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Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Dec 2011, 04:32

Out of all the national carriers in the US, there’s no kidding that Verizon’s lineup is saturated to the top with some of the industry’s leading devices! Amongst the highly competitive devices, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola DROID RAZR stand out immensely thanks to their specialty refinements, but considering that our appetites are voracious, there can only be one that can be proclaimed as being the best of the best...

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posted on 23 Dec 2011, 10:02 2

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

i can't wait to see what Motorola does with ICS. i'm hoping it's like what they've done with Honeycomb on the Xyboards and their overall stock experience with only aesthetic changes and their own widgets.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 10:25 3

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

For the average user this comparison is fine. But for some one that likes to root and use different roms to solve software issues they will be disappointed with the razor. And just yesterday Samsung announced that the very popular Galaxy S from last year will NOT receive ice cream sandwich because it has touchwiz/lacks hardware. Are you kidding me? The Nexus S is based off the same hardware and it already received ice cream sandwich. I bet this Nexus will receive the next upgrade and will be compatible with the following one. No telling what the Razr fate will be after it receives ice cream sandwich. Motorola is releasing so many phones so quick with locked bootloaders it's actually making them look like they don't know what their doing.
I have both the Nexus and the Rezound. Never had a Razr because I already know what to expect after owning a Droid x for the last year. If the Rezound had a unlocked bootloader that would have been my daily driver. But after a week of owning the Nexus I've been the happiest since jumping onto Android. I've loaded 3 roms so far and the phone is a dream.
So for the average user the Razr is fine. For the user that what's a excellent screen and removable battery the Rezound is great. But for the enthusiast the Nexus is the only phone to get if your on Verizon.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 11:55 3

41. bucky (Posts: 3114; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

no reason to thumb down fanboy. I am very disappointed in the galaxy nexus but you bring up a great point about roms and bootloaders. motorola is absolutely TERRIBLE towards the modding community. This is the Nexus' strongest point. Always up to date with the latest. but if you talk about roms and rooting, the xda devs already have an ICS port for the sgs1.

HTC needs to stop following motorola with regards to locked bootloaders quick or their VERY loyal modding community will get the hint and stop working on them.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 12:31 1

46. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

It's mainly Verizon that is the problem with the locked bootloaders.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 12:56 1

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

yeah, remember Motorola would unlock the bootloader if it weren't for Verizon.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 12:44 1

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

Motorola has released Razr with an unlocked software built in and all the international version of razr are unlocked. This is the first step taken by motorola towards their future lock bootloader policy. So we will be able to see more and more new phones from motorola come with the unloade bootloader software. The problem with the US version of Razr is that Verizon wireless has made that bootloader locked, not motorola.
Therefore, motorola will be able to have customised ICS ROM loaded into the international version while the US customer has to wait until its formal released.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 10:49

39. Gawain (Posts: 424; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

Hey John V. you get into your work and that's a plus, regardless of whatever little nit-picks people like to throw at you. A couple more serious ones: editing and content. Put down the thesaurus and dictionary. "Ubiquitous winner" makes no sense. A synonym to "ubiquitous" is "omnipresent". I wouldn't refer to the RAZR as an "omnipresent winner".

Plain English makes for far more effective communication, especially on the internet. Other than that, don't stop. You're on a roll.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 12:06 2

42. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Good comparison PA.

With all the problems that plague the Nexus its no suprise to me that the Razr has a edge over it.

People alot of times forget that smartphones are first PHONES and then hand-held computers. If all one cares about is processing power, screens, and OS, then they should just carry a highend laptop with them and buy a flip phone on the side.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 12:24 3

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

Yes, I am gald to see that there are honest reviewers here who who can give such an honest reviews to the motorola razr based on its real world daily uses rather than by personnal preperence/taste. I would like to add that even technological wise, the razr is more advanced. Look at the exclusive SMART Action function, the moto cast function, the labdock function. These functions are very useful as far as daily using of the phone is concerned. People who complain about the Raza battery life being too short is becasue they have not fully utilised the smart action function. I have this application set up in my razr and I have it set up to turn off teh phone functions when the screen light is off. I also set the phone to run at 3G or even 2G instead of LTE. This gives me a fullest day of normal use without any charging and i still have 30% left at 11:00 p.m.
Besides, I can access the documents in my home computer from my razr from anywhere without the need to physically connect to the home computer. Added
together these technologies to the real world speed and construction of the raza
really make the razr better phone than the Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 12:39 4

47. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

The SG2 on Sprint, ATT and T-mobile are ALL better than the Nexus currently on VW. Period----When those phones were released you didn't hear these kinds of problems--- and the SG2 on the 3 carriers aren't even flagship models either...The Nexus is catching so much heat because of the long anticipated wait for nothing...The Nexus phone is a Charge with ICS--and dual core...Nothing else....So if you want to save $150.00 get the Charge. It's already running Gingerbread--so maybe ICS is next--who knows--Samsung is last to update anyway..I remember I waited forever with my Fascinate Galaxy S to get Froyo. Same LTE, Same camera, same storage @ 32gb--nothing more. But If you all want to feel great for the next week or so because you have a Nexus---go ahead by all means...

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 15:28 1

61. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

they also didnt launch with the newest version of android.

For you idiots who dont know what's special about Nexii devices; they receive the latest and greatest from el goog and have some of the best modding communities.

Sgs2 fanboys need to hop off that d!ck and find another article that relates to them.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 16:35 1

63. bucky (Posts: 3114; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

You're an idiot if you think the nexus is better than either...

