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Published On: Fri, Sep 21st, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR – Two high end smartphones having high end features fight it out for supremacy. Check out which smartphone is the best and offer more specs and features at attractive price.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid RAZR are both high end smartphones both sold very well in the market. However, it is necessary to do some research while buying such phones considering their sub $300 price tag. I am comparing these two phones – read on to know which phone is the best one.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR Smartphone

Design :

Motorola has always been great with design – their phones have razor thin body, sturdy feel, and they have high end premium materials inside. The quality in RAZR is the highest that I have ever seen in a smartphone to date and other phones look typical and underwhelming against it. I am not saying that Nexus looks ugly but it is too conventional as compared to RAZR.

Nexus comes with a higher resolution and hence it is superior to RAZR. The screen of Nexus is 4.65 inches big and has a resolution of 720×1,280 pixels which is quite good. On the other hand, RAZR has a qHD screen having a resolution of 540×960 pixels which isn’t that good. That said, both the phones have Super AMOLED screens and I like the wide viewing angles, saturated color tones, and high contrast look.

Above the screens, both have a 1.3 megapixels camera for making video calls. You can also use it for capturing self portrait pictures.

On the bottom of the screen, there are Android capacitive buttons in Droid RAZR. But on Nexus, these buttons are incorporated inside and this makes it clean looking.


Droid RAZR comes with microHDMI port on the top and it is useful for sharing content. Galaxy Nexus needs MHL adapter for this. For the battery, Galaxy Nexus comes with removable battery but Droid RAZR has a microSD card slot for expanding the memory.

Interface and Functionality :

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a winner here as it has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Droid RAZR comes with Gingerbread OS which is a bit old. That said, the two phones have same extensive and profound personalization aspect that Android users have become found of these days.

Messaging is pretty much the same on both the devices and the layout is very spacious thanks to the big size of the display. During my testing, the responsiveness was good enough and I could type lengthy messages with great ease.

Processor and Memory :

Both these phones have newer processors. Droid RAZR has 1.2 GHz TI dual core OMAP 4430 chip inside and Galaxy Nexus has 1.2 GHz TI 4460 OMAP CPU and both phones have 1 GB RAM inside. While testing, I found both of them to be really quick in basic operations but when I used live wallpaper, Samsung Galaxy Nexus had some choppiness with the movement when I was navigating the screen. On Droid RAZR there was choppiness in pinch to zoom. Neither of these phones are perfect but the performance on both the phones was relatively smooth.

If local storage matters a lot to you, then I would recommend you to go with Samsung Galaxy Nexus which has 32 GB storage onboard. On the other hand, Droid RAZR has 8GB internal memory and there is 16GB microSD card preloaded inside. There is also cloud storing but I don’t know if you are comfortable with it.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR Battery

Internet and Connectivity :

Both these phones have 4G LTE connectivity and complex websites load up very easily. Apart from this, the Web performance on both the phones too is quite good. The movements were quite fluid in pinching or kinetic scroll and there were also a lot of Flash elements on the display. Galaxy Nexus performance is choppy though. On the other hand, Motorola Droid remains fluid in all cases.

I tested this handset in same locations and found that Galaxy Nexus had faster download and upload speeds as compared to Galaxy Nexus. Droid RAZR was 1 MBPS faster than the Samsung phone and for connectivity features, both the handsets are the same with aGPS, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot connectivity, and Bluetooth. Also, it is worth noting that Droid RAZR has Motorola Webtop functionality and it has full functionality of Mozilla’s Web browser – Firefox.

Camera :

Both these phone have autofocus camera on the back and there is LED flash too. However, Droid RAZR has a eight megapixels shooter and Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a five megapixels camera. In spite of the higher megapixels count, both these cameras had similar quality. The details are average looking but for the color reproduction, the Galaxy Nexus had punchier tones and hence it caught the glint of my eyes quickly. That said, in low light conditions, Droid RAZR could handle things better than the Galaxy Nexus. The flash lighting on both the phones is the same but the colors look washed away when the images are captured from a distance of more than five feet. The performance of both cameras is the same though.

For capturing 1080p video clips, I prefer Motorola Droid RAZR over the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as the RAZR shoots at 29 fps or frames per second and Samsung phone is at 24 fps. Apart from this, both the cameras are identical. The winner here is Droid RAZR because of better camera.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR Camera

Multimedia :

Samsung Galaxy Nexus has an advantage as it is newer and has Ice Cream Sandwich OS. I liked the 3D carousel effect while going through the songs in the landscape mode but Droid RAZR too has similar interface. RAZR displays the lyrics when the song is played. For audio quality, Droid RAZR is better due to stronger output of volume and Galaxy Nexus is nowhere close.

I played 1,920×1,080 full HD MPEG4 video on the phones and found that both have the same quality. The winner here is Droid RAZR as it has better quality audio output.

Performance :

Motorola Droid RAZR has better call quality and while testing, I got distinctive and clear voice on both the ends. The ear piece is also stronger as compared to Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone. With the Galaxy Nexus, the volume output with the earpiece and speakerphone was a bit weak and the voices had kinda robotic tone.

Droid RAZR was ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone in terms of signal strength. There were more bars and the connection was more steady. On Galaxy Nexus, the signal strength was weaker and hence I was frustrated with frequent loss of 4G LTE signals. It also took a long time to get back the lost connection. The winner here is Droid RAZR.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR Price

Battery :

You can’t expect these phones to have a big battery life as they are 4G LTE phones. Both the phones have similar size batteries inside them and I got 10 hours of life with normal use. The results aren’t spectacular both then there isn’t much to expect from LTE gadgets these days.

Price :

The prices of these phones were quite high when they first came in to the market. But newer models have been coming in since then and hence the price has come down. At the time of writing this article, Samsung Galaxy Nexus had a price tag of $79.99 and Motorola Droid RAZR cost $189.99$199.99. Motorola Droid RAZR is cheaper but you must check local prices before buying.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola DROID RAZR

Conclusion :

Testing these two phones feels like to racing cars who are fighting to finish first. I had a great time comparing these two phones against one another especially because both of them are smartphones and there was a lot to test. There are refinements inside which make them stand out against the other. Motorola Droid RAZR is the winner here and it is also the phone with best looks in the market right now. One big advantage that Samsung Nexus has is that it has ICS Android OS inside which has fresh interface and the screen on Nexus too is better. But RAZR is much better in other areas.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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