LG Spectrum vs Motorola Droid Razr | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
LG and Motorola are rivals of the same caliber in just about anything mobile. They normally come up with the same kinds of product for the same niche markets at the same time. It’s not a matter of replicating one’s technology, but the strength of their marketing research teams. They constantly thrive to provide the best facilities to consumers that add value to their handsets. As we are aware, a mobile phone is not a device that one uses to make calls anymore. Instead, making a call has become and added function and the core functions have been replaced by network connectivity, processing power and superior graphic usage. It is in this arena modern vendors dwell.
One such widely known arena for the mobile phone vendors to dwell is CES; International Consumer Electronic Show organized at Las Vegas, which gave a field day for US tech savvy editors with the manufacturers. We have been bringing news from CES continuously and here comes another update on LG Spectrum. We are going to compare the handset with Motorola Droid Razr, which falls in the same caliber as Spectrum.
LG is a mature vendor in the mobile phone arena with a lot of experience in identifying the trends of the market and going along with them to maximize their penetration. The buzz words in the industry nowadays are 4G connectivity, true HD screen panels, high end cameras with 1080p HD capturing etc. Although it’s not a surprise, we are glad to say that LG has captured all of these under the hood of LG Spectrum.
We’ll start the comparison by mentioning that LG Spectrum is not a GSM device; thus, it would only work in CDMA network, which makes it different from all the GSM devices, and we’d have preferred if LG released a more popular GSM version of this handset too. Nonetheless, it comes with the blazing fast LTE 700 connectivity for internet browsing. The Spectrum features 1.5GHz Scorpion S3 dual core processor on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and Adreno 220 GPU. This combination is boosted by 1GB RAM and controlled by Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with the promise to provide an upgrade to v4.0 IceCreamSandwich. It has 4.5 inches of gigantic HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, featuring true HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 326ppi. In layman’s terms, what this means is that, you get crystal clear images in extreme conditions like direct sunlight, wonderful color reproduction, crisp and clear text down to the smallest details, utilizing less amounts of power. The availability of high speed internet connection would mean seamless browsing through your mails, light browsing and social networks. The ultimate power of the processor enables you to multi task in such a way that you can still browse, play games and enjoy media content while you’re on a voice call.
LG has included 8MP camera in Spectrum, which has autofocus and LED flash with geo tagging enabled. It can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second with LED video light included, and the 1.3MP front camera certainly is good for video conferences. It also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Spectrum can also act as a Wi-fi hotspot, which would be an ideal way for the user to share his super-fast LTE connectivity with friends easily. The built in DLNA functionality means that Spectrum can wirelessly stream rich media content to smart TVs. A special feature of LG spectrum is that it comes with ESPN’s ScoreCenter app that enables you to enjoy sports in HD on your screen.
LG spectrum is somewhat big, obviously because of the gigantic screen, but it’s somewhat heftier as well scoring a weight of 141.5g and a thickness of 10.4mm. It has an expensive and elegant look with pleasing ergonomics. We gathered that the 1830mAh battery would work for 8 hours after full charge, which is admirable for a smartphone with a gigantic screen like this.
Motorola Droid Razr
You think you have seen thin phones; I beg to differ, for we are going to talk about the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. Motorola Droid Razr features a thickness of 7.1 mm, which is unbeatable. Razr measures 130.7 x 68.9 mm, and has a 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Advanced Capacitive Touchscreen, featuring a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has comparatively low pixel density than the HTC Rezound, but it sure scores good compared to other smartphones in the market due to its brightness with vivid colors. Droid Razr boasts a heavy build; ‘Built to take a Beating’ is how they put it. Razr is shielded with KEVLAR strong back plate, to suppress onslaught scratches and scrapes. The screen is made up of Corning Gorilla glass that defends the screen, and a water-repellent force field of nano particles are used to shield the phone against water attacks. Feeling impressed? Well I sure am, for this is military standard safety for a smartphone.
