Motorola has introduced the new Droid Razr, adding a new Android smartphone in the competition against Apple’s iPhone 4S. But is it really able to compete?
Let’s take a look at the new Motorola Droid Razr specifications and compare it with Apple’s latest smartphone.
Do not be fooled by the splinter-shaped Motorola Droid Razr. Yes, it is just 7.1 mm thin, but the latest smartphone from Motorola should do well against the solid iPhone 4S in terms of build quality. The back cover of the Droid Razr is made of Kevlar, plus the screen is made of Gorilla Glass and there’s even a special coating, called Splash Guard to protect the valuables inside this phone.
As for the design, the iPhone 4S has maintained the subtle but solid construction with the same Home button as iPhone 4. The Razr, however, is more subtle and has four capacitive Android buttons below the screen. Your choice will depend what you really prefer: a little more space in your pocket or are you willing to sacrifice space for the minimalist look of the iPhone 4S ?
We are very curious to have in our hands the QHD Super AMOLED display of the Motorola Droid Razr and compare it with the Retina Display of the iPhone 4S . Expect vivid colors and an amazing resolution of 960 x 540 pixels.
As for the screen size, the Motorola wins hands down: the Droid Razr comes with a 4.3 inch screen, covering most of its front side, while the iPhone 4S has not achieved the increase in size we hoped for, so we’re stuck with the 3.5-inch display for movies and music videos.
From the point of view of applications, developers tend to start with an app or a game for the iPhone OS before switching to Android, but now both the App Store and Android Market offer more choice than we could ever need, with new additions every day.
As for the operating system, we were sufficiently satisfied with the Gingerbread installed on the Droid Razr, but now we also know that the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive in early 2012.
For now, however, the newest operating system of these two phones is on the iPhone 4S, iOS 5, which comes with some useful features as IMessage, a pull-down notifications bar, full integration with Twitter, Newsstand, and also the Siri voice assistant.
The new release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, however, will add features such as scrollable and resizable widgets, folders for your applications, new editing functions, a renewed address book and up to 16 tabs for web browsing.
The dual core 1.2 GHz processor of Motorola Razr Droid and the A5 dual-core chip of Apple’s iPhone 4S places them directly on the top of the range in terms of performance: both phones should allow you to browse, manage applications and play without any delay or irritating crashes.
In terms of power, besides the processors we’ve just presented above, we have to add 1 GB of RAM for the Droid Razr and only 512 MB for the iPhone 4S. In addition, while the iPhone is available in 3 4S models 16, 32 and 64 GB, the Motorola Razr Droid comes with 16 GB of internal memory and offers an integrated 16 GB microSD card to expand it.
This is also a close call, as both phones come with a 8 Megapixel camera on the back, and both have made the jump to 1080p HD video capture.
And while Ice Cream Sandwich has a new photo editor with live effects, panorama mode and instantly upload on Google +, there are so many effects and photo editing apps out there for iOS5 and Android that both phones can easily replace your old compact camera.
The Motorola Droid Razr comes over the iPhone 4S in terms of battery life: with its 1780 mAh battery, it enables at least 12.5 hours of talk time and 9 hours of video playback. The iPhone 4S improved over its predecessor, however, now reaches only 8 hours of talk time on 3G and 14 on 2G.
The update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich will complement the features of the Motorola Razr Droid, but the its features are already impressive. It’s equal to the iPhone 4S in terms of performance, build quality and camera but it surpasses it in therms of autonomy and screen quality. So if your feet that Android is your best choice at the moment, know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is not your only option for top of the range smartphones this year.