Motorola DROID RAZR vs HTC Rezound: LTE Superphone Superfight

November 8, 2011
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Verizon really has a lot to offer its subscribers these days, what with the Motorola DROID Razr and the HTC Rezound completing its smartphone profile for 2011. While both devices have superior features and specs, the choice for consumers, especially contract upgraders, can be confusing.

But, you need not worry. Let’s see how the Motorola DROID RAZR and the HTC Rezound stack up against each other.

HTC Rezound

Motorola DROID RAZR

OS Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with HTC Sense 3.5 (can upgrade to ICS) Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, with MOTOBLUR UI (can upgrade to ICS)
Processor dual-core, 1.5 GHz dual-core, 1.2 GHz
Carrier Verizon Verizon
Internal Storage 16 GB 16 GB
Display 4.3 inches (1280×720) Super LCD HD 4.3 inches Super AMOLED qHD 960×540 (PenTile)
Camera 8 MP, with LED flash 8 MP, with LED flash
Video 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD
Front Camera 2 MP 1.3 MP
Memory 1 GB 1 GB
External Storage microSD (Up to 32 GB) microSD (Up to 32 GB)
4G LTE LTE
Weight 164 grams 127 grams
Height 129 mm 130.7 mm
Width 65.5 mm 68.9 mm
Depth 13.65 mm 7.1 mm
Battery 1,620 mAh 1,780 mAh
Release/Availability November, 2011 November, 2011

Similar Features

First, the similarities.  Both will be released in the same month (November, 2011) with only a few days gap in between release dates. The DROID RAZR comes with a slightly more updated Gingerbread version (2.3.5) of Android than the one on the HTC Rezound (Android 2.3.4).

But, since both smartphones have been confirmed by their respective manufacturers to be getting upgrades for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon, they are on equal grounds OS-wise. These two are also members of Verizon’s family of smartphones that are compatible with its LTE network.

There is also hardly any difference when it comes to video, with both sporting 8-MP back cameras capable of recording 1080p Full HD video. The storage does not differ either; the DROID RAZR can accommodate 16 GB of data internally, with external expansion of up to 32 GB, just like the Rezound.

Differences

Now that we covered what the two smartphones have in common, here then come each phone’s distinctions. For one, the DROID RAZR is touted to be the thinnest phone in the market at just 7.1 mm, about half as thin as the Rezound. The DROID RAZR also beats the Rezound in the weight category, with the latter 37 grams heavier.

The HTC Rezound, sadly, does not use the aluminum unibody  that has become HTC’s signature in many of its high-end smartphones.  Instead, the Rezound has a plastic body, although clearly tough and solid, and presumably durable.  It is in this area that the DROID RAZR trumps the the Rezound. The DROID RAZR has tougher cover in the form of a KEVLAR fiber back plate.

Whereas the DROID RAZR beats the Rezound in terms of dimensions, the HTC phone brandishes a superior dual-core CPU clock speed. Naturally, this means smoother experience when running apps.  But, then again, of course, the processor on the DROID RAZR is not too far behind in terms of clock speed.

While the display is the same as the DROID RAZR’s at 4.3 inches, the Rezound once more reigns supreme with a higher resolution.   The Rezound also has clearer advantage for video chats with its 2-MP front-facing camera; the DROID RAZR only has a 1.3-MP front camera.

And, don’t forget that the formerly codenamed HTC Vigor comes fully equipped with Beats Audio technology and Beats earbuds, therefore delivering a fantastic multimedia experience.

In terms of battery life, the DROID RAZR has bigger battery capacity than does the Rezound.  In theory, the DROID RAZR ought to have longer battery life because of that.  However, power consumption can vary according to several other factors, such as actual usage scenarios, running apps and background processes/services, CPU and clock speed, and so on.

What comes down to user preference is the choice of manufacturer-customized Android interfaces. HTC packs the Rezound with its HTC Sense 3.5 UI, whereas the DROID RAZR showcases Motorola’s MOTOBLUR interface.  Both are user-friendly customized interfaces, although on a personal note (which I happen to share with a lot of other people), I find HTC Sense 3.5 a little bit friendlier than Motorola’s own customized interface.

Price-wise, both LTE smartphones are expected to cost US$300 each, with a two-year contract with Verizon.

For sure, there’s more to simply comparing the two phones based on specs alone. The apparent superiority of one phone over the other may be contested in actual reviews for and actual usage of each device.

For the meantime, which of these two Android smartphones do you think will likely be your first choice?

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