It doesn’t matter how much it’s reinforced outside, if it’s not reconciled inside. But Motorola has delicately undertaken that responsibility and come up with a set of high-end hardware to match the outside. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU on top of TI OMAP 4430 chipset. The 1GB RAM boosts its performance and enables the smoothness of operation. Android Gingerbread v2.3.5 takes the full throttle of the hardware offered by the smartphone and binds the user to an awesome user experience. Razr has an 8MP camera with auto focus and LED flash, touch focus, face detection and image stabilization. Geo-tagging is also enabled with assisted GPS functionality available in the phone. The camera can record 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second, which is great. It also accommodates smooth video calling with the 2MP camera and Bluetooth v4.0 with LE+EDR.
Motorola Droid Razr enjoys ferociously fast network speeds using Verizon’s turbo-boosted 4G LTE speeds. It also facilitates the Wi-Fi connectivity with the built in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n module, and can act as a hotspot too. Razor has an active noise cancellation with dedicated mic and a digital compass. It also has a HDMI port which is a very valuable edition as a multimedia device. It does not boats of completely redesigned sound system like that of Rezound, but Razr does not fail to exceed expectations in that too, only not as much as HTC Rezound for obvious reasons. But Motorola has promised an amazing talk time of 12 hours 30 mins with a 1780mAh battery for Razr and that certainly exceeds expectations in any case for a large phone like this.
A Brief Comparison between LG Spectrum and Motorola Droid Razr
• LG Spectrum comes with 1.5GHz Scorpion dual core processor on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset,while Motorola Droid Razr comes with 1.2GHz Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of TI OMAP 4430 chipset.
• LG Spectrum has 4.5 inches HD-IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels while Motorola Droid Razr has 4.3 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels.
• LG Spectrum is a CDMA handset while Motorola Droid Razr comes in both variations of CDMA and GSM connectivity.
• LG Spectrum is larger, thicker and heftier (135.4 x 68.8 x 10.4mm / 141.5g) than the Motorola Droid Razr (130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1mm / 127g).
We have been comparing two of the best handsets in the 4G enabled spectrums so far. The beauty of this comparison lies in the fact that while LG Spectrum was only just announced, we are comparing it with a handset that was released two months back in November. This certainly would explain certain features that seems lagging in Droid Razr. Let us look into these one by one and find out whether LG has done a great job in outbidding Droid Razr. The 1.5GHz scorpion dual core processor is a welcome addition to the Spectrum and in this aspect, we don’t reckon Droid Razr to fall far behind for both handsets would perform equally well in almost all the configurations except very high computational intensive processes. Both of them have the same built quality for the camera and can capture 1080p HD videos, but LG Spectrum features a better screen panel and better resolution. The HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen is bigger than that of Razr and features a higher resolution, preserving the quality of the image at the same time by keeping the pixel density extremely higher. This would simply mean that LG Spectrum would produce crisp images and text to the finest detail. Apart from these, there’s hardly no differentiating feature in these two handsets for us to pick one up. People who would prefer to have the handset with the better resolution can go for LG Spectrum without hesitation, but we can say that it’s going to be pretty expensive. On the other hand, Motorola Droid Razr doesn’t really sacrifice a lot of pixels in terms of resolution and would have a lower price tag by now, so it’ll be an ideal candidate for a 4G phone as well. It certainly helps the investment decision that Motorola Droid Razr is the thinnest smartphone with LTE connectivity and it is heavy built for rough usage.
