Motorola Droid RAZR Vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus: 2 great phones


    By Abdul Vahid V

    Motorola Droid RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus are two prominent Android phones. Both devices hit stores late last year to attract the masses who were going crazy by year end sales. These handsets are still making news with huge penetration into the smartphone market. The Droid RAZR, which merges Motorola’s Droid and RAZR brands, is an advanced smartphone with an attractive, lightweight and slim body. The Galaxy Nexus, in other words, the third Google Nexus, is noted as the first device to run on the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Form factor
    The Droid RAZR is one of the slimmest smartphones in the world with a density of just 0.28 inches. The device features a width of 2.71-inch and height of 5.15-inch. It weighs just at 4.48 oz. The Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, measures at 2.67 x 5.33 x 0.37 inches and weight of just 5.1 oz.

    Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen supports 16.7 million colors. The Droid RAZR is up with a slightly smaller 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 16M colors and 540 x 960 pixels at 256 ppi.

    The Droid RAZR is powered by a dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 TI OMAP 4430 processor and 1GB of RAM. The Galaxy Nexus is up with a dual core 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 TI OMAP 4460 processor and 1GB of RAM. Well, both the handsets have almost the same processing components. For graphical performance, the RAZR and Nexus have same the PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

    Operating System
    It is here the Motorola and Samsung phones have their biggest difference. The Galaxy Nexus appeared as the world’s first gadget on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Droid RAZR landed in stores with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. The ICS is really giving an edge for the Nexus over the Motorola phone.

    The Droid RAZR has a better camera, however. The device mounts an 8-megapixel rear camera with 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash. At the same time, Samsung has equipped its Galaxy Nexus with only a 5 mega pixel camera with 2592×1936 pixels, autofocus and LED flash. Both devices feature touch-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and 1080p Full HD video recording. The RAZR has a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls, while the Nexus has a 1.3-megapixel camera.

    Amazon sells the Galaxy Nexus for $179 and the Droid RAZR for $149. EBay offers the unlocked version the RAZR for $594. Well, the phones come with almost same price tags. Now it is up to you to decide which handset your requirements will satisfy.

    What others say?
    Let us see what the CNet writer wraps up the review of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Android Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G LTE capability are counted as the key features.

    “The Samsung Galaxy Nexus marries the power of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS with the speed of Verizon’s LTE network. The phone’s beautiful screen and internal performance are top-notch.”

    Meanwhile, the CNet review of RAZR lauds the device for having a slim and light weight design.

    “The Motorola Droid RAZR has an attractive, slim, and lightweight design that is also water repellent and scratch resistant. It has a fantastic 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Verizon’s 4G/LTE speeds, plenty of multimedia features, corporate and government grade security, Webtop functionality, and decent battery life.”

    Indeed, the Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR are two belligerent Android phones we have on market today. When the Nexus stands out with Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G LTE, the RAZR is a power house with lots of wonderful features including an a brilliant display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE and others. The question which is the best of Droid RAZR and Nexus is extremely significant. Here we can conclude that the RAZR is a winner for the customers, who want a full-fledged hardware performance. At the same time, customers, who focus on software potentials, Galaxy Nexus is the best.


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