iPhone 4S vs Motorola Droid Razr: The Competitive

There is a lot of talk over the new iPhone 4S, and also a lot of speculation over which new phones will step in to compete with the speculative champion. The Motorola Droid Razr is one such competitor that is garnishing a lot of talk. Combining two greats — the Droid and the Razr — this new smart phone has not yet hit the market, but it does have people talking.

If you’re in the market to buy a new smart phone, then it can be very difficult to decide when and what to buy. Are you thinking of picking up Apple’s new offering, or should you wait for next month’s release of the Motorola Droid Razr? This comparison of the iPhone 4S versus the Motorola Droid Razr should help.

Size: The iPhone is slightly larger, but not remarkably so, coming in at 9.3 mm deep and 140 grams heavy, as compared to the Droid Razr, which is only 7.1 mm deep and weighs in at 127 grams.

Camera and video recording: When it comes to this category, the 4S has the Razr beat. They both have the industry-standard 8 megapixels, but the iPhone’s tap-to-focus screen, backside illumination sensor, five-element lens, video stabilization and face detection make it a camera and video recording experience unlike any other phone on the market.

Screen: The screen on the Droid Razr is a whopping 4.3 inches and is covered with a scratch-resistant glass. The iPhone’s screen may be smaller, but its “retina display” packs four times the megapixels into the display, making it the clearest, most cutting-edge screen of any smart phone to date.

Loading speed: The Droid Razr makes use of LTE, whereas the iPhone does not have this capability. Therefore, the Droid is hands-down much faster.

Operating system:
Apple’s iOS4 is not much different than previous iOS incarnations, but this iOS offers Siri — a groundbreaking, voice-controlled personal assistant. The Droid Razr operates on Google’s Gingerbread operating system, which is all fine and good, except for the fact that this operating system is soon to be overshadowed by Google’s release of its latest operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Service: The iPhone is available through a multitude of carriers — AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint — whereas the Droid Razr can only be used with Verizon.

Price: Depending on whether you want 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB, the iPhone will cost you $199, $299, or $399, respectively. The Droid Razr is available for only one price, at a premium $299.
The iPhone 4S was released in early October, and it was very warmly received, selling to the tune of 4 million phones within a three-day period. Will the Motorola Droid fare as well? We will have to wait and see – until November, apparently.

About the Author:
Darci Jockers does her best to incorporate technology into all aspects of her life. She loves using online faxing programs, Droid apps, and other programs to make her business and personal lives easier.


14 thoughts on “iPhone 4S vs Motorola Droid Razr: The Competitive”

  1. Ger32 says:

    Just for clarification.

    The Iphone doesn’t have an 8mp camera. It’s only 5mp.

    Motorola have confirmed that the Razr will get the ICS update early 2012.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There are many technical mistakes in this article, such as the screen comparison.  I could take a cheap shot regarding the iOS5 vs iOS4 mistake…oh what the heck, “iOS5, so new and revolutionary you’ll mistake it as iOS4.”

    Kidding aside, it sounds like this author’s technical expertise is limited to whatever marketing jargon she reads. I would look elsewhere if trying to decide which phone to purchase.

  3. avko says:

    Worth mentioning: both have 1080p, 30fps video with image stabilizer.

    But the iPhone doesn’t ‘pack four times the megapixels into the display’:
    RAZR: 960 x 540 (518,400 pxs)
    iPhone: 960 x 640 (614,400 pxs) => 18.5% more
    Both are high for smart phones

    Memory: RAM: iPhone 512 MB, RAZR 1 GB
    Internal: iPhone 8/16/32, RAZR 16 GB (so both are $299 for 16GB)

    CPU: iPhone 1GHz dual Core, RAZR 1.2 GHz dual core

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well, I would like the iPhone 4S. The iOS 5’s new feature iCloud and iMessenge really attracted me.
    And have already got ifunia video converter and many other apps for it. 

  5. Hastymail says:

    True 4G is faster then 3g, but with the iphone 4s you’ll get a much faster 3g experience everywhere 3g is offered.  So would you really say that loading speed is better?  I would assume that the loading speed would be better in a metro area with the razr but iphone 4s would be better everywhere else you may travel. 

  6. duuuude this whole post is insane…the iPhone is hella smaller in size, but the RAZR is thinner…the RAZR’s camera is a fantastic point and shoot with image stabilization and even has 1080p video editing software built in so you can edit all your shots…not to mention Android 4.0 WILL be on it early next year which comes with panoramic photo mode and even more options.  Plus the front camera is 720p….the Retina Display has 326ppi and the RAZR has about 260…hardly 4x, plus the tech is different and on a small screen, not noticeable…even my iPhone friends say there’s no difference.  Siri ISN’T groundbreaking, in fact, other than the name, it’s not new either…Speaktoit has been on Droids since I got my Incredible April 2010..voice txting, dialing, note taking, alarm setting, etc are all free and come on every droid…and the RAZR has expandable memory…..not saying the iPhone is bad, just don’t say it’s better.

  7. Maccabeus says:

    I am upgrading now from Blackberry and had to choose between the current Android phones, the iPhone 4s or wait for the Droid Razr or Galaxy Nexus.  I can be completely objective because I am a newbie to both Android and Apple, have never owned either an iPhone or an Android phone, and have no particular preference or regard for either platform.  While the Android phones have very appealing specs, especially the two soon-to-be released models (Razr and Nexus), I finally chose the iPhone 4s for price, reliability, speed, and sooth interface.  After spending the next two years using the iPhone, when it comes time to upgrade again, I will hopefully take an objective look at how the iPhone measures up against the Android phones that are available two years from now.  I suspect, though, that this battle between Apple and Android will go on an on, with each trying to outdo the other.  In the end, it all comes down with your personal needs and what works for you. 

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