October 18 and 19 may just be ordinary, ho-hum days in previous years–but not this year.  With Motorola and Samsung set to hold events on the October 18 and October 19, respectively, these two days might just change the smartphone market forever.

Motorola Mobility, the recent merger company with Google, is expected to launch the “faster, thinner, smarter, stronger” Android smartphone yet–the Motorola DROID RAZR (a.k.a., the Motorola DROID HD or the Motorola Spyder)–on October 18.  A few hours after, Samsung and Google are expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong on October 19.


Both Android smartphones are expected to carry Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. To say that that is delicious is to completely understate things.  Yet, even if Ice Cream Sandwich sets an even playing field at the operating system level, what does each phone have over the other?  Read on to find out.

Galaxy Nexus Specs vs DROID RAZR Specs

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Motorola DROID RAZR
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Processor dual-core, 1.2 GHz dual-core, 1.2 GHz
Carrier Verizon and CDMA Verizon Verizon
Price in line with current market prices in line with current market prices
Internal Storage 16 GB to 32 GB (estimated) 16 GB to 32 GB (estimated)
Display 4.65 inches (1280×720) HD Super AMOLED 4.3 inches Super AMOLED qHD 960×540 (PenTile)
Camera 5 MP, with LED flash 8 MP, with LED flash
Video 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD
Front Camera Yes Yes
Memory 1 GB 1 GB
External Storage microSD microSD
App Store Yes (estimated 500,000+ apps) Yes (estimated 500,000+ apps)
4G Capable? Yes Yes
Weight 129 grams unknown
Height 123.9 mm unknown
Width 63 mm unknown
Depth 9 mm Thinnest phone on the Market?
Battery 1,750 mAh unknown
Unveiling/Launch October 19 October 18
Release/Availability October 27 (rumored) no data

Pros and Cons

Display: The displays on both devices are relatively similar. The DROID RAZR is speculated to be packing a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display .  Therefore, whether or not the extra 0.35 inches on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus matters to you is purely your own concern. However, since the Galaxy Nexus is a Samsung device, it will most certainly be taking home the prize for best display.

Operating System: Both devices should be packing Android’s new version, Ice Cream Sandwich. Although no authoritative information about it is available yet, Ice Cream Sandwich has been caught on camera.

Camera: Originally, the Galaxy Nexus was rumored to carry a camera of 8 MP or more. Now, those rumors have moved down towards 5 MP. On the other hand, the DROID RAZR is almost certain to have an 8-MP camera. However, don’t count out the Galaxy Nexus just yet. Although megapixels are the only advertised quality in a smartphone’s camera, lenses are far more important.

And the Winner Is…

I swear Motorola and Samsung could not have made it harder for me to choose. Both phones are set to be announced one day after the other and the specifications are nearly identical. Ice Cream Sandwich, Super AMOLED, Verizon network, and dual-core processors are all characteristics that these devices share.

Therefore, we have a truly close battle on our hands that is literally unraveling  in a few hours. With Android taking the lead in the smartphone market, manufacturers are pushing technology to the limit to create the best smartphone out there. In the upcoming months, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola DROID RAZR, and the rumored Samsung Galaxy S III could be sitting in your hands.

[poll id=”49″]

Matthew Sabatini
Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.