Droid Razr Maxx vs iPhone 4S

February 14, 2012
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No matter what newer smartphones come out, Apple still retains a dedicated group of fans who won’t budge for anything. At what seems to be the height of the smartphone wars, Motorola has just released the successor to its Droid Razr. Welcome the Droid Razr Maxx, which is bigger but is better than the Droid Razr and practically a baby with its release last January 26, 2012. Today, we’ll see how the iPhone 4S stands up to this new release.

Design and Display

Slightly thicker than its predecessor, the Droid Razr Maxx has a thickness of 8.99 mm. The Droid Razr Maxx’s predecessor, the Droid Razr, had the inconvenient camera bump at the top, but the Droid Razr Maxx has solved that problem.

At the price of sacrificing the device’s reputation as the “thinnest phone on the market”, the back of the phone is now smoothed out and practically the same width. Considering how thin the Droid Razr was, this isn’t much of a problem. This means that the back of the phone has comfortable curves rather than the drastic angles of the Droid Razr.

The Droid Razr Maxx still has that gorgeous Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive 4.3-inch touchscreen, with a resolution of 540×960 pixels. The Droid Razr Maxx is a big phone which is perfect for users with bigger hands. The Droid Razr Maxx has all of the great design perks as well. A chassis built of diamond-cut aluminum, the device’s back being coated in Kevlar and nanotechnology coating. All in all, this  makes the Droid Razr Maxx feel solid and durable.

The iPhone 4S has a LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen. Measuring in at 3.5 inches, it has a resolution of 640×960 pixels. Though the iPhone 4S’s display is smaller, the iPhone 4S’s size may be handy for those of you with smaller hands. One of the things that makes the iPhone 4S and many of its predecessors unique to the market is its sleek design. A combination of metal and glass makes the iPhone 4S feel like well-crafted machinery in the palm of your hand. Unfortunately, this is also the device’s Achilles heel. Unless you’ve got an iPhone 4S case, one well-placed drop and the iPhone 4S may be damaged.

Storage

The Droid Razr Maxx is equipped with an internal memory of 16 GB. If that’s too small for you, the device has a microSD slot that allows you to pack it with an additional 32 GB. That means you’ll have up to 48 gigs of storage space on this device but is by no means impressive next to the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S has memory for everyone’s needs. With models packing 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB, you’ve got more than enough room to store music, videos, pictures, and other files that you might need. If you need more space than that, though, you’re out of luck. The iPhone 4S doesn’t have any microSD slots for extra storage.

Camera

Both of these phones pack an 8 megapixel camera, but the difference is all in the front-facing camera. The Droid Razr Maxx has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, while the  iPhone 4S’s own front-facing camera is VGA.

Processor and Operating System

It’s quite disappointing that the Droid Razr Maxx comes out of the box with only Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, but with promise of Ice Cream Sandwich on the horizon, the Droid Razr Maxx’s specs won’t go to waste. It’s got a Texas Instruments OMAP 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB RAM. It also has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

The iPhone 4S runs on its own iOS 5, with a RAM of 512 MB. Its RAM may not be impressive by today’s smartphone standards but the device’s graphics are still something to behold. The iPhone 4S has a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A9 CPU and a PowerVR SGX534MP2 GPU.

Battery

The Droid Razr Maxx basically has the same insides, firmware included, as its predecessor, but what really sets it apart is its battery.  The Droid Razr Maxx has been hailed as the first smartphone in the world to pack a high capacity 3300mAh. It can pack quite a punch, with 21.5 hours of talk time or even 2.5 days of listening to music. If that isn’t awe-inspiring enough, you can extend the battery life further using Motorola’ Smart Actions, which allows you to turn off e-mail syncing at night while you sleep.

 

The iPhone 4S on the other hand packs only 14 hours talk time and a standby of 200 hours. If you’re a hardcore music fan, with the need to constantly be jamming to tunes everywhere you go, the iPhone 4S promises up to 40 hours of non-stop music. Not bad for the average user, but for those who are always expecting calls, you may need to pack your charger along with you.

Verdict

Though the iPhone 4S may not be as fresh as a newborn, it manages to hold up pretty well against the Droid Razr Maxx in the storage department. If you’re the type who needs a lot of files with you, the iPhone 4S with its 64 GB of storage space is definitely for you. Alternatively, if you’ve got small hands, you’ll find the iPhone 4S no doubt easier to hold on to than the much bigger Droid Razr Maxx.

If you’re the type who constantly needs to be communicate with your contacts, then you should definitely consider the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. Its battery life alone is awe-inspiring and definitely a must-have for the heavy user.

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