Motorola Droid RAZR: Everything the iPhone 4S should have been?

Motorola just announced its latest Android-powered super phone. The new Droid RAZR looks incredible, if you read the spec sheet. Its form factor is relatively unique, and its incredibly thin – more than 2mm thinner than the iPhone 4S. This 7.1mm thin power-house boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED display protected by Gorilla glass (front) and laser-cut kevlar on the back. If that doesn’t impress you, add the following: 1800mAH battery, LTE compatible, 8MP camera with 1080p video and its splash proof. I can’t remember ever seeing a device so specced out, and still being super durable. Of course this beast could have the potential to kill the battery in 3 seconds, so it also gives you what Motorola calls SmartActions software. This allows you to tell your device to switch off particular battery draining functions like bluetooth when you arrive at certain locations, or decrease the processor performance when on a phone call. Thus giving it a very competitive battery life.

I have to say it – being an iPhone fan – this looks way beyond what Apple launched only a few days ago. Obviously the user experience may not be one that matches up to the incredible spec sheet, but if it does, it’s going to make the iPhone look a trifle insignificant. It’s a virtually indestructible behemoth of a device, that not only has powerful specs but fantastic build quality and battery life – and very fast data speeds.

I want your opinion on this. Are you regretting buying an iPhone after seeing this? Or do specs not matter to you that much? For myself, I value user experience more than a spec sheet. However, with great specs comes the potential for a fantastic experience, so I can’t rule this one out. What would you rather have? An iPhone 4S or a Droid RAZR?

Via: Engadget

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  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I’m not really impressed. It’s just a Droid Bionic in a slightly thinner Droid X’s case. It costs $300, the 4G will be a huge battery drain (I’ll believe Moto’s battery life claims when I see it), that huge hump on top is as ugly as sin, it’ll have PenTile, and most importantly, Android + Motorola finagling = horrible experience.

    I don’t even own an iPhone yet. But I know from my experience with the Incredible since April 2010 that amazing, “iPhone killing” specs are worthless with Android.

    • http://twitter.com/Krazihanz Pirarre Miller

       The thing is, as soon as this gets released another Android phone will
      pop up and steal the spotlight. It’ll have better specs, screen, battery
      life etc.

      I agree with you in that it looks like a droid Bionic/ Droid X. The entire Droid line of phones look similar to one another. And what is that “bump” actually about? My friend has a Droid X (don’t know which one) and that “bump” looks ridiculous.

    • http://twitter.com/aveling007 Landon Aveling

      It doesn’t have PenTile, has a qHD Super AMOLED, really nice screen.

      • Anonymous

        You’re trolling, right? The PenTile news is all over the web today.

  • http://twitter.com/moids Omid Mirshafiei

    So a power hungry screen with a power hungry LTE modem? Are those battery life figures with LTE completely off via software toggle?

    • Joecamodrone31

      how about a power hungry 4s with itty bitty screen and NO LTE???  wow tough choice…

  • http://twitter.com/moids Omid Mirshafiei

    So a power hungry screen with a power hungry LTE modem? Are those battery life figures with LTE completely off via software toggle?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tkileh Travis Hammelsmith

    This thing is gonna be BEAST!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tkileh Travis Hammelsmith

    This thing is gonna be BEAST!!!!

  • Lunardragonofdarkness

    I’m happy I didn’t upgrade to the 4S!  I plan to get this beast as soon as possible!!  A true, solid upgrade from the original iPhone 4!  :D

  • Lunardragonofdarkness

    I’m happy I didn’t upgrade to the 4S!  I plan to get this beast as soon as possible!!  A true, solid upgrade from the original iPhone 4!  :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garret-Byrne/1384176479 Garret Byrne

    Being honest having so many Motorola phones, I’ll never get one again. The Battery live has always been terrible. And this thing with all it’s specs would proably drain the battery in 3 seconds.

    • Rafaelinho10

      yup Battery life is going to be awful on this phone!!!!

  • Anonymous

    i would never have purchased the iPhone 4s if it looked like that turd…lol

  • Bratty

    I am a little surprised by this article. Apple has never gone for raw specs. Their puny 800mhz dual core beats faster processors in speed and efficiency. Overall user experience is what matters to sell millions of units. Androids will keep trying to outspec each other because they have nothing else to compete on. 
    “However, with great specs comes the potential for a fantastic experience” makes no sense.

