Motorola Droid 4 vs Droid Razr Maxx | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
If you have started thinking that CES has initiated only external competition between major mobile vendors of the arena, you are about to be proven wrong. The Motorola Razr Maxx challenges the very existence of its predecessor Droid Razr, which was only released few months back. The handsets are so much alike that we can say they are identical. The only difference between them is the apparent gain in thickness of Motorola Droid Razr Maxx and, this is due to the unbelievable battery boost they have given. At the same time, the other handset we are going to compare here against it is of the same specification set, differing only slightly with the availability of the sliding QWERTY keyboard. Nonetheless, clearly, these three handsets are competitors for each other and define a perimeter of internal competition. Let us explore these two almost identical handsets to pick out their insignificant differences.
Motorola Droid 4
While we can safely assume that the successor of the much-reputed Droid 3 is to be one awesome addition to the family, Droid 4 is essentially Droid Razr with a QWERTY keyboard and somewhat smaller screen size. Let us look into the specifications in detail and speculate the phone. It is said to have a 4 inches LED Capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. We can expect a pixel density around 275ppi though it may differ. It has a thickness of 12.7mm, which is acceptable with the QWERTY keypad. It is somewhat into the hefty side of the spectrum though with a weight of 179g.
Droid 4 has a 1.2GHz Dual core processor, presumably the same Cortex-A9 in Droid Razr. It will have a PowerVR SGX540 GPU on top of TI OMAP 4430 chipset. The RAM is expected to be 1GB, and it would have an internal storage of 16GB that can be expanded using a microSD card. The operating System would be Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread and, generically, we assume that Motorola would promise for an upgrade to IceCreamSandwich when it comes. Verizon Wireless indicated that Droid 4 would utilize their LTE infrastructure to deliver astonishing connection speeds, and it will be released for CDMA networks, as well. Droid 4 would come with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with the ability to stay connected, as well as, create connections using the hotspot availability. The built in DLNA means that you can stream content from your phone to your TV wirelessly.
Motorola has given Droid 4 an 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, Geo-tagging with assisted GPS and the capability to capture 1080p HD videos with image stabilization. It would also feature a front facing HD camera bundled with Bluetooth v4.0 with LE and EDR to the delight of the video callers. Besides the usual aspects, Droid 4 is said to come with a mini HDMI port and Splash resistivity. We were able to gather that Droid 4 won’t have a removable battery, but that is vague and we won’t bet that’d be the case. However, it would come with a 1785mAh battery that promises a talk time of 12.5 hours, which does justice to the handset.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx measures 130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99mm and has a 4.3inches Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, featuring a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has comparatively low pixel density, but it sure scores good compared to other smartphones in the market. Droid Razr Maxx boasts a heavy build; ‘Built to take a Beating’ is how they put it. Razr Maxx 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 nanoparticles 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 Maxx has an 8MP camera with autofocus 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 Maxx enjoys ferociously fast network speeds using Verison’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 has the ability to act as a hotspot. 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 boast of completely redesigned sound system, but Razr Maxx does not fail to exceed expectations in that too. 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. The differentiation of Razr and Razr Maxx lies in the awesome battery life Razr Maxx has to offer. As we can see, when Motorola evolved from Razr to Razr Maxx, the thickness of the phone was increased and so was the weight. Now you know the reason, for you are witnessing the smartphone with the highest capacity battery in Droid Razr Maxx. The 3300mAh battery promises 21 hours of talk time with a single charge, over 6 hours of video streaming with LTE enabled and two and half days’ worth of music while in airplane mode. Need I say more to indicate that Droid Razr Maxx beats all known records of battery lives in smartphone market?
A Brief Comparison of Motorola Droid 4 vs Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
• Motorola Droid 4 and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx have the same processor on top of the same chipset featuring the same GPU and the same amount of RAM (1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of TI OMAP 4430 featuring PowerVR SGX540 and 1GB of RAM).
• Motorola Droid 4 has 4.0 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, while Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Advanced Capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels.
• Motorola Droid 4 comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard while Motorola Droid Razr Maxx comes with a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
• Motorola Droid 4 is slightly smaller, yet thicker and bulkier (127 x 67.3 x 12.7mm / 178.9g) than Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99mm / 145g).
• Motorola Droid 4 has 1785mAh battery promising a talk time of 12 hours and 30 minutes, while Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has 3300mAh battery promising a talk time of 21 hours.
Yet another conclusion of two handsets that are too alike to differentiate. Thank fully, these two comes with a difference that is simply undeniable. The Motorola Droid 4 is essentially a slightly smaller version of Motorola Droid Razr Maxx that adds a QWERTY keypad to the combination. It is a widely spread concept that sliding QWERTY keyboards boosts productivity and thus ideal for business professionals. While I’m not agreeing with the productive perspective since you can work way faster with virtual QWERTY keyboards like SWYPE, the feel of a button been pressed is lacking in virtual keypads. This is of course been compensated by haptic feedbacks, but there may still be people who would go specifically for a hard keypad. The next difference between these two is the apparent boost in battery life Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has. As we have been saying, it has become the smartphone with the best battery life overnight and, for a handset of this caliber, it is amazing to be able to work a full 24 hours cycle with a single charge. That been said, all the other features are identical in Motorola Droid 4 and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. I would personally go for Droid Razr Maxx because I’m rather fond about smartphones with a long battery life, but that’s just me, making up your mind on which one to invest is going to be your subjective decision.