Droid Razr Maxx vs iPhone 4S

February 14, 2012

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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Comments

  • Mohammadld

    i love razer maxx ,,, i dont need a phone that is 1 mm thick and work for 5 min …
    i really love maxx idea ,,,

    • Stan2

      bitch its better!

  • Bill Tetley

    Isn’t it silly to ask iOS vs Android on Android side? By default there is a bias.

    • Megalosdog

      agreed…

    • guest

      As far as the poll at the end is concerned, there seems to be a bias in the results. However for a dedicated Android site, this was a very balanced and unbiased article. I was pleasantly surprised, as most of these comparisons are extremely skewed to one side or the other.

  • kamal g.c

    Razer is more good then iphone 4s but iphone 4s seems to be much more attractive then Razer… which does really bother….

  • Itsmermf

    My wife has the 4s and I have the razr maxx, I’ve got the best of both worlds, one great thing is I can at least go 2 days on a charge with the maxx, it’s nice to go to bed at 40%, wake up still at 40% and don’t have to charge it till that night before bed….truly amazing battery life.

  • Skysnyper

    Why did you leave out internet speed? I see a lot of shattered Iphone’s, but very rearly shattered Razr.

    • Stan2

      bc the iphones glass dumbass

  • DesignerLori

    I have loved the Droid since it’s birth. I just wanted the same “eco system” with computer, iPad, iPod and phone for ease of syncing. Now I’m not so sure. You can multi task more with the Droid but, I don’t know. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FYEDSLMEQGKZG2BDIL2WAVXUVM Little Miss Chicago

      I was worried about the same thing, but I just switched from an iPhone to the RAZR MAXX and it’s been an easy, pain-free experience. My contacts and ical easily sync with my MacBook Air and iPad using Google’s services. It’s very easy to set up a google account and the mac address book actually lets you sync with google. It’s one of the settings. A lot of the apps I use with my mac products are also available on android. For instance, I use 1password. It’s actually free on android.

  • Nathan D

    The poll is use less, this is an Android site.

    • Stan2

      fuck you iphone is way better mofo!

  • Crewjohn

    My wife has the iphone 4s and I have been playing with it before I decided on which phone to buy. I really liked the interface but just prefer the opensource capabilities of DROID phones. I purchased the DROID maxx, I will receive it tomorrow. I will post a thorough comparison after I have used it for a little bit. As for th iphone, I have nothing bad to say except no 4g :(

  • http://twitter.com/Pawlskinn Paul

    Man………. I really want to put iOS on the Maxx. That would be so good.

  • Rockoncarper

    What Motorola needs to do is make a Droid Pod or Something cause people with iPods just go to iPhone because they are use to the system.

  • Ksodks

    iPhone is better!

    • Latwilliams7

      No….the droid razr is better duh!!!

  • Aristotle

    The iPhone 4s is a better phone for the average person. Some people may want to customize there phones, though, so they should get the droid razr maxx. Just because the maxx has a such a long battery life, does not mean that you are going to need to use all of it, or will even take advantage of it when you get the phone. Though the iPhone 4s does have a worse battery life, it is still not bad at all.

  • Lesley

    You neglect to mention the Droid razor Max comes with a 16 gb SD card in addition to the internal memory

  • Alka

    m confuse can you help me..which phone is best N8 or Android phone

  • Emily Taylor225

    My hubbuy has the 4s and I currently have the Thunderbolt, Verizon customers. He is being persistant about my getting a 4s. The only question I have is, does the Razr Maxx crash as much as all the rest of the previous android systems? I was told the dual core processor “helps” but that didn’t clarify the fact that it still crashes or it doesn’t. Any help would be awesome. I really need feedback to justify one over the other.

  • Nhon Nguyen64

    I like my Droid Razr Maxx is much better than iPhone 4S(just a name big deal ???????????) Droid Razr Maxx beat the hell out iPhone 4S

    • Stan2

      hell no

      • Samurai

        STFU Stan2 you’re a retard

  • Scoutsean13

    Ive been trying to decide on one but now I’m sure. Maxx it is. And for all you peeps who got iPhones and love em. It’s ok. I like Steve jobs too but the maxx is just better.

  • Nay54

    They didn’t even mention that the 4S can shoot 1080p video and that the RAZR MAXX only shoots 720p

  • Chile33

    my iphone4 was faster than my 4s i dont know why and now i have a droid bionic and its way faster than the iphone4 or 4s the only thing i love about iphones its the camara and video recorded

  • sly77

    Iphone 4s is Crap compared to the droid razr maxx…. Razr maxx is legitament

  • deflepfan

    im going to droid raz maxx my step daughter has iphone i prefer droids so droid raz max it is

  • Droidman

    One of the biggest problems with Apple is they are too proprietary. They don’t want to play nice with any other companies. Flash for one. Now with the Iphone5 they even trying to make there own GPS. I don’t understand why they are so against using what others have already figured out. Why recreate the wheel for each phone.
    It ultimately comes down to preference of what you like. Its like cars. Some like Mercedes and some like BMW. Its about the consumer liking a certain type of thing that the company is able to offer. Iphone is a bit gimmicky and more of a fun type of phone in my eye’s. Its not all that efficient at task oriented jobs. Where as the android (especially Motorola) is more a functional get the job done type of phone. So choose you likes. I prefer more functional and efficiency i am not worried about the looks i want it to perform my tasks not play games.