hand, it offers a good set of preinstalled apps, like Smart Actions, which is like action macros you can run or record for you handset, and MOTOPRINT for wireless printing. The Samsung Galaxy S II also offers quite a few useful apps, and some are beautifully integrated like the photo editor in the Gallery.

The Smart Actions app on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Smart Actions app on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Smart Actions app on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The photo editor of the Samsung Galaxy S II - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The photo editor of the Samsung Galaxy S II - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The photo editor of the Samsung Galaxy S II - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II


Internet and Connectivity:

The two smartphones have excellent browsers, as we'd expect from their dual-core processors, with the more fluid navigation packed with the Galaxy S II, which offers slightly smoother scrolling and panning. Both sport very good Adobe Flash support and have large screen real estate to enjoy your websites. The RAZR has the less functional browser interface – you can’t view snapshots of your open tabs, for example, like on the Galaxy S II, as they are merely presented as a list.

The web browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The web browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The web browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The web browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Motorola DROID RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The Galaxy S II sports a 21Mbps 4G HSDPA radio, and the Motorola DROID RAZR has a Qualcomm MDM6600 GSM/CDMA dual-baseband , whose HSPA+ mode goes up to  14.4Mbps download speeds, provided that your carrier supports them at all.

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