The Motorola Razr is back on O2, and this time it's better than ever before. The clamshell design has been ditched for a full touchscreen, and the operating system switched to Android. It's an impressive looking handset, but can it compete with the next big thing: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a screen like no other, offering a staggering 1280 x 720 pixels. That's easily sharp enough to view a full webpage without having to scroll from side to side, and it's also perfect for watching high-definition movies on the move.
It is large, at 4.65 inches but you may prefer the more compact 4.3-inch display on the Motorola Razr. As with the Samsung, it features Super AMOLED screen technology, producing vibrant and bright hues. The resolution is 960 x 540 pixels, despite being crisp, actually falls behind the Galaxy Nexus.
The latest Motorola Razr is the first model in the range to get a dual-core processor, putting it on par with the fastest smartphones. It's a 1.2GHz chip, promising to make light work of the Google Android operating system.
The Galaxy Nexus is a match for the Motorola here, also boasting a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU. As such, both smartphones are well equipped for any future software upgrades, apps and games.
Memory also has a big impact on operating speeds, and the 1GB of RAM on board the Motorola Razr will help to keep you multi-tasking and working without delay. As with lots of other features here, this pair are evenly matched, with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus also boasting 1GB.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus currently leads the way when it comes to software, being the only handset that currently runs the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. It's well worth having, as it brings a host of new features – including the ability to unlock the phone by looking at it, easy NFC access, and a brand new interface.
The Motorola Razr uses Android as well, but in this case it's the Gingerbread version. It's still a fantastic operating system, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles found on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That said, most companies consistently release firmware updates, and Ice Cream Sandwich is set to make an appearance in the Razr in the first half of 2012.
You'll be well served when you come to store apps, games and photographs on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, with the 16GB variant available now and a 32GB version in the pipeline. Unfortunately, there's no support for micro SD cards, so you won't simply be able to swap cards should you run out of space.
But, if we are honest 16GB can store up to 5,000 songs, which should be enough to get through the daily commute, and Christmas shopping. On the other hand, the Motorola Razr comes with 16GB of storage space as standard, but the fact you'll be able to add more via micro SD card will be a big selling point for eagle eyed photographers and music connoisseurs out there.
As with lots of recent smartphones, the Motorola Razr gets an 8-megapixel camera, and it's capable of shooting video in 1080p high-definition. This compares well with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which sports a 5-megapixel sensor and high-definition video recording capabilities. Both great quality shooters for a smartphone, with HD video at the click of a button.
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