iPhone 4S vs Droid RAZR (comparison)

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.

Size

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.

Appearance

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.

Display

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.

Operating System

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.

Processor

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.

Storage

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!

Wireless Connectivity

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!

Battery Life

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.

Carriers

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.

Price

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.

Winner

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

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.

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21 Comments

  1. it is funny if you go look at there article iphone 4s vs droid razr maxx (comparison), the author James is so bias toward the iphone it is ridiculous but in this article it is toward the razr, even though the maxx is “better” then the original razr he still goes against everything she says in this one!

  2. Droid Razr is 4G….. iphone is 3G. Seems like every 6-8 months something “new/better/faster” hits the market. I just bought my Droid Razr and in 2 years when it’s time to renew my contract who knows what will be available. I do agree how sweet the Kristie Bertucci. 

  3. if you know about technology and good electronics you have to get the droid razr i have it and its great!!! i use to always want the iphone cuz all the kids was talking about it its great for kids i would say but adults droid razr is just awsome does so much and motorola has really improved and you have to like the super thin and the kevlar backing

    1. People will talk about the “new next” all the time with ANY product, washers/dryers, cars, sofas, technolgy, etc…

      Soooooooooooo,

      While an android only seems to offer more of what TRULY can be compared to the other models and previous intros, SIRI cannot be compared :)

      There is NOTHING that compares to it, case closed

      And oh, I can’t sound like a Droid Boy or Mac Man, as I don’t even OWN a smartphone! haha, but e/one would have their bias, right?  It’s all PREFERENCE no matter WHAT you’re comparing.

      “Better” is so relative, and quit trying to use one upmanship on the others’ product…so childish, geesh…get over it folks, THESE ARE ONLY PHONES!

      1. Actually Siri can be compared. You don’t own a smartphone so obviously your statements are pure speculation.
        Ever heard of Vlingo? It’s pretty much Siri without the “I talk back” feature and it lacks the casual communication abilities. But at the end of the day how is Siri so a big deal? I has plenty of competition but doesnt really make the phone any better.
        And oh, fyi you don’t need to own a smartphone to b a fan boy smh all you need is to be ignorant and biased to one manufacturer. example: You to Apple lol
        There is ablsolutely NO feature on an iPhone that isn’t present on Android BUT there are tons of features on Android that you cant even get on your iPhone if you jailbroke it lol
        If the iPhone was so good than the jailbreak community wouldn’t be so huge.
        You said Android “seems” to offer more when the only feature you can name is Siri then I think it’s safe to say Android definitely offers more :D

  4. Hey! someone willing to tell it like it is! i use an iphone 4s sometimes, and a droid bionic as well. (i dont own them, my phone is the original Moto Droid, still running rock solid and overclocked) 

    I cant wait for the razr to come out, the technology in it has surpassed the iphone in almost every way. (im really not being critical, i do like the iphone. but try and argue with a dual core running 400mhz faster and the possibility of overclocking it further, and then the fact that the battery still lasts far longer than the iphones, even with a larger screen.)

  5. don’t forget Iphone doesn’t offer 4g verizon speeds…..so if you want 4g ( which makes everything the phone uses faster, because everything uses the data network.)

  6. Author seems inherently biased throughout the article. I currently have a droid x and loved it at first, after time though the flaws come out. The pre-installed card in the android phones is junk and allows files to corrupt and be lost. You can have the best specs on the market, but if they are not utilized correctly it means absolutely nothing. Apple develops and works with all aspects of their phones so integration of their software and hardware.

  7. You may want to mention iCloud where you talk about MotoCast, as they sound like they offer similar benefits, though obviously not the same system.

    I find this to be a really tough choice, one I’m currently contemplating. One might also mention the the iPhone is generally a very solid, stable device (though I find the interface pretty boring), while the Moto phones are generally full of bugs that need to be worked out over time.

    I’m tempted to go with the iPhone, coming from a first-gen Android phone, then possibly going back to Android after it matures a bit more. Android is very much still an infant, and in many cases, is growing so fast it’s having a hard time keeping up with itself. But I find it’s very exciting to follow.

    Both systems offer so much, I suspect I’d be happy either way. Wishing the iPhone had a larger screen and less restrictive system, however.

    1. Grab the RAZR.  You will not regret all that extra real estate. You will have a phone ready for all the goodness ICS will bring.  It’s like getting a new phone twice.   A phone that already can go toe to toe with the 4s…and will rock when ICS hits the screen.  And lets face it…if your only going to be on one carrier……it better be Verizon.  Verizon is a littler pricier than other carriers.  But it is everywhere compared to anybody else…3g wise.   And is number one in 4g coverage and getting better every week.  And its 3g coverage is bullet proof.

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