Comparison Chart: Droid 4 and Droid RAZR

This is the largest upgrade cycle in Android's young history. For Google, it's important to keep us from turning to the dark side, hence the flurry of flagship handsets from Samsung, HTC and Motorola.

Comparison - Motorola Droid 3, Droid 4, Droid RAZR

Let’s forget for a second that Droid Life, a site laser focused on all things Droid–the grey, black and red monster of smartphones–has a fondness for pink; talk about a dichotomy! Regardless, the Android team over there continues to dig out nuggets when it comes to the lastest rumors, news, and tips on Android, most recently the Droid 4 and Droid RAZR from Motorola.

If you’re debating between Droid 4 or Droid RAZR this chart, courtesy DL, should help you in your quest for every bit of info.

Comparison - Motorola Droid 3, Droid 4, Droid RAZR

Of course, those that need a physical keyboard, will by default be prepping to go Cuatro in a matter of weeks, compromising on display quality (the 4 is non-AMOLED).

Motorola Droid 4
Motorola Droid 4 - slide out, edge-lit keyboard an evolution of the original Moto Droid design from 2009.

Reading through comments from a post yesterday on Stark Insider, I discovered some are swearing by the decidedly non-svelte HTC Rezound, an upgrade option I had written off weeks ago.

Others are stedfast in their commitment to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the most hyped Android phone of 2011.

One concern I have over Nexus (in addition to many reporting about a sub-par display) is its inability to act as a USB mass storage device. It might not seem like a big deal, until you realize that this oversight (?) means you can’t use Nexus as an in-car audio drive. Disappointment, that.

This is the largest upgrade cycle in Android’s young history. Thousands of us original Moto Droid buyers (Nov 2009) are coming off 2-year Verizon contracts. For Google, it’s important to keep us from turning to the dark side, hence the flurry of flagship handsets from Samsung, HTC and Motorola.

As I’ve written before, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new uber-uber Android phone hits in January as part of a massive 2012 campaign. Many have complained that the product cycle for Android is too fast. Apple, by comparison, releases a new iPhone once every year (as it does for iPad, MacBook, iPod) in grand fashion. I wonder if Google too wouldn’t be better off amassing all of its vendors into a once-a-year Android launch. Also, Google could simplify the dizzying array of Android variations by rolling out major update at the same time. Consumers appreciate simplicity.

Then again, maybe that annual approach would be a copycat move — and, for the record, my world is not just iPhone black and white.

Meanwhile, what will it be: Droid 4 or Droid RAZR… or something else… how important is it to arm yourself with ICS out of the gate… ?

[Droid Life]

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  • Tony Gaulke

    Clint, I am also an OG Droid owner looking to upgrade, and have been reading everything i can find online these last few months.  Getting past the specs and hype to examine my true feelings on the matter, I must admit that if there were a “pure google” motorola 4G option, my shopping would be done.  Call quality, reception, a STABLE OS, and build quality are my top priorities — thus, I’ve never been fond of Apple (heck of an “i” but not much of a phone, and too restrictive w/ itunes), HTC or Samsung (cheap hardware).  I feel like I got lucky with the droid, with no issues and no motoblur/sense/touchwiz, and would like to keep that experience moving forward.

    All of that said, I’m currently in a holding pattern waiting for the Galaxy Nexus, suspecting that it’s pure, unlocked experience will trump the solid feature set of the Razr.  If it takes much longer, however, I may just wait for the quad cores (and perhaps a solution to the 4G battery issues)…