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 17:24 1

64. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

other than the gpu and camera how is the gs2 better

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 00:37 2

77. bucky (Posts: 3114; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

CPU, sd slot, gpu, ffc, rear camera, smoother browser (not faster though), cheaper, better screen colors and not pentile, battery.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 00:54

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

actually i'm pretty sure the PowerVR SGX540 clocked at 384MHz is superior to the ARM Mali used in the Exynos 4210. you can check Smartbench if you want. it'll mostly be determined by the Games index.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 10:27

95. bucky (Posts: 3114; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

nope, its the same gpu as the nexus s just clocked slightly higher. older tech.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 12:16

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

yeah it's older but it's still one of the best GPUs you can get in a phone, if not THE best.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 04:23

84. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

why bother with pentile argument? how is not having it a plus on the gs2 side when you cant even notice it on the gn?

better screen
higher resolution
android 4.0
faster browser
guaranteed updates
zero shutter lag
better support
clean face
notification light

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 10:27 1

94. bucky (Posts: 3114; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

-i get 8-12 mbps average which is more than enough
-not better screen, higher resolution but not colors and contrast of SA+-definitely debatable
-android 4.0 is coming and already mostly ported
-browser might be very slightly faster (for now) but its definitely not smoother
-updates i agree with you there but i dont keep my phones for longer than a year, ever
-shutter lag is useless if you cant take good pics
-sgs2 has a clean face as well
-notification light rarely works but sgs2 has bln.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 14:10

104. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

how does notification light barely work? stop going off what you read online and play with the phone.
it takes several seconds between each light up

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 14:25 2

105. bucky (Posts: 3114; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Actually, my bro works for future shop and I had several hours to play with it.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 18:36 1

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

I do not agree that the SGSII is faster than eitehr the Razr adn the Nexus . If people do nto believe,Go to smartphoneenvy web site and look at the face off between the Razr and the SGSII. The SGSII only won in the quardrant standard. The Razr i sbetter in other aspects like opening up youtube and netfix faster, opening web page faster, etc.I also run other test like the sunspider browser test, the Antutu test, the passmark performance test, between the two devices all show that the CPU and GPU perfomance together are a bit faster than the GSII. Also, I do not think that GSII. with a smaller battery, can have better batetry life the razr. Also, dont forget that the SGSII using Exynos chips are not LTE. So, one cannot compare the battery life of a non LTE device to teh Razr. Also the color and whether pentile arrangement or not is a matter of personnal taste and should NOT be used as a feature to compare the phone itself. The camera in a phone is just for occasional use. Nobody will use a phone camera to take 1000 photos in a journey. You would liek to bring a real digital camera and video recorder if you want to use for real picture taking and video recording. So, having a better camera or not does not affect the real world performance of a phone.
Add that there heve been already so many complaints about the SGSII overheating and screen going blank and freezing afetr charging. Do you guys still say that SGSII is better than NExus and Rarz? I doubt it.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 18:16 2

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

the Nexus uses Verizon's significantly superior 4G LTE Network and the only trade off really is taking one baby step down from the awesome Exynos processor to an OMAP4460. HSPA+ is to LTE as 3G is to HSPA+ with the exception of T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42mbps but they only have weaker devices using it right now. getting a Charge over a Nexus because of a $150 price difference is the stupidest thing i've ever heard. i would give my Charge, $200 and the Car Dock for a Galaxy Nexus right now.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 19:28 2

74. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

EXACTLY. People think right off the bat "OH I'm saving 150 dollars right now!" When in the end they go and either do the smart thing and exchange it or do the stupid thing and hate the phone they bought cheap for a few months, get sick of it and buy the one they SHOULD have gotten for full retail price.

IDC if you save 200 dollars on a phone, when it comes to smartphones, you are paying the same amount each month and you might as well spend a little more to get a good phone you'll actually love for the 2 years you are stuck with it.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 13:13 1

49. naga.appani (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

Amazing review, Absolutely right... Let the ICS be coming to RAZR either hacked or official, it is gonna rock all the way

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 13:36

51. kibitzer (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

The part about the Razr having 8GB of internal memory and the Nexus 16GB of internal memory is just plain wrong. Both have 16GB of internal memory. The difference is that the Razr partitions it into two blocks - 8GB for OS, files and internal use, and 8GB of user memory. When you look at the memory status you only see the user memory listed - which has confused a number of writers into thinking that 8GB is all the internal memory on the phone.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 13:47

53. kibitzer (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Correction - the Nexus of course has a fixed internal memory. 32GB on verizon. Other sizes on other version.
The Razr has 16GB internal memory, 16GB external SD that can be replaced with a 32 GB SD to bring its total to 48GB.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 19:10

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

On top of that....I saw a clip of a 64GB card working for the RAZR.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 20:30

75. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Don't tell me that, I just spent $120 on a 32gb High Speed Sandisk card, they make a 64gb as well, I'll let someone else buy the 64gb and try it out....

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 14:10

57. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

People need to stop getting their panties in a bunch.

there is an update coming out for the nexus fixing this "signal issue"

I understand it's an opinion which one is better, however having a TRUE HD screen (if it's not 'XXXx720' it's not HD) is a huge factor for me.

Removable battery is also a big issue imo. The company i work for has had a few Razrs with "invalid battery" errors (meaning...doa). Later down the road, you'll regret not having a removable battery (insert iphone cry here)...

ill enjoy my hd screen

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