The newest device to drop from Motorola is the Razr – a slim, smart Android-powered phone that firmly has the iPhone 4S in its sights.
But rather than worrying about the newest Apple handset, we wanted to see how the Razr stacked up against some tough Android competition. And they don’t come much tougher than HTC’s Sensation XL.
Will Motorola’s next-gen Razr have what it takes to stand-up to HTC’s brutish device? Let’s find out.
Motorola’s Razr is powered by a Ti-OMAP 4430 chipset consisting of a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU and augmented by 1GB RAM.
The running gear on the device performs well, and you’ll be hard pressed to tax it to the limit of its capability. We’re pleased to see 1GB RAM installed too as it should allow the Razr to age a little more gracefully than some of its peers.
The HTC Sensation XL runs on a single-core Scorpion processor from Qualcomm, clocked to 1.5GHz, and also boasts an Adreno 205 GPU.
With its single-core CPU, the Sensation XL is definitely lacking in comparison to the Razr, but the device can still crunch data with the best of them and will run fast enough for even the most discerning tech-freak.
One concern with the Sensation XL is that the RAM hasn’t been upped. It still has the same 768MB as the original Sensation, and while it isn’t a massive problem, it does degrade the device’s appeal and potential lastability.
Winner – Motorola Razr
HTC’s Sensation XL features a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen that operates at a resolution of 480×800 and offers up a pixel density of 199PPI.
Performance is solid enough from the display. It responds well and its colour reproduction is good, but it never rises beyond that.
The Motorola Razr, however, features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen that operates at a resolution of 540×960 and comes in with a much more respectable 256PPI pixel density.
The Super AMOLED is, without wanting to be too blunt, vastly superior to the S-LCD on offer in the Sensation XL.
Colours are much more real, blacks are deep, and the display also draws less power. It also benefits from a Gorilla Glass fronting, to keep it safe from scratches and scrapes.
Winner – Motorola Razr
Both of these devices run on version 2.3 of Android (Gingerbread) and are all the better for it.
Obviously you’ll have access to the hundreds of thousands of applications, games and customisations available in the Android Market too.
The dividing factor here is the device’s custom UI, with HTC’s Sensation XL offering up the tried, tested and loved Sense UI and the Razr weighing-in with its own (though we haven’t been given a catchy name for it yet).
Sense UI is a good-looking, powerful addition to the Android platform and offers the user custom-widgets, social networking features and other selected apps and tweaks.
It adds a much needed layer of aesthetic quality to the Google platform and, in our book at least, is still the benchmark custom user interface in the market.
The newly designed UI that features on the Razr is nice too though, with custom widgets, unlock screen and other tweaks you’ll definitely feel like you’re using a cutting edge device and the addition of features like MotoCast, for streaming media, is a real boon.
Winner – HTC Sensation XL
HTC Sensation XL – 132.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm, 162.5g