Motorola DROID HD (RAZR) vs iPhone 4S

by: Matthew SabatiniOctober 4, 2011
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In today’s event, Apple released the much awaited iPhone 4S. Yes, you read correctly, Apple has chosen to name their new device the iPhone 4S. Despite the disapproval of many fans , the name was, in my opinion, chosen correctly. The new A5 chip and camera will sit inside a casing nearly identical to the iPhone 4. However, Apple has done a nice job of touching up the phone by means of operating system and also specifications.

On the other hand, recent rumors have produced the Motorola Droid RAZR, otherwise known as the Droid HD. Possibly boasting Ice Cream Sandwich upon its release, the Droid RAZR is a perfect fit for an old fashion showdown with the brand spanking new iPhone 4S. Before we pick a winner, take a look for yourself.

Spec-For-Spec Battle

PhoneiPhone 4SDroid RAZR
OSiOS 5Ice Cream Sandwich
ProcessorDual-Core A5 CipDual-Core 1.5GHz
CarrierAT&T, Verizon, and SprintVerizon
Internal Storage16-64GBEstimated 16-32GB
Display3.5″ Retina Display4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD
Camera8MP LED Flash8MP LED Flash
Video1080p HD1080p HD
Front Camera?YesYes
External Storage?NoYes, microSD
App Store?Yes, Est. 500,000+Yes, Est. 500,000+
4G Capable?NoYes
Weight4.9 ounces (140 grams)?
Height4.5 inches (115.2 mm)?
Width2.31 inches (58.6 mm)?
Depth0.37 inch (9.3 mm)?
Release DateOctober 14, 2011?
BatteryTalk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G?

Pro’s and Con’s

Display: The main difference-maker here is display. The Droid RAZR is speculated to be packing a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display. Among other upcoming Android devices, Samsung has been working on Super AMOLED HD displays of up to 1280 x 720 pixels. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S is being introduced with a frankly disappointing 3.5″ Retina display. Although this display has a very high pixel density, it is no where near as big as the Droid RAZR’s.

Operating System: Along with the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple introduced iOS5. With over 200 new features and 4 key updates, Apple has produced a very nice new OS. From Android’s side, Ice Cream Sandwich is rumored to be announced on October 11th, just one day before the release of iOS5. Although no information is clear yet, Ice Cream Sandwich has been caught on camera and you can watch the full video below.

 And the Winner Is…

Well, we can’t quite say. With Ice Cream Sandwich only days away and the iPhone 4S only released today, both phones are a little young to be in such a big fight. However, the two main differences will come down to display and OS. Both phones have similar specifications and the differences will appeal to one’s personal choice. Therefore, we want to hear what you think. With all of the information and specifications at your disposal, pick a winner and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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  • Whomeyeayou

    I’m sorry, but Motorola phones are garbage. I’ve demoed a few, due to my job and each time I’ve wanted to throw the phone down the hallway. They’ve, added some extra garbage that cripples the OS. Why would an Android user, buy a phone other than a Nexus device. You are guaranteed to always have the latest OS. No OEM or carrier, bs involved. It seems a majority of these Android phones are nothing more than gimmicky devices. It seems to be more about having the best specs vs. recreating Android to give their users are truly unique experience.

    • Jessewaldo

      Most android devices are rooted and that means you can get the latest updates pretty fast. Also, motos will be rid of the crap they had before (blur) now that google owns them. Motorola makes great hardware, they just fell off with crappy blur.

    • Anonymous

      I own the droid 3, it may be on the lower end considering the interface but it is a great hardware phone, it feels real and not like the fake plastic feeling ones

    • Winstar

      Couldnt agree with johnnys101 more… Motorola phones have the most solid hardware in the market.. actually feels like you have a classy phone in your hand even in comparison to the iphone.. HTC and samsung phones make me feel like i am holding a dummy phone in my hand.. though have to admit motorola is the worst in terms of software.. i bought a milestone xt720 sometime back and motorola refused to update this phone to froyo.. but now that Google is at the helm of motorola things should be good…

    • Treble915

      The Apple on the other hand seems insistent on giving their phones last-generation technology. Let’s hope with the iPhone 5 they will finally catch up with 4G technology and get their processor speed on par with other phones (A5 averages < 1GHz in the iPad 2).

    • Arjuna Menon

      In case you haven’t noticed…the original Droid was the first phone was the fisrt android phone… So actually the Droid can’t be a phony of the Nexus…it’s the other way around

      • Anonymous

        the original droid wasnt the original android phone, that falls to the HTC G1…the original droid was the first in vzw’s line of Droid phones…BIG difference…do a little research

  • Eugew23

    I’m going to assume the build quality on the Droid Razr is going to be solid. Motorola, although imfamous for crippling its software with Blur, makes phones with weight and stronger materials. I also think the Razr will have pure ICS; as thry threw out Blur quite recently. If the Razr gets Ice cream sandwich, it may definately seem like a good competitor for the iPhone. Then again, the iPhone is starting to bore me. They’ve been using the same formula since 2007. Maybe Big Red has a shot here.

  • Lordelfwine

    KEVLAR guys thats the big word… Motorola will come back to the high sky land and rule one more time the phoneskingdom!!!

  • Damon Aldora

    I think I would lean more towards getting an iPhone 4S. I have a Droid and it is not the best phone ever. The service as well as the phone is slow, and from what I’ve heard, LTE isn’t going to be available in my area for a long time and it isn’t so friendly with batteries, so I think I’m better off upgrading to the iPhone 4S until I can try out an LTE network here. LTE would be good for streaming and downloading, but I’d rather not carry my charger with me wherever I go. I think I’d be okay with 3G for now. I love streaming, and that app that I use to do so is the DISH Remote Access app from my employer DISH Network. It is an awesome app that lets me stream any of my subscribed channels live to my phone. If I want, I can even choose to stream my recorded shows or movies from my DVR. The app is for iPhone and Android, so if I choose Android in the future, I will be able to watch the same shows and movies.

  • narek

    mdhd(razr) vs vs i4s

  • Nancy

    Don’t buy Motorola. Every Motorola phone I used prematurely broke, or had battery issues. I stopped buying their “products”. They make absolute garbage.