Definitely a keeper, the Droid Razr has been topping the charts for quite a while now, and if you think that the market is flooded with Android phones with similar functionalities and features, the door is open for you to try the Samsung Focus S as well. With the holidays just around the corner, this could be the time for you to make that switch to Windows 7.5 Mango OS or stick to the ever-growing Android.

These two phones come from two different worlds, but we’ll take a closer inspection on what makes each phone different from the other.

Design and Display

The Droid Razr is covered in Gorilla Glass from head to toe, with a black matte Kevlar protection at the rear. Weighing around 127 grams with dimensions of 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm, the Razr is quite sexy to hold and definitely one of the slimmest devices around. Although the Razr’s weight is not on the average for a smartphone of that size, the Focus S is much lighter at 110.6 grams.

Each device sports a massive 4.3-inch touchscreen display, with 480×800 and 540×960 pixel resolution for the Focus S and Razr, respectively. The 256 ppi on the Razr makes it the king of rendering crisp displays, as it is able to cram even the smallest of pixels compared to the 217 ppi on the Focus S. The Droid Razr uses Super AMOLED technology, while the Samsung Focus S uses Super AMOLED Plus technology.


In the hardware department, the Focus S is powered by a 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm processor. The device performs fluidly in many of Microsoft’s OS and manages to scoot around applications without showing any lag. The processor might not be able to cope with the dual-core capabilities of the Razr, but it is quite decent for all-around usability. The fully armed Razr features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and can run applications faster than the Focus S.


The Motorola Razr is packed with 16 GB internal storage while the Focus S comes in two varieties: 16 GB or 32 GB. Both phones are capable of expanding storage with up to 32 GB of memory with the built in microSD card slot. The 1 GB RAM on the RAzr is twice as much as that on the Focus S, meaning there will always be plenty of room for memory intense applications.


Both phones feature 8 MP cameras on the rear with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, and image stabilization. The Focus S has a 1.3 MP camera on the front, while the Razr has a 2.0 MP camera on the front.

Operating System

One of the selling points of any device is the operating system. Samsung’s new addition to its family of smartphones comes in the shape of the Samsung Focus S. Promising to appeal to every segment in the mobile phone market, Samsung managed to release a Windows 7.5 Mango OS smartphone to add to its ever growing catalog. Expect to see Microsoft products bundled with the OS and the iconic rectangular shapes on the homescreen.

If you come from the ever-loving Android family of smartphones, the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread bundled with the Razr will probably never disappoint you. The updated Razr has got everything you need in a full-fledge device that can keep up with your needs.


Separating itself from the rest of the crowd, the Focus S is a fantastic new phone to get you started with Microsoft’s new operating system. Packed with a Super AMOLED Plus display and fast performance, the Focus S is a great mid-level smartphone to get you started.

Undoubtedly fast, Motorola’s Droiz Razr will get all of your troubles done. Powered by Gingerbread, the Razr is one sleek device promising faster computing power, a great camera, and a truckload of applications either preinstalled or installable from the Android Market.

Setting aside your loyalty for a specific operating system, which of these two phones do you think will be worth your while?

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.