|Comparison of Specifications
LG Spectrum (VS920) vs Motorola Droid Razr
|Design||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Form Factor||Candy bar||Candy Bar|
|Keyboard||On-screen Virtual||On-screen Virtual|
|Dimension||135.4 x 68.8 x 10.7 mm (5.33 x 2.71 x 0.42 in)||130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm (5.15 x 2.71 x 0.28 in)|
|Weight||141.5 g (4.99 oz)||126 g (4.48 oz)|
|Display||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Size||4.5 in, True HD IPS Display||4.3 inches Super AMOLED Advanced|
|Resolution||HD 1280 × 720 pixels; 329ppi||qHD (960xx540); 257 PPI|
|Features||Full HD||Capacitive multi--touch, KEVLAR fiber, Corning Gorilla Glass, Water-repellent|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyro sensor|
|Operating System||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Platform||Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0|
|UI||LG UX||Motorola Application Platform|
|Browser||Android WebKit, HTML 5||Android WebKit, HTML 5|
|Java/Adobe Flash||Adobe Flash 10||Adobe Flash Player 10.3|
|Processor||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Model||Dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3||TI OMAP 4430 (Dual ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, PowerVR SGX540 GPU)|
|Speed||1.5 GHz Scorpian Dual core||1.2 GHz Dual core|
|Memory||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB LPDDR2 SDRAM|
|Included||4 GB +16 GB pre-installed microSD card||16 GB (4GB pre installed)|
|Expansion||Up to 32 GB via microSD card 2.0||Up to 32GB with microSD card (SD 2.0)|
|Camera||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Resolution||8 MP||8 MP|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto Focus, 4x Digital zoom||Auto Focus, Digital zoom|
|Video Capture||HD [email protected]||HD [email protected]|
|Features||Face/Smile detection, Geo tagging, Customizable Brightness, ISO, White Balance & Color Effect||Geo tagging, Image stabilization, Face detection|
|Secondary camera||1.3 MP|
|Entertainment||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Audio||Dolby sound, Formats: MP3, AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, M4A||V-cast music|
|Video||Smart Movie HD, Formats: DivX, MP4, WMV, 3G2, 3GP||V-cast video, Blockbuster|
|Gaming||Android Market||Android Market|
|Battery||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Type Capacity||1830 mAh Li-ion||1780 mAh Li-ion|
|Talktime||498 min||12.5 hours|
|Standby||348 hours||8.5 days|
|Mail and Messaging||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|IMAP/POP3, Gmail, Email||POP3/IMAP, Push Email support for Gmail, Yahoo mail, MS Exchange, Hotmail, AOL mail|
|Messaging||IM (Google talk)||IM (Google talk), SMS, MMS|
|Connectivity||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Wi-Fi Hotspot||Connects up to 10 devices (5 on 3G)||Connects up to 8 devices on 4G & 5 devices on 3G|
|Bluetooth||v3.0 supports A2DP stereo, PBAP, OPP||2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo, HFP 1.5, AVRCP 1.4 (CT), HSP 1.2, A2DP 1.2, PBAP, HID, MAP, PAN–NAP, O|
|USB||2.0 High Speed, micro USB port||2.0 High Speed|
|HDMI||HDMI mirroring via MHL||Yes, HDMI mirror mode, up to 1080p|
|Location Service||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Maps||Google Map, AT&T Family Map||Google Map 5.0|
|GPS||S-GPS with Verizon Navigator||A-GPS with Verizon Navigator|
|Network Support||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|2G/3G||CDMA 1x RTT, EDVO Rev. A 800/1900MHz||CDMA2000 1x RTT/ 1x EVDO/ 1x EVDO rev. A , DL: 3.1 Mbps, UL:1.8 Mbps|
|4G||LTE-700MHz||LTE- B13 700|
|Applications||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Apps||Android Market, Google Mobile Apps||Android Market, Google Mobile Apps full suite,|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,||YouTube, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Photobucket,|
|Voice Calling||Qik Lite|
|Featured||VCast, TuneWiki, Smart Movie HD, Polaris Office, RichNote||VCast, MotoCast, Webtop,|
|Business Mobility||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|Corporate Mail||Mail for Exchange 2003, 2007 & 2010|
|Security||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|FIPS 140-2 government-grade encryption; PIN lock and password protection; device and SD card data encryption; Remote wipe|
|Additional Features||LG Spectrum (VS920)||Motorola Droid Razr|
|TTY/TDD Support||SAR - Head 1.45 W/kg; Body-worn 0.71 W/kg|