Motorola Razr vs Apple iPhone 4S

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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.

Power
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

Display
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

Software
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

Form
Apple iPhone 4S – 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm, 140g
Motorola Razr – 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm, 127g
This category is a tough one to judge because both Apple and Motorola have earned solid reputations for building top quality devices.
The iPhone 4S is typical Apple – it’s sleek, minimalist and amazingly pretty. Plus at only 9.3mm thick you’ll barely notice it in your pocket (we aren’t sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing though).
Motorola’s Razr looks to be every bit as robust as the company’s previous Android devices, which means you can look forward to a strong, attractive and immensely durable smartphone. It’s also super thin at only 7.1mm.
Both devices offers toughened glass covers for their precious screens too, so you needn’t worry about coin or key damage!
Winner – Draw
Camera
The Apple iPhone 4S has been given a camera upgrade, and its 8-megapixel primary offering, which also features touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080P video capture, is among the best performing smartphone cameras we’ve ever clapped eyes on.
Shots are clear, captured quickly and easily print worthy.
The iPhone 4S also has a VGA secondary camera for video calling.
Motorola’s Razr comes with an 8-megapixel camera too, which offers touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilisation, LED flash, auto focus and 1080P video capture.
We can’t comment on the quality of the images at this stage, but Motorola’s no slouch when it comes to getting good quality images out of its smartphones, so we’d expect photos to be good.
As with the iPhone 4S, the Razr comes fitted with secondary optics for video calling, but Motorola has given the device a 1.3-megpixel front-facing camera, which will offer much better quality for those who need to video call or conference.
Winner – RAZR
Apple’s iPhone 4S has taken the win, albeit by a nose.
The device is fast, beautiful, features the best mobile OS around and performs like a dream. What’s not to like about that? Well, the price maybe, but other than that nothing.
Motorola’s Razr looks to be a contender though, and the iPhone 4S had better watch its back come November, because it may just be the Android smartphone to topple it from its pedestal.

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  • Jody

    Love my new Motorola Razor. There is so many options and I feel safer with it than the iphone. I know alot of family members that have the iphone and most like theirs, but I opted for the Motorola and I am glad I did. Love the extra big screen and safety features.