    • Daniel Frankl

      Very well-put

      • John13hill

        lame outdated “user experience” UI…..nah ill pass for specs

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhugen Joe Hugen

    I think the specs on the Motorola are fantastic, and the phone has a lot of great engineering that went into it, but I’m still not a fan of the shaky Android OS. The user experience on Apple products always shines through. Apple strives to give the best technology available, but they never sacrifice function and user experience to give the latest and greatest specs. Because Apple is a closed system of iOS and hardware, I have enjoyed near perfect interaction with all my Apple products. Apple isn’t striving to be the largest market share of cell phones, they’re just trying to be the best overall experience; so far I would say they’ve accomplished that with the sale of 4 million phones in 3 days… when’s the last time an Android phone has done that… further more, when has a network spent 20billion to secure a phone like Sprint did with Apple.

    I liked the review of the Motorola, looks like a solid product and one that will get a lot of attention for sure. Glad there is competition out there, it’s what makes technology fun.

    Cheers!

    • Bo83451

      i wish i wasnt stuck on a 2yr contract with my “shaky” ios iphone 4s contract.  I firsthand confess IOS is not the best user experience and now stuck with it….

  • TyRetr0

    I won’t lie its beautiful But but its Android. If it ran Windows Phone 7 I’d get it. I’m on Sprint and have an EVO Ill be more than happy with a 4S over this…

  • Chevyt1993

    no iphone 4s 4 me

  • Whataboutfrank

    This type of phone and what others come out with the next 9 months leads me to believe iPhone 5/6 will be released in June.

    • Daniel Wolfe

      This website explains what this place thinks about why they didn’t release the i5. And waited for the 4S for October. Really convincing. Check it lut

  • Kind of ugly

    I personally think it’s hideous…as are all of the Droid line.
    *waits for the neg comments*

  • David

    It’s not as special as it sounds. First off as all of us iOS users know specs don’t make the phone. The iPhone 4 ran an 800mHz processor and it was a very fast phone. Also the iPhone 4S runs an 800mHz dual-core processor and from speed and benchmark tests it blows past all current phones on the market. So the specs don’t make it anything the 4S “should’ve” been. Next, the Droid RAZR has a 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED screen. Yes, that’s good. But that’s personal preference. Some people like myself believe the screen is too big so that is a subjective spec. Either people love it or hate it. Also due to the size 960×540 isn’t a retina display so the pixel count is nice but the 4S wins there. Finally, yes Super AMOLED is a great technology in many people’s opinions but it has a blue-ish tint to it and I honestly don’t like it. I feel it’s not true color, it’s over exposed. But that spec is also personal preference. In the end the iPhone 4S doesn’t have to be up to spec, it’s a great phone. There’s no such thing as what it should’ve been.

  • http://plus.google.com/100780849097348485078/posts Stynkfysh

    Yeah, I sold my iP4S yesterday and will buy one of these or a Galaxy Prime.  I suspected I would be disappointed in the iP4S, and I was.  I will get you next time around Apple!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad I did’t get the iPhone 4s cause this thing is bad…I’m a fan of Apple but they need to step up their game..

    • Brett Davis

      Apple isn’t pushing hardware, they are pushing the software, Siri is one of the features of iPhone 4S they are pushing, the 4S also left people wondering since it wasn’t what they thought it will be, wtf will be the next iPhone, very good marketing in my opinion. The iPhone 4S has one of the best cameras on the market today, even though this droid has an 8MP, 1080P camera the iPhone will still beat it.

      • http://twitter.com/aveling007 Landon Aveling

        Siri for Android was around for a LONG time. Apple bought the company and they pulled the app from the Market though…

      • mrjinx73@gmail.com

        Who wants to talk to a phone to search.My wife gets mad when I talk to my self.Try talking to your phone at work and watch people laugh.

  • nakedidea

    This phone looks absolutely AMAZING. I remember when my first cellphone was that old motorola RAZR flip-phone. And look at this beast now, clearly eats up every other phone on the market right now. Now I wonder what the the Nexus Prime has to offer. Can’t wait for tonight’s event!!

  • SEFan

    I won’t talk about the Android vs iOS. I’ve been an Android user on T-Mobile, and for me iOS is simply more polished and more integrated. As for the device, it appears well thought out for what it is – a large-screen Android phone with LTE radios. I like the overall shape, I like the use of tough back and Gorilla Glass. Good on ya Motorola. I personally would not buy a phone with a screen that large, but if you like that sort of thing….

    I think we all know intuitively that the 4S is a stopgap, meant to bring some hardware and software upgrades to hold us over until the next full-gen iPhone comes out. Nice and all, but more evolutionary (think 3GS) than revolutionary (I remember the gasp when I first saw the iPhone 4, and thought “when am I going to get this on T-Mobile?!”). Hopefully the 5, when it comes, will be more like the Razr, only with the full bounty of iOS goodness.

    • Ben87stiller

      yes while in that time there will be 2 razrs that superceded this one and apple will barely catch up to the old one but hey at least youll have an old polished user experience right??

