The Motorola DROID RAZR is the beast Smartphone that rose from the hugely popular flip phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a Nexus device which always attracts a crowd and the HTC Rezound features Beats technology. It’s awesome to see so many great devices launched over the past few weeks and months, but for us, it also means we have a tough choice on our hands. Which one should we get?
Hopefully, we picked some references from Geek to help you make your own decision! Just Enjoy!
Design and Dimensions
These could be the three most attractive Android phones you have seen. What’s nice is that they all have slightly different strengths and weaknesses, giving you an array of options.
The Galaxy Nexus continues in the Nexus S’ tradition of curved glass. The Razr is (almost) all straight lines, with some interesting angles on the front panel’s corners. The Rezound, meanwhile, looks strikingly similar to most other HTC phones, with rounded corners and a curved back.
The Razr is the thinnest of the three, as well as the thinnest smartphone out there. The Galaxy Nexus is also an extremely thin phone, coming in a little thicker than the Razr. The Rezound, on the other hand, could afford to go on a diet. If thinness is what you’re looking for, you’ll want to skip this phone, as it’s nearly twice as thick as the Razr.
If you added the iPhone 4S to this list, you’d probably be looking at the four best displays on the market. The days of WVGA displays being the best we could hope for are long gone, and these three phones all announce this fact loudly.
While the Rezound doesn’t exactly impress in terms of thinness, it makes up for with its display. HTC has yet to specify what type of display it is, but we know that its resolution is phenomenal, with a pixel density that is the highest on the market. The iPhone had a (nearly) year and a half run with its 330ppi Retina Display, but the Rezound tops that with a whopping 342 pixels crammed into each inch. That’s as sharp as you can get in 2011.
The Galaxy Nexus and Droid Razr can’t match the Rezound in pixel density, but they have impressive displays as well. The Nexus has equal resolution, spread out over 4.65 inches (part of that will be used for on-screen buttons in Ice Cream Sandwich). While the Razr looks like it’s lagging on paper, those who have had hands-on time with the phone have sung the praises of its Super AMOLED screen, so it doesn’t look like you can go wrong with any of the three.
Here’s another area where you can’t go wrong. All three phones have dual-core processors with lofty clock rates. The Razr and Nexus have similar Texas Instruments CPUs, which are clocked at 1.2GHz (though the Galaxy Nexus’ is technically capable of 1.5GHz). The Rezound, meanwhile, packs a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip.
In terms of memory, we have three evenly-matched devices. All carry 1GB of RAM.
Maximum download speeds
Don’t pay too much regard to the differences listed above, as anyone in the US should get identical downloads on all three phones. All will ride Verizon’s ridiculously fast 4G LTE network at launch. Expect speeds that will rival or beat typical home internet connections.
The only “difference” lies in international versions, as there is also an HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus. It’s also possible that we could see it on HSPA+ in the US. As AT&T is rolling out their LTE network, they could opt to go either way should they get the Nexus. T-Mobile also uses HSPA+.
At launch, however, all of these smartphones will be Verizon exclusives.
We have similar specs here in terms of internal and external storage. Both the Droid Razr and the HTC Rezound have 16GB of on-board memory, as well as SD card slots. The Rezound ships with a 16GB MicroSD pre-installed. The Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, skips the SD slot altogether, and offers 16GB or 32GB options.
Comparing battery stats on three different phones may not be as clear an indicator of battery life as you might think. There are so many conditions, both with hardware and software, that determine your uptime, that this should be taken with many grains of salt.
With that said, you might want to wait until we get some hands-on time with the Rezound before taking the plunge. Its battery is a little weaker than the other two phones, and previous LTE-running sets have struggled to go a full day on a single charge. This may be the biggest stat to keep an eye on when HTC’s latest launches.
On paper, the Galaxy Nexus could look like the big loser in this category, but it could potentially end up having the best camera of the three. Once you get over a certain number of megapixels, other factors start to take on a greater level of importance. The Nexus’ shooter is advertised as having zero shutter lag, and it also takes advantage of Ice Cream Sandwich’s panoramic photo software.
The Rezound brings some nice extras to the table too. In addition to its 8MP, it also offers an f/2.2 aperture, with a 28mm wide angle lens with a BSI sensor. All of this should help it to capture larger scenes and let in more light for darker subjects.
If the camera is an important feature for you, this is another area where you may want to wait until we get some hands-on time to compare shots side-by-side. On paper, though, all three shooters should more than suffice for most.
Okay, so the Razr doesn’t exactly have Batman, but its back is supported with the same Kevlar that the Dark Knight’s fictional batsuit is made of in the Christopher Nolan films. You may not need to stop bullets with your smartphone, but it might be able to survive a nasty drop without getting damaged.
The Razr also brings an interesting piece of software called Smart Actions. They are programmable location and time-based actions for doing things like turning off your WiFi when you leave home. The software is intended to help you to save battery, conserve data, and customize your phone.
The Galaxy Nexus, of course, will be the first phone to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It should also get future Android updates earlier than the other two handsets. This will surely be the tipping point for many people. The other handsets are supposedly going to get ICS in “early 2012.” Both will launch with Gingerbread under their custom UIs (the interface formerly known as Motobluron the Razr, and Sense 3.5 on the Rezound).
Finally, the HTC Rezound gives us Dr. Dre, or at least it gives us his company, Beats Audio. HTC bought a controlling stake in Beats this August, and it’s already been rolling out to several of their handsets. The Rezound will be the first phone with Beats to launch in the US, and it comes with a pair of Beats earbuds. The combination of Beats hardware and software should have you hearing subtle nuances of Dre’s The Chronic that you never would have dreamed of in 1993.
Many will find that the Galaxy Nexus is still the phone to have from this group, but much will depend on your taste. Those who want a phone that manages to squeeze high-end specs into an incredibly light and thin form will be happy to scoop up the Razr. Those who want the sharpest pixel density out there with a well-balanced surrounding package will enjoy the Rezound (so long as they can live with its extra girth).
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: this holiday is the best time in history to be a smartphone shopper. You have these three Android handsets, all of which bring something unprecedented to the table. Add the iPhone 4S and the Lumia 800 (for European customers) to the list, and it’s an impressive field.
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