Two of Motorola's big announcements at CES 2012 were the Droid 4 (D4) and the Droid Razr Maxx (DRM). These two phones are similar in many aspects, but they are separated by one key factor: the keyboard. Without looking at any other features of these phones, this can be the ultimate decision maker for many. But if your looking beyond this, there are some other differences that may sway you one way or the other when deciding which to buy (these I will cover below).
The D4 and the DRM each have the TI OMAP 4430 CPU clocked at 1.2 ghz, and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Neither phone is running any hardware or software that is much different then the other. Something to note is that each of these phones predecessors (Droid Bionic, and the Droid 3) are running the exact same processors, just clocked a little slower at 1ghz. Both phones are sporting 1 gig of RAM also. In these areas the phones are a dead tie, you will definitely see no benefit of one phone over the other.
While the DRM is not as thin as its cousin the Droid Razr, is still thinner then the Droid 4. Coming in at 8.99 mm, the DRM is about 1/4 the thickness of the D4 measuring in at 12.7mm. In regards to these two phones, the main trade off you will be making is functionality. The Droid 4 has a keyboard which would be the biggest reason to purchase the D4 over the DRM. Shape and feel wise, each phone is very comparable to each other because each phone is designed very similar. the D4 is a little heavier coming in at 178 g when compared to the DRM at 145 g. In this department I judge it as a tie, and it comes down to preference of if you want a keyboard or not.
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The screen is considered by many as one of the most important features on a phone; this is because it is the one part of the phone that you are always are looking at or using. Resolution wise, the phones are the same; both phones have a qHD screen (540 x 960 pixels). When we are comparing the screens size wise two factors come into account: the size of the screen and the pixels per inch (PPI). The D4 has a 4″ screen and the DRM has a 4.3″ screen. I believe for phones at this range of sizes it comes down to personal preference which is better. On the other hand, the PPI is the combination of the resolution of the phone along with the size of the screen. With their respective measurements of 4″ and 4.3″ combined with a qHD screen, their PPI comes in at 256, and 275 respectively, again pretty similar.
While much of the numbers so far have been close , this does not mean the phones are equal. The DRM uses a technology called “Super AMOLED” . “Super AMOLED” is a screen technology that makes the colors on the screen more vivid when compared to other screen technology. The D4 uses a TFT technology that provides a good standard picture for every day uses. The “Super AMOLED” screen of the DRM wins hands down when compared to the D4. Lastly, it is important to note that both phones use a pentile pixel layout. A pentile screen to many is a non issue, but some people complain that screen quality is noticeably lower when compared to other pixel layout.
The next biggest difference between the DRM and the D4 is the battery. Each phones battery is non-removable. The importance of this is that neither battery can be removed or replaced causing the size of each battery to be of greater importance then if it was removable. The DRM has a Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery which can provides up to 21 hours of talk time, compared to the D4 that has a Li-Ion 1785 mAh which provides up to 12 1/2 hours of talk time. The DRM hands down is the winner here with a battery that is almost twice the size of the D4.
The DRM and the D4 are both 4G phones that use Verizon's vast 4G and 3G network. Unlike the D4′s predecessor the Droid 3, neither of these phones are global phones, so traveling outside of the country with them is not an option. You will receive extremely fast data transfer rates with either phone, as long as you are in the area that has 4G data. In this respect these phones are equal and neither phone has the advantage.
The camera on these two phones are exactly the same spec wise, coming in at 8MP. Each also has the same features including Touch-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, and 1080p recording at 30fps. Also, both have a front facing camera that records at 1.3 MP (720p). I will have to call the contest between these camera's a tie, I am assuming these phones both have the same hardware and software running under the hood.
Each phone manufacturer today tries to separate itself from its competitors by developing unique software that is supposed to make their phones superior to the rest. In this case both phones are running the latest version of Moto-Blur with Android 2.3.5 beneath it. Both phones also have been promised an update to Android version 4.0 (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich) down the road. Motorola's big thing today with their newer phones is the inclusion of Smart Actions, a software that is integrated into Moto-Blur that is supposed to help save on battery life and create added functionality. Whether it succeeds or not in doing this is irrelevant, each phone has it. These phones are a dead tie in software, because each phone has the exact same software!
Extremely Large Battery Life
Super AMOLED Screen
Standard size non-removable battery
Standard TFT Screen
These phone are a dead tie in terms of hardware and software. What you are really deciding between with the two ultimately comes down to if you want a keyboard or extremely large battery with your phone. The D4 is a phone that is aimed more at the business professional who will more then likely be using the keyboard to type emails and memos to business colleagues. On the other hand, the DRM seems aimed at the media orientated person that watches movies on the go. Both of these phones are great, and you honestly cant go wrong with either of them.
If you are looking for a detailed comparison of both these phones checkout our head to head specs comparison of Droid Razr Maxx vs Droid 4