  • SEFan

    I won’t talk about the Android vs iOS. I’ve been an Android user on T-Mobile, and for me iOS is simply more polished and more integrated. As for the device, it appears well thought out for what it is – a large-screen Android phone with LTE radios. I like the overall shape, I like the use of tough back and Gorilla Glass. Good on ya Motorola. I personally would not buy a phone with a screen that large, but if you like that sort of thing….

    I think we all know intuitively that the 4S is a stopgap, meant to bring some hardware and software upgrades to hold us over until the next full-gen iPhone comes out. Nice and all, but more evolutionary (think 3GS) than revolutionary (I remember the gasp when I first saw the iPhone 4, and thought “when am I going to get this on T-Mobile?!”). Hopefully the 5, when it comes, will be more like the Razr, only with the full bounty of iOS goodness.

  • http://twitter.com/TsMatthiesen Theresa

    The whole point of Andriod is that it’s open, if you don’t like the user interface, you get a new one. Home replacement programs, or you can root and install custom roms… the possibilities are endless. I love my features and functions because I can shop around and just go get them. Whereas Apple users are forced to wait for Apple to figure out what people want and get around to doing it. If you want a phone that you don’t ever have to think about, use straight out of the box as is, get an Iphone. Me, I’ll keep my features even with crappy battery life. Batteries will get better.

    • Daniel Frankl

      But I guess that’s the point, Theresa. I don’t want those kinds of choices/involvement with my phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JanisVaivars Janis Vaivars

    1.2Ghz dual core processor? Wow. 8mpix cam? Wow. qHD display? Wow. 1800Mhz? Wow. Gorilla glass? Wow.

    What is this rubbish? HTC Sensation had all of this months ago. Why is this made as “amazing news” when it’s actually something old? Ok, the design is different, and it’s pretty thin, but Samsung GS2 is also thin. So these news are just loads of bollocks.

    What we need to look forward to is the new Nvidia Tegra 3 processor in phones. Now that would be amazing. And the new LG (if I’m not mistaking) screen with a higher pixel density per inch than iPhones Retina display + a 720p resolution (1280×720 pixels). And hopefully Android phones will soon get proper cameras too, atleast as good as the iPhone ones. I just don’t understand – is it really impossible or so unprofitable to, lets say, make a deal with a camera manufacturer to create proper image sensors for phones? Let’s say Canon or Sony. Although Sony probably wouldn’t be interested in anything other than SonyEricsson. But there are plenty of other camera manufacturers. Would the phone price really increase so much out of such a deal?

    As of Android vs iOS, let’s wait for the new Android IceCream Sandwich. Now iOS really is a faster OS, with only the basic things people need. Android is more for tech freaks and personalizers. And only because iOS is so simple, is it so fast. It doesn’t even have true multitasking. + apart from Siri, the new iOS 5 isn’t that much more impressive than iOS 4. And SIri shouldn’t really be asociated with iOS 5 just because Apple didn’t want their customers to be able to use it on iOS 4. It was possible. They just didn’t want to make it happen, cause then iPhone 4S would seem such a small improvement that no one would even bother. New Android promises to be simply amazing.

  • Anonymous

    For me personally the screen is too big, it makes it unwieldy. I have yet to get my first iPhone and when I do it will be the iPhone 4 due to budget restrictions :-) I would have prefered to get the 4S, but no matter, in 24 months I will upgrade to the iPhone 6 :-) or maybe even 7, who knows :-)

    I will take the ease of use and the enclosed system any day :-)

  • Kevinmcquadeusa

    The iphone 4s is a complete joke. The fact that six iphones have now been released and NONE of them are 4G annoys me that the garbage iphone can even be compared to this ground breaking device. iPhone after the 3GS copied the shit out of android: 8 megapixel camera, the dual core, the drop down notifications, the convo bubble color changing option, the list goes on and on. The iPhone 5 will probably have a larger screen, like android but completely different ;) 

    And overrated “siri” is copied from google’s “voice search”

    Moto for the win!

    • Hack4girls

      The reason why apple has not launched yet a 4G phone is because apple always like to wait until the technology is perfected, remember it was the same way with 3G. they will release a 4G phone when all carriers at least all the carriers that have contratact with apple will provide 4G coverage and not only with small coverage areas. why waste technology on something that is not there yet. it will take to many resources and not all users will be able to benefit from it. i’m sure when they will come out with a 4g phone they would have had perfected the technology so it wont drain your battery to fast plus you’ll have 4g coverage in places you only have 3g coverage now. and maybe by then we will see real 4G speed not the ones that we have now. 3g is fine for now is the speeds are the same with 4G phones.    

  • Adam

    Omg. I’m so tired of this battle of phones. Pic one that’s right for u and move on with life. If we all get phones based on specs and if it’s suppose to be the best you will never have the best phone. Another will always come out with bigger specs. Forget specs I want quality in the OS the smoothness that the iPhone has no other device has. I get android devices and always come back to the iPhone. And this phone is so ugly. People that know no better always buy phones with the biggest best specs but lacks quality software. Everyone always tried to beat the iPhone. Tired of it. And why do people who hate apple/iPhone come on iPhone sites and watch iPhone videos just to leave bogus comments? I’ll never understand that.

    • ThisGuy

      You say that you are tired of the phone battles and you want people to pick one and move on but you still negatively comment on the Razr. I dont get that?? I am/was a fan of the iPhone but its the same it has for the past few years except the shape and a couple new specs! and if its not so much about the specs then why would anyone ever get a new phone!!! Im just sayin….

  • http://www.facebook.com/sanchezalfonso Alfonso Sanchez ThyFonz

    IM UP FOR A NEW PHONE!!!!!  and i been waiting to get an iphone…!

    BUT the iphone4s besides some upgrades processor /camera/software 
    still is the same phone…. with a relative small screen(good pixels)but small screen…
    Apple needs to step it up again. at this point is old news… i had 3 different versions of the iphone 
    and goddamn they all look the same….
    I was about to buy 4s, but no this time…. i will wait for iphone 5 (hopefully a 4.3 inch screen)
    but for now Android HERE I COME my Droid X is awesome and I cant wait to get the Droid RAZR

    • Hack4girls

      A big screen is not ergonomic and does not provide a good user experience. bigger screen might be good for watching a video or something but you will have to use 2 hand to cover all the screen function. the 3,5 inches screen on the iphone was designed to be able to use with only one hand and to reach all the screen corners with your thumb. try that on a 4.3 inch screen, unless you maybe have huge hands. 

      • DWalKr

        bullshit.. I have a SGS 2 and i use it with one hand. Please don’t say it’s because I have beig hands; I know girls having the same phone who can use it with one hand.
        You just believe it cause Jobs said so. Had he decided 4.2 inch is the best size, you would have said something else now. So please don’t be a sheep and just try to use a 4-4.3 inch phone for at least a week; you will never want to get back!

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrmj2u Marcus Jackson

      Funny.. The Droid X looks just like this phone but with a slower processor… To each his own.

  • Daniel Wolfe

    What people don’t understand is that sure, MOST of the phone is 7mm. But where the camera is, it’s thicker than the iPhone. So TECHNICALLY the iPhone is still thinner. Same with the Galaxy S 2.

  • Iphone Family

    It’s all about the screen size. If you make the device thinner overall,
    it can have a bigger screen without any added weight. Some people think
    screens are getting too big but I want the biggest screen that will fit
    in my pocket. When the only way to type is an on-screen keyboard, it
    makes a difference.

    http://www.iphonefamily.net

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Joe

    I Think the main thing people are disappointed about is the fact there is no new body style. I love my iPhone but the truth is… If there was iTunes on android I’d switch in a second.

    • Jimbaker21

      beauty of Android:  NO ITUNES!!

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrmj2u Marcus Jackson

    No. I do not regret buying my iPhone 4S. After all… This thing doesn’t even have the latest version of Android on it… And it won’t for at least 4-6 months… IF Moto decides to update it… The next big Motorola “random adjective” will be out by then and will overshadow this one.

  • Eduard Brown

    I’d like it better if it came out of the freezer with a nice fat ICE CREAM SANDWICH

  • Stebelluk

    It looks good but how long before the earpiece goes and you can only hear people when you put callers on loudspeaker like the Defy and the Atrix. I like Android but Motorola is not worth the risk for me.

  • Anonymous

    Why would i settle for some phone that is going to drain my battery when I play one word in words with friends. I have an iphone 4 and the battery last me 2 days. Yes apple need to pick up the slack with the whole 4s. But Droid will never beat the iphone. Two words for droid & Motorola; Steve Jobs. RIP

    • JillS31

       i have an iphone 4s and its battery drops to 80% from that previous nights charge just sitting there for 2 hours….

  • http://twitter.com/711withScreech 711 with Screech

    It still runs Android, which still sucks. Sure the specs may look better than iPhone, but just like Windows vs Mac, the Apple software harnesses the hardware it has far better than Android harnesses whatever hardware it happens to be running on. You cannot possibly expect an OS to be able to use hardware to it’s full potential when they are both created by different vendors. 

    • Benwright21

      been under a rock lately, my 4s ios5 experience has sucked from day one….cant believe i fell for this thing…

  • http://ipholomyworld.blogspot.cnefami/ iphone family world

    I’d like it better if it came out of the freezer with a nice fat ICE CREAM SANDWICH
    http://iphonefamilyworld.blogspot.com