The iPhone 4S is the talk of the town right now, but a new challenger has emerged on the latest and greatest smartphone scene. With more than 4 million units sold in the first three days, it seems as if Apple is the big winner when it comes to smartphones. But meet the Droid Razr, Motorola’s new device begins pre-order today at Verizon stores and online. While many Android lovers might be very excited at the new Droid offering, the question is if Motorola ‘s Razr can compete against the almighty iPhone 4S? Here’s a nice comparison to help you weigh the pros and cons if you should splurge for the new iPhone or go for the good old Android-based new Razr.
The new iPhone measures in at 4.5 x 2.31 x .37 (all inches, HxWxD) and weighs 4.9 ounces. But Motorola is claiming that its Droid Razr is the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone, coming in at only 0.28-inches thick. It’s also 2.71-inches wide and 5.15-inches in height. It’s a bit taller than the iPhone 4S, but it’s a lot thinner, setting a new standard for slim smartphones. It weighs in a 4.48 ounces, which is lighter than the iPhone.
The iPhone 4S looks exactly like the regular 4 version, but features some new enticing features and a new OS which means it comes in both white and black options, with a flashy premium finish that sports a glass front and back. Apparently, the new Razr is also a revamp from the original one, but now flaunts a stunning design with stainless steel, some Kevlar backing and sculpted glass, making it quite a beauty. Did we mention it’s also equipped with water-resistant material? Major plus for all those clumsy peeps, but that’s not all. It also sports Corning Gorilla Glass that defends the screen against scrapes and scratches.
The Razr’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD screen is super slick and vibrant images. Movies, photos and more look crisp and clean thanks to its 960×540 resolution and 256 pixels per inch. So the iPhone 4S features a 640×960 resolution, creating a pixel density of 326ppi on it’s 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display. It also sports a retina display and fingerprint –resistant oleophobic coating on the front and back.
The iPhone 4S’ iOS 5 (and dual-core CPU) is zippy and very responsive, meaning no lag when it comes to games, videos and the like. The new OS has new upgrades and features like: iMessage, Twitter integration, camera enhancements, better photo editing options, PC free, and Siri, the voice-control feature that’s selling buyers on the new iPhone.
It seems like the Razr will be getting the new Ice Cream Sandwich OS, but in early 2012. Originally designed with the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS, the company will update it to the new ICS at the start of next year.
The Razr is piloted by a 1.2GHz dual-core processer, which allows you to blast your music, check your email and more…all at the same time without any delay. The 1 GB of RAM keeps you rocketing through all that multitasking on the Razr, making for a very fast and reliable phone. As for the new iPHone, Apple provided its new version with an A5 dual-core chip that provides 800MHz.
The Razr comes with 16GB of internal memory and a preinstalled 16GB microSD card, providing 32 GB of storage for your convenience. As for the iPhone 4S, it comes in three different capacity versions: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with each a bit more expensive than the next. The Razr clocks in at only 32GB for one price!
The Razr come with a mobile hotspot support for up to eight Wi-Fi devices. It also sports a free MotoCast app from Motorola that lets the phone stream your music, pictures and documents from your home or work computers — virtually anytime, anywhere — so your content is always within reach. No uploading to a third party means no wasted time, and everything stays protected, right on your computer.
The iPhone’s wireless abilities include being able to print wirelessly and wirelessly stream what’s on your phone to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV, due in part to Apple’s AirPlay and AirPrint.
Camera and Video
Motorola is allowing you to create some cinematic awesomeness of your own with an 8MP rear camera and 1080p HD video recording that it’s built into its Razr. Ready for all conditions, the phone has image stabilization technology for less blurry videos, too!
One big change from the 4 to the 4S is that Apple upgraded the iPhone’s rear-facing camera, which has been increased to 8MP from 5MP, and it also has a custom lens with a larger f/2.4 aperture. Cool features include: tap to focus, autofocus, face detection in still images, LED flash and more!
For the Razr, battery talk time is up to 12.50 hours of 3G talk time, 8.9 hours of video playback with stand-by time clocking in at 204 hours on average. Thanks to some software tweaks and the ability to accommodate a larger battery for its size and has 30% more battery life than its competitors.
The iPhone 4S has a talk time of up to 8 hours on 3G. Standby time is up to 200 hours, while Internet use is up to 6 hours on 3G and up to 9 on Wi-Fi. It also feature video playback is up to 10 hours and audio playback is up to 40 hours.
The iPhone 4S is now available on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, while the Droid Razr is only on Verizon. This means customers can have more of a choice in terms of carriers with the iPhone 4S.
The Droid Razr smartphone will be available in the U.S. for $299 from Verizon Wireless with a two-year contract and devices shipping no later than November 10. The iPhone 4S starts at $199, but gets more expensive as you increase GB, with pricing at $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB.
For the price, the new Razr sounds like a steal, given all its new features, its new appearance and the fact that it’ll be getting an even better OS come early next year. By that time, Apple’s iOS 5 will be yesterday’s news! But its only downfall is that it’s not offered on many carriers, so the iPhone still provides more users to switch over from their Android phones if they have Sprint and AT&T.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.