Droid Razr Maxx vs. Galaxy Nexus – Battery or Ice Cream Sandwich?
I hope you guys are ready for a quick comparison of a couple of the most highly desired Android phones currently on the market. Let’s start off by introducing both the phones.
Droid Razr Maxx
In Corner 1 we have “the rookie” the freshly released Droid Razr Maxx who was released on the market on January 26 2012 by Verizon. The Razr Maxx was born from the brains of a Motorola engineer who thought of packaging a higher capacity battery onto the original Droid Razr by Verizon. The Razr Maxx almost never became as there was considerable hesitation from both Motorola and Verizon on launching a new version so soon after the release of the Droid Razr. The Droid Razr Maxx is the worlds first 4G smartphone to pack a high capacity 3300 mAh battery which overpowers the Galaxy Nexus’s measly 1750 mAh capacity battery.
We discussed the best feature about the Razr Maxx being the battery but we need to bring to light the negatives about the phone and its main neg is that it isn’t launching with Ice Cream Sandwich. The Maxx launches with just Android 2.3.5, a considerable blow to a phone packed with so many great features. I am sure you power users who are root masters don’t think this is a blow, but we have to remember the majority of people don’t root their phones, so they will be stuck on Android 2.3.5 till an official upgrade. If you goto Motorolas Droid Razr Maxx product page you’ll notice a deceptive marketing tactic with Ice Cream Sandwich clearly displayed, with the title: “ANDROID 4.0 (ICS) UPGRADEABLE: WE ALL SCREAM!” I mean duh of course it’s upgradeable, kind of a dirty move by Motorola in my eyes.
In corner 2 we have “The Dude” the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone that packs just about everything you could ask for in a phone! The Galaxy Nexus was born on November 17 to the adoptive parents AT&T and Verizon, since it’s debut the Galaxy Nexus was dubbed by many “The best Android Phone” . It’s easy to understand why the Nexus was receiving such high accolades, it was the first smartphone to launch with Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. A new operating system changes your phone experience dramatically and with an estimated 4 Million+ Galaxy Nexus units sold in less than 2 months in 2011 I think the public agrees.
Lets take a quick look at who has some of the better specs and features.
Droid Razr Maxx
- 8 megapixels Rear Camera Resolution. (5 megapixels on Nexus)
- 3300 mAh Capacity Battery – Aprox 21.5 Hours of talk time (1750 mAh battery on the Nexus)
- Height: 5.33 inches (Razr Maxx Height: 5.15 inches)
- Screen size (diagonal): 4.65 inches (Razr Maxx: 4.3 inches)
- Resolution: 1280×720 px (Razr Maxx: 960×540 px)
- Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 Operating System (Razr Maxx: Android 2.3.5)
Both phones hold powerful titles, the Razr Maxx (The longest lasting 4G Smartphone) and the Nexus (Worlds first Ice Cream Sandwich powered phone). So naturally this is likely what it comes down to when deciding on which phone is better. It’s also important to note that the nexus also boasts a larger higher resolution screen which is also a major factor to consider when comparing these 2 phones.
If I am buying one of these phones I’m buying the Galaxy Nexus, a longer battery just isn’t enough of a selling point for me. Some might argue, why not buy the Razr Maxx and root it to get Ice Cream Sandwich. Valid point. Even with rooting the Maxx with ICS I still would choose the Nexus because I prefer Samsung and the strong brand that we’ve come to expect from the Nexus.
Which phone do you like better? Droid Razr Maxx vs. Galaxy Nexus. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts…