We compare the iPhone 4S with Motorola’s upcoming Razr – an Android device which looks set to make a huge splash
Apple’s iPhone 4S was announced recently and immediately set about doing what Apple devices do best: dividing opinion. Some people feel the device isn’t much of an upgrade over the iPhone 4, others think it’s all part of Apple’s grand plan to enslave humanity and others, well, others fell in love with it.
So in the spirit of fair play we’ve decided to see what all the fuss is about by holding the 4S up against a device which is being lauded as the next big (Android) thing, Motorola’s Razr, s device which is almost certain to enjoy a successful launch this November.
Will Apple’s iPhone 4S reign supreme, or will Motorola’s Razr cut it to pieces?
Let’s find out.
The iPhone 4S is the first smartphone from Apple to benefit from a dual-core processor, and the 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 which powers the device is a great addition to the line.
In addition to the quality CPU you also have a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, which should afford you countless hours of gaming fun, as well as excellent visual effects and top quality movie playback.
For reasons known only to Apple, it opted to leave this newly invigorated release with only a pedestrian 512MB RAM.
Motorola seems to have taken peoples power demands a little more seriously when designing the Razr, giving the device an Ti OMAP 4430 chipset which consists of a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Sure, it’s similar to the iPhone 4S, but the extra oomph will certainly come in handy.
The improvements aren’t limited to chipset either, as the Motorola Razr offers up a tidy 1GB RAM.
Winner – Motorola Razr
The iPhone 4S features Apple’s fantastic Retina Display, a 3.5-inch LED-backlit IPS TFT which offers dazzling visual quality. The display operates at a resolution of 640 x 960 and has a pixel count of 330PPI, which is still the highest available on a smartphone (for now).
Motorola’s Razr is no shrinking violet though, its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is a superb feature which offers stunning, deep colours and responsive performance.
The display operates at a resolution of 540 x 960 and offers up a pixel count of 256PPI, which. although impressive, is still quite a ways behind the iPhone 4S.
Winner – Apple iPhone 4S
Disappointingly the Motorola Razr runs on version 2.3.4 of Android. We’d hoped that the recent acquisition of the company by Google would have allowed the device to roll-off the production line with Ice Cream Sandwich, but hey, that would have ruined the Galaxy Nexus’ exclusivity, right?
It may not be the latest and greatest iteration of the OS but it still performs brilliantly and with Motorola’s custom UI additions there’s tons of scope for customisation. On top of that there’s loads of widgets, nice eye candy and, of course, all the games and apps you can shake a muddy stick at in the Android Market.
Apple’s iPhone 4S ships with version 5.0 of the company’s hugely impressive iOS and the improvements are noticeable as soon as you fire up the device.
There’s improved multi-tasking, an updated notification system (think Android), Twitter integration, iMessage (Think BBM) and, of course, the latest version of Safari; which is better than ever.
On top of all those there’s a host of other bits and pieces which help make the platform by far the most user friendly mobile OS on the market. Oh, and there’s even more apps and games in Apple’s App Store than there is in Android’s Market, so there!
Winner – Apple iPhone 4S
Motorola Razr – 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